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Like I'm A Six-Year-Old

Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with politicians, activists, thinkers and comedians to try to talk, laugh, cry and argue about politics. You will learn things and get fired up and hear some swearing. Enjoy.
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Now displaying: May, 2021
May 24, 2021

Emma Dawson is an ALP member and a former adviser to the Rudd and Gillard governments on public broadcasting policy. These days she’s the Executive Director of the think tank Per Capita, “an independent, progressive think tank, dedicated to fighting inequality in Australia”.

After very kindly providing me with a nice lunch, Emma explains where her politics come from, the Labor Party's neoliberal legacy, the role of markets in society and her passion for social democracy. She lays out the policy complexities with the #80ADay JobSeeker campaign and the tensions between idealistic, activist politics and brutal electoral math. 

(Note: at one point I think Emma accidentally said Linda Reynolds when she was referring to Linda Burney.) 

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I’m taping a comedy special across two shows at Chapel Off Chapel next week feat. my best jokes of the past three years

You can see my show WE ARE ALL IN THIS at the Newcastle Comedy Festival this weekend

WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August

@DawsonEJ

percapita.org.au

ARTICLE: Unemployment doesn't just happen to "other people". It can happen to you by Emma Dawson

ARTICLE: Centrist Joe is precisely the president America needs by Emma Dawson

ARTICLE: Income support 'not the only lever': Labor's plan to tackle disadvantage

The 2021 Per Capita Tax Survey

What Happens Next? edited by Emma Dawson & Janet McCalman

Cause of the Week: The Australian Unemployed Workers' Union (unemployedworkersunion.com)

May 17, 2021

Jonathan Biggins is a legendary Australian satirist, actor and writer, who is currently performing his one-man show The Gospel According To Paul - a theatrical biography of the reforming Labor Treasurer and Prime Minister, Paul Keating. 

I asked Jonathan about his thoughts on Keating's complicated legacy - the good and the bad - and how his (often arrogant, but politically effective) leadership contrasts with the shit we have today. We discuss "economic rationalism", the waging of culture wars and identity politics and Jonathan's grave concern about the effect that social media technology is having on our society.. 

If you’ve got the means please support this show by becoming a Patron

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I'm taping a comedy special across two shows at Chapel Off Chapel in early June, feat. my best jokes of the past three years

You can see my show WE ARE ALL IN THIS at the Newcastle Comedy Festival in May 

WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August

jonathanbiggins.com.au

The Gospel According To Paul by Jonathan Biggins is on at the Arts Centre in Melbourne until May 23rd 

It then tours to Bendigo and Brisbane

ARTICLE: Scott Morrison wants a big, simply country. With Labor dumbstruck and blindsided, he's getting one by Guy Rundle

Cause of the Week: The Actor's Benevolent Fund (actorsbenevolentfund.org.au)

 

May 1, 2021

Richie Merzian is the Director of the Climate & Energy Program at The Australia Institute

With Australia embarrassing itself on the global stage when it comes to setting actual reduction targets that might actually do something, this was a great chance to check in with where the climate debate is at. Richie lays out just how lacking our commitments are, what they should be and what other countries are doing, as well giving me the rundown on electric vehicles, carbon accounting tricks, just transition models, fossil fuel subsidies and the (relatively straightforward) path to addressing this existential crisis.   

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My 2021 show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW – just 6 shows left!

My new show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is coming to Sydney for two nights only in May

Or you can see WE ARE ALL IN THIS at the Newcastle Comedy Festival on May 

I was on the latest episode of the Confessions of the Idiots podcast and it was great fun

Support Shane Bazzi's legal fund because he's being sued by Peter Dutton 

This was a great article on my friend Naser Moradi, a brilliant artist who has been in Australian immigration detention for more than six years

@RichieMerzian

australiainstitute.org

Hot Mess - Richie's summary of Morrison's performance at Biden's climate summit

The US is charging ahead on climate action, so where the bloody hell is Australia? by Richie Merzian

ARTICLE: Labor backs coal beyond 2050

RESEARCH: Australian fossil fuel subsidies hit $10.3 billion in 2020/21 

Cause of the Week: The Juice Media (thejuicemedia.com

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