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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: October, 2021
Oct 31, 2021

Sean Kelly is a writer and journalist, who's a former adviser to Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

His new book is The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison and it's great/scary/infuriating. With great insight and wit, Sean really tries to get at who our Prime Minister is, what drives, what (if anything) he believes in and what his political success says about us a country. We discuss how Morrison plays the "game" of politics, why he won in 2019 and whether he can be beaten again by the ALP in its current state. 

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I’m recording a stand up special at Chapel Off Chapel in early December

I’m doing Easey Comedy in Collingwood on Thursday November 11th with Dave Hughes

I appeared on "The Culture" podcast to discuss Dave Chappelle's latest special with Osman Faruqi & Cassie Workman

My last episode with Sean

@MrSeanKelly

The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison by Sean Kelly at Black Inc

Sean's writing for Nine Fairfax Media

ARTICLE: Morrison sees votes in anti-Muslim strategy by Lenore Taylor (2011)

ARTICLE: Albanese says he's in the final quarter, so when is he going to start kicking goals? by Sean Kelly 

Cause of the Week: The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au)

 

Oct 24, 2021

Sylvie Ellsmore is the Greens mayoral candidate for the City of Sydney in the upcoming NSW local elections. She's running a campaign to make Sydney a city for everyone, not just the rich, with a particular focus on housing and grassroots democracy. 

This was a fantastic conversation about the state of local Sydney politics, the legacy of independent mayor Clover Moore and the Greens' vision for how the local city council can play a much more activist role in fixing the truly cooked Sydney housing market. I think you'll find Sylvie's passion ideas inspiring and cool. Go team. 

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I’m recording a stand up special at Chapel Off Chapel in early December

I’m doing Easey Comedy in Collingwood on Thursday November 11th with Dave Hughes

@Sylvie_E

Sylvie's candidate page

Sylvie's Facebook

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If you live in NSW make sure you're enrolled to vote in the local elections by the end of TODAY (October 25th)

ARTICLE: Greens want the City of Sydney to lead on affordable housing

Check out the federal Greens' policy to build 1 million homes

Cause of the Week: Welcome Merchant (on linktree); book for the Greens for the City of Sydney Dinner Party here

Oct 21, 2021

Christiaan Van Vuuren is a comedian and YouTube star who you know from Bondi Hipsters, Bloom and At Home Alone Together. He's the presenter of a great new documentary about money in Australian politics called Big Deal, which was directed by the Chaser's Craig Reucassel. 

This issue drives me (and I'm sure you) crazy, and it was great to get stuck into a similarly-outraged Christiaan. We touch on just how much money is washing around our politics, how much anti-democratic influence that money has, why "transparency" simply isn't enough and why Christiaan is optimistic about the possibilities of change and fixing this shit. 

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I'm doing Easey Comedy in Collingwood on Thursday November 11th with Dave Hughes

I’m recording a stand up special at Chapel Off Chapel in early December

I'm hosting a discussion with Craig Reucassel and a great panel as a fundraiser for the Greens at 6:30pm tonight; book now! 

@ChristiaanVanV

@MakeItABigDeal

Watch "Big Deal" on ABC iview

DemocracyForSale.net

Cause of the Week: MakeItABigDeal.org

 

Oct 10, 2021

Dr. Helen Haines is a former nurse and midwife who now serves as the independent member for the Victorian seat of Indi.

Since she entered the parliament Helen has been fighting for the establishment of a federal anti-corruption / pro-integrity body that will actually do what we want it to do: justly hold our public servants to account and root out the shitty corrupt behaviour that is rife in our politics. 

In the wake of Gladys Berejiklian's resignation as NSW Premier after ICAC announced it was investigating her (because that it's job), Helen and I discuss what an effective federal body would look like, the Morrison government's scaremongering about accountability, the chances of Helen's bill getting passed and the corrosive influence of political donations.  

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WE ARE ALL IN THIS is scheduled for the Brisbane Comedy Festival in November

I'm recording a stand up special at Chapel Off Chapel in early December

THIS THURSDAY NIGHT come along to the Greens' National Campaign Kick-Off

@helenhainesindi

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Helen's press release on the Federal Government's response to Gladys Berejiklian's resignation

ARTICLE: Why Scott Morrison and his government oppose a NSW-style anti-corruption watchdog 

ARTICLE: The long history of political corruption in NSW - and the downfall of MPs, ministers and premiers  

Cause of the Week: UNICEF's CoVax Appeal (unicef.org.au/covax-appeal)

 

Oct 4, 2021

Felicity Ruby is a former Greens staffer, current PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and longtime friend and supporter of Julian Assange.

In the wake of revelations from Yahoo! News that Trump's CIA floated plans to kidnap and kill Assange after Wikileaks' "Vault 7" revelations in 2017, I wanted to talk to Flick about Assange's plight and its political ramifications. We discuss what kind of a person Julian Assange is, his mission, his trial, the misconceptions that continue to swirl around him and the insane paranoia of Western intelligence agencies (aka our lovely allies).   

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WE ARE ALL IN THIS is scheduled for the Brisbane Comedy Festival in November

@FlickRubicon

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ARTICLE: Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot out: Inside the CIA's secret war plans against Wikileaks

ARTICLE: End Game by Scott Ludlam 

Flick's writing on Assange at Arena Magazine

ARTICLE: What it's like to be targeted by the CIA and its mates

EVENT: Raucos Anti-AUKUS Caucus discussion this Thursday October 7th at 7pm

Juice Media's Honest Government Ad about AUKUS 

Cause of the Week: The Courage Foundation (couragefound.org)

 

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