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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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Mar 29, 2022
Jim Casey is a firefighting unionist, socialist and co-founder of the Australian Firefighters Climate Alliance. He is an anti-capitalist GREENS EXTREMIST who has twice run as a candidate against Anthony Albanese in the seat of Grayndler. 

As he gears up to run for Greens preselection to be an upper-house candidate in the 2023 NSW state election, Jim took some time to talk to me about his time leading the Fire Brigade Employees Union,  the state of the Australian labour movement, his theories on why real political power lies outside of parliament and the controversies he ran into when taking on "Albo". 

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My special "ENOUGH" is out on Paramount+ this Friday

@JimCaseyGreens

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ARTICLE: We've Never Seen Conditions As Bad As This by Jim Casey 

 ARTICLE: Anthony Albanese: Labor heavyweight's Greens rival Jim Casey defends "Trotskyist" speech

Cause of the Week: Rachael Jacobs, Greens Candidate for Grayndler (support her here)

Feb 22, 2022
Georgia Steele is a former corporate litigator and now independent candidate running in the NSW seat of Hughes at the upcoming federal election. (The seat's currently held by former Liberal MP, now United Australia Party TRUTH-TELLER Craig Kelly.) 

In this conversation I discuss with Georgia Kelly's bizarro mind and political career, why she thinks the people of Hughes deserves better, the issues that she's campaigning on, her rejection of political ideology and her thoughts on why the two-party system is failing. 

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I’m coming to The Clubhouse in Hobart March 17th

I'm making a cool TV show in lutruwita with Kates McLennan & McCartney

@Steele4Hughes

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ARTICLE: Ex-lawyer Georgia Steele to run as independent in Craig Kelly's seat during federal election

LISTEN: Our Serious Danger episode on the "teal wave" of independents running in the upcoming election

Cause of the Week: The Family Co (thefamilyco.org.au

 

Feb 8, 2022
David Shoebridge MLC has served in the NSW upper house since 2010, and has been the Greens spokesperson for workers' rights, energy and Aboriginal justice. 

In 2022 he's running to pick up another NSW Senate seat for the Greens (and it's actually possible!). 

In this conversation I ask David about NSW politics' love of corruption, how he developed his radical politics, what the Greens could achieve in balance of power and whether Greens MPs should have anything to do with investment properties.  

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@ShoebridgeMLC

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The Greens' Balance of Power pitch 

Cause of the Week: David Shoebridge's Senate campaign (nsw.greens.org.au

Jan 30, 2022

This week I'm bringing you the audio of a panel I appeared on, discussing the reason behind and ideas around the recent boycott of the 2022 Sydney Festival. 

I joined dozens of other artists in withdrawing from the Festival to protest its acceptance of $20k in sponsorship money from the Israeli embassy; a sponsorship which guaranteed Israel the honour of being a "star partner" of the festival. 

Here I'm in conversation with academic Dr. Jumana Bayeh, the Executive Director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy Salem Barahmeh and my fellow boycotters Dr. Mohammed Ahmad (founding director of Western Sydney literacy outfit Sweatshop) and Maissa Alameddine (the Artist Director of the Ensemble Dandana, which is part of the Arab Theatre Studio).  

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@PalestineRising

"Artists Against Apartheid Sydney Festival" petition 

ARTICLE: Sydney Festival acts boycott over Israel by Farid Farid

ARTICLE: Why I'm helping to organise a boycott of this year's Sydney Festival by Jennine Khalik 

ARTICLE:Boycotts are an essential and necessary part of public life by Osman Faruqi

ARTICLE: From Safsaf to Sydney: Palestinian resistance and the festival boycott by Jeanine Hourani, Rihab Charida & Matt Chun

Cause of the Week: Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Australia bdsaustralia.net.au 

Jan 20, 2022

Writer and journalist Johann Hari has returned to the show to discuss why our brains have melted.

His new book is called Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention and it is a fascinating, depressing and insightful look at the "attention crisis" we're facing as a society. Johann tells me about just how bad this situation is, how much social media and technology is responsible for it, its social and political implications and what the fuck we can do about it - as individuals, and as a collective. 

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Johann's first appearance on the show was back at Ep #73

You can order Johann's latest book Stolen Focus here: stolenfocusbook.com

Read an extract of the book here

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