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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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Sep 9, 2020

"Aysha" (not her real name) is a Kashmiri activist who advocates for the rights of those suffering under the Indo-Pakistan-Chinese conflict in her home country. 

I've previously known very little about the situation in Kashmir and was grateful to Aysha for giving me a crash-course history lesson on the conflict and the 2019 escalation of tensions by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We discussed the nature of India's occupation, the possibilities of democracy in the region, the effects of COVID-19 and what others can do. 

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I'm hosting a trivia night to raise money for the Yarra City Greens Local Election campaign. Come along! 

Kashmir: Explained by Vox Media (good summary of the history of the conflict) 

Human Rights Watch articles on Kashmir

Amnesty International Australia articles on Kashmir

ARTICLE: Kashmir crisis: India's latest steps expose deep fault lines in Australia's Indian and Pakistani communities 

ARTICLE: Leave Kashmir dispute out of UN, Australia urges

ARTICLE: Does Australia have the courage to challenge India's defiance over Kashmir? by Lee Rhiannon

ARTICLE: Faulty tests, poor contact tracing: COVID-19 fight in Kashmir myriad stumbling blocks 

Cause of the Week: Stand With Kashmir Australia (standwithkashmir.org.au)

Aug 25, 2020

Guy Rundle is a political essayist, comedy writer, activist and the correspondent-at-large for Crikey. He's a former editor of Arena Magazine. 

Guy's been writing about the strangeness and politics of COVID-19. Here I ask him about what a collective virus means for certain political ideologies, what it means to be a "post-Marxist" and what he made of the Democratic National Convention and the possibilities of a Biden presidency.  

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Guy's writing at Crikey

ARTICLE: How our lockdown reality became stranger than fiction by Guy Rundle 

Cause of the Week: Free Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert (change.org)

 

Aug 19, 2020

This week's ep is a conversation I had with journalist and author Melissa Davey about her brilliant new book, The Case of George Pell

The book was launched on Tuesday night and Mel kindly asked me to discuss its details and what the story and trials of Pell mean for us now. 

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@MelissaLDavey

The Case Of George Pell: Reckoning With Child Sex Abuse By Clergy by Melissa Davey 

Cause of the Week: Broken Rites Australia (brokenrites.org.au)

Aug 10, 2020

It's episode 200! Hurrah. 

Dominic Kelly is a political historian and Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University. His 2019 book Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics: The Hard Right in Australia examines the activities and influence of four Australian right-wing single-issue advocacy groups: the H.R. Nicholls Society (focussed on industrial relations), the Samuel Griffiths Society (constitutional issues and federalism), the Bennelong Society (Indigenous issues) and the Lavoisier Group (climate change). All four groups were created and steered by three central figures: mining executive Hugh Morgan, his speechwriter Ray Evans and former public servant John Stone. It's a fascinating and (blackly) amusing history. 

Here Dominic lays out just how far these four societies have pulled Australia to the right over the past thirty years, what the Left can learn from them and what it shows us about the role that mining interests play in Australian politics. 

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I was recently on another episode of The Little Dum Dum Club alongside the very funny Nick Capper

Join me online in conversation with Melissa Davey discussing her book The Case of George Pell on Tuesday August 18th

@dominickelly_

Buy Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics on Black Inc. Books

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

Aug 3, 2020

Max Chandler-Mather is a former union activist and active member of the Queensland Greens. He was the party's candidate for the seat of Griffith in last year's election, where he increased the Greens vote by 7.2%, the biggest Greens swing in the country. 

I find the more explicitly Leftist approach taken by Max and the Queensland Party really exciting because they're pushing good, anti-neoliberal polices and, more importantly, it's really working for them. Here I ask Max to explain how a democratic socialist like him is making this happen and why it's been successful. We talk about renters' rights, building the foundations of a mass party, door-knocking, selling "common sense and popular" ideas and the perennial Greens/ALP conflict. 

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I was on Twink Revolution again with the one and only Aimee Terese to chat about what the "Left" is

Join me online in conversation with Melissa Davey discussing her book The Case of George Pell on Tuesday August 18th

@MChandlerMather

maxforgriffith.com

Max's Facebook page

ARTICLE: The Right to the City by David Harvey 

The Queensland Greens policies for the state election announced thus far

How Labour Built Neoliberalism by Elizabeth Humphrys 

Max's writing at Flood Media

Max's writing at Overland Journal 

My episode with Emerald Moon 

Cause of the Week: The Queensland Greens (greens.org.au/qld)

Jul 26, 2020

Alison Pennington is a Senior Economist at The Australia Institute's Centre for Future Work. She has a Masters of Political Economy from the University of Sydney and she rules.

After a week of changes to the JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments, the government's "mini-budget" announcement, a torrent of shitty "deficit politics" and some ominous talk about industrial relations reform, Alison talks to me about the state of play for Australian workers right now. We discuss the possibilities of reimagining the entire welfare system in this country right now, why debt doesn't matter, why working from home might really suck for workers' rights and what the future of the trade union movement might look like.

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Join me online in conversation with Melissa Davey discussing her book The Case of George Pell on Tuesday August 18th

@ak_pennington

The Australia Institute's Centre for Future Work

The Follow the Money podcast

Alison's report for the CfFW: Collective Bargaining “Reform”: What Does Business Want? And What Would Actually Fix the System?

ARTICLE: In the Middle of a Pandemic, the Australian State is Pummelling Workers  by Alison Pennington

ARTICLE: Woolworths to cut 1,350 jobs and admits it owes at least $90m more to underpaid workers

ARTICLE: JobSeeker cut to push 370,000 into poverty, including 80,000 children by The Australia Institute

ARTICLE: Jobless opt for dole as business struggle to find workers despite unemployment surge ($) 

Cause of the Week: Living Incomes For Everyone Australia (LIFE) (facebook.com/LifeAustralia, on YouTube)

 

Jul 17, 2020

Dave Donovan is the founder and editor of Independent Australia, a progressive journal focussed on Australian federal politics, democracy and economics. 

In a time of a declining media industry slashing jobs left right and centre, I think supporting independent Australian media is vital, and I for one find it refreshing to read explicitly progressive takes on the news in IA. Here Dave talks about his background in the Republican movement, just how much neoliberalism has reshaped Australia over the past 40 years, class confusion, the overwhelming conservatism of Australian media and the attacks on the ABC.  

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Join me online in conversation with Melissa Davey discussing her book The Case of George Pell on Tuesday August 18th

@davrosz

IndependentAustralia.net

IA's coverage of AshbyGate

ARTICLE: Poll finds 62% believe our head of state should be an Aussie

ARTICLE: What is really wrong with the country: 10 years of Quiet Australians by Dave Donovan 

ARTICLE: Fox News banned in Canada? by Snopes

ARTICLE: The palace letters: read the full documents from the National Archive here

Cause of the Week: The Federal ICAC Now Party (federalicacnow.org)

 

Jul 7, 2020

Sunili Govinnage is an Australian human rights lawyer and self-described "social justice witch" who has recently come to some realisations about themselves and their politics. 

In the first part of this frank conversation we discuss her "decolonising journey", her focus on dismantling the "colonialist-capitalist-heteropatriarchy", anti-racism and cancel culture. We identify areas that we agree on and some points where we have different perspectives - differences that will be further fleshed out in part two. 

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@sunili

sunili.net

Sunili's writing at The Guardian

ARTICLE: Western Australia's King Leopold Ranges renamed Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges

My episode with Dr. Chelsea Bond

Cause of the Week: Stop Black Deaths In Custody GoFundMe Campaign

Jun 30, 2020

Sophie Payten records and performs as Gordi. She makes powerful, sweeping, personal indie-pop and last week released her sophomore album, Our Two Skins. I am a fan and it is good. 

I wanted to talk to Sophie about her other job (she's a qualified doctor and has been on standby during the pandemic) and explore the political ideas surrounding her recent discovery of her queer identity and the loss of her beloved grandma. We reflect on the 2017 marriage equality plebiscite, the political stasis that Millennials are trapped and having difficult conversations with people who have different politics. 

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I'll be on Josh Earl's Don't You Know Who I Am? podcast this Saturday: you can buy tickets and stream it here 

Please check out the new comedy venue from my mates Alex Dyson, Kyran Wheatley and Alex Dyson, Comedy Republic

@GordiMusic

gordimusic.com

You can buy Our Two Skins here

Watch Unready here

Gordi's supporting Bon Iver on their 2021 tour

ARTICLE: Singer-songwriter Gordi by Nick Buckley (Saturday Paper)

ARTICLE: Australian singer Gordi releases song to raise funds for the RFS 

Cause of the Week: North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (naaja.org.au)

Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Chelsea Bond is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman and a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. She's worked and researched extensively in the area of Aboriginal health and regularly writes and speaks about race and racism in Australia today.

In this conversation, Chelsea reflects on how the recent Black Lives Matter uprising has played out in Australia, her personal experiences with the police, the fierceness of Black women in this struggle and the intersection of racial power structures and class.

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I’m performing at Easey Comedy this Thursday night, you can stream it via Zoom

@drcbond

Chelsea's radio show Wild Black Women on Brisbane's 989FM 

ARTICLE: In Australia, black lives do matter by Aaron Patrick [$]

ARTICLE: Dr. Chelsea Bond delivers a masterclass in Indigenous excellence by Nat Cromb & Luke Pearson

ARTICLE: How to learn from Indigenous people about the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia by Tahnee Jash

ARTICLE: 'Anger has the hour': How long must Indigenous Australia wait for change by Stan Grant

ARTICLE: White skin, black squares by Sam Kriss 

ARTICLE: Class is the new black: The dangers of an obsession with the 'Aboriginal middle class' by Dr. Chelsea Bond

ARTICLE: If Black men could talk: why we need an accurate portrayal of urban Indigenous masculinity by Dr. Chelsea Bond

Cause of the Week: Inala Wangarra (inalawangarra.com.au)

Jun 17, 2020

Andy Zaltzman is a British comedian, the co-host of the hugely popular satirical podcast The Bugle and (sadly) a fanatical cricket fan. 

I've been lucky enough to become friends and work with Andy over the past five or so years and have been meaning to have him on as a guest for quite a while now, to laugh about everything in the world and ask him some (mildly) serious questions about his political outlook. Here discuss sport, statues, Fawlty Towers, the failures of the Corbyn moments, his "radical centrism" and the future of Brexit Britain. 

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I'm performing at Easey Comedy next week, you can stream it via Zoom

This Saturday is World Refugee Day: please support the ASRC's Telethon

Or you can join me and the likes of Najeeba Wazefadost and Craig Foster for the ARAN Online Forum "Imagining a More Welcoming Australia"

@ZaltzCricket

thebuglepodcast.com

andyzaltzman.co.uk

The latest episode of The Bugle with Nish Kumar & Nato Green, Statuesque

Cause of the Week: The Sick Children's Trust (sickchildrenstrust.org

Jun 9, 2020

Gavin Stanbrook is a revolutionary socialist who hails from Gumbanyggir country on the NSW mid-north coast. He's a member of Socialist Alternative who's been campaigning for justice for Aboriginal families for years and who helped organise last week's #BlackLivesMatter protest in Sydney. 

In this conversation Gavin tells me how about tearing down statues, the revolutionary potential of this moment, police violence, the tragic cases of Aboriginal deaths in custody, his personal involvement in the #JusticeForBowraville campaign and why he thinks the police should be abolished. 

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I was on the latest episode of The Bugle podcast with Andy Zaltzman and Hari Kondabolu

@StanbrookG 

Gavin's speech at the 2018 Invasion Day Rally in Redfern

ARTICLE: We can transform society in our interests if we unite to smash the system by Gavin Stanbrook

ARTICLE: There cannot be 432 victims and no perpetrators by Amy McQuire

ARTICLE: Aboriginal deaths in custody: Black Lives Matter protests referred to our count of 432 deaths. It's now 437 by Lorena Allam, Calla Wahlquist & Nick Evershed

ARTICLE: Justice for Bowraville! by Gavin Stanbrook

ARTICLE: Tear down Australia's racist statues by Rebecca Barrigos

ARTICLE: Our cops are killers too by Jasmine Duff

ARTICLE: Democrats are already trying to coopt the movement. Drive them out by Daniel Taylor

Cause of the Week: The Justice for David Dungay Jnr. GoFundMe

Jun 4, 2020

Oliver Twist is a very funny and intelligent up-and-coming Australian comedian. He was born in Rwanda, grew up in a refugee camp in Malawi and has lived in Australia since 2014.

I was planning on taking a week off the podcast this week, but in the midst of everything that's happening right now, Oliver reached out and we decided to record this honest conversation about his relationship to the police, race, class, Black Lives Matter and what meaningful action looks like.

There are even a few laffs in there too. 

CAUSE OF THE WEEK: blacklivesmatter.caard.co

Here are practical ways you can support Aboriginal Lives Matter

@oliveretwist

Oliver's instagram

ARTICLE: Australia must stop turning a blind eye to our own black deaths

ARTICLE: Victoria Police denounces 'inappropriate' memes posted to social account by officer accused of making white power gesture

ARTICLE: How did #BlackOut Tuesday Go So Wrong So Fast? 

ARTICLE: Why the media are to blame for racialising Melbourne's African gang problem

VIDEO: Trevor Noah's reflections on the riots in the US and the breakdown of the social contract

May 28, 2020

Mark Seymour is one of the best singer-songwriters Australia has ever produced. He's the former frontman of Hunters & Collectors and now writes and performs with Mark Seymour & The Undertow. The new Undertow record is called Slow Dawn and comes out today. 

Mark has regularly been outspoken about his politics through his music and public appearances, particularly when it comes to Australia's refugee policies. Here he tells me about how he approaches tackling social issues in his music (without being sanctimonious), why he's left-wing, wearing an "Asylum Seeker" t-shirt at the AFL Grand Final, his experiences in South Africa and how the tides of history weigh on us all today. 

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You can see me on Stan Australia’s Australia Lockdown Comedy Festival – all episodes are streaming now

@_MarkSeymour

markseymour.com.au

Mark on Facebook

Slow Dawn on Apple Music

Hunters & Collectors at the 2013 AFL Grand Final

Cause of the Week: The Frankston Life Church (frankston.life)

 

May 26, 2020

Tim Wilson is the Liberal MP for the Victorian seat of Goldstein and the Chair of the House Economics Committee. He last joined me on the podcast back in July 2015

I wanted to talk to Tim about how he's found dealing with the COVID-19 crisis as a local member and his thoughts on the Morrison's government's economic response thus far as a well as a bit old-fashioned ideological argy bargy. We discuss the JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments, neoliberalism, government debt and why being a democratic socialist makes me an evil idiot. 

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@TimWilsonMP

timwilsonmp.com.au

ARTICLE: Scott Morrison takes aim at Australia's industrial relations system, reaches out to business and unions

ARTICLE: Tim Wilson: Freedom fighter by Tim Elliott

Cause of the Week: Bayside Community Information & Support Service Inc (bayciss.org.au

May 25, 2020

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and writer. He reported on Social Affairs for The Australian for years and is now the Senior Reporter for The Saturday Paper. His memoir 100 Years Of Dirt - about surviving his poverty- and trauma-ridden childhood - has been a critical and commercial success.

Here I ask Rick about issues he's been writing about of late - the conspiracy theories that have thrived amid COVID-19 and the new aged-care "Uber app" that's been given a multi-million dollar government contract - as well as his broader approach to journalism, the realities of poverty, how class works in Australia and the privatisation of the welfare state.

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@SquigglyRick

rickmorton.com.au

Rick’s writing for The Saturday Paper

ARTICLE: How COVID-19 energised conspiracy theorists

ARTICLE: A fraction too much friction (on Scott Morrison's approach to the truth) 

ARTICLE: Exclusive: Gov’s $5.8m aged-care app offers ‘no duty of care’

Rick's articles for The Australian

Rick's speech The Power of Money

ARTICLE: Rick Morton found writing his memoir painful enough. Then he had to read it aloud

Cause of the Week: Brotherhood of St. Laurence (bsl.org.au)

May 19, 2020

Rachel Siewert has been a Greens Senator for WA since 2005. She's the whip for the Greens in the Senate and her portfolios include First Nations Affairs, Family, Ageing and Community Services, Gambling and Mental Health. She recently chaired a Senate Committee into the adequacy of the Newstart/JobSeeker payment and has been fighting hard for the government to #RetainTheRate after the COVID crisis has passed. 

In this conversation, Rachel explains how her politics are founded on concern for both people and the planet, the realities of our punitive welfare system, just how shitty JobSeeker is and why the Greens' "Invest To Recover" policy proposal - including a jobs, income and education guarantee - is the kind of bold response Australia needs right now.  

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@SenatorSiewert

rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au

RN INTERVIEW: Are welfare payments entrenching Australians in poverty and unemployment? 

SENATE COMMITTEE REPORT: Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia

The Greens' "Invest To Recover" Plan

ARTICLE: Greens demand job guarantees and free education for young people in coronavirus recovery plan

The Australian Unemployed Workers Union

ARTICLE: Adam Bandt, the personable hardliner by Margaret Simons

Cause of the Week: The Australian Greens (greens.org.au)

 

May 15, 2020

Dave Anthony is a stand up comedian, writer, activist and co-host of the history comedy podcast The Dollop. In May 2016 he correctly predicted that Hillary Clinton was going to lose to Trump in the presidential election. So yeah - he knows stuff. 

Dave joined me from LA in the GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD to talk about the death of American empire, what he's learned from history, his journey to socialism, the right-wing Democratic Party and why Joe Biden is really really bad. We laugh and also talk about the end of hope.

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You can see me on Stan Australia’s Australia Lockdown Comedy Festival – episode one is streaming right now!

I'll be performing comedy to an empty room this Saturday night for Delivered Live and you can stream it if you like

@daveanthony

daveanthonycomedy.com

dolloppodcast.com

The Dollop episode on the Clarence Thomas hearings

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

ARTICLE: Biden And Sanders Announce Task Forces To Find Party Unity Over Policy

Cause of the Week: Extinction Rebellion (rebellion.earth)

May 12, 2020

Jon Kudelka is a Walkley Award-winning political cartoonist who's been drawing for over 20 years. He drew thousands of cartoons for The Australian until 2019 and his work now regularly appears in The Hobart Mercury and The Saturday Paper

Jon kindly joined me from Tasmania via Zoom to reflect on his journey to cartooning, the (minimal) influence that satire has on things, what he learnt from John Clarke, the deterioration and stasis of Australian politics, punching down, how compromised the ALP has become and how COVID-19 might wake people up to shitty free-market ideology. 

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You can see me on Stan Australia’s Australia Lockdown Comedy Festival - episode one is streaming right now!

THIS THURSDAY NIGHT I'm hosting this bingo night via Zoom to raise money for the Inner City Legal Centre which do great work for LGBTQIA+ folks

@jonkudelka

kudelka.com.au

Jon's instagram

Jon's cartoons for The Saturday Paper

Jon's cartoons for The Australian

ARTICLE: Data company that "helped locate Osama Bin Laden" recruits former Labor MP Mike Kelly 

Cause of the Week: StreetSmart Australia (streetsmartaustralia.org

Apr 29, 2020

Adam Creighton is the Economics Editor for The Australian and has written for The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. For the past couple of months he's been highly critical of the Australian government's economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has called for the immediate easing of restrictions.

I asked Adam to sketch out his critique of the response and his concerns about its economic impact, as well as discussing the Swedish, economic "trade-offs", the "statistical value of life" (it's $4.4m, apparently), the joys of tax and what kind of changes he does (and doesn't) want to see once the pandemic passes. 

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I'm hosting QUEER LOVE IN for Equality Australia this Saturday at 3pm, featuring an amazing line up of LGBTIQA+ artists. It will be great fun, please join us 

Please support Alex Makes Meals if you can: he’s providing free meals for healthcare workers! What a cool guy! 

@Adam_Creighton

Adam's writing for The Australian

ARTICLE: Under 60, in good health? Crossing the road is more risky

ARTICLE: Let's hope the economic train crash is worth it

ARTICLE: We may be over-reacting to an unremarkable coronavirus

ARTICLE: Coronavirus: Total shutdown may be too high a price

ARTICLE: New Zealand claims it has eliminated coronavirus

Cause of the Week: Alcoholics Anonymous (aa.org.au)

Apr 21, 2020

Mark Humphries is a comedian who regularly makes satirical sketches for the ABC's 7:30 along with Evan Williams. He always makes me laugh and I've been lucky enough to become friends with him over the past few years. 

Mark joined me via Zoom from deep in the heart of the ABC to discuss his politics, his (haphazard) journey into comedy (featuring some stories involving ME!!!), Mark Latham and the state of Australian right-wing media craziness and the limits of satirising it. We had a good ol' giggle and we barely talked about coronavirus at all.  

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Please support Alex Makes Meals if you can: he's providing free meals for healthcare workers! What a cool guy! 

My discussion with Refugee Legal Executive Director David Manne about the challenges people seeking asylum face in COVID-19 - please support them at refugeelegal.org.au

@markhumphries

Mark's twitter account about musical theatre is @MarksMusicals

Mark's satire for 7:30

His sketch on The Greta Thunberg Helpline

Mark on The Roast

VIDEO: Bogan Train Trip Girl Australia

Cause of the Week: Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (msra.org.au)

Apr 16, 2020

Nick McKim is a Tasmanian senator and the co-deputy leader of The Australian Greens

He joined me via Zoom (sorry) from Tasmania to discuss the Morrison government's (sometimes okay but generally shitty) response to the COVID crisis, the neoliberal Labor Party, how this pandemic affects folks in immigration detention and the current Greens' plebiscite on the election of the federal leader. 

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If you’re a Greens member who supports the One Member One Vote model for leadership election, please consider adding your name to this open letter

@NickMcKim

Nick's page on the Greens' website

Join The Greens (if you like)

Information about the Greens' leadership plebiscite

ARTICLE: The Greens are founded on the principle of grassroots democracy - the leadership vote should be no exception by Michael Berkman, Mehreen Faruqi, Tammy Franks, Tim Hollo & Scott Ludlam

ARTICLE: As former Greens leaders, we ask members not to shut the party room out of leadership votes by Bob Brown, Christine Milne & Richard Di Natale

ARTICLE: It's out decision: electing the parliamentary leader by Dylan Griffiths

ARTICLE: So how much power does the leader of the Australian Greens actually have? by Jonathan Sri 

If you’re a Greens member who supports the One Member One Vote model for leadership election, please consider adding your name to this open letter

VIDEO: Why the Green New Deal matters

Causes of the Week: The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (asrc.org.au), The Unemployed Workers' Union (unemployedworkersunion.com) 

Apr 14, 2020

Tash Heenan and Anna Sturman are ecosocialist academics who are writing about and organising around the possibilities of a Green New Deal for Australia. 

They both joined me via Zoom (I AM VERY SICK OF ZOOM) to lay out what their vision for a GND entails, its "four Ds" (decarbonisation, decolonisation, decommodification, democratisation), how much currency it had as a political idea prior to the current COVID crisis, the possibilities these new conditions could bring and the dangers of eco-fascism. 

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I went on the Twink Revolution podcast with the darlings Gian & Sam

I also went and talked a bit of bullshit on Nazeem Hussain's Survivor's Guide to Coronavirus podcast

If you're a Greens member who supports the One Member One Vote model for leadership election, please consider adding your name to this open letter

@tashellenheenan

@anna_sturman

Climate Justice Collective - @greennewdealau

climatejusticeaustralia.org

ARTICLE: Five Orientations To The Green New Deal by Tash & Anna

ARTICLE: Australia Needs A Green New Deal, Not More Centrism by Tash Heenan, Jon Piccini & Jeremy Poxon  

ARTICLE: The Greens' New Deal by Paddy Manning

ARTICLE: Capitalism is a virus by Jeff Sparrow

VIDEO: Why the Green New Deal matters

Cause of the Week: Sisters Inside (sistersinside.com.au)

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