116 – Geoff Norcott

Geoff Norcott is a rare thing indeed: an (openly) right-wing comedian. His recent stand up shows have explored his working class background and his conservative politics and they’ve been mighty funny.

This was a fascinating discussion about Goeff’s thoughts on capitalism, right-wing politics in comedy, Brexit, immigration, outrage, Corbyn, Brixton and personal responsibility.

Problematic is on at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 now! 8:30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard

Problematic is coming to London’s Soho Theatre, starts August 29th

Help deported “Sanjay” start again

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Right Leaning But Well Meaning is at #EdFringe now

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BBC Two’s The Mash Report

Cause of the Week: Medicins Sans Frontieres (msf.org.uk)

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115 – Sally Rugg

What better week to talk about Australia and marriage equality lolololol

Sally Rugg is an out and proud campaign director at GetUp! calling for queer rights. She’s been leading the marriage equality campaign for a while now (it regularly makes her “wake up tearing her hair out”) and this week the movement has seen another ridiculous setback.

This chat was recorded a few weeks ago but I think it’s a really important insight into where we’re at in Australia with the marriage equality debate and the underlying issues around it. From the ACL to the stupidity of the plebiscite to what it all says about our politics, Sally is frank and passionate about this cause and makes it very clear that she won’t be stopping until this discrimination is removed from the Marriage Act.

Problematic is on at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 now! 8:30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard

Problematic is coming to London’s Soho Theatre, starts August 29th

Transcripts of Trump’s phone call with Turnbull

My video for Junkee on the “deaths at sea” argument

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Opinion: We are angry and heartbroken at the prospect of a plebiscite campaign but we are more powerful than ever

Opinion: The campaign against Safe Schools was never about concern for kids

Article: Australians have 15 days to enrol to vote in postal plebiscite

Opinion: Prejudice and Violence Are Learned, And In 2016 They Poured Down From The Top

Article: The rules against malicious campaign material will not apply to same-sex marriage postal vote

A profile on Peter and Bon

Article: The fight after marriage equality

Opinion: Abbott’s obstruction of gay marriage is a defence of privilege and the power of shame by David Marr

Cause of the Week: Twenty10 (twenty10.org.au)

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My Deaths At Sea Video for Junkee

Tom Ballard goes on an epic rant about why the government's 'Deaths at Sea' argument about refugees is really dodgy.

Posted by Junkee on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

114 – Mark Di Stefano

Mark Di Stefano is the outgoing political editor at BuzzFeed Australia.

This is a frank chat where we both air our grievances about the shitty state of Australian politics, media and debate at the moment. From the cosy relationship between the press and the political class, the plethora of pundits who never get their comeuppance for being wrong to the good ol’ fashioned outrage industry.

Also Mark explains what the Milkshake Duck is. I am old and uncool.

Problematic is on at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 now! 8:30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard

Problematic is coming to London’s Soho Theatre, starts August 29th

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What A Time To Be Alive: That and Other Lies of the 2016 Campaign by Mark Di Stefano

Australia’s News Channel and What It Learned From Fox News by Mark

Cause of the Week: Copwatch (huffed.org/project/copwatchnjp)

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113 – Caroline Marcus (Live)

Caroline Marcus is the “Political Reporter for the People” for Sky News and an opinion columnist for The Daily Telegraph.

Caroline joined me live onstage at the Giant Dwarf theatre in Redfern in front of a lively crowd on Wednesday July 12th. We touch on the media landscape, bias, identity politics and her experience reporting on the Australian detention centres on Nauru for A Current Affair. Our disagreement occasionally got heated, but I really appreciated the chance to explore this stuff with Caroline in detail.

A huge thank you to the Giant Dwarf for having us.

You can hear the first episode recorded on the night with Tanya Plibersek here.

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017, starts August 2nd

Problematic is coming to London’s Soho Theatre, starts August 29th

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Article: If you disagree with me, you’re a racist 

Article: Why are activists so afraid of the truth about Nauru?

A Current Affair: Inside Nauru’s Detention Centre

My episodes on cultural appropriation with Gay AlcornYassmin Abdel-Magied 

Cause of the Week: Lifeline (lifeline.org.au)

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112 – Tanya Plibersek (Live)

Tanya Plibersek has been the Member for Sydney since 1998. She’s the Deputy Leader of the ALP and Shadow Minister for Education and for Women.

Tanya joined me live onstage at the Giant Dwarf theatre in Redfern in front of a lively crowd on Wednesday July 12th. We touched on the ideological rift bubbling up in the Coalition at the moment, gender equality, Mark Latham, education funding and Labor’s refugee policies.

A huge thank you to Tanya for making the time (particularly as she was battling a cold on the night), everyone for coming out to see the show and to the Giant Dwarf for having us.

The second conversation with journalist Caroline Marcus will be next week’s episode.

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017, starts August 2nd

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Labor’s Setting The Agenda

Video of the Sydney Setting The Agenda event

Article: Gonski money is making a difference. Let’s not play the Liberals’ tired old blame game by Tanya Plibersek

Article: Gonski 2.0: Is this the school funding plan we have been looking for? Finally, yes by Peter Goss

Cause of the Week: Oxfam’s East Africa Appeal

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