107 – Shireen Morris

Shireen Morris is the Constitutional Reform Advisor at Noel Pearson’s Cape York Institute.

In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and the Uluru Statement From The Heart, Shireen runs me through the history of constitutional recognition, what it means and how it might work moving forward. We cover symbolism, the political reaction to the Statement, what an Aboriginal Voice might look like, treaty and the tension between Indigenous land rights and environmental considerations.

I learnt a whole lot here because Shireen is fully heaps smart.

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Comedy For Good at Howler on Thursday June 22nd, raising $$ for Refugee Legal

My appearance on Stuart Goldsmith’s podcast The Comedian’s Comedian

Season 2 of First Contact is back up on SBS On Demand

@ShireenMorrisMs

Shireen on Facebook

Shireen sparring with Andrew Bolt on the ABC’s Yes or No? 

Article: No Australian should feel like a stranger in their own country

Article: A job half done by Noel Pearson

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RightWrongs: the ABC’s site on the 1967 Referendum

Uluru proposals deserve better than a knee-jerk reaction by Fred Chaney

Explainer: All the questions you were too afraid to ask about Indigenous constitutional recognition

Article: Why New Zealand’s Maori got a treaty and Australia’s Indigenous peoples didn’t

Cause of the Week: 1 Voice Uluru (1voiceuluru.org)

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106 – Jack Latimore

Jack Latimore is a Goori man of the Birpai nation. He’s a journalist and researcher who covers indigenous affairs, media, culture and politics and his work has appeared in The Guardian, Indigenous X, Koori Mail, The Citizen, medium, SBS and Overland.

In the past week we’ve marked Sorry Day and the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and witnessed 300 Indigenous leaders gather in Uluru for a summit on what constitutional recognition for Australia’s First Peoples might look like. Here I ask Jack what he made of the summit’s Statement from the Heart, how recognition and/or treaty could work and media representations of Indigenous peoples, from First Contact to Stan Grant to Bill Leak’s cartoons.

Listen To Love is on Audible

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

@LatimoreJack

@IndigenousXLtd

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Jack’s writing for The Guardian

Article: Noel Pearson’s model for recognition wins support

Article: Five factors that will shape the outcome for Recognise at Uluru 

Article: Indigenous Leaders Call For A Treaty In The Landmark “Uluru Statement From The Heart”

Article: Uluru forum to pursue Makaratta instead of symbolic recognition  

Jack’s piece on First Contact 

Jack’s piece on the ABC’s Recognition: Yes Or No

Jack’s piece on Bill Leak’s cartoon

Nyunggai Warren Mundine’s piece on Bill Leak’s cartoon

This week’s Q&A: 1967 and Mabo – Moving Forward

John Newfong on wikipedia

Cause of the Week: Indigenous X (indigenousx.com.au), Seed Mob (seedmob.org.au) & Koorie Youth Council (yacvic.org.au)

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105 – John Safran

John Safran is one of the most interesting writers/comedians/filmmakers/broadcasters/provocateurs/social commentators Australia has ever produced. He’s fascinated by issues surrounding religion and race and the Illuminati and he’s very funny when exploring them.

John’s latest book, Depends What You Mean By Extremist, sees him hanging out with far right extremists like the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia, Islamic fundamentalists and far left anarchists. It’s brilliant, challenging and very relevant to the INTENSE political moment we’re living through. Here John and I talk about patriotism, extremism, Australia’s reluctance to accept radicalism in any form and geese and ganders.

Please help out Refugee Legal because Peter Dutton is being awful again

Listen To Love is on Audible

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

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johnsafran.com

Depends What You Mean By Extremist is out now

Article: John Safran – ‘In Australia we don’t get religion’ 

Cause of the Week: The Make A Wish Foundation (makeawish.org.au)

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104 – Wil Anderson

One of the biggest and best comedians in Australia, Wil Anderson is super funny, super smart and super nice. Wil is a world-renowned stand up, the host of the ABC hit Gruen, former host of weekly satire show The Glass House and serial podcaster. He’s been thinking and telling jokes about the news for a long time and he’s pretty bloody good at it.

This chat covers a lot of ground, from Wil’s thoughts on the size of government to the state of journalism and the ABC to his approach to political comedy. We also eat some cheese and laugh about Mark Latham.

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia  

Gay and Bi men are being persecuted in Chechnya – you can help:

Sign this Amnesty petition

Sign this AllOut petition

Buy William Elm’s song “One”; all proceeds going to the Russia LGBT Network

Find out more in this New York Times article

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My episode with Chris Berg

Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent

My chat with Wil on his show Wilosophy

You Can’t Ask That

Article: Is The World A Laughing Matter? One Night Stan Comics on Why Comedy Has A Vital Role

Cause of the week: UNHCR (unrefugees.org.au), support independent media please

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103 – Sara Saleh

Sara Saleh is a self-identifying “radical” poet and human rights activist. She works in refugee resettlement, is a GetUp! board member, co-founded the Dubai Poetry Slam and has worked with organisations like Amnesty International and WestWORDS.

At a time of heightened Islamophobic debate raging in the public sphere in Australia, Sara and I talk about what it’s like to have your faith and community constantly being scrutinised and demonised by politicians and commentators. From the plight of Yassmin Abdel-Magied to Palestine to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the intersection of Islam and feminism, this is a really enlightening discussion about uncomfortable things.

Problematic is coming to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Pleasance Courtyard

@SaraSalehOz

Wasting The Milk In Summer on Facebook

Article: Australia’s grand mufti wins defamation case over News Corp articles

Sara and Maajid Nawaz on ABC’s The Drum

Article: Why are fighting Islamophobia at the expense of Indigenous Australians? by Sara Saleh

Article: How did Maajid Nawaz end up on a list of ‘Anti-Muslim Extremists’? 

Article: “You are not our ally” – Video campaigned launched as Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancels Australian tour

Article: Getup! Director backs Israeli boycott

Article: Fighting Hislam: Susan Carland on what it means to be a Muslim feminist

Cause of the Week: GetUp! (getup.org.au)

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102 – Chris Berg

Chris Berg is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs and a Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT. He’s passionate about civil liberties, defending freedom, shrinking the size of government and general libertarian good times.

Here Chris and I cover a lot: “ideology” not being a dirty word, the pitfalls of politics, the role of the State, prosecuting radical ideas, human flourishing, adapting to (rather than taxing) climate change, the Nanny State, partying in Amsterdam and why the Commonwealth Games are a rort.

Problematic is on at the Sydney Comedy Festival this week for 4 shows only

Problematic is coming to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Pleasance Courtyard

Listen to Alice Fraser and me on The Bugle live at the Melbourne Comedy Festival

Sam Wallman’s piece on the minimum wage

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Chris’ writing on ABC’s The Drum

Chris’ writing on The IPA

Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia

25 More Ideas For Tony Abbott

Chris’ speech at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas on the “Nanny State”

The Libertarian Alternative published by MUP

Cause of the Week: The Human Capital Project (humancapitalproject.com.au)

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101 – Tim Lo Surdo

This guy is a gun. At just 22 years old, Tim Lo Surdo has advised federal senators and worked at everywhere from the Oaktree Foundation to the Australian Youth Climate Change Coalition to UN Youth to the United Voice union.

He’s now set up an advocacy group called Democracy in Colour: an advocacy group dedicated to combating racism in Australian politics. It’s a fascinating project, and here Tim outlines his personal experiences of racism, the realities of racism and the politics of fear in Australia today, the Left’s failures to combat such racism and how white allies can help (in the right way).

Problematic is coming to Sydney for 4 shows only at the Sydney Comedy Festival

And it’s now on sale for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

@timlosurdo

Article: This Young Australian Is Starting An Organisation To Fight Pauline Hanson And Cory Bernardi by Osman Faruqi

Cause of the Week: Democracy In Colour (on Facebook@democracycolour)

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100 – Paul Oosting (Live)

100 episodes, everyone! We bloody made it. Gosh.

Thanks so much for getting onboard with this little show. I love doing it and hope you get something out of each episode. I’ve learnt so much talking to all the guests on the show over the past two years and hope to keep doing it for as along as I can.

I can think of no better way to celebrate the century than with a live show at The Wheeler Centre with the national director of GetUp!Paul Oosting.

In this chat, recorded in front of a “sold-out crowd” (it was free, but still – pretty cool) as part of the Centre’s Invasion of the Pod People series on Monday March 27th, Paul and I discuss what GetUp! is all about and how things are looking for progressives in this country at the moment. From the far-right’s influence on the government to 18C to campaign finance reform to the crucial difference between viewing the electorate as “disenfranchised” as opposed to “disengaged”, this is a really interesting and relevant discussion for now.

PLUS we brainstorm about how to stop Dutton getting elected.

A big thanks to Paul for flying down from Sydney just for the show and Helen and everyone at The Wheeler Centre for their help in making this happen.

Here’s to 100 more!

There are just 7 shows left of Problematic at MICF 2017, including an extra show on Saturday April 22nd

Problematic is coming to Sydney for 4 shows only at the Sydney Comedy Festival

I’m doing one show only of Boundless Plains To Share this Saturday April 22nd at 5pm

I was in the 2017 MICF Great Debate: watch it on iView here

Here’s my spot at the MICF Allstars Gala

My special The World Keeps Happening is streaming on Stan Australia now

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Article: Here’s the race hate scare campaign to Liberal marginal electorates

Article: The Left’s foreign donors by Eric Abetz

Article: GetUp! army spurs for conservative foil

Cause of the Week: GetUp! (getup.org.au)

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99 – Senator James Paterson

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James Paterson has been a Victorian senator for the Liberal Party for just over a year now. He’s been making a name for himself as a passionate advocate for freedom of speech in regards to the reforming of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act and by proposing that Australia help deal with its debt problem by selling off Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles

Here the Senator and I talk about our first meeting years ago, his position as something of a political anomaly within his own family, why he’s so strident on 18C, racism, offshore detention and corporate tax cuts.

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017 – only a handful of tickets left! 

Problematic begins at MICF 2017 this week

Boundless Plains To Share is at MICF for one show only on Saturday April 22nd

My piece for The Guardian: Politically incorrect comedy can work – if the audience gets it 

My piece for The Saturday Paper: Satire, free speech and Mehdi Savari

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Article: The Senate blocks the government’s changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 

Article: Even among Australians worried about political correctness 18C is not a big issue 

Article: A history of Section 18C and the Racial Discrimination Act 

Article: 18C Debate is not over say both Liberal Senator and Labor MP

Senator Paterson’s first speech

Senator Paterson’s speech on 18C

Article: What is Section 18C and why do some politicians want it changed 

Article: An inconvenient truth gets in the way of the company tax cut chants

Joint Human Rights Committee report into Freedom of Speech in Australia

Article: Doctors freed to speak about Australia’s detention regime after U-Turn

Article: ‘Voodoo economics’ lie at the heart of Scott Morrison’s budget

Article: There is no such thing as trickle-down economics 

Article: 10 reasons why the company tax cut is a really bad idea

Article: Australia doesn’t need to chase Donald Trump on corporate tax cuts

Article: Company profits surge as wages fall

Cause of the Week: Soldier On (soldieron.org.au)

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98 – Daniel Webb

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Daniel Webb is the Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre. He is a passionate voice for human rights and for treating people seeking asylum with dignity and humanity.

In this chat Daniel is so crystal clear about why he does what he does, why what we’re doing to refugees is wrong, the alternatives that are out there for us and why it’s vital that we as a country need to rethink our entire approach here. He also describes what it’s actually like for the men being held on Manus Island at the moment and in particular tells me about Mehdi Savari, an Iranian refugee comedian who has been detained on that hellhole for more than three years.

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017 – this will sell out, book your tickets now!

Problematic begins at MICF 2017 this week

Boundless Plains To Share is at MICF for one show only on Saturday April 22nd

@DanielHRLC

@rightsagenda

The US refugee deal grows shakier by the day. Turnbull must find a humane way forward by Daniel Webb

Schoolgirl pleads with government to reunite her with refugee dad on Manus

Mehdi’s story on New Matilda, in The Saturday Paper

Cause of the Week: The Human Rights Law Centre (hrlc.org.au)

 

 

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