235 – Senator Mehreen Faruqi

Mehreen Faruqi has been a Greens senator for NSW since 2017. Her memoir Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud was released in July, describing her life, politics and reflections on being a progressive and outspoken migrant in Australia.

Here Mehreen and I discuss how her perceptions of what Australia is have changed over the past thirty years, her thoughts on compromise and incrementalism and the Greens’ role in pushing big bold ideas, as well as her desire to see a “feminist, anti-racist Australia”.

(Sincere apologies for the long time between podcast episodes, everyone: I have been going LOOPY in lockdown and have been having a bit of a rough trot that stopped me doing very much at all. I am much better now though thank you. I hope you are ok too. The end. As you were.)

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mehreenfaruqi.org.au

Mehreen’s book Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud is out now through Allen & Unwin

ARTICLE: Coalition supports Pauline Hanson motion to ban critical race theory teachings 

My episode with outgoing Greens Senator Rachel Siewert

Cause of the Week: Greyhound Rescue (greyhoundrescue.com.au)

 

 

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234 – Victor Kline (The New Liberals)

Victor Kline is a writer and barrister who is the leader of a new political party, The New Liberals. The party was born out of a frustration that Victor and some close friends felt by the current state of Australian politics and the lack of any party that truly represented them.

Here we discuss what Victor believes it means to be a truly “liberal” party, why they want to reclaim that name, the party’s political strategy, and what I would argue is liberalism’s limits: its inability to wrestle with questions of class and political economy.

I’m doing Dry July please help me/cancer research

I went on “Miners Driving Teslas” with Daniel Bleakley and it was fun

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ARTICLE: New Liberals’ registration approved despite Liberal party objection over “voter confusion”

ARTICLE: New Liberals leader outlines his party’s politics

Cause of the Week: The New Liberals (newliberals.net.au)

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233 – Luke McGregor

Luke McGregor is a beloved Australian comedian who co-stars in the ABC series Rosehaven alongside Celia Pacquola and presents “Lukenomics” on The Weekly. He’s also my very nice friend and one time we got KFC together.

A month on from his appearance on Q&A alongside (now Nationals leader) Barnaby Fucking Joyce, Luke talks to me about the frustrations of public debate, why studying economics stopped him being a Liberal voter, and the ins and outs of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT).

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My book I, Millennial: One Snowflake’s Screed Against Plague, Boomers, Billionaires & Everything Else will be published in December

WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August

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My two shows and special filming at Chapel Off Chapel have been rescheduled to August 27th & 28th

@LukeWMcGregor

Luke’s Facebook page

Luke’s appearance on Q&A

Lukenomics explainer on MMT

Free online event: MMT and the Media: Taking Charge of the Narrative with Luke & Bill Mitchell 

Daily Mail article on Luke’s appearance on Q&A

Cause of the Week: Brightside Farm Sanctuary (brightside.org.au

 

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232 – Josh Cullinan

Josh Cullinan is the Secretary of the Retail And Fast Food Workers’ Union (RAFFWU); a young fighting union which represents thousands of overwhelmingly younger Australian workers in highly casualised and insecure industries.

RAFFWU was set up in opposition to the right-wing “yellow” union the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (the SDA), aka Christian Porter’s favourite union. In this conversation Josh explains just how bad the SDA has been for workers, the scourge of casualisation and how RAFFWU is organising for a better deal and a better future.

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There’s an encore Sydney show of WE ARE ALL IN THIS on August 20th

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raffwu.org.au

RAFFWU’s “SDA Facts”

ARTICLE: Precarious workers held out to dry by Josh Cullinan

ARTICLE: Australia’s Youngest Union Is Organising Retail and Fast-Food Workers (in Jacobin)

ARTICLE: Shopped Out by Ben Schneiders & Royce Millar

Cause of the Week: RAFFWU! Join them yourself or spread the word (raffwu.org.au)

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I Am Writing A Book lol

Tom Ballard

 

The world is in chaos. It’s time for a revolution, goddamnit, and “comedian” Tom Ballard is ready to serve as its glorious leader. (Or at least to tweet about it to #raiseawareness).

After 30 years of his entitled Millennial life, Ballard has had enough of the smashed avocado jokes. He’s furious at the raw deal his generation has been given, and he’s pretty sure things can’t be this crappy because of brunch. It’s not your imagination: Millennials really have inherited the bill for our current ‘prosperity’, and it sucks. Millions of Baby Boomers got beach houses, free education, jobs for life and a franking credit-fed retirement; Millennials have been handed a housing crisis, crippling student debt, the gig economy, a cooked planet, a truly broken political system and now a global pandemic, as a treat. For a moment it looked like COVID-19 might radically change things – like housing the homeless and lifting the unemployed out of poverty – but it ended up just making rich ghouls like Gerry Harvey even richer.

In I, Millennial: One Snowflake’s Screed Against Plague, Boomers, Billionaires & Everything Else, Ballard unpicks how we got here and why. Through the power of jokes, history, interviews and sass, he decodes the state of Australian society today, and lets his fellow Millennials in on just how outraged they should be. Fact-filled and furiously funny, this sprawling book reveals shows that the real joke is how much the ruling class has been getting away with at our expense. It will be a must-read not just for Millennials wondering whether they’re alone in thinking things are weird and bad and massively unfair, but for anyone with an interest in how we’re making our future impossible.

Tom Ballard is an award-winning comedian, broadcaster, philanthropist and virtue-signaller. He pretended to be cool on the triple j breakfast show for years, then went on to perform stand-up all over the world and front his own naughty late-night show for #theirABC, Tonightly with Tom Ballard. (The program was cancelled because it was too funny). He’s also guest hosted Q&A for some reason, and since 2015 he’s sat down with everyone from Lyle Shelton to Yassmin Abdel-Magied for his political interview podcast Like I’m A Six-Year-Old.

“Having never read a book before (too boring), I’m delighted to now be writing one that will fix all of the problems in Australia,” says Ballard. “I hope everyone enjoys reading my insightful social and political analysis, which will involve lots of swearwords and ad hominem attacks. Also there will be some pictures.”

Ben Ball, Publishing Director of Scribner Australia says: ‘As anyone who has seen Tom perform his too-hot-for-the-ABC shows or heard his podcast will know, he has a genius for making genuine, urgent political arguments stingingly funny. This book will speak to the Millennial in all of us who feel the system is broken and the future needs to be rethought.’

I, Millennial will be published in December 2021.

 

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231 – Tim Hollo

Tim Hollo is a former staffer for the Australian Greens, is the Greens candidate for the federal seat of Canberra and works as the Executive Director of the official Greens think tank, The Greens Institute.

He’s currently working on a book laying out his theory of “ecological politics”; a a self-organising democracy grounded in the natural world and connection. Tim wants a politics seeks to go beyond the neoliberal capitalist status quo, rejects the far-right’s “solutions” and avoids what he considers to be the limits of socialism. We discuss the details of Tim’s theory, as well as his reflections on the Greens’ strategy around Kevin Rudd’s CPRS, how fossil fuel companies killing off the possibilities of climate action, decentralising power and why consensus decision making isn’t centrism.

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greeninstitute.org.au

Tim’s writing at The Guardian

OPINION PIECE: The End Of The World As We Know It by Tim Hollo

OPINION PIECE: Tim Hollo on an ecological democracy where “everything is connected” and embedded in nature 

Cause of the Week: IndigenousX (indigenousx.com.au)

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230 – Emma Dawson

Emma Dawson is an ALP member and a former adviser to the Rudd and Gillard governments on public broadcasting policy. These days she’s the Executive Director of the think tank Per Capita, “an independent, progressive think tank, dedicated to fighting inequality in Australia”.

After very kindly providing me with a nice lunch, Emma explains where her politics come from, the Labor Party’s neoliberal legacy, the role of markets in society and her passion for social democracy. She lays out the policy complexities with the #80ADay JobSeeker campaign and the tensions between idealistic, activist politics and brutal electoral math.

(Note: at one point I think Emma accidentally said Linda Reynolds when she was referring to Linda Burney.)

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@DawsonEJ

percapita.org.au

ARTICLE: Unemployment doesn’t just happen to “other people”. It can happen to you by Emma Dawson

ARTICLE: Centrist Joe is precisely the president America needs by Emma Dawson

ARTICLE: Income support ‘not the only lever’: Labor’s plan to tackle disadvantage

The 2021 Per Capita Tax Survey

What Happens Next? edited by Emma Dawson & Janet McCalman

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

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