Christiaan Van Vuuren is a comedian and YouTube star who you know from Bondi Hipsters, Bloom and At Home Alone Together. He’s the presenter of a great new documentary about money in Australian politics called Big Deal, which was directed by the Chaser’s Craig Reucassel.
This issue drives me (and I’m sure you) crazy, and it was great to get stuck into a similarly-outraged Christiaan. We touch on just how much money is washing around our politics, how much anti-democratic influence that money has, why “transparency” simply isn’t enough and why Christiaan is optimistic about the possibilities of change and fixing this shit.
Dr. Helen Haines is a former nurse and midwife who now serves as the independent member for the Victorian seat of Indi.
Since she entered the parliament Helen has been fighting for the establishment of a federal anti-corruption / pro-integrity body that will actually do what we want it to do: justly hold our public servants to account and root out the shitty corrupt behaviour that is rife in our politics.
In the wake of Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier after ICAC announced it was investigating her (because that it’s job), Helen and I discuss what an effective federal body would look like, the Morrison government’s scaremongering about accountability, the chances of Helen’s bill getting passed and the corrosive influence of political donations.
With Australia embarrassing itself on the global stage when it comes to setting actual reduction targets that might actually do something, this was a great chance to check in with where the climate debate is at. Richie lays out just how lacking our commitments are, what they should be and what other countries are doing, as well giving me the rundown on electric vehicles, carbon accounting tricks, just transition models, fossil fuel subsidies and the (relatively straightforward) path to addressing this existential crisis.
Hello! Sorry for the radio silence – I have been busy being too hot for TV and annoying Andrew Bolt. Apologies.
This week’s ep is a slice of a conversation I had with socialist councillor Stephen Jolly and Leftist intellectuals (and previous LIASYO guests) Alison Pennington, Jeff Sparrow and Guy Rundle for Stephen’s new podcast, Melbourne Calling.
We had a wide-ranging chat about the state of the Australian Left in the wake of COVID, the sexual assault crisis in Canberra, workers’ power and ideology.