244 – Luke Hilakari

Luke Hilakari has been the Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council since 2014. He’s been a Labor member since he turned 18 and has played a key role in electing (and re-electing) the Andrew Labor government and fighting for marriage equality and workers’ rights.

In light of all the BATSHIT anti-vax protesting that’s been going on in Melbourne of late, I wanted to ask Luke about the presence of anti-vax organising within the labour movement, why some workers might be attracted to this ideology and what can be done about it.

We also discuss the class war that the pandemic has shone a light on, solidarity, why strikes are beautiful, spanking the Labor Party and how the union movement will be approaching the upcoming election.

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I’m recording a stand up special at Chapel Off Chapel in early December

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weareunion.org.au

ARTICLE: We need a royal commission into the organised far-right in Australia by Luke Hilakari

ARTICLE: Has solidarity succumbed to the rise of rage? by Waleed Aly

Labor’s policy’s on workers’ rights for the upcoming election

Trades Hall’s Sticking Together book

Cause of the Week: Australians For A Murdoch Royal Commission (murdochroyalcommission.org.au)

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Live Recording @ Chapel Off Chapel

 

Book here.

 

Melbourne mates, I’m doing two shows at the lovely Chapel Off Chapel, one of which is going to be filmed for a thing.

They’re happening on Tuesday December 7th & Thursday 9th. Please come along yes yes.

 

Come watch Tom fix everything by yelling his best jokes in a nice room in front of cameras. Please.

 

“A true barbarian.”

– Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

 

“Much of his stand up is about as funny as listening to a recording of one of Joe Stalin’s four-hour rants.”

– Gerard Henderson, The Australian

 

“It’s an hour of absolutely hilarious white-hot rage.★★★★★ 

– Time Out

 

“Has as a frankly ridiculous ability to hit all his marks and deftly detonate every punchline. ★★★★½ 

– The Age

 

“Ballard delivers an absolute comedy masterclass.★★★★★”

– Beat

 

“Unrelenting and uproarious.★★★★½ 

– Chortle [UK]

240 – Christiaan Van Vuuren (Big Deal)

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.

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I’m doing Easey Comedy in Collingwood on Thursday November 11th with Dave Hughes

I’m recording a stand up special at Chapel Off Chapel in early December

I’m hosting a discussion with Craig Reucassel and a great panel as a fundraiser for the Greens at 6:30pm tonight; book now! 

@ChristiaanVanV

@MakeItABigDeal

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DemocracyForSale.net

Cause of the Week: MakeItABigDeal.org

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228 – Richie Merzian

Richie Merzian is the Director of the Climate & Energy Program at The Australia Institute.

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.

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My 2021 show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW – just 6 shows left!

My new show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is coming to Sydney for two nights only in May

Or you can see WE ARE ALL IN THIS at the Newcastle Comedy Festival on May 

I was on the latest episode of the Confessions of the Idiots podcast and it was great fun

Support Shane Bazzi’s legal fund because he’s being sued by Peter Dutton 

This was a great article on my friend Naser Moradi, a brilliant artist who has been in Australian immigration detention for more than six years

@RichieMerzian

australiainstitute.org

Hot Mess – Richie’s summary of Morrison’s performance at Biden’s climate summit

The US is charging ahead on climate action, so where the bloody hell is Australia? by Richie Merzian

ARTICLE: Labor backs coal beyond 2050

RESEARCH: Australian fossil fuel subsidies hit $10.3 billion in 2020/21 

Cause of the Week: The Juice Media (thejuicemedia.com

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227 – Melbourne Calling w/ Stephen Jolly, Alison Pennington, Guy Rundle & Jeff Sparrow

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 PenningtonJeff 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.

You can watch the full chat here.

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My 2021 show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW – just 6 shows left!

WE ARE ALL IN THIS is coming to Sydney for two nights only in May

Please watch my lip sync tribute to Greta Thunberg at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. We put a lot of work into it lol 

@StephenJolly99

@ak_pennington

@Jeff_Sparrow

MelbourneCalling.com.au

The Melbourne Calling YouTube page

Cause of the Week: Pay The Rent (paytherent.net.au)

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