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

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

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

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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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Live Recording @ Chapel Off Chapel

 

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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 Friday August 28th & Saturday 29th. 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]

2021 SHOW: WE ARE ALL IN THIS

Hello. It’s my new show for 2021 and it will officially restore comedy.

In this time of fire, plague and the stupid internet, “we” are “all” “in this” “together” (?).

In 2019, Tom sold out shows all over the world, received critical acclaim and annoyed a lot of Baby Boomers on Facebook. In 2020, he took some time off and wrote a book.

Now he has a brand-new show full of jokes about our cooked planet, the bad people in power and his sex life. Plus some outrage.

“A blistering hour of motor-mouthed, slick-as-black-ice comedy.” ★★★★½ Herald Sun

“Will have you laughing til it hurts.” ★★★★½ The Age

 

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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

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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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226 – Samantha Maiden

Samantha Maiden is an award-winning journalist who’s currently the political editor at news.com.au. In February, she broke the story of Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape in Parliament House in 2019, which has since sent shockwaves through Canberra and the Australian political class.

I wanted to ask Sam about what’s really been going on over the past couple of months: what we’re witness, what it means and why it’s different to the #MeToo moment from a couple of years ago. She reflects on Higgins’ bravery, people wanking on desks and the Morrison government’s attempt to respond to the ongoing crisis.

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My 2021 show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW!

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

@SamanthaMaiden

Samantha’s writing at news.com.au

ARTICLE: Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins says she was raped at Parliament House 

ARTICLE: A new power has risen in Australian politics – and it’s not coming quietly by Annabel Crabb 

ARTICLE: PM caught in crusade of women journos by Aaron Patrick

Cause of the Week: Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia (rape-dvservices.org.au)

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