Jim Casey is a firefighting unionist, socialist and co-founder of the Australian Firefighters Climate Alliance. He is an anti-capitalist GREENS EXTREMIST who has twice run as a candidate against Anthony Albanese in the seat of Grayndler.
As he gears up to run for Greens preselection to be an upper-house candidate in the 2023 NSW state election, Jim took some time to talk to me about his time leading the Fire Brigade Employees Union, the state of the Australian labour movement, his theories on why real political power lies outside of parliament and the controversies he ran into when taking on “Albo”.
Cause of the Week: Rachael Jacobs, Greens Candidate for Grayndler (support her here)
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Georgia Steele is a former corporate litigator and now independent candidate running in the NSW seat of Hughes at the upcoming federal election. (The seat’s currently held by former Liberal MP, now United Australia Party TRUTH-TELLER Craig Kelly.)
In this conversation I discuss with Georgia Kelly’s bizarro mind and political career, why she thinks the people of Hughes deserves better, the issues that she’s campaigning on, her rejection of political ideology and her thoughts on why the two-party system is failing.
Cause of the Week: The Family Co (thefamilyco.org.au)
David Shoebridge MLC has served in the NSW upper house since 2010, and has been the Greens spokesperson for workers’ rights, energy and Aboriginal justice.
In 2022 he’s running to pick up another NSW Senate seat for the Greens (and it’s actually possible!).
In this conversation I ask David about NSW politics’ love of corruption, how he developed his radical politics, what the Greens could achieve in balance of power and whether Greens MPs should have anything to do with investment properties.
Cause of the Week: David Shoebridge’s Senate campaign (nsw.greens.org.au)
This week I’m bringing you the audio of a panel I appeared on, discussing the reason behind and ideas around the recent boycott of the 2022 Sydney Festival.
I joined dozens of other artists in withdrawing from the Festival to protest its acceptance of $20k in sponsorship money from the Israeli embassy; a sponsorship which guaranteed Israel the honour of being a “star partner” of the festival.
Here I’m in conversation with academic Dr. Jumana Bayeh, the Executive Director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy Salem Barahmeh and my fellow boycotters Dr. Mohammed Ahmad (founding director of Western Sydney literacy outfit Sweatshop) and Maissa Alameddine (the Artist Director of the Ensemble Dandana, which is part of the Arab Theatre Studio).
Cause of the Week: Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Australia bdsaustralia.net.au
Writer and journalist Johann Hari has returned to the show to discuss why our brains have melted.
His new book is called Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention and it is a fascinating, depressing and insightful look at the “attention crisis” we’re facing as a society. Johann tells me about just how bad this situation is, how much social media and technology is responsible for it, its social and political implications and what the fuck we can do about it – as individuals, and as a collective.
Van Badham is a playwright, author and activist, and she’s returned to the show to discuss her latest book, QAnon: A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults.
Here Van lays out precisely what the QAnon conspiracy theory actually is, how it came into existence and how much it has shaped – and continues to shape – politics in the US and here in Australia. We discuss the most bonkers beliefs involved in all this and what the theory’s success tells us about the internet and the failures of the modern Left, and we disagree about what happened to JFK.
Merry Xmas everyone! See you in 2022, when everything will be fixed forever xx
Cause of the Week: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (asrc.org.au)
James Button is a freelance journalist, ALP member and former speechwriter for the former prime minister Kevin Rudd. He recently wrote a three-part, in-depth series for Nine/Fairfax on “cancel culture”: what it is, why it exists and what it means for the Australian Left.
In this conversation James and I go deep into his argument and the three pieces and try to clarify how this social phenomenon manifests itself when it comes to issues of race, gender, art and politics. On some fronts we agree, on others I try to push back and challenge some of the common arguments that are wheeled out on this stuff.
It’s long, but (I hope) really worthwhile. TL:DR – class politics is GOOD and we need MORE OF IT PLEASE.
@JamesButton49 (though he rarely tweets!)
Read James’ three-part series on cancel culture:
- “They cancelled me as a human”: what nearly killed Logie winner Hugh Sheridan
- Gender, sex and power: the debate dividing universities
- Is identity politics killing the left?
Nyadol Nyuon is a former refugee, lawyer and passionate advocate for human rights and anti-racism.
This is her keynote address at the 2021 Refugee Legal “Not The Annual Dinner” (held via Zoom), which I MC’ed, followed by a Q&A session with Nyadol and Refugee Legal Executive Director David Manne.
It’s a passionate address about why human rights are important to her (and why they should be important to you), the realities of race in this country and the ongoing legacy of the War on Terror on our society and politics.
Cause of the Week: Please support Refugee Legal’s work (refugeelegal.org.au)