INTRODUCING: Serious Danger

NEWS: I have a brand new podcast to share with youse.

It’s called Serious Danger, it’s about the Australian Greens and green politics in Australia generally and I’m doing it with my cool friend Emerald Moon.

Also it’s going to fix everything.

Have a listen to hear the trailer and find out why I wanted to make the show in the first place.

(Also don’t stress: I’ll still be posting episodes of LIASYO for the time being.)

Find out more and subscribe to the show by heading to seriousdangerpod.com

Find us on twitter, Instagram, Patreon and YouTube on @SeriousDangerAU

Get to know Emerald more by catching up on our conversation together from last year.

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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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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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243 – Professor Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis is a Cobble Cobble woman from Queensland and is the current pro Vice-Chancellor and Balnaves Chair in constitutional law at the University of New South Wales. She’s worked for the United Nations and has been intimately involved in the campaign for meaningful constitutional recognition for Australia’s First Nations people, and had the honour of first reading out the Uluru Statement From the Heart publicly in 2017.

Four years on from the creation of the Statement – with its call for Voice, Treaty & Truth – Megan updates me on where the campaign for a constitutional First Nations Voice to Parliament is at, the roadblocks that remain, designing a model and searching for bipartisanship ahead of a possible referendum.

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

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

@mdavisqlder

ARTICLE: The Uluru Statement, four years on by Professor Megan Davis

INTERVIEW: The Uluru Statement – where to from here? on ABC Overnights with Rod Quinn

ARTICLE: Police officer not guilty of murdering woman during confrontation on Geraldton street (ABC NEWS) 

Cause of the Week: Uluru Statement From The Heart Campaign (ulurustatement.org)

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242 – Sean Kelly (Returns)

Sean Kelly is a writer and journalist, who’s a former adviser to Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

His new book is The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison and it’s great/scary/infuriating. With great insight and wit, Sean really tries to get at who our Prime Minister is, what drives, what (if anything) he believes in and what his political success says about us a country. We discuss how Morrison plays the “game” of politics, why he won in 2019 and whether he can be beaten again by the ALP in its current state.

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

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

I appeared on “The Culture” podcast to discuss Dave Chappelle’s latest special with Osman Faruqi & Cassie Workman

My last episode with Sean

@MrSeanKelly

The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison by Sean Kelly at Black Inc

Sean’s writing for Nine Fairfax Media

ARTICLE: Morrison sees votes in anti-Muslim strategy by Lenore Taylor (2011)

ARTICLE: Albanese says he’s in the final quarter, so when is he going to start kicking goals? by Sean Kelly 

Cause of the Week: The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au)

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241 – Sylvie Ellsmore

Sylvie Ellsmore is the Greens mayoral candidate for the City of Sydney in the upcoming NSW local elections. She’s running a campaign to make Sydney a city for everyone, not just the rich, with a particular focus on housing and grassroots democracy.

This was a fantastic conversation about the state of local Sydney politics, the legacy of independent mayor Clover Moore and the Greens’ vision for how the local city council can play a much more activist role in fixing the truly cooked Sydney housing market. (The waiting list for social housing in the City of Sydney is about 18 FUCKING YEARS.)

I think you’ll find Sylvie’s passion and ideas inspiring and cool. Go team.

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@Sylvie_E

Sylvie’s candidate page

Sylvie’s Facebook

Sylvie’s instagram

If you live in NSW make sure you’re enrolled to vote in the local elections by the end of TODAY (October 25th)

ARTICLE: Greens want the City of Sydney to lead on affordable housing

Check out the federal Greens’ policy to build 1 million homes 

Cause of the Week: Welcome Merchant (on linktree); book for the Greens for the City of Sydney Dinner Party here

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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

Watch “Big Deal” on ABC iview

DemocracyForSale.net

Cause of the Week: MakeItABigDeal.org

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239 – Dr. Helen Haines

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.

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WE ARE ALL IN THIS is scheduled for the Brisbane Comedy Festival in November

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

THIS THURSDAY NIGHT come along to the Greens’ National Campaign Kick-Off

@helenhainesindi

helenhaines.org

Helen’s press release on the Federal Government’s response to Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation

ARTICLE: Why Scott Morrison and his government oppose a NSW-style anti-corruption watchdog 

ARTICLE: The long history of political corruption in NSW – and the downfall of MPs, ministers and premiers  

Cause of the Week: UNICEF’s CoVax Appeal (unicef.org.au/covax-appeal)

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238 – Felicity Ruby

Felicity Ruby is a former Greens staffer, current PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and longtime friend and supporter of Julian Assange.

In the wake of revelations from Yahoo! News that Trump’s CIA floated plans to kidnap and kill Assange after Wikileaks’ “Vault 7” revelations in 2017, I wanted to talk to Flick about Assange’s plight and its political ramifications. We discuss what kind of a person Julian Assange is, his mission, his trial, the misconceptions that continue to swirl around him and the insane paranoia of Western intelligence agencies (aka our lovely allies).

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WE ARE ALL IN THIS is scheduled for the Brisbane Comedy Festival in November

@FlickRubicon

felicityruby.com

ARTICLE: Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot out: Inside the CIA’s secret war plans against Wikileaks

ARTICLE: End Game by Scott Ludlam 

Flick’s writing on Assange at Arena Magazine

ARTICLE: What it’s like to be targeted by the CIA and its mates

EVENT: Raucos Anti-AUKUS Caucus discussion this Thursday October 7th at 7pm

Juice Media’s Honest Government Ad about AUKUS

Cause of the Week: The Courage Foundation (couragefound.org)

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237 – Generations Apart (CIS event with Tom Switzer and Satya Jeetmarar)

This week’s episode is from an event I took part in with the Centre for Independent Studies, hosted by Tom Switzer and featuring academic Satya Jeetmarar.

Together we discussed/debated intergenerational inequality in the face of the COVID pandemic. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I think capitalism is the problem, while Satya and the CIS holds a different view.

See wot u reckon lol

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WE ARE ALL IN THIS is scheduled for the Brisbane Comedy Festival in November

@CISOZ

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Cause of the Week: Youth Projects (youthprojects.org.au)

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236 – Nick Boshier & Jazz Twemlow (The Moth Effect)

Nick Boshier (Trent from Punchy, Bondi Hipsters) and Jazz Twemlow (Tonightly with Tom Ballard lol) are two very nice men and good comedians who have created a new satirical sketch show for Amazon Prime, The Moth Effect.

The dudes let me know the guiding philosophy behind the show’s satire, their favourite sketches, the irony of taking the piss out of corporatism while working for Amazon, giving less of a shit about the insane news cycle and how to do comedy about the shortcomings of “wokeness” without being a douchebag.

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WE ARE ALL IN THIS is scheduled for the Brisbane Comedy Festival in November

@JazzTwemlow

@nickboshier

Watch The Moth Effect on Amazon Prime

Jazz’s Leftie Bootcamp sketch from Tonightly

ARTICLE: Big-name cast members Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson elevate Moth Effect 

ARTICLE: New woke lineup for The Wiggles slammed by outspoken Nationals Senator Matt Canavan 

ARTICLE: The ghosts are not silent by ABC Background Briefing 

Cause of the Week: The Great Koala National Park (koalapark.org.au)

Cause of the Week: International Rescue Committee (rescue.org)

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