235 – Senator Mehreen Faruqi

Mehreen Faruqi has been a Greens senator for NSW since 2017. Her memoir Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud was released in July, describing her life, politics and reflections on being a progressive and outspoken migrant in Australia.

Here Mehreen and I discuss how her perceptions of what Australia is have changed over the past thirty years, her thoughts on compromise and incrementalism and the Greens’ role in pushing big bold ideas, as well as her desire to see a “feminist, anti-racist Australia”.

(Sincere apologies for the long time between podcast episodes, everyone: I have been going LOOPY in lockdown and have been having a bit of a rough trot that stopped me doing very much at all. I am much better now though thank you. I hope you are ok too. The end. As you were.)

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mehreenfaruqi.org.au

Mehreen’s book Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud is out now through Allen & Unwin

ARTICLE: Coalition supports Pauline Hanson motion to ban critical race theory teachings 

My episode with outgoing Greens Senator Rachel Siewert

Cause of the Week: Greyhound Rescue (greyhoundrescue.com.au)

 

 

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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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newliberals.net.au

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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233 – Luke McGregor

Luke McGregor is a beloved Australian comedian who co-stars in the ABC series Rosehaven alongside Celia Pacquola and presents “Lukenomics” on The Weekly. He’s also my very nice friend and one time we got KFC together.

A month on from his appearance on Q&A alongside (now Nationals leader) Barnaby Fucking Joyce, Luke talks to me about the frustrations of public debate, why studying economics stopped him being a Liberal voter, and the ins and outs of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT).

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My book I, Millennial: One Snowflake’s Screed Against Plague, Boomers, Billionaires & Everything Else will be published in December

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

@LukeWMcGregor

Luke’s Facebook page

Luke’s appearance on Q&A

Lukenomics explainer on MMT

Free online event: MMT and the Media: Taking Charge of the Narrative with Luke & Bill Mitchell 

Daily Mail article on Luke’s appearance on Q&A

Cause of the Week: Brightside Farm Sanctuary (brightside.org.au

 

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232 – Josh Cullinan

Josh Cullinan is the Secretary of the Retail And Fast Food Workers’ Union (RAFFWU); a young fighting union which represents thousands of overwhelmingly younger Australian workers in highly casualised and insecure industries.

RAFFWU was set up in opposition to the right-wing “yellow” union the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (the SDA), aka Christian Porter’s favourite union. In this conversation Josh explains just how bad the SDA has been for workers, the scourge of casualisation and how RAFFWU is organising for a better deal and a better future.

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raffwu.org.au

RAFFWU’s “SDA Facts”

ARTICLE: Precarious workers held out to dry by Josh Cullinan

ARTICLE: Australia’s Youngest Union Is Organising Retail and Fast-Food Workers (in Jacobin)

ARTICLE: Shopped Out by Ben Schneiders & Royce Millar

Cause of the Week: RAFFWU! Join them yourself or spread the word (raffwu.org.au)

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231 – Tim Hollo

Tim Hollo is a former staffer for the Australian Greens, is the Greens candidate for the federal seat of Canberra and works as the Executive Director of the official Greens think tank, The Greens Institute.

He’s currently working on a book laying out his theory of “ecological politics”; a a self-organising democracy grounded in the natural world and connection. Tim wants a politics seeks to go beyond the neoliberal capitalist status quo, rejects the far-right’s “solutions” and avoids what he considers to be the limits of socialism. We discuss the details of Tim’s theory, as well as his reflections on the Greens’ strategy around Kevin Rudd’s CPRS, how fossil fuel companies killing off the possibilities of climate action, decentralising power and why consensus decision making isn’t centrism.

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Tim’s writing at The Guardian

OPINION PIECE: The End Of The World As We Know It by Tim Hollo

OPINION PIECE: Tim Hollo on an ecological democracy where “everything is connected” and embedded in nature 

Cause of the Week: IndigenousX (indigenousx.com.au)

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230 – Emma Dawson

Emma Dawson is an ALP member and a former adviser to the Rudd and Gillard governments on public broadcasting policy. These days she’s the Executive Director of the think tank Per Capita, “an independent, progressive think tank, dedicated to fighting inequality in Australia”.

After very kindly providing me with a nice lunch, Emma explains where her politics come from, the Labor Party’s neoliberal legacy, the role of markets in society and her passion for social democracy. She lays out the policy complexities with the #80ADay JobSeeker campaign and the tensions between idealistic, activist politics and brutal electoral math.

(Note: at one point I think Emma accidentally said Linda Reynolds when she was referring to Linda Burney.)

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percapita.org.au

ARTICLE: Unemployment doesn’t just happen to “other people”. It can happen to you by Emma Dawson

ARTICLE: Centrist Joe is precisely the president America needs by Emma Dawson

ARTICLE: Income support ‘not the only lever’: Labor’s plan to tackle disadvantage

The 2021 Per Capita Tax Survey

What Happens Next? edited by Emma Dawson & Janet McCalman

Cause of the Week: The Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (unemployedworkersunion.com)

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229 – Jonathan Biggins

Jonathan Biggins is a legendary Australian satirist, actor and writer, who is currently performing his one-man show The Gospel According To Paul – a theatrical biography of the reforming Labor Treasurer and Prime Minister, Paul Keating.

I asked Jonathan about his thoughts on Keating’s complicated legacy – the good and the bad – and how his (often arrogant, but politically effective) leadership contrasts with the shit we have today. We discuss “economic rationalism”, the waging of culture wars and identity politics and Jonathan’s grave concern about the effect that social media technology is having on our society..

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The Gospel According To Paul by Jonathan Biggins is on at the Arts Centre in Melbourne until May 23rd 

It then tours to Bendigo and Brisbane

ARTICLE: Scott Morrison wants a big, simply country. With Labor dumbstruck and blindsided, he’s getting one by Guy Rundle

Cause of the Week: The Actor’s Benevolent Fund (actorsbenevolentfund.org.au)

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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

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

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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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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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