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Episode 102: The Government’s Love Letters to Foxtel and News Corp by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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Nick is joined by Dr Matthew Rimmer, a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law, who takes on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. This proposed Bill has support from both the government and the “opposition” Labor party and it has troubling implications for civil liberties and online freedom. Email Labor politicians to encourage them to oppose the Bill.

During the episode Nick encourages people to sell or give away stuff they’re no longer using for environmental and human rights reasons. He also promotes the new Australian sketch show Open Slather.

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Clips:

Open SlatherHome of Thrones’ – from ‘Series 1, Episode 3’, SmooveThe Revolution Will Be Televised’, Open Slather ‘Series 1, Episode 3’, Our interview with Dr Matthew Rimmer, Bad ReligionUnacceptable’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Dr Matthew Rimmer, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*The title of the episode is taken from a quote from Dr Matthew Rimmer, where he described the Copyright Bill and the associated report as ‘love letters to Foxtel and News Corp’.

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Episode 101: Legalise Mary Jane by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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We’re joined by Malou Logan, vice chairperson of Gabriela Australia, who discusses the campaign to free Mary Jane Veloso. Veloso is a Filipina worker who was arrested and sentenced to death for allegedly smuggling heroin into Indonesia. She has been in Indonesian prison since 2010 and has recently had her execution delayed. Logan makes the case that 5 years in prison is more than enough punishment for Veloso.

We also discuss the article ‘7 Things People Who Say They’re Fiscally Conservative But Socially Liberal Don’t Understand’ by Greta Christina, welfare and anarchism, and thank Will Potter for promoting our show on his site GreenIsTheNewRed.com.

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Image from druglibrary.org (full link given below).

We finish the episode by going through some listener feedback on episode 97 and making the case for the legalisation of all recreational drugs, considering illegal drugs kill less people (see pic above) and are less harmful (see pic below) than alcohol.

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Image from economist.com (full link given above).

This episode is brought to you by “Star Fucking Sebastian”. He recommends people check out the book Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy. If you want to know more about situationism, check out the book and/or read or listen to Crimethinc – coz we’re no help with this on the episode! Thanks a lot to Sebastian for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

System of a DownPrison Song’, Interview with Malou Logan, Austin Powers, PropagandhiAnd We Thought Nation States Were a Bad Idea’, Bill HicksDrugs Are Bad’ and ‘Religion / Drugs’, David DonderoNew Berlin Wall’.

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Us at the end of our commitment ceremony – on our way to the reception.

#100: Our “Oddball” Commitment Ceremony – Anarchist, Atheist, Pro-Queer, Pro-Feminist, Vegan, sXe by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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This is our 100th episode special and we discuss our commitment ceremony and the way it incorporated our political beliefs. This includes our anarchist, atheist, pro-queer, pro-feminist, vegan and level 5 (or 6) straight edge (drug free) ideologies. For more on why we reject marriage, check out our discussion below – taken from episode 28:

The episode features a return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’ – this time it is on overseas weddings. We also discuss our wedsite (password: seashells), some of the wedding traditions we threw out the window, our commitment rings (Katie’s, Nick’s), and we play our entire commitment ceremony as well as voicemail from “the usual Jon” on why he doesn’t want a marriage OR a commitment ceremony. You can view some pictures from our ceremony here. See Offbeat Bride for more on alternative weddings/commitment ceremonies.

*A video of our commitment ceremony is coming soon.

This episode is brought to you by “Jolly Jazz aka Santa Claus”. You can hear Jazz and other members of the Melbourne Street Medic Collective on episode 29. Be sure to like Melb SMC on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for lots of important information for activists! Thanks a lot to Jazz for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too! Also thanks to all of our listeners for your support over the last 100 episodes!

Clips:

Nick’s dad’s speech at our commitment ceremony reception, The Sex PistolsMy Way’, Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 2’, Ricky Gervais podcast, The Moaning of Life ‘Episode 1’, Bill Hicks ‘Alcohol is a Drug’, CollegeHumorWhy Engagement Rings Are A Scam’, Dashboard ConfessionalStolen’, Our commitment ceremony, Counting Crows ‘Accidentally in Love’, Jamie KilsteinSoulmates’, Father of the Bride, Voicemail from “the usual Jon”, Social DistortionFaithless’.

You can listen to a short (11 minute) version of this episode, which features our commitment ceremony, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Waleed Aly’s call for more money for services to tackle domestic violence reached a lot of people online and through the popular current affairs TV show The Project.

Episode 99: Show Me the Money by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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This time we take on the lack of funding for services to tackle domestic violence in the federal budget. We’re joined by Jessica Ellen, a law student who has done research into domestic violence and volunteered at community legal centres.

We start by playing Waleed Aly’s #ShowMeTheMoney video on this issue, as well as Jessica’s follow-up video on this.

Jessica then discusses the importance of domestic violence services and education for men, government cuts and how this relates to domestic violence, the role of the law in addressing these issues, Waleed Aly’s interview with Malcolm Turnbull, gendered violence and why anger management alone doesn’t address it, and Jane Gilmore’s article ‘What the Coroner’s Court report reveals about domestic violence’.

Also covered on the episode is: 1800 Respect, non-profits and neoliberalism, religion and progressive values (check out episodes 87 and 88 for more on this), and we promote Indymedia on RTR92.1FM – 27 April episode features an interview with film-maker David Bradbury on his documentary ‘Remembering the Frontier Wars’ as well as a discussion about Anzac Day, 4 May episode covered the Melbourne protests against the closure of Indigenous communities.

For more feminist episodes from us, check out episodes 95 and 96.

This episode is brought to you by “Star Fucking Sebastian”. Thanks a lot to Sebastian for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

Question Time – Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Domestic Violence in Australia, Jerry MaguireShow Me the Money!’, Waleed Aly grills Turnbull over domestic violence funding, Lisa Wilkinson questions the amount of money given to domestic violence in the budget, Sara BareillesKing of Anything’, The ProjectWaleed Aly says Show Me The Money to end Domestic Violence’, Interview with Jessica Ellen – part 1, jessicaellen#ShowMeTheMoney: Life After Family Violence’, Star Fucking HipstersThis Wal-Mart Life’, Interview with Jessica Ellen – part 2, HaimFalling’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Jessica Ellen, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Independent journalist Will Potter with the new Rise Against record ‘The Eco Terrorist in Me’, which features a song that is inspired by Will’s work and another with spoken word from Will. The pic is from greenisthenewred.com

Episode 98: Will Potter on Rising Against the Criminalisation of Activism by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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On this episode we’re joined by independent journalist Will Potter from greenisthenewred.com. He discusses: what ‘green is the new red’ refers to (linking the previous “red scare” about communism to the current “green scare” about animal and environmental activists), the way repressive laws target both militant and moderate activists, the ways these laws are creeping into Australia and elsewhere around the world, the power of corporations and their free movement around the world, and coalition building between different social movements united against repressive laws. Will also speaks about his collaboration with Rise Against (as shown above) and the power of punk music in bringing about social change and politicising youth. Also covered is emotional versus physical harm as a result of militant activism and using graphic footage in a way that is consistent with animal liberation – for more on these topics, check out our post-ICAS discussion with Team Earthling.

Some more plugs for Will: buy his book Green is the New Red, check out Team Earthling’s reviews of his book, like Green is the New Red on Facebook, watch his Australian talk, and listen to him being interviewed by our friend Jess from ICAS.

Also covered throughout the episode is: proposed anti-protest laws in Western Australia, the Behind the Mask documentary, our favourite green smoothie recipe and Fox’s Party Rings.

This episode is brought to you by “Generous Jess”. Jess is helping to organise Living Green Festival in Canberra on the 4th October 2015 – like the Living Green Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for updates. Thanks a lot to Jess for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

Rise AgainstThe Eco Terrorist in Me’ – clip with lyrics, Rise AgainstReady to Fall’ – watch the clip here (trigger warning for graphic images of animal suffering), Will PotterPropagandhi Talks About Green is the New Red’, GoldfingerBehind the Mask’ – watch the clip here (trigger warning for graphic images of animal suffering).

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Will Potter, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Episode 97: Abbott’s Worst Nightmare by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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This time we’re joined by Nick’s cousin Emil Raji, who runs Sailboat Records and plays in the band A City Sorrow Built (and others). We discuss the colonial implications of the #boycottBali campaign, which was started in reaction to two Australian citizens, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, being executed in Bali for drug trafficking.

We mention the Australian Federal Police’s role in their execution, a Roy Morgan poll on Australian attitudes towards drug smugglers being executed, and tourism and exploitation. We also question the Australian government’s “concern” over human rights, when it has a horrible human rights record itself, as well as supporting other countries despite their human rights abuses, such as China and Saudi Arabia.

We also look into the racist Reclaim Australia movement and the Rally Against Racism counter-movement, starting with the article ‘Reclaim Australia Accidentally Reclaims 1930s Germany‘ by The Backburner on SBS Comedy. We discuss the article ‘Why Were Most of the Anti-Reclaim Australia Protestors White?’ by Sanmita Verma, protesting and privilege, and the importance of intersectionality and people of colour leading social movements. For more on Reclaim Australia and the Rallies Against Racism, check out episode 94.

Also covered throughout the episode is: why nationalism is ridiculous, as well as racism in the live export campaign and animal advocacy generally. You can hear more on this topic by listening to Javed de Costa’s talk ‘Class, Race and Veganism’, which we played on episode 54.

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Clips:

Bunga HitamSetara’, Payung TeduhUntuk Perempuan Yang Sedang Dalam Pelukan’, CJ Reay aka The Casual Terrorist on Queer Punx podcast, Hikari Todoじかん’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our discussion with Emil on the colonial implications of the Boycott Bali campaign, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Episode 96: Consent is Joyful! by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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Katie and Kathyn Joy are back with more feminist goodness. This episode is a continuation of their discussion from episode 95. On this episode they cover: sexism in comedy at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and beyond, the importance of consent and consent education, reflections on their own experiences with patriarchy and the power of speaking out about them, Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey and ICAS 2015.

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Clips:

Salt N PepaNone of Your Business’, Ani DiFrancoNot a Pretty Girl’, Patty GriffinBe Careful’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Katie and Kathryn’s discussion on sexism in comedy, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.