Archive for April, 2014

SLudz King of the World

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam aka S-Ludz. Pic is by Katie – how rad is the pic?

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We start off this episode with a recap of the results of the recent Western Australian Senate by-election. There was a big swing away from both major parties, while the Greens and the Palmer United Party were the big winners. We argue Senator Scott Ludlam or “S-Ludz” and the Greens got their highest number of votes yet because of the their grassroots campaign and the clear alternative they provided to the Liberals agenda. The Palmer United Party attracted votes due to their massive advertising campaign, despite offering no polices (besides cheap chips). Also covered is Labor politician and right-wing dick “Joe Bollocks” winning a seat over progressive Louise Pratt, due to dodgy deals in the Labor party. It was good to see Pratt winning more below-the-line votes than Bollocks, but it wasn’t enough for her.

In the second part we discuss two separate studies – one from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and one sponsored by NASA – that both predict the end is nigh. We use these studies to argue that “green” capitalism will not save us and is also not intersectional – unlike “eco-development” it doesn’t take into account issues like workers’ rights and economic equality. We also draw on Antony Loewenstein on Left and Correct podcast (14/12/2012 episode) to talk about pragmatism in the Greens. Other stuff featured on the episode is another Austin Powers moment in Australian politics and a great comedy video by A Rational Fear parodying Victoria’s new anti-protest laws – which we covered on episode 51.

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Clips:

Mad as Hell ‘Series 3, Episode 9’, Ludapalooza – Senator Scott Ludlam DJs at Capitol, Simpsons ‘Hi everybody’, Austin PowersThe Hamster WheelThe Turkey Slap’, Katie’s interview with someone handing out how-to-votes for the Greens, Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 8’, Austin PowersA Rational FearHow to Protest Properly in Victoria’, Propagandhi ‘Rock for Sustainable Capitalism’, Dead Prez ‘A New Beginning’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on the Intergovernmental Panel Report on Climate Change showing that we are not doing enough to address the problem, here: Green Capitalism Won’t Save UsYou can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Katie (with the vegan shirt) at the Perth March in March.

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In this episode we give a recap of the March in March against the Abbott government in Townsville and Perth. We play Stevie from Team Earthling’s field report on her experiences at the Townsville event. We went to the Perth event and we bring you some of the speeches from it, including Sam Cavallaro (President of Curtin University Student Guild, member of NUS), Andrew Haywood (activist on disability pensions), Steve McCartney (WA State Secretary AMWU, President of the Trades and Labour Council – Unions WA) and Tony Abbott impersonator Balony Abott. We discuss the way that satire can sometimes reinforce the inequalities it is trying to oppose and how police forced people to removeoffensive” t-shirts that read ‘Fuck Tony Abbott’. You can see our photos of the Perth event here. We also mention that we are now on the App Omny, critique “anarcho”-capitalism, and thank Melbourne Street Medic Collective for promoting our podcast at Camp Anarchy.

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Clips:

Hunters and CollectorsWe the People’, Field report by Stevie from Team Earthling on March in March Townsville, Austin PowersNOFXAnarchy Camp’, Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 6’, Our recordings from March in March Perth (featuring Sam Cavallaro, Andrew Haywood, Steve McCartney and Balony Abbott), Bill Hicks ‘Sanctity of Life, The’, The Broadways ‘Police Song’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features some of the talks from March in March Perth, here: Voices from March in March. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.