Archive for September, 2015

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We’re joined by politics junkies Jen Perry and Kieran Massie. In the first part of the episode we discuss the #libspill and gender, farewell Tony Abbott (and his shit eating face), analyse what will (or won’t!) change with Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister, and mention the results of the Canning by-election.

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Gender and the leadership spill – a lot of criticism about the spill has been directed at Julie Bishop rather than Malcolm Turnbull.

In the second part of the episode we discuss UK politics including Scottish nationalism and socialist backbencher Jeremy Corbyn becoming leader of the British Labour Party. For more on Scottish nationalism and the rise of the Scottish National Party (SNP), see Mhairi Black’s maiden speech to parliament (embedded below). She is 20 year old SNP politician who unseated a Labour candidate in her district.

We finish the episode by looking at the Australian Greens mainstreaming and moving to the right – using the example of a recent portfolio reshuffle.

Check out Jen’s blog! You can also hear Jen discuss intersectionality, animal rights and feminism on our 48th episode.

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Clips:

BBC NewsAustralia PM Tony Abbott ousted by Malcolm Turnbull’, Steve Ballmer being Ridiculous, The Smith Street Band ‘Wipe That Shit Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face’, 30 RockOh No, My Period!’, ChildbirthI Only Fucked You as a Joke’, Billie Holiday ‘Strange Fruit’.

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*Politricks in the title is kinda stolen/borrowed/modified from the Dead Prez song ‘Politrikkks’ – check it out, and their other songs!

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This episode features an interview with Samah Sabawi, a Palestinian Australian Canadian writer and human rights advocate. She discusses the ongoing oppression Palestinian people face, even when the bombs are not dropping and most of the media is ignoring the issue. To learn more about this topic, she recommends people look into: bdsmovement.net, electronicintifada.net and palestinechronicle.com. You can find out more about the BDS conference she will be speaking about here. You can also listen to our previous episodes on this issue – episodes 16, 62 and 63 and read Nick’s article ‘A Response to Sam Harris Blaming Muslims for the “Careful” and “Compassionate” Killing of Palestinian Civilians’.

Samah Sabawi also leaves us with her powerful poem ‘Red Shirt. Blue Jeans’ (embedded below) about Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who recently drowned, sparking changing discussions about asylum seekers. We discuss this further, mentioning that the image of this boy and the EU refugee crisis generally have led to very different discussions and policies towards asylum seekers in Australia. We refer to Waleed Aly’s video from The Project on the EU Refugee crisis and we also mention Tad Tietze’s article looking into who is to blame for harsh refugee policies in Australia – politicians or the public? For further analysis of the EU refugee crisis, check out RTRFM Indymedia (7/9/15 episode).

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Clips:

Serj Tankian ‘Occupied Tears’, Nick’s interview with Samah Sabawi on Palestine, Ambassador MCFree Palestine’, Samah SabawiRed Shirt. Blue Jeans‘ (embedded below).

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Amnesty International has recently announced that decriminalisation is their official human rights policy on sex work – they explain why here. We discuss this development, partially drawing on and critiquing an episode of ‘The Minefield’ on ABC radio.

Some of the points we cover are: decriminalisation is for sex workers NOT for sex buyers, sex work as work, “First World” versus “Third World” sex work, and sex work and capitalism.

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Clips:

Anti-FlagYou’ll Scream Tonight’, Meghan TrainorAll About That Bass’.

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