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Image from @traceywithhope on Twitter.

You can listen to this episode above and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (60mins, 48MB).

This episode covers how we’re voting *updated list here* in the upcoming election (feel free to contact us with any suggested changes):

Senate:
1. Socialist Alliance
2. Australian Progressives
3. The Greens
4. Australian Sex Party
5. Pirate Party
6. Drug Law Reform

House of Representatives:
1. HODGINS-MAY Steph – The Greens
2. McKENZIE-KIRKBRIGHT Levi – Drug Law Reform
3. VON DOUSSA Henry – Marriage Equality
4. DANBY Michael – Australian Labor Party
5. SMYTH Robert Millen – Animal Justice Party
6. HOLLAND Peter – Independent
7. GUEST Owen – Liberal
8. MYERS John B – Independent

We start off the episode by discussing our article ‘(Animal Justice) Party Poopers: Why we’re Not Voting for the Animal Justice Party, even though we’re Vegans’.

We also discuss and play some highlights of the event ‘Left Q/A – Election 2016’, featuring candidates from Save the Planet, the Greens and Socialist Alliance, as well as politics professor Robert Manne. You can listen to this entire event here: part one, part two. This event was at The New International Bookshop – Melbourne’s famous radical bookshop. It is located at Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton, Melbourne, 3053.

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Image from newinternationalbookshop.org.au

If you’d like to hear more of our coverage of this election, check out episode 136, where we analysed the election from an environmental perspective, and episode 137 where we discussed the election through an anarchist lens. We also covered the same-sex marriage plebiscide, which will go ahead if the Liberal/National Coalition win, on episode 135.

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Clips:

Nine Inch Nails ‘Capital G’, Highlights of the event ‘Left Q/A – Election 2016’ – featuring Phillip Sutton from Save the Planet and Zane Alcorn from Socialist Alliance, Strike AnywhereChorus of One’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features some highlights from the Left Q/A – Election 2016 event, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Comments
  1. Vote Greens says:

    Think just vote greens – those other two are “nutty” and “nothing much” respectively.

    • We explain why we’re voting for far-left parties like the Socialist Alliance ahead of the Greens on the episode but to sum it up briefly: we are anti-capitalists, so feel we have more in common with an anti-capitalist party like the Socialist Alliance than pro-capitalist parties like the Greens (even though we’re not state socialists). More specifically though, while we like and respect the Greens and think they have a lot of positive, progressive policies, we also acknowledge that they support (and are one of the biggest proponents of) the idea of “green” growth and “green” capitalism.

      We have done a whole episode challenging this idea of “green” capitalism (episode 81) and if you see the graph embedded in the notes for that episode, you’ll see that fossil fuel emissions have only ever gone down in times of economic downturn and up in times of economic growth. https://progressivepodcastaustralia.com/2015/01/06/81/ So for those concerned about the environment, it makes sense to challenge this idea of growth.

      While we hope that the Greens get more votes than the two major parties, we are preferencing parties like the Socialist Alliance ahead of the Greens, to encourage them to challenge growth. On episode 136, we discuss preferential voting and why it makes sense to preference parties taking the climate emergency more seriously than the Greens, for example by challenging growth, ahead of the Greens, to send a message – just as the Greens encourage people to vote for them to send a message to Labor: https://progressivepodcastaustralia.com/2016/06/24/136/

      Nick

  2. […] recently did a podcast episode where we explained how we’re voting this election. We got some feedback questioning why […]

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