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The image above is from Crimethinc.

This episode has been released in two parts. You can download part 1 of this episode on Media Fire here (49MB). You can listen to part 2 and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here and you can also listen to part 2 on Cyber Ears here and Archive.org here (61MB).

In part one of this episode, we discuss the Australian federal election. We start off by discussing a letter Nick received from the Liberal Party and their “direct action green army“, their solar panel to solve all environmental problems and how they always explain their policies “so clearly” (when they’re not being racist and sexist). We also discuss Luc “getting involved” in the I’m Voting Liberal Campaign. We highlight the similarities between Labor and Liberal – the two major parties in Australia – on issues such as digital rights and asylum seekers. See our 5th episode for an in-depth discussion on the similarities between these two parties.

The role of the minor parties is also covered. Family First have criticised The Sex Party – which makes us like The Sex Party a lot! We also argue that The Greens are not going anywhere any time soon, although Wikileaks preferences have not helped their cause in the Western Australian senate. Our friend Nathan may have worked out the reason behind these preferences – it involves football! Due to crappy preferences from many parties, we encourage people to work out your own how to vote card – see here for three sites where you can do this. We discuss all of the parties in our electorate and have created a Progressive Podcast “how to vote” for people to consider – you can view this here and please contact us before the election if you have any suggested changes. We encourage people to put progressive minor parties first, due to preferential voting in Australia, to oppose the “two-party system” which the mainstream media creates in Australia. Also mentioned were refugee advocate Julian Burnside’s recommendations for voting in this election, posters for the upcoming German election that we’ve seen around Berlin and Vego Foodworld vegan restaurant in Berlin.

We start off part two of the episode with the segment ‘What you HAVE learnt from Adbusters this week’, discussing the article ‘Barack Obama: The Hamlet President‘, from issue 108. Nick brags that he was right about Obama from the start (and you morons were all wrong :p) and John Pilger labels Obama ‘the Hopey Changey of western violence’. We discuss Obama’s broken promises (here’s more if you need them!), his policy on drones, the US political system and voting. We have the (long awaited?) return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’, this time on voting. We discuss the similarities of Pilkington’s points with smarter people like Noam Chomsky (from the books Chomsky on Anarchism and Hegemony or Survival) and David Graeber (from Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology). We talk about “informal voting” in Australia and former Opposition Leader Mark Latham (in)famously encouraging people to vote with a blank ballot and a big rise in the number people voting “informally” in that election.

We finish the episode by arguing that voting can have some positive effect but we need to do more and there are plenty of other ways we can make change outside of the voting booth. We also argue that ideally we’d have direct democracy not parliamentary rule – check out our 29th episode (part 2) for more on anti-capitalism and anarchism. Also covered on part two is “dirty fucking usual Jon’s” rant about the Miley Cyrus “incident”, the anti-Russian queerphobia rally and Vegan Festival that we went to in Berlin (which featured hip hop artist Albino and the collective-run vegan store Roots of Compassion – see photos from the event here), and finally we talk about Indigenous people being attacked with a bomb in Australia, which the mainstream media mostly ignored – please share this story on Facebook and Twitter so it gets the attention it deserves!

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Clips (part 1):

Rap News ‘Australian Election: A Game of Polls’, Election 2013 – Day One, The Drugs ‘I Was a Teenage Voter’.

Clips (part 2):

Bill Hicks ‘Politics in America‘, Dead Prez (featuring Estelle) ‘Let the People be Heard’, MorrisseyIrish Blood, English Heart (live)‘, Lowkey ‘My Soul’, Lowkey ‘Obama Nation’, Lowkey ‘Skit 2’ – speech by Tariq Ali, Obama on the Daily Show, The Young Turks on ObamaLowkey ‘Obama Nation (part 2)’, Bill Maher owned by Glenn Greenwald, John LajoieMiley, You’re A Good Girl‘, Ricky Gervais podcast with Karl Pilkington (series 2, part 1), George Carlin on voting, Family GuyEstablishment‘, Peep ShowChumbawamba ‘Mr Heseltine Meets His Public’, Dead Prez on voting – from Democracy Now, Dead PrezPolitrikks‘.

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The image above is from Sarah Ross. *The title refers to our #SuperDogForRefugees, who you can see at the refugee rights rally in Perth here.

You can listen to this episode on MediaFire here (39MB).

With “snap protests” called all around Australia to take a stand against the Rudd Labor government’s disgraceful new policies towards people coming to Australia by boat, we thought we’d do a “snap podcast” for the same reason. We discuss these new policies, which mean people coming to Australia by boat have no chance of being settled in Australia, and the way in which Rudd has spoken out against this kind of crap in the past. We critique these new policies with the help of a great article by lawyer Julian Burnside and The Human Rights Law Centre. Now asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat who are found to be “genuine refugees” will be settled in Papua New Guinea. While Rudd tries to paint Papua New Guinea as some kind of paradise, The Guardian and even the Australian government themselves say otherwise. We also discuss the importance of striving to change Australian attitudes on asylum seekers and for true globalisation – the free movement of people around the world. While Rudd’s policies are horrible, it has been great to see protests against this all around Australia, including in Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville and Perth. We bring you some of the speeches from the Perth protest, including Sam Wainwright from the Socialist Alliance (you can see a video of his speech here), Jess McLeod – President of the Curtin University student guild and Victoria Martin-Iverson from the Refugee Rights Action Network. You can see all of our photos from this rally here.

We also have a return of the segment ‘What you HAVEN’T learnt from the media this week’, discussing the media blackout on the Bradley Manning trial and him being accused of “aiding the enemy”. Other topics covered on the episode are: You can now become a member of Progressive Podcast Australia, Tony Abbott apparently doesn’t believe in invisible things, Australia’s peak health body finally recognises that a vegan diet is healthy for all Australians, veganism is more than just a diet, intersectionality in cartoon form, intersectionality and feminism, and intersectionality and “Steve and Lucie’s” Team Earthling animal rights podcast.

Alternative Media:

BradleyManning.org

Clips:

NineMSN ‘Rudd Says No Boat People will be Resettled in Australia’, Propagandhi ‘Cut Into the Earth’, Billy Bragg ‘NPWA’, The Whitest Kids U’ KnowSuper Dog’, Speakers and chants from the Refugee Rights Rally in Perth, Rap News ‘Episode XIII: A News Hope’, Austin PowersCNNNN ‘Series 2, Episode 6’, True Blood, Peep Show (Series 1, episode 6), CNNNN ‘Series 1, Episode 1’, Propagandhi ‘Nailing Descartes to the Wall/Liquid Meat is still Murder’, True Blood ‘Series 3, Episode 12’, Lowkey ‘We Will Rise’.

Labor or Liberal

Image from the Maritime Union of Australia.

This episode has been released in two parts. You can download part 1 of this episode on Media Fire here (49MB) and part 2 on Media Fire here (52MB).

On part one of this episode, we bring you a taste of the event Now That’s a Party!, organised by the activist organisation GetUp!, which gave a voice to some of the minor political parties in Australia. You’ll hear from Scott Ludlam from the Greens, Fiona Patten from The Sex Party, Greg Barnes from the WikiLeaks Party, Brendan Molloy from the Pirate Party, and Sam Wainwright from the Socialist Alliance. These parties are so often left out of the mainstream media coverage of Australian politics, which obsesses over the two major parties. These major parties, while having some differences, have many similarities, including both demonising “foreigners” and similarities on so many other issues. We focus on the media quite a bit in this episode, with a return of the segment ‘What you HAVEN’T learnt from the media this week’. In this segment, we mention that 77% of people in the United States don’t trust newspapers and TV news, as well as discussing Nick’s conference paper on elections and the media. We discuss some recent news, including Kevin Rudd becoming Prime Minister of Australia and we bust Labor’s myths about asylum seekers being economic migrants, while also speaking up for those migrating for economic reasons. We also give updates on Bradley Manning and discuss Chris Hedges article ‘We Are All Bradley Manning’, as well as discussing Edward Snowden’s case, Julian Assange trying to help him out and getting in trouble, the documentary: We Steal Secrets and a funny religious pamphlet we got in the mail.

On part two of the episode, we discuss some more points from the Now That’s a Party! event, including: Brendan Molloy from the Pirate Party on changing marriage to civil unions, Scott Ludlam from the Greens on sustainable cities, and Sam Wainwright from the Socialist Alliance on nationalising the mines, public money going to religious organisations, and challenging testing in education. We also discuss Corey Bernadi comparing polygamy to bestiality, iTunes reviews for our show (you can leave iTunes reviews for us here), memrise.com, The Dispossessed, croquet (or crochet??) and social change, Maori lessons from Jon, Turkey’s “standing man” protest, UK tries to deter immigrants with ridiculous billboards, Jeremy from Critical Transit on cars being the problem when it comes to transport, links between human rights and animal rights, Team Earthling’s episode on intersectionality, The Critical Animal Studies Conference in Canberra (we’ll discuss this conference and bring you some of the talks from it on our next episode), Julian Burnside’s talk on refugees, asylum seekers removed from Manus Island, and a recap of the Walk Together event, which we promoted on our previous episode.

Alternative Media:

RTR 92.1FM Indymedia.

Clips (part one):

The Desaparecidos ‘Left is Right’, Peep Show (Series 4, episode 4), Lowkey ‘Terrorist’, Goldfinger ‘Not Amused’, The Thick of it (Series 1, episode 1), Now That’s a Party! event – edited by Nick Pendergrast,* Chumbawamba ‘The Candidates Find Common Ground’.

Clips (part two):

Chumbawamba ‘The Candidates Find Common Ground’, 5 clips from the Now That’s a Party! event, Austin PowersThe IT Crowd, Jon’s Maori Pronunciation Guide, music from the Walk Together event, Critical Transit ‘Episode 33’, Suli BreaksI Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate’.

*You can listen to a recording of the entire event here. You can also watch all of the speech from Sam Wainwright from the Social Alliance here. If anyone knows of any of the other talks from the night being available to watch online, please contact us and we will add the link to them.

Image fromWelcome to Australia.

You can download this episode on Media Fire here (44MB).

This time we bring you a refugee-themed episode for Refugee Week. We start the episode by discussing Australia excising itself from the migration zone, drawing on the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Melissa Phillips and Bianca Hall. We also discuss the similarities between the two major parties on the issue of refugees, some different ideas on refugees from minor parties at the Now That’s a Party event, the Gillard government’s asylum seeker policy adviser quits, problems with ASIO’s security assessments and a recent case where this has affected a family, and finally a positive story on Australian’s attitudes towards refugees! The main focus of this episode is giving people advice on effectively changing attitudes refugees, mainly drawing on Amnesty International’s Activist Resources. We encourage people to bust myths on refugees and get the facts out to people who need to know them, as well as promoting Amnesty’s pro-asylum seeker pledge.

We also cover some creative ways to make change on refugees and other issues, including through: apps, computer games, board games, comedy and music. Other stuff covered is: Nick guest hosting the punk show Burn the Airwaves (6 June 2013 episode), Worldwide Vegan Activism (features Nick, as well as Marcus and Ruth from The Species Barrier podcast), Gary Francione’s commentary on talking to non-vegans about veganism, shock jock Howard Sattler gets fired, the activist well-being group Plan to Thrive, Noam Chomsky’s recent interview on anarchism, Reaction Podcast’s review of our show, and we critique arguments in favour of restricting migration to Australia for environmental reasons, instead arguing in favour of welcoming people coming to Australia – whether they are fleeing persecution or coming here for economic reasons. We finish by promoting the Walk Together event, which has this message – find an event near you here.

Clips:

ABC News ‘Parliament Excises Mainland from Migration Zone’, Sleater KinneyOff With Your Head’, Scrubs (Season 6, episode 7), Wil WagnaI Don’t Want to Live Here Anymore’, Aamer RahmanPolitics’, Bill HicksSleep and the Message’, The Herd77%’, Monty Python and the Holy GrailDennis the Constitutional Peasant’, Howard Sattler “mash up” from interviews with Nick on humane slaughter and horse meat, Sam Wainwright and Scott Ludlam from the Now That’s a Party event, True Blood ‘Season 3, Episode 6’, Bill HicksAustralia’, Billy Bragg ‘Economic Migrants’, Anti-Flag ‘Underground Network’.