Posts Tagged ‘Education’

safe schools

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On this episode we speak out in defense of Safe Schools, a program designed to increase awareness of queer issues in schools and reduce the bullying faced by queer kids. This program is currently under attack from homophobic, transphobic and all round queerphobic assholes – some of who are politicians such as Senator Cory Bernadi, leading to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull approving an investigation into Safe Schools.

Some things you can do to support Safe Schools:

Also covered on the episode is: further discussion on activism for refugees and on the importance of not just letting them stay but also closing the camps (opposing mandatory detention and offshore processing) in light of Baby Asha being released into community detention for the short term at least, #CrushPlastic and our latest find from the street.

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Clips:

Mary LambertShe Keeps Me Warm’, Julie GoldmanPro-Choice’, Omar OffendumNew Orient’, Anti-Flag ‘Feminism is for Everybody (with a Beating Heart and a Functioning Brain)’.

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On this one we take on the budget – introduced by the grubs in government. We start off by discussing “grubgate” – where Liberal party politician Christopher Pyne apparently called Labor leader Bill Shorten a “grub”. We discuss the “nitty gritty” of the budget, covering a number of different aspects. A starting point is that this is not really an austerity budget significantly reducing government spending, but rather there are some cuts and some increases. Economist Richard Denniss has pointed out that military spending has gone up, for example. We explain that this is a “class war” budget that will increase the already vast wealth inequality in Australia. Greater inequality results in poor health outcomes and other negative results across the board. Cuts have been made to essential services despite the fact that the “budget emergency” does not exist.

One way the poorest and most vulnerable people will be affected is the new $7 co-payment for doctor visits. Treasurer Joe Hockey has dismissed this as costing ‘less than two middies’ but we argue this is a significant move towards a US model of healthcare. It has already led to less people visiting doctors in Australia and will lead to less preventative healthcare. Stevie has written a powerful article on how these policies would affect people close to her. There have also been changes to education such as the deregulation of uni fees, meaning they can charge students as much as they like – which only the UWA Vice-Chancellor is happy about. Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Tony Abbotts’ daughter received a $60 000 scholarship from one of Abbott’s political donors. On welfare, the budget proposes that people under 30 should wait 6 months to receive payments. Another unpopular part of the budget is raising the retirement age to 70 – which is opposed by 70% of Australians. This unpopularity was also shown in the Q and A episode where Joe Hockey was roasted on the budget by a crowd made up of many Liberal party voters.

There is widespread opposition to the budget in parliament as well – a number of political parties have pledged to block many of the budget proposals. Despite this, a double dissolution election is unlikely. Even if it did go ahead, Labor has followed a neoliberal agenda just like the Liberal party, showing the importance of social movements in opposing the budget. On this topic, we play an interview with March in May organiser Alex Bainbridge. He is interviewed by Caroline Smith on the Indymedia show. We also discuss an article on the potential for technology to be used to exploit animals (following on from our discussion on the role of virtual technology in bringing about positive social change) and we encourage people to check out The Angry Hippie’s Podcast.

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Clips:

W.Paulo S ‘What Did Christopher Pyne Call Bill Shorten’, Rap News (featuring Christopher Pyne) ’Australia, Yeah C**t – Australia’s new National Anthem’, Q & A featuring Treasurer Joe Hockey, Q & A with Hockey, ClerksVilification’, Q & A with Hockey, Austin PowersInterview with March in May organiser Alex Bainbridge by Caroline Smith on the Indymedia show, Anti-Flag (featuring a special guest vocalist) ‘The Project for the New American Century’.

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Dr (Mother!) Theresa Petray joins us on this episode to discuss Indigenous self-determination in education and beyond. We discuss her article ‘Punishing Truancy is not the Answer in Indigenous Communities’, Chris Graham’s article ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs? Hardly’ and #whiteproverbs. You can see Theresa’s list of publications here and we also encourage you to check out her Tropical Vegan website.

We open the episode with a discussion on Invasion Day and Aldi’s racist t-shirts being pulled. We speak out against animal advocates trying to “veganise” racist holidays like Invasion day rather than boycotting them and creating coalitions with Indigenous people. For more on Invasion Day, listen in to our 22nd episode and Team Earthling’s 110th. We then play Dennis Simmons’s talk from the event ‘What Next for the Australian Left?’ on some of the negative impacts of the Abbott government on Indigenous people and others, followed by Celeste Liddle’s talk on Constitutional recognition for Indigenous people, from the Social Change – Intersectionality or Bust! event by Intersectionality Now.

Other stuff covered on the episode is decolonisation, our latest ‘Find from the Street’, “capitalist” shopping lists, our 2013 WordPress report, the killing of sharks in Western Australia, Nick’s interview with Dr Will Tuttle on his speaking tour of Australia and Aotearoa, Queer Punx podcast and Survival Day events around Australia. We also encourage people to check out our episode on marriage and contact us if you’d like to contribute to our upcoming episode on alternative weddings.

This episode is brought to you by “Mother”. We encourage people to follow Theresa on Twitter and see above for more links to her work. Thanks a lot to Theresa for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Book Recommendations:

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Clips:

Reverse PolaritiesInvasion Day’, Come Fly With Me ‘Episode 1’, Dennis Simmons from ‘What Next for the Australian Left?’, Celeste Liddle from the Social Change – Intersectionality or Bust! event, Austin PowersWil AndersonSharks’, Hello LadiesWhat’s he Like?’, Lagwagon from the album ‘Live in a Dive’, Interview and discussion with Dr Theresa Petray, Bart WilloughbyWe Have Survived‘.