Posts Tagged ‘immigration’

Burquini ban

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We’re joined by Sarah McGrath who witnessed the Nice attack in France as well as the increased Islamophobia in the aftermath. Sarah also provides “high level information” on a wide range of related topics including: her own immigration experience in France, French politics, the Burkini ban in France, a lack of agency afforded to women when discussing clothing choices, French attitudes towards Muslims and immigration, concerns about religious and ethnic hatred versus inequality in Europe and beyond, the experiences of immigrant children in schools, and the problems of a one-way “integration” approach to immigration.

Sarah also makes some parallels with similar issues in Australia, including: Islamophobia in Australia, the Burkini and the Australian beach, the proposed university level English test for Australian citizenship and misplaced concerns about the “geographical concentration” of newly arrived migrants.

Clips:

Flight of the ChonchordsFoux Du FaFa’, Ernest Cline and Steven Spielberg discuss Ready Player One, Camp CopeKeep Growing’.

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On this episode we’re joined by anti-war activist Kirsten Bayes from the other side of the road (or perhaps world) to discuss Brexit.

To hear more from Kirsten, check out episode 185 of Which Side Podcast and episode 35 of our podcast. Be sure to follow @KirstenBayes and @StopTheArmsFair on Twitter!

We also discuss the (lack of!) election result in the Australian federal election, Linda Burney, Pauline Hanson, Sammy J on privilege and disadvantage, Dio Wang – leader of the Palmer United Party?, and the dangers of the possibly upcoming same-sex marriage plebiscite – check out episode 135 for more on this.

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Clips:

SmoshBoxman for President’, Interview with Kirsten Bayes, FaithlessDon’t Leave’.

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This image was chosen to put into context claims about Australian public transport being overcrowded (a point made during the episode) rather than to feed into the racist narrative that predominantly blames poorer countries for environmental problems. Image from http://www.shareyouressays.com

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On this one we take on the controversial issue of population, with the help of town planner and environmental activist Mark Allen. We discuss population on both a global and national scale, in light of Australia’s population recently reaching 24 million people. This includes addressing some feedback we got (see the comments on this post) on episodes 115 and 116, which focused on progressive parenting. The episode is a continuation from our discussion with Mark from our previous episode, #127, which focused on addressing urban sprawl.

Mark has written about these issues in his article ‘Why The Greens’ Plan For A Liveable Melbourne Will Not Save Melbourne’ and in the zine he has co-written ‘Why We Need to Talk about Population’ – available at New Internationalist bookshop in Melbourne. Mark has also set up the Facebook groups Population, Permaculture and Planning and Sustainable Cruelty-Free Communities.

If you’d like to hear other episodes where we have covered population, we spoke about the issue at the end of episodes 15 and 44. It would also be worth checking out episode 10, where we challenged the notion of “legitimate” refugees/migrants, which came up in this episode.

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Clips:

Morrissey ‘End of the Line’, Bad ReligionAgainst the Grain’, The Jam ‘Thick as Thieves’.

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violence

This cartoon is from the Financial Review.

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Nick is joined by Kathryn Joy for this entire episode. The first half of the episode is a critical look at the feminist campaign calling for American singer Chris Brown to be denied entry into Australia because of his conviction for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rhianna. We draw on Nick’s article ‘Don’t judge me: Chris Brown and the real task of tackling violence against women’, Clem Bastow’s article ‘The Problem with the Ban Against Chris Brown’ and Katie Robertson’s article ‘Violence Against Women In Australia, Bad; Violence Against Women In The Care Of Australia, Acceptable’ (content warning for discussion of sexual violence).

GetUp

We also discuss GetUp! cancelling their campaign against Brown and apologising due to the racist narrative it perpetuated, Maori support for Brown, his (court ordered) involvement with domestic violence intervention services, misogynist lyrics in Brown’s music, his ongoing problematic behaviour that suggests he may not have changed, as well as a more general discussion on whether the feminist movement should ever support restrictions on immigration – not just for Brown but in general (such as against sexist pick up artist Julien Blanc).

In the second half of the episode we discuss some critiques of identity politics, which emphasises the importance of personal experience. We draw on Michael Brull’s article ‘The Debate we have to have: Identity Politics and the Left’ and discuss how identity politics fits with a range of other issues, including intersectionality, same-sex marriage and sex work.

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Clips:

Jeffrey Lewis and the RainWWPRD’, Aamer RahmanPeople Have a Right to be Bigots’, PortlandiaSeries 5, Episode 7’ – ‘Feminist Men Meeting’, Strike AnywhereAllies’.

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The image above is from March in March.

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On this episode we cover the March in March protests, which are expressing a vote of no confidence in the Abbott government. These protests are taking place all around Australia from March the 15th to the 17th. We’re joined by Tim Jones, national co-ordinator of March in March, who discusses why we need these marches, the way they are not tied to a particular political party or other group, how people who weren’t previously politically active are getting involved in the marches, and the importance of getting out from behind computer screens and onto the streets. Tim also recommends that people check out Ted Mack’s Henry Parkes Oration. You can find a March in March near you here. For more critiques of the policies of the Abbott government, you can listen to our 49th episode and our 39th episode.

Before we go to the interview with Tim, we discuss deaths in immigration detention in the UK and Australia, the viral speech from Greens politician Scott Ludlam, “inspiring” stuff from the Courier Mail on the Abbott government, and the Liberal Party continue to lie about asylum seekers being illegal, even though it is them who are breaking the law when it comes to their policies towards asylum seekers. We cover the upcoming federal Senate re-election in Western Australia and Labor not giving their preferences to the Greens, Scott Ludlam speaking out against the TPP agreement, and why we’re voting in this election (see episode 36, part 2 for an in-depth discussion on arguments for and against voting). You can view our Progressive Podcast Australia how to vote for the election here – please let us know if you have any feedback on this (even if you’re not in WA).

This episode is brought to you by Kieran (‘Hello there’). Thanks a lot to Kieran for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

Scott LudlamWelcomes Tony Abbott to WA’, OnsindBA77’, Peep Show ‘Series 1, Episode 4’, Austin PowersThe IT Crowd ‘Series 2, Episode 1’, Interview with Tim Jones on the March in March protests, Logic ft. Lowkey & Renee SoulI Wish’.

*This is a quote from Tim Jones, from the interview.

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