Posts Tagged ‘Liberal party’

Image from @roweafr on Twitter – editorial cartoonist for the Australian Financial Review.

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This episode covers the devastating fires all around Australia and the political and media response.

It is a Social Justice Warrior Happy Hour Summer Special on 3CR Community Radio 855AM.

Overview of the crisis:

The latest on the NSW and Victorian bushfires’ (article on news.com.au).

Kate Ng ‘Australia wildfires: Half a billion animals and plants killed as glaciers turn black’ (article on the Independent).

Calla Wahlquist ‘Falls Festival at Lorne cancelled due to extreme heat, amid mounting bushfire threat’ (article on the Guardian).

Charis Chang ‘Former fire and emergency chiefs will host emergency summit about unprecedented bushfires’ (article on news.com.au).

Air quality ‘Very Unhealthy’ in Melbourne CBD (according to data from the Environment Protection Authority Victoria – 3rd Jan).

Government Response:

Scotty from Marketing: ‘Let’s live optimistically’ (tweet with articles from Scott Morrison).

Mexie ‘Our World’s on Fyre (ft. BlackGoat666)’ (video on Youtube).

Nick’s Facebook post on comments by the Fire Brigade Employees Union NSW and the incompatibility of neoliberalism and preventing and responding to this crisis.

Amy Remeikis ‘Volunteer NSW firefighters to be compensated, government says’ (article on the Guardian).

Media Response:

Nick’s article ‘Insiders, Outsiders: Media And Climate Change And Repeating, Without Question’ on newmatilda.com.

Amanda Meade ‘The Australian: Murdoch-owned newspaper accused of downplaying bushfires in favour of picnic races’ (article on the Guardian).

Picture from the Guardian article by Amanda Meade linked to above.

Take Action:

Protest: Victoria is burning! This is a climate emergency.

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj ‘How To Survive 2020’.

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Clips:

NOFX ‘The Marxist Brothers’, The Juice Media ‘Honest Government Ad – 2019 Election’, Frank Turner ‘21st Century Survival Blues’, Onsind ‘Never Trust a Tory’, Anti-Flag ‘Underground Network’.

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We discuss our experiences with Centrelink (Australia’s social security agency) and shifts towards a gig economy.

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Clips:

Sweeney Todd ‘The Worst Pies in London’, Good Will HuntingIt’s Not Your Fault’, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryI’ve Got a Golden Ticket’, The Society Season 1 Episode 9 – ‘New Names’ Reaction, The Last Kinection ‘Broke’.

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On this episode we discuss the recommendations that came out of the Banking Royal Commission. We also discuss the shared views on economic issues amongst the different factions within the Liberal party.

We also cover a challenge to the government’s “Robo-Debt” where they try and get money out of people receiving welfare benefits without sufficient evidence. Check out our 157th episode for more on this issue. Also check out fakejustice.net for more on how the law is applied very unequally to different groups.

We finish the episode by discussing Nick’s article ‘Solidarity and Intersectionality at Invasion Day Narrm (Melbourne)’. We promoted this protest last episode #220.

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Sole ‘Yeah’, John C. Reilly ‘Guilty As Charged’ – from the movie Walk Hard, some sound effects stolen from Threedom podcast, Spinifex Gum featuring Felix Riebl and Marliya ‘Ms Dhu’ – you can read more about this song on NITV News.

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*Title inspired by a quote from the show Kath & Kim.

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Prank by The Chaser in response to Alan Jones advocating for horse racing advertising on the Sydney Opera House. Pic from The Chaser FB page: https://www.facebook.com/thechaser/

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We cover the recent protests against horse racing advertising on the Sydney Opera House, including one where Charles Firth from the Chaser projected the phone number of Alan Jones, who was advocating for the advertising, on the Opera House.

On the episode Katie also responds to a flyer from the Liberal party plus we discuss the show Hunt For The Trump Tapes, the Labor party introducing neoliberalism to Australia and Kesha’s live show in Melbourne.

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Clips:

Charles Firth from the Chaser on Studio 10 with Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Aqua ‘Doctor Jones’, KeshaLearn To Let Go’.

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Cartoon by Alan Moir, from smh.com.au

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On this episode, Nick is joined by his brother Liam Pendergrast, one of the many victims of Centrelink’s new compliance system. This new computer system used by Australia’s welfare/social security system is issuing 20,000 debt notices a week, which is not only affecting vulnerable people, but many of these notices are incorrect in their claim that people under-reported their income while on Centrelink.

If you’ve received a false debt letter from Centrelink, you’re not alone – visit notmydebt.com.au and share your story. Also check out #NotMyDebt on Twitter for more stories and information on the issue.

In some Trump-related news, we discuss Jason Brownlee’s article ‘Trump gives no reason to believe U.S. nation-building will end on Jan. 20’ (a topic we discussed with Jason on episode 146) and Amnesty’s International’s petition calling for Obama to take his last chance to leave a lasting human rights legacy. Check out Ward Churchill’s spoken word CD ‘In A Pig’s Eye: Reflections on the Police State, Repression and Native America’ for more on Native American activist Leonard Peltier’s case, which is referred to in Amnesty’s petition.

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Clips:

ThejuicemediaCentrelink Fail – Honest Government Advert’, Freeman Dre & The Kitchen PartyIt’s Good To Have Faith In The Lord’, Choking VictimMoney’ – featuring Michael Parenti, Leonard Cohen ‘The Future’.

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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!

Image from Australian Political Memes.*

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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’.

*Link to the picture for this episode.

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