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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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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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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.

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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’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our discussion on Australia’s new Prime Minister, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*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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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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Greens Senator Scott Ludlam aka S-Ludz. Pic is by Katie – how rad is the pic?

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We start off this episode with a recap of the results of the recent Western Australian Senate by-election. There was a big swing away from both major parties, while the Greens and the Palmer United Party were the big winners. We argue Senator Scott Ludlam or “S-Ludz” and the Greens got their highest number of votes yet because of the their grassroots campaign and the clear alternative they provided to the Liberals agenda. The Palmer United Party attracted votes due to their massive advertising campaign, despite offering no polices (besides cheap chips). Also covered is Labor politician and right-wing dick “Joe Bollocks” winning a seat over progressive Louise Pratt, due to dodgy deals in the Labor party. It was good to see Pratt winning more below-the-line votes than Bollocks, but it wasn’t enough for her.

In the second part we discuss two separate studies – one from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and one sponsored by NASA – that both predict the end is nigh. We use these studies to argue that “green” capitalism will not save us and is also not intersectional – unlike “eco-development” it doesn’t take into account issues like workers’ rights and economic equality. We also draw on Antony Loewenstein on Left and Correct podcast (14/12/2012 episode) to talk about pragmatism in the Greens. Other stuff featured on the episode is another Austin Powers moment in Australian politics and a great comedy video by A Rational Fear parodying Victoria’s new anti-protest laws – which we covered on episode 51.

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Mad as Hell ‘Series 3, Episode 9’, Ludapalooza – Senator Scott Ludlam DJs at Capitol, Simpsons ‘Hi everybody’, Austin PowersThe Hamster WheelThe Turkey Slap’, Katie’s interview with someone handing out how-to-votes for the Greens, Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 8’, Austin PowersA Rational FearHow to Protest Properly in Victoria’, Propagandhi ‘Rock for Sustainable Capitalism’, Dead Prez ‘A New Beginning’.

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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).

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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.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the interview with Tim Jones, here: Join Us in Marching Against the Abbott Government. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*This title is in reaction to the horrible bumper sticker from the Young Liberals pictured above. The picture is from Aussies Against the Abbott Government.

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‘What’s Grinding Our Gears This Week’ is the cuts to Centrelink from the conservative Abbott government currently in power in Australia. We talk about our own experiences with Centrelink, the Liberal party getting policy advice on welfare from super-rich mining magnate Gina Rinehart, Tony Abbott wanting to ban the dole for people under 30 and we defend welfare against criticisms from some anarchists, drawing on anarchist Noam Chomsky. We also discuss some important critiques of the One Billion Rising movement, the global feminist movement that we covered on episodes 46 and 47.

This episode is brought to you by Jen “the hen” – who may (or may not) like The Wire. You can hear Jen discuss animal rights and intersectionality on episode 48. Thanks a lot to Jen for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

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Dead PrezHell Yeah (Pimp the System)’, Family GuyAustin PowersPeep Show ‘Series 2, Episode 4’, The UnseenSocial Security’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on cuts to welfare from the Abbott government, here: Proudly Against The Liberal Party, Because People Need Welfare. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.