Posts Tagged ‘politics’

coggo and S-Ludz

Coggo the anarchist “selling out” by admiring Senator Scott Ludlam on the day of their record breaking protest :p Also pictured are CJ Wallace and Zoidberg from the Melbourne Street Medic Collective.

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This time Nick is joined by Coggo from the Melbourne Street Medic Collective (Melb SMC) for the entire episode. Melb SMC and many other groups formed the Wage Peace Convoy that broke the world record for most protests in one day. Unfortunately Guinness refused to include them, maybe because they’re too busy reporting on really important records like the most business leaders attending a networking event. The Wage Peace Convoy did an amazing 29 protests on the day. One of these was with The First Nation people of Australia, where they demanded that those Indigenous people who perished in the Frontier Wars of Australia’s genesis be remembered at the Canberra War Memorial. The other 28 were aimed at those profiting from, and advocating for, war. Nick and Coggo also discuss: the anti-budget protests in Melbourne, updates on the tunnel picket actions for rail not roads, and the impact of the use of horses by police – both on the horses themselves and protesters.

To find out more about these record breaking protests, see this article by Melb SMC, which features pictures and videos from the day. You can watch Coggo’s speech from the day here. We also encourage people to follow Coggo and Melb SMC on Twitter and like Melb SMC on Facebook. You can hear more from Coggo and Melb SMC on our 29th episode and check out our 35th episode for more on companies profiting from war.

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Clips:

DJ LobsterdustRightNowRightNow (Beastie Boys vs. Love Psychedelico)’, Scott LudlamSpeech Outside Asio’, Austin Powers, PJ HarveyThe Words That Maketh Murder’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode here: Guinness Can’t Handle This World Record. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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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SLudz King of the World

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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Clips:

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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Katie (with the vegan shirt) at the Perth March in March.

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In this episode we give a recap of the March in March against the Abbott government in Townsville and Perth. We play Stevie from Team Earthling’s field report on her experiences at the Townsville event. We went to the Perth event and we bring you some of the speeches from it, including Sam Cavallaro (President of Curtin University Student Guild, member of NUS), Andrew Haywood (activist on disability pensions), Steve McCartney (WA State Secretary AMWU, President of the Trades and Labour Council – Unions WA) and Tony Abbott impersonator Balony Abott. We discuss the way that satire can sometimes reinforce the inequalities it is trying to oppose and how police forced people to removeoffensive” t-shirts that read ‘Fuck Tony Abbott’. You can see our photos of the Perth event here. We also mention that we are now on the App Omny, critique “anarcho”-capitalism, and thank Melbourne Street Medic Collective for promoting our podcast at Camp Anarchy.

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Clips:

Hunters and CollectorsWe the People’, Field report by Stevie from Team Earthling on March in March Townsville, Austin PowersNOFXAnarchy Camp’, Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 6’, Our recordings from March in March Perth (featuring Sam Cavallaro, Andrew Haywood, Steve McCartney and Balony Abbott), Bill Hicks ‘Sanctity of Life, The’, The Broadways ‘Police Song’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features some of the talks from March in March Perth, here: Voices from March in March. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.