Triple R: The Grapevine

This is the copy and headline I’ve written after producing The Grapevine podcast weekly since 11 November 2019 to the present.

I have a special place in my heart for The Grapevine, I love that Kulja and Dylan can marry local reporting and local issues with global and international concerns, engaging the community they broadcast to with issues and interest groups they may have never had knowledge of and for promoting a platform of facts and educated debates through the voice of leading experts and community figures.

I have learned so much from Kulja and Dylan, and the producers and staff I have worked with at the station. I can only hope that at some stage in my career I will be able to produce content at the level of competence and excellence that the staff and broadcasters at Triple R do every day.


What does the AUKUS military alliance mean for Australia’s nuclear capabilities? (20 September 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Dave Sweeney from the Australian Conservation Foundation to break down what Australia’s new nuclear submarine deal means for the future of the Australian energy sector, Australia’s relationship with its Pacific neighbours and with other global powers.

Then, journalist George Megalogenis discusses Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown, vaccination targets – and the consequences of getting it wrong. Megalogenis touches on the state of the federations, in light of apparent disparity in economic conditions and vaccine distribution.

And Farmers for Climate Action member, Alisdair Tulloch, calls in to talk about how the Australian agricultural sector could hit net zero emissions by 2040, and what support is needed to achieve this target.

Episode Link HERE.

What does the High Court’s deformation ruling mean for the Australian media? (13 September 2021) 

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Walkley Award winning author and journalist, Jeff Sparrow, to break down the High Court’s ruling that found Australian media outlets are responsible for defamatory comments left on their social media platforms.

Then, the worst is yet to come for Australian universities following last year’s 6 percent drop in revenue across the tertiary sector, Peter Hurley from the Mitchell Institute, calls in to talk about the fall out, and what these dire straits mean for Australian universities.

And Founder & Facilitator of the Raise Our Voice Australia, Ashleigh Streeter-Jones, to discuss the campaign that’s providing a voice for young Australians to have their statements read out in Parliament by MPs – and how to get involved.

Episode Link HERE.

How can the Australian Government be held accountable with our current Freedom of Information laws? (6 September 2021) 

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Executive Director of Grata Fund, Isabelle Reinecke, to discuss the Coalition Government unlawfully blocking FOI requests and its impact on democracy in Australia.

Then, contributing editor of Inside Story, Peter Mares, discusses his piece ‘A Line in the water’, reflecting on the anniversary of the Tampa incident in 2001. Mares talks about the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, how the 9/11 attacks influenced immigration detention policy and the Afghanistan war.

And Adam Grubb, permaculture editor and author of the ‘The Weed Forager’s Handbook’, calls in to talk about his new book ‘Let’s Eat Weeds!’ a kids guide to foraging.

Episode Link HERE.

Will the Australian Government meet its obligations to Afghans? (23 August 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Shamsiya Hussainpoor, an Afghan from the Hazra community, to discuss those left behind at the mercy of the Taliban back in Kabul. Hussainpoor talks about her story that was published on the ABC, what she fears will happen next.

Then, Executive Director at Refugee Legal, David Manne, calls in to analyse the Australian Government’s response to the situation in Afghanistan. Manne talks about the support and support and opportunities available for Afghans in Australia – and what their futures look like.

Episode Link HERE.

Bringing Australians home: Balancing individual rights with public safety (16 August 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with PhD candidate at Melbourne Uni’s Law School, Elizabeth Hicks, and Greg Dore, infectious disease physician and epidemiologist at UNSW’s Kirby Institute, to discuss the epidemiological and policy challenges of bringing Australians returning from international travel.

Then in the wake of the IPPC report on the impact of 1.5 degrees of global warming, Editor of Renew Economy, Giles Parkinson, calls in to talk about economic solutions to the threat of climate change as the Tomago Aluminium smelter announces it intends to be fully renewable by 2030.

And following Sky News Australia’s one week account ban from YouTube, freelance journalist, author and journalism academic, Margaret Simons, breaks down her article for Inside Story, ‘Is Sky News taking Australia by Storm?’.

Episode Link HERE.

New reports’ findings on climate change renew concern over the Australian environment (9 August 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth to discuss his new report ‘An Icon at Risk: Current and Emerging threats to the Victorian High Country’, which explores the threat of climate change to Snow Gums, and other Australian flora. Walker discusses these threats in the context of the findings of the IPCC report into climate change released this week.

Then, CEO of VACCA and Joint Council member of the Coalition of Peaks, Muriel Bamblett, calls in to talk about their calls for the Queensland and Western Australian state governments to launch their own reparations and compensation programs for survivors of the stolen generation.

And Directors, John Harvey & Rhian Skirving, phone in to talk about their new documentary, ‘Off Country’ that’s screening as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. The doco explores the problems around 3000 indigenous teenagers face when attending boarding schools like navigating exams, social dramas, and being isolated from their culture, families and communities.

Episode Link HERE.

Anti-lockdown protests and the expansion of Don Dale Detention centre (2 August 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Walkley Award winning writer and broadcaster, Jeff Sparrow, to talk about the recent anti-lockdown protests across the country in response to covid-19 restrictions – who are they? And what’s spurring them on?

Then, managing solicitor for crime at North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, Beth Wild, calls in to breakdown the latest on Don Dale, the notorious youth prison in Darwin was set to close, but is now expanding as youth detainee numbers rise. Wild also updates us on the landmark class action lawsuit that has just been settled where the mother sued the Northern Territory Government for the mistreatment of her son which saw a $35 million dollar settlement.

Episode Link HERE. 

Is it in the public interest for Crown Casino to continue to operate in Victoria? (26 July 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, is Crown Casino too big to fail? Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Associate Professor Charles Livingstone from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University to discuss the most recent developments of the Crown Royal Commission.

Then, as the 2021 Olympics kicks off, regular guest Associate Professor of urban planning at Melbourne University, Dave Nichols, calls in to discuss the impact of the Games on host cities and the incredibly expensive wastage of Olympic architecture once the Olympic villages and other temporary infrastructure falls into disuse.

And Executive Director of Digital Rights Watch, Lucie Krahulcova, calls in to break down the revelations around Pegasus Spyware, a malicious software being used by governments around the world to spy on journalists, activists, and private citizens.

Episode Link HERE.

Is the Australian Government’s public messaging around vaccination tone deaf? (19 July 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan are joined by CEO of VCOSS Emma King to discuss the ad campaign ‘Let’s get back to the good things’ that encourages vaccination in the community and analyses the efficacy of the Government’s messaging.

Then, Guy Morton, one of the founders of Voices of Kooyong, a group seeking better political representation for their community, calls in to discuss their independent candidacy, what they’re doing in the lead-up to the election, and the issues their group is focused on.

And Canberra Writer Theodore Ell gets on the line to talk about his essay ‘Facades of Lebanon’ published in the latest issue of Australian Book Review which won the Fifteenth Calibre Essay Prize. Ell’s essay discusses his experiences in Lebanon witnessing political revolution, the pandemic, and an extraordinary explosion in Beirut that sent shockwaves around the world.

Episode Link HERE. 

Why is sport such a quintessential element of Australian culture? (12 July 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with AFL diversity consultant Rana Hussain, to talk about the significance of sport in Australia, and how it transcends the game into all areas of culture. Hussain and other experts will be discussing this and more at the long awaited Broadly Speaking event ‘Ahead of the Game, Sport, Storytelling and Symbolism at the Wheeler Centre’.

Then, Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth calls in to discuss the Federal Court’s decision regarding the climate litigation brought forth against the Commonwealth by a group of students. Walker discusses the leadership change of the Nationals Party and what it means for the LaTrobe Valley and the politics that will determine what happens moving forward.

And Professor Anne Bardoel from Swinburne University calls in to discuss the retirement of the five-day work week as countries overseas trail a four-day week, the shift towards working from home, and hybrid work arrangements.

Episode Link HERE.

How the Chinese Government is undermining Academic freedom in Australia (5 July 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan is joined on the line by journalist and researcher for Human Rights Watch, Sophie McNeill, to discuss the findings of their new report into Chinese government surveillance of pro-democracy students from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong in Australian universities. The report finds that students and faculty have been targeted with intimidation and harassment after expressing pro-democracy sentiments.

And as Australian vaccination continues to crawl ahead at a snail pace, author and journalist, George Megalogenis, calls in to talk about his new Quarterly Essay, ‘Exit Strategies: Politics After The Pandemic’. Megalogenis discusses our current political circumstances, the future role of government, and asks “where to from here?”

Episode Link HERE.

What does Barnaby Joyce’s re-election to the National Party leadership mean for climate action and the bush? (28 June 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan are joined on the line by Nick Blandford, Gippsland farmer and member of Farmers for Climate Action, who also sits on Victoria’s Young Farmer’s Advisory Council. Blanford discusses climate attitudes in regional areas and the bush.

Then, Executive Director of Digital Rights Watch, Lucie Krahulcova, calls in to talk about their new project Rebalance the Internet Economy to discuss problems with the current media bargaining legislation, especially from a local lens and upcoming Melbourne events in the works from their outfit.

And following the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission’s report into Victorian prisons which found evidence of corruption and violence against inmates, Andreea Lachsz, head of policy, communications and strategy at Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) breaks down how ill-treatment of Indigenous Australians thrives in the private prison system, and their urgent calls for prison reform.

Episode link HERE.

What happens now that Australia is leaving Afghanistan for good? (21 June 2021)

As Australia closes its embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Walkley Award winning writer and broadcaster Jeff Sparrow to discuss Australia’s military legacy in Afghanistan and what it says about conduct in future conflicts.

Then, human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Refugee Legal, David Manne, calls in to break down what’s happening with the Murugappan family and discuss Australia’s asylum seeker regime.

And Karen Ellis, co-founder of Mend It, Australia, a group advocating the right to repair gadgets and appliances, talks about the Productivity Commission’s plan to recommend that manufacturers should provide consumers and repairers access to spare parts.

Episode Link HERE.

Will Victorians doing it tough be left out in the cold this winter? (7 June 2021)

On this episode of The Grapvine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) CEO, Emma King, to discuss the current state of Victoria’s social services as the sector struggles to meet demand. King explains VCOSS’s advocacy for a targeted wage subsidy for workers left without hours during the most recent lockdown.

Then, award-winning journalist and author, Trevor Watson, calls in for the 32-year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre to discuss his coverage of the event as an ABC correspondent in 1989, and the current climate of reporting on China. Watson has co-edited The Beijing Bureau, which brings together 25 essays of Australian correspondents reporting on the rise of China.

And Peter Job talks about his new book A Narrative of DenialAustralia and the Indonesian Violation of East Timor, which describes how the Whitlam and Fraser governments “used the guise of national interest to forge a false account of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor”. Peter Job was involved in the East Timor support movement during the Indonesian occupation, including working on the radio link to Fretilin in 1978, and has a PhD in International and Political Studies from the University of New South Wales.

Episode Link HERE.

Following a constitutional crisis, what does Samoa’s political deadlock mean for their democracy? (31 May 2021)

With Samoa in political deadlock since its elections last month, Lefaoali’i Dion Enari, PhD candidate at Bond University exploring Indigenous and diasporic culture, gets on the line with Dylan and Kulja to break down the political situation in Samoa. The incumbent caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi from the Human Rights Protection Party has been accused of attempting to retain power from the majority FAST party, which was expected to form a new government under Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mataʻafa, who won the election by one seat.

Then, Chairperson of the Lowitja Institute, advocate for the health of Australia’s First Peoples’ and Alyawarre woman, Aunty Pat Anderson AO, calls in to discuss the Uluru statement from The Heart, which won the Sydney Peace Prize.

And, as “dissident shareholders” capture a third seat on ExxonMobil’s board of directors and courts around the world rule for climate action, Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth breaks down these historic cases and events, and what they mean for addressing climate change.

Episode Link HERE.
The future of higher education is uncertain with the return of International students nowhere in sight (24 May 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine Kulja and Dylan are joined in the studio by Education Policy Fellow at the Mitchell Institute, Peter Hurley, to talk about the recovery of Australian Universities. With the opening of international borders at least a year away, will the tertiary education sector recover to its pre-pandemic levels? Hurley’s piece, ‘As hopes of international students’ return fade’, in The Conversation discusses the economic fallout of keeping the borders closed to international students.

Then, as Australia leads up to Reconciliation week, Muriel Bamblett, CEO of VACCA steps into the station to break down the State budget and its impact on First Nations youth and childcare. Bamblett discusses what real reconciliation would look like in Victoria and the ongoing treaty negotiations between First Nations leaders and government.

And, after 11 days of conflict, a cease fire between Israel and Palestine has been called. Molecular geneticist at the University of Sydney, and Palestinian Rights and Community Advocate Fahad Ali gets on the line to describe his experience watching the conflict over the last few weeks, its impact on the Palestinian community and give an update of the latest information concerning the cease fire. Ali discusses how reporting of the plight of Palestinians has been obscured by a particular “framing” and the notable silence from Canberra regarding the conflict.

Episode link HERE.

Foreign correspondents in China, Israel-Palestine Crisis, and Victoria getting off the gas-led recovery (17 May 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja talks to the ABC’s International Affairs Analyst, Stan Grant, about his experience as a foreign correspondent in Hong Kong and Beijing over the last 10 years. They discuss The Beijing Bureau, a new book Grant contributed to that documents the stories of 25 journalists reporting on China from the 1970s to the present day – including a reflection on the first Aboriginal delegation to China.

Then, Walkley-Award winning writer, editor and broadcaster Jeff Sparrow gets on the line to discuss the ongoing oppression of Palestine by Israel and the resulting humanitarian crisis. Sparrow, alongside almost 600 other journalists and members of the media signed an open letter addressed to editors and publishers saying, “do better on Palestine”. Kulja and Sparrow discuss Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip, the war crimes taking place and the human rights violations perpetrated against Palestinians.

And Dean Lombard, policy and research manager at Renew, a non-profit advocating and enabling households to live sustainably, breaks down the disparity between the Federal Government’s “gas-led recovery”, and the Victorian State Government’s initiatives to phase out fossil fuels, including gas, to effectively halving emissions in the state by 2050.

Episode Link HERE.

Old and new wisdom to reverse the Anthropocene and take back power from corporate oligarchs (10 May 2021)
On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan are joined in the Triple R performance space by former Greens Senator for WA, Scott Ludlam, to discuss his new book Full Circle: A search for the world that comes next. Ludlam explains how humanity got to the Anthropocene, an era of irreversible climate change and ecological collapse, and the corrupt political, corporate and financial systems that brought 99 percent of the world population to labouring for the wealth of the 1 percent and the extinction of the species. This is the first time The Grapevine has been on screen, and you can watch back HERE.

Episode Link HERE.

Will the Tasmanian Liberals achieve majority in the state election? (3 May 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Crikey reporter, Charlie Lewis, to talk all about the Tasmanian State election. Lewis gives his on-the-ground updates of the evolving situation of the incumbent Liberal Party’s struggle to gain a majority in the lower house and discusses the potential fall-out if the government fails to do so.

And, in the wake of Richard Flanagan’s reporting into Tasmanian Salmon, what seafood is actually sustainable and ethical that we can consider eating? Adrian Meder, Sustainable Seafood Program Manager for The Australian Marine Conservation Society, discusses the fallout of Flanagan’s revelations, what truly is “sustainable” when it comes to seafood and how consumers can find reliable information on how to shop ethically.

Then, Dr Nicole Kalms, co-director of Monash Uni XYX Lab explains the YourGround project, an interactive map to help make public spaces more inclusive and safe for women and gender-diverse Victorians through crowdsourcing community experiences.

Episode link HERE.

The cultural evolution of post-punk in Urban Australia (26 April 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan are joined by Grapevine regular guest Dave Nichols and co-editor Sophie Perillo for a special longform conversation about their new book Urban Australia and Post Punk: Exploring Dogs in Space.

A study of an influential music and the cultural scene that existed in Melbourne during the late 1970s and 80s, the release features contributions from music academics, urban planners, and cultural historians

Episode link HERE.

The Afghan war, hotel quarantine, and forgotten rural violence (19 April 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan flies solo and gets on the line with Walkley-Award winning writer, editor and broadcaster, Jeff Sparrow, to discuss the Biden administration’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan and Australia following suit. Sparrow reflects on the lack of discourse in Australia joining the NATO allies in Afghanistan and on our part in the 20-year-long ‘forever war’.

Then, as 36,000 Australians remain stranded overseas a year on from the initial international travel ban, PHD Candidate at Melbourne Uni’s Melbourne Law School, Elizabeth Hicks, calls in to talk about her policy brief on repatriation of those stranded Australians and her recommendations to expand and improve on Australia’s quarantine system.

And cultural historian Luke Stegemann chats about his new book Amnesia Road, Landscape, violence and memory, an exploration and contrast of the historic violence in rural areas of Australia and Spain.

Episode Link HERE.

Will the Australian Government transition away from Carbon and Corruption? (29 March 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with former chief scientist of Australia, Dr Alan Finkel AO, to discuss the challenges facing Australia reaching carbon neutral and to unpack the comprehensive roadmap he laid out in the Quarterly Essay ‘Getting To Zero, Australia’s Energy Transition’.

Then, Crickey’s politics editor, Bernard Keane, wades through the muck seeping out of Canberra to talk about their new series ‘The Dirty Country’, reporting on corruption in Australia and within Australian politics.

And Associate Professor Leach Ruppanner from Melbourne University explains new research into the experience of women in local government highlighting that toxic workplace culture is not isolated to Canberra, and ‘Just like Federal MPs, women in local government cop it all’.

Episode Link HERE.

How are community recreation organisations recovering post-pandemic? (22 March 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dave Wells, CEO of Reclink, a charity that funds a variety of community recreation groups, gets on the line to discuss some of the plans and projects to support disadvantaged members of the community across Australia in 2021.

And Dave Nichols returns to break down the contention between the Albert Park residents and the local school students accessing public parkland and discusses the general aversion to students in public urban spaces.

Then, Misha Ketchell, editor for The Conversation phones in for the 10-year anniversary of the publication. Ketchell talks about the impact of The Conversation over the last decade, and the success of the publication globally.

Episode Link HERE.

What role will hydrogen play in the future of the Australian energy sector? (15 March 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Cam Walker, campaign organiser at Friends of The Earth to discuss the world-first trail of using Latrobe Valley coal to produce hydrogen for export to Japan. Walker unpacks the latest energy sector announcements, including Energy Australia’s decision to close the Yallourn power plant early, following the Hazelwood station’s decommissioning.

Then, editor at Croaky and freelance journalist Jennifer Doggett explains the systematic problems within the Australian health system that may obstruct the covid-19 vaccine rollout.

And historian Graham Willett describes the findings of the new report from The Australian Queer Archives on the history of the LGBTIQ+ community in Victoria. Willet was the project manager of the report, which identified 100 places, objects, and collections that have special meaning to Victoria’s contemporary queer communities.

Episode Link HERE. 

Gender inequality is still thriving in the Australian economy (8 March 2021)
On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja is joined by special guest co-host Judith Peppard for an International Women’s Day edition of the program. They get on the line with Australian Council of Trade Unions President Michele O’Neil intersection of IWD and Labour day in 2021.

O’Neil discusses the disparity between the value of industries comprising mostly women in the Australian economy, and the inequality still present in the labour market and tax system – issues only exacerbated by the pandemic.

Then, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne Martha Hickey talks about her essay ‘Flesh After Fifty’ which was the genis for the exhibition of the same name currently showing at the Abbotsford Convent.

The exhibition explores and challenges negative stereotypes of aging and celebrates the image of older women through art. As part of the festival’s programming, Professor Hickey will appear on the ‘My Menopause’ council.

And, AP (aka Abbie Pobjoy), Director of ‘Why Did She Have To Tell The World’, explores the historic moment when the first lesbian couple were televised in Australia. The documentary screens as part of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and ABC TV at 8pm Sunday March 14.

Episode link HERE.

Revelation after revelation, but will there be consequences for those at the seat of power? (1 March 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Executive Director of Per Capita Emma Dawson to breakdown the Coalition Government losing their working majority in the house, the $3.50-a-day increase to JobSeeker, the revelations of the Aged Care Royal Commission, and the expose of Canberra’s toxic culture.

And, Don Weatherburn, Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales explains the dramatic decline of crime in Australia. Weatherburn’s new book ‘The Vanishing Criminal’ co-authored with Sara Rahman explores why violent crimes have dropped by around 40-80 percent in Australia in the last few decades.

Then, Sally Rippin, Australia’s highest-selling female author returns to talk all about her new book series coming out for early readers called ‘The School of Monsters’, coming out 3 March.

Episode Link HERE.

What are the global implications for the battle between the Australian Government and Facebook? (22 February 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Jeff Sparrow, Lecturer in the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University, and long-time Triple R broadcaster, to break down the Facebook ban of Australian News media and the implications this conflict has for regulation of big tech globally.

This development is a poignant reminder to source your news directly, so subscribe to the Triple R newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any updates (on the footer of the Triple R website)!

Then, how have post-9/11 wars and campaigns impacted the development of today’s youth? Multi award-winning author Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah calls in to discuss the insights she has gleaned in the research for her new book ‘Coming of Age in the War on Terror’, out via New South Books.

And Katie Stewart, General Manager at the Victorian Music Development Office explains the research findings of an RMIT into the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the Victorian music sector, how some artists are bouncing back, and what the Victorian music scene will look like in a post-covid Australia.

Episode Link HERE.

The Pacific Island Forum fiasco, and a retrospective analysis of climate action from a pandemic perspective (15 February 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine Dylan and Kulja get on the line with Associate Professor in Pacific Studies at ANU, Katerina Teaiwa to break down what happened at the Pacific Island Forum and why one-third of the member nations have indicated they will walk away

Then, journalist and author Jo Chandler discuss her essay in the latest Griffith Review ‘Tales from the frontline: The emotional impact of climate change‘, exploring the impact of the pandemic on climate action through the unique lens of comparative place and time.

Episode Link HERE.

Victoria’s new rental laws, China & Hong Kong, and intergenerational poverty (8 February 2021)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan break down Victoria’s new rental laws coming into effect in 2021 with Professor of Housing and Social Policy at Swinburne University Wendy Stone.

Then, ABC’s China correspondent Bill Birtles gets on the line to talk about the ‘Foreign Correspondent’ Hong Kong special on ABC TV ‘City of Fear’, and his coverage of China since he was forced to flee the country in September last year.

And CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Professor Glyn Davis AC, discusses his new essay ‘On Life’s Lottery’ that addresses how entrenched intergenerational poverty puts the poor at a serious disadvantage in a meritocracy, when wealth and privilege acts intergenerationally too.

Episode Link HERE

Mining industry malfeasance, far-right extremism in Australia, and the Russia Protests… (1 February 2021)
On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Professor of History at La Trobe University Clare Wright to discuss her essay for Griffith Review 71, ‘Masters of the Future or heirs of the past? Mining, history and the right to know’.
Wright explains why it’s crucial the mining industry work with First Australian communities to avoid incidents like the tragic detonation of the Juukan Gorge by Rio Tinto last year.
Then, does Australia have a growing problem with far-right extremism? Left-wing writer Jeff Sparrow, author of ‘Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre’ calls in to discuss the implications of the right-wing extremist group that burned a cross in the Grampians over the Australia Day weekend.
And, following the Russia protests that kicked off after Kremlin opposition figure and anti-corruption activist, Alexei Navalny was imprisoned upon returning to the country after fleeing an assassination attempt by poisoning.
Alexey Muraviev, Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Curtin University breaks down the Russia protests, Navalny’s activism, and the implications of his imprisonment for human rights in Russia.
Episode Link HERE
Who will come out on top of this brewing trade-war between Australia and China? (7 December 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with author, guardian columnist, and former RRR Breakfaster, Dr Jeff Sparrow to breakdown Australia’s diplomatic fallout with China, and the measures that need to be taken to forestall a looming trade-war.

And, human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Refugee Legal, David Manne discusses the plight of refugees detained indefinitely in hotels and unpacks the High Court’s decision that refugees can bring legal action to the courts in relation to the conditions and treatment of their detention.

Then, for the fourth year running, Melbourne author and speaker Tony Wilson returns for the prestigious Speakolies awards! Tony covers some of the best speeches this year that he has curated on his website speakola, and declares once and for all, the best speech of 2020.

This is the last episode of The Grapevine for 2020, Kulja and Dylan will be back February 2021. A huge thank you to all the listeners and subscribers for all your support this year, we couldn’t do it without you! Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

Episode Link HERE.

What can two isolated countries at the bottom of the world learn from each other in the post-COVID recovery? (30 November 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan speak with journalist, author, and chief political correspondent of the ABC’s ‘7:30’, Laura Tingle about her Quarterly Essay ‘The High Road’. Tingle contrasts the two countries’ responses to socio-economic, and environmental circumstances to draw up some important lessons for Australian leaders.

And Associate Professor Dave Nichols returns to breakdown Victoria’s announced $5.3 billion budget for a new infrastructure project that will include big spending on social housing and public transport. Prof Nichols explains what these announced infrastructure projects means for the future of Melbourne.

Then, following the announcement of an electric vehicle road use tax in Victoria, founder and editor of Renew Economy, Giles Parkinson gets on the line to discuss how this policy and the lack of incentives to buy electric vehicles is likely to drive down sales as much as 25 percent by 2050, and result in higher emissions in Australia.

Finally, Dr Bob Boughton, the lead editor of ‘Comrades! Lives of Australian Communists’ discusses the collection of 100 short biographical essays celebrating the centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA).

The stories outline the role CPA members played in working-class organisations and progressive social change movements over the 70 years the party has been active.

Episode Link HERE.

Investing in social housing is the first step, what else can be done to help resolve Victoria’s Homelessness crisis? (23 November 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, how effective will Victoria’s $5.3 billion social housing project be for those threatened with, or experiencing homelessness?

Dr Sarah Taylor & co-author Juliet Watson discuss the challenges of investing meaningfully, after their new report for RMIT’s Unison Housing Research Lab found social housing tenants are more likely to have experienced chronic, often lifelong, disadvantage than other groups.

Then, author, historian, speechwriter, social critic, and humorist, Don Watson gets on the line to discuss the release of his new book ‘Watsonia: A Writing Life’, a definitive anthology of Watson’s greatest works.

And, climate Scientist Joelle Gergis at Australian National University discusses her essay ‘A Season of Change’ for Griffith Review 70 ‘Generosities of Spirit’, which outlines the urgency of climatologists’ work, and breaks down the latest climate science.

Episode Link HERE.

What happens to the Victorian students who fell behind during remote learning? (16 November 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Julie Sonnemann, Acting School Education Program Director at the Grattan Institute to discuss Victoria’s $250 million plan to help students who fell behind catch up on their education, and her piece in The Conversation arguing what is necessary for the plan’s success.

And, how does Australia prosecute war crimes? Rawan Arraf, Principal Lawyer and Director of the Australian Centre for International Justice discusses the instalment of the Office of the Special Investigator within the Department of Home affairs to investigate alleged war crimes perpetrated by Australian special forces in Afghanistan, and his call for a “dedicated and permanent program” to investigate and prosecute Australian war criminals.

Then, best-selling author, polymath, and champion of culture and innovation, Barry Jones chats about his new book ‘What is to be done: Political engagement and saving our planet’. Following up on his influential book ‘When Sleepers, Wake!’, Jones explores the changes to work, class, and climate in a post-truth digital era where conversation is dominated by marketing and the manipulation of ‘facts’ by political figures.

Episode Link HERE.

The role of religion in Bachar Houli’s life and career, making sense of the US election and the impact of nuclear weapons testing in Australia and the Pacific. (9 November 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan gets on the line with three-time Richmond Premiership player Bachar Houli to discuss his new memoir ‘Bachar Houli: Faith, Football and Family’ co-written with broadcaster and writer Waleed Aly. Houli is most known for his strong adherence to Muslim values and has used his position to become the AFL’s leading voice for inclusion and tolerance.

As World leaders send their congratulations to President Elect Joe Biden, Amber Jamieson, Buzzfeed reporter based in the US gives a much anticipated update on the controversy surrounding the divisive US election, and what the general feeling is on the street.

And will humanity ever escape the threat of mutually assured destruction? Dimity Hawkins, Co-Founder and current board member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) calls in to discuss her article in The Conversation, ‘315 Nuclear bombs and on-going suffering, the shameful history of nuclear testing in Australia and the Pacific’, and the ongoing effort to disarm the world’s nuclear arsenal.

Episode Link HERE.

Where do Australia’s loyalties lie in the future as the US loses its influence in the Pacific Region? (2 November 2020)
On this episode of The Grapevine, what does Australia’s growing economic ties with Asia mean for the US alliance? Dylan and Kulja get on the line with US writer and journalist Patrick Lawrence to discuss Australia’s future in Pacific region that he explores in his essay for Australian Foreign Affairs ‘Goodbye America – the remaking of Asia’.
Then, as former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s petition for a royal commission into the Murdoch media monopoly gains hundreds of thousands of Australian signatures, Tim Dunlop explains the idea that the Australian media is ‘anti-audience’ which he explores in his essay for Meanjin Quarterly ‘Journalism Saves Democracy. That’s Us’.
And renewable energy expert Ketan Joshi calls in to talk about his new book ‘Windfall: unlocking a fossil-free future’. Joshi discusses how a decade of misinformation surrounding renewables has stalled effective climate policy in Australia, and what can be done going forward to break free from fossil fuel dependency.
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Can parkland improve the mental health of COVID-fatigued Victorians? (26 October 2020).

Content Warning: This episode touches on some sensitive topics including mental health and family violence (beginning at the 14:04 mark and ending at 27:46 if you’d prefer to skip this). If anything you hear is distressing please reach out to someone who can help keep you safe. Or remember you can call 1800 respect on 1800 737 732.

On this episode of The Grapevine, as restrictions begin to ease in Victoria, Kulja chats with Matt Ruchel, the Executive Director for the Victorian National Parks Association about the results of their new poll highlighting a growing need for nature and parks amongst COVID-fatigued Melbournians.

And as domestic violence is exacerbated by lockdowns in Victoria, help seeking by victims of the ‘Shadow Pandemic’ has been severely limited. Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre Research Fellow, Dr Naomi Pfitzner discusses their research into the wellbeing toll on Melbourne practitioners responding to family violence during COVID-19.

Then, Federal MP and author Andrew Leigh gets on the line to talk about the role of local social connections in rebuilding communities in the aftermath of the pandemic. Leigh’s new book co-authored with Nick Terrell ‘Reconnected: A Community Builder’s Handbook’, explores what makes a successful community and to develop strong social ties.

Episode Link HERE.

What have Melbourne artists and academics got planned for challenging cultural and political narratives? (19 October 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, will the Northcote golf course remain public parkland as pandemic restrictions ease? Kulja is joined on the line by Associate Professor and Lecturer of Urban Planning at Melbourne University, David Nichols, to discuss the negotiations about future use of the Northcote golf course.

Then, award winning author, climate activist, and academic, Dr Tony Birch discusses the Melbourne School of Discontent’s ‘Black Fire’ lecture series, and how they are attempting to challenge the mainstream narrative of indigenous politics and history in Australia, and provide an alternative voice in the national conversation.

And Queen Victoria Women’s Centre feminist in residence, Kate Robinson talks about the ‘Make A Fuss’ craft exhibition, a project of over 150 crowd-sourced works that highlight issues women and marginalised genders don’t want to be silent about anymore.

Episode Link HERE.

Local government elections are more essential than ever during the COVID-19 lockdowns (12 October 2020)

Content Warning: this week’s episode touches on some sensitive topics including suicide and mental health (beginning at the 40:42 minute mark if you’d prefer to skip this). If anything you hear is distressing please reach out to someone who can help keep you safe. Or, remember you can call lifeline at any time on 13, 11, 14.

On this episode of The Grapevine, as local government elections go postal, Kulja and Dylan speak with President of the Municipal Association of Victoria, Councillor Coral Ross to discuss the importance of local elections to the democratic process as the pandemic has the effect of denying women access to participation in local government.

Then, Executive Director of Per Capita, Emma Dawson gets on the line to discuss the implications of the Federal Government’s recently released delayed budget for a COVID-recovery. Dawson’s new book Co-edited with Professor Janet McCalm ‘What Happens Next?’ explores innovative ideas from Australia’s leading minds for reconstructing Australia in the aftermath of the pandemic.

And, author and journalist, Erik Jensen discuss his Stephen Murray-Smith memorial lecture ‘The Man with no face’ for the State Library of Victoria. Jensen discusses the death of asylum seek Hamed Shamshiripour on Manus island in 2017, and the phenomenon of “the Australian facelessness” that dissociates “other” people, and “disappears” them from national political debate.

Episode Link HERE.
The legacy of feminists Susan Ryan and Helen Reddy, the war on populism, and the presidential coronation of Bougainville (5 October 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, As Australia mourns the deaths of feminist icons Susan Ryan and Helen Reddy, Dylan is joined by Mary Crooks, Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust to reflect on the role these extraordinary women played in furthering gender equality, and their impact on Australian culture and society.

And what does ‘populism’ actually mean? American political analyst, historian, and journalist Thomas Frank calls in all the way from the US to talk about his new book defending populism, ‘People Without Power: the war on populism and the fight for democracy’. Frank describes the corruption of the term in culture by elite groups to discredit grassroots political movements by the working class.

Then, journalist Leanne Jorari gets on the line to discuss her article ‘Bougainville: A new captain at the helm‘ exploring the implications for the autonomous zone following the presidential coronation of former revolutionary army commander Ishmael Toroama.

Episode link HERE.

The Federal budget will focus on infrastructure, but what does that mean for a COVID recovery? (28 September 2020)
On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan and Kulja talk accountability and integrity in government with Paddy Manning, journalist and contributing politics editor at The Monthly. And the significance of the Federal Government’s announced $4.5 billion upgrade to the NBN, ahead of the upcoming release of the delayed budget.
Then, as Indonesian President Joko Widodo enters his second term, Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Lowy Institute Ben Bland, discusses how a prospective champion of democracy came to be criticised by political and human rights activists. Ben’s book ‘Man of Contradictions’ chronicles Joko Widodo’s unique political career and origin.
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Will Australia’s obsession with debt come back to bite us? (21 September 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan break down why Australia is turning into one of the most ‘indebted countries in the world’ with investigative journalist Royce Kurmelovs as his new book Just Money paints a bleak picture of the influence of debt on Australia’s culture, politics, and society.

And as the Victorian Government introduces a new offence that would see metropolitan Melburnians face a $5000 fine for attempting to ‘escape’ the ‘ring of steel’, Professor of Urban Planning Dave Nichols discusses where the city really ends and the regions begin and explore some issues and politics around the boundary.

Then, as Prime Minister Morrison performs a “massive backflip” on building a 1-gigawatt gas plant in the Hunter Valley, Giles Parkinson, founder and editor of RenewEconomy, discusses the Federal Government’s announcement that Australia’s two renewable energy agencies ARENA and CERF will be able to invest in low emissions technology and he implications for the future of renewables in Australia.

Episode link HERE.

As China cracks down on dissent of human rights breaches, new research reveals Australia has its own troubling censorship issues… (14 September 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Sophie McNeill, Australia researcher for Human Rights Watch and Walkley Award winning investigative journalist, discusses the Chinese Government’s long track record of human rights breaches, following a diplomatic standoff which saw the Australian Government aid in the evacuation of the last Australian journalists in China.

And following the Victorian Government’s extension of the eviction and rent increase ban until March 2021, Eirene Tsolidis Noyce, Secretary of the Renters and Housing Union, gets on the line with Dylan and Kulja to discuss what renters are entitled to, and what the impact of the pandemic implies for the future of Victorians in vulnerable housing.

Then, Professor of Terrestrial Ecology at Deakin University Don Driscoll breaks down the shocking discovery that Australian environmental scientists have been silenced in communicating their scientific discoveries, sometimes stopped from ever reaching the public or policy makers.

Episode link HERE.

Integrity Commissions, the future of news, and rising wealth inequality (7 September 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, as Victoria’s roadmap to ‘COVID normal’ is revealed, Dylan and Kulja get on the line with Independent Federal MP, Helen Haines to break down what’s happening with ‘border bubble’ issue in her seat of Indi, and discuss her push for a Federal Integrity Commission.

Then, will Google and Facebook have to pay for news? CEO of the Public interest Journalism Initiative, Anna Draffin breaks down their joint submission of recommendations with the Judith Neilson Institute, to the ACCC’s news media bargaining code draft legislation, attempting to ensure the regulation is balanced and reduce potential exploitation.

And, as Australians face a recession, ACOSS Chief Executive Cassandra Goldie discusses new research finding wealth inequality is growing in Australia, which will be exacerbated once the government removes COVID support.

Episode link HERE.

Australia’s political duopoly; is ‘branch stacking’ a failure of representative democracy? (31 August 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan explore the elitism of ‘branch stacking’ with Marija Taflaga. The Lecturer at ANU’s School of Political Science and International Relations breaks down the implications of political corruption being symptomatic of a two-party system in Australia’s democracy.

Then, Journalist and author of ‘Peace Crimes’, Kieran Finnane, gives a glimpse behind the curtain of national security, and the five-eyes intelligence community alliance through the story of six non-violent activists, The Peace Pilgrims, who were arrested breaching the perimeter of the joint US-Australian defence facility Pine Gap.

Episode link HERE.

Have you ever imagined a day in a life inside refugee detention in Australia? You don’t have to wonder anymore… (17 August)

On this episode of The Grapevine, journalist Michael Green and Farhad Rafmati, a civil engineer and Iranian refugee currently in detention, give us a glimpse into the experiences of refugees detained in Australia with the Manus Recording Project Collective.

Then, Grant Duncan, Associate Professor for the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University, breaks down what’s going on in New Zealand as Jacinda Ardern’s government puts in place a new lockdown and its implications for the upcoming election.

And, Peter Hurley, Education Policy Fellow of The Mitchell Institute discusses the current state of higher education in Australia following Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan’s announced university system overhaul that would deny students a Commonwealth-supported place or HECS-HELP loan if they failed half of their first eight subjects.

Episode link HERE.

Does the National COVID-19 Commission threaten democracy in Australia? (10 August 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, PhD candidate at Melbourne University’s Law School Elizabeth Hicks discusses the implications of her policy brief’s findings concerning the implementation of increased executive powers during times of crisis on Australia’s democratic future.

Then, the world’s leading historian of fire, Professor Emeritus of Arizona State University, Stephan J Pyne, discusses the impacts of fire on climate throughout human history, which is investigated in the newly released second edition of his book ‘Fire: A Brief History’.

And Steven Oliver, presenter and host of documentary ‘Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky‘; a film in partnership with NITV that will screen at MIFF, tells Dylan and Kulja about exploring the Captain Cook story through First Nations eyes and the music of Indigenous singers and performers.

Episode Link HERE.

Urgent calls to ditch the diplomatic strategy as Kylie Moore-Gilbert is transferred to Iran’s infamous Qarchak women’s prison (3 August 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dr Jessie Moritz, Lecturer in Middle East Studies, at ANU talks to Dylan and Kulja about her article in The Conversation that called for the Australia to do more to aid her friend and colleague Kylie Moore-Gilbert, whose condition is rapidly deteriorating. The Australian academic was arrested by the Iranian government and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in September 2018 for allegations of spying and has since suffered intolerable conditions without appeal.

Then, award winning Australian author Christos Tsiolkas makes his debut on The Grapevine to discuss some of his essays that have recently appeared in the Griffith Review and The Guardian and how COVID has focused his creativity inwards to explore themes of family, identity, class and prejudice.

Episode Link HERE.

Misinformation or disinformation? The insidious implications behind 5G conspiracies (27 July 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine,  Dr Michael Jensen, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canberra debunks 5G conspiracies and explains their impact on public policy that his article in The Conversation explores in detail.

Plus Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at Melbourne University, Dave Nichols, gets on the line with Kulja and Dylan to breakdown the ‘downside of density’ in metropolitan areas during a pandemic that was illustrated during the recent tower lockdowns.

And as the Government sets JobSeeker payments to drop back below the poverty line from August, Executive Director of Per Capita, Emma Dawson, explains the impact of the announced changes to vulnerable Australians at a time when there aren’t enough jobs available in the market to make up the difference.

Episode Link HERE.

After trading one crisis for another, how are the scars of the summer bushfires healing during the COVID-19 pandemic? (20 July 2020)

Kulja Coulston flies solo on this week’s episode of The Grapevine. She speaks with Tracee Hutchison, Partnerships & Projects Manager at the Community Broadcasting Foundation, about the Trauma Literacy and Resilience program for community broadcasters in fire-affected communities; a joint project between the CBF and the DART centre for Journalism & Trauma.

And Anthea Batsakis Deputy Energy & Environment Editor at the Conversation gets on the line to discuss the lasting impacts of the summer bushfires being tracked via an interactive ‘Flora, Fauna & Fire’ mapping project put together by The Conversation.

Then, Peter Hurley, Education Policy Fellow at the Mitchell Institute, breaks down the government’s announced JobTrainer package and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the tertiary & higher education sectors.

Episode link HERE.

Responding to the humanitarian crisis at the Flemington and North Melbourne Public Housing towers (13 July 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Heidi Lee, project lead for Beyond Zero Emissions’ ‘One Million Jobs Plan’ initiative gets on the line to discuss how job creation and industry modernisation can lead Australia out of a post-covid economy and into a carbon free future.

And following an interview by local musician Remi with Flemington Towers resident Najat Mussa, Executive Officer at Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre & The Police Accountability Project, Anthony Kelly, explains the importance of an immediate recall of police officers sent in to enforce the initial ‘hard lockdown’, and a redesign to future emergency covid responses.

Then Professor Dennis Altman from La Trobe University calls in to chat with Dylan and Kulja about his piece in The Conversation‘Watching Hamilton Today – musical Drama can be radical, just don’t believe all the hype’ about how relevant the production is to an Australian audience in the wake of Black Lives Matter movements worldwide.

Episode link HERE. 

The future of Community Television in Australia (6 July 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Shane Dunlop Channel 31 General Manager gives an update on the community broadcaster’s last minute licence extension at the 11th hour and discusses the future of the station and community television going forward.

Plus Dylan speaks to Associate Professor Laurie Berg, Co-director of Migrant Worker Justice Initiative, about their new report’s findings that systemic wage theft and exploitation of international students and migrant workers is still rampant in Australia.

And Kate Griffiths, Budget Policy & Institutional Reform Fellow at the Grattan Institute explains their new report ‘The Recovery Book’, outlining innovative plans for Australia to get out of recession, and discusses the future of public support spending for those affected by the pandemic.

Episode link HERE.

What do the changes in Australia’s governance mean for a post-COVID democracy? (29 June 2020)

As the National Cabinet is set to replace COAG as a forum for collective decision making, what do these changes mean for Australia’s democracy? Journalist George Meglogenis unpacks the impact of COVID-19 on Australian politics that his article discusses in The Age.

And following the demolishing of the Hazelwood coal mine chimneys, Dylan speaks to author Tom Doig whose book ‘Hazelwood’ provides an eye opening account of the 2014 fires that choked the community of Morwell for weeks in the La Trobe valley and the events following the disaster.

Episode link HERE

Coal, Climate, and COVID-19 – Why are experts raising concerns over the Government’s approach to economic recovery? (22 June 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine La Trobe University’s Emeritus Professor Judith Brett, tells Kulja and Dylan how a nation can suffer from being rich in natural resources and explains how Australia can move away from its economic dependency on fossil fuels,  as explored in the Quarterly Essay ‘The Coal Curse: Resources, Climate, and Australia’s Future’.

And austerity or stimulus? Independent journalist Michael West explains the problems with the Government’s rationale for their policy making towards economic recovery which he highlights in his article ‘Do the grandchildren really pay the debt? The problem with Scott Morrison’s plan for recovery, and MMT’.

Then, country living editor at The Weekly Times, Hannah Driscoll, talks about the impact of the shutdown on regional sports, particularly football, and how they’re looking now around the uncertainty of when seasons can start back up again.

Episode link HERE.

Unpacking and exploring Australia’s law enforcement and racial profiling issues (15 June 2020)

As the outrage over police brutality towards minorities and the call for accountability intensifies globally, Dylan and Kulja speak to journalist and documentary-filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe, about the current state of police conduct towards minorities in Australia she covers in her article published in The Saturday Paper ‘Law Enforcement and Racial Profiling’.

Then, how will our lodging be affected in the aftermath of the economic shock caused by the pandemic? Director of Darkwave consulting, Meredith Fannin, gets on the line to give some clarity on what’s going to happen at tax time.

Episode link HERE.

Why is the Government exploring a gas-lead recovery from a pandemic recession? (8 June 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth gets on the line with Kulja and Dylan to discuss the likelihood of a gas-lead recovery from pandemic recession, Friends of the Earth remote Stay In Paddle Out action against off-shore drilling and the brumby issue. 

And why was Australia’s education system hit so hard by the pandemic? Professor John Quiggin from the University of Queensland talks about his article in Inside Story explaining how the business model of higher education set the system up for failure during a crisis like the pandemic.

Then, will social housing packages follow the Government’s HomeBuilder Scheme? Associate Professor from Swinburne University, Wendy Stone, explains the mixed reactions to HomeBuilder and the effectiveness of the Government’s approach to stimulus spending.

Episode link HERE.

Inaction on climate change by private companies deserves greater scrutiny (1 June 2020)

Kulja Coulston flies solo on this week’s edition of the grapevine, chatting with Market Forces’ Asset Management campaigner, Will Van De Pol about how companies like Rio Tinto have come under pressure for their “lackluster approach” to matching their business strategies with the Paris Climate Agreement’s emission reduction goal.

Also on the line, the CEO of VACCA, Professor Muriel Bamblett, explains how First Nations and Aboriginal communities are coping with the on-going challenges of the pandemic and the effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s National Redress Scheme to provide reparations to stolen generation survivors of institutional child sex abuse.

Then Michael Simic, aka Mikelangelo, digs deep into his live stream series, The Maneki Sessions, a collaboration between Infidel Studios, The Noise Floor, and Foundation Media. Simic believes live streaming music may be here to stay, and The Maneki Sessions is an experiment in a different approach to live performance.

Episode link HERE.

Where is humanity on the road to global nuclear disarmament? (25 May 2020)

This week on The Grapevine, Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear (ICAN), Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, explains the global efforts towards global denuclearization in their report, ‘Enough is Enough: Global Nuclear Weapons Spending 2020’.

And NITV journalist, Rachel Hocking, jumps on the line to talk with Dylan and Kulja about a story she is working on following the Victorian Government’s announcement of a redress scheme concerning stolen generation survivors of institutional childsex abuse and how First Australians can access reparations. Hocking also describes her interview with Warwick Thornton about his upcoming new doco screening on NITV.

Then, Executive Director at Per CapitaEmma Dawson, talks all about the recent $60 billion Jobkeeper forecasting error, post-Covid economic recovery, and Per Capita’s new report on underemployment in Australia.

Episode link HERE.

The life and impact of Jack Mundey on activism in Australia. (18 May 2020)

This week on The Grapevine, professor Verity Burgmann, adjunct professor of politics in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, talks to Dylan and Kulja about the life and influence of Jack Mundey, union leader and environmental activist, and the history of union movements and activism during the green bans.  Jack Mundey passed away earlier this month, age 90.

Plus John Martinkus, journalist, foreign correspondent, and author of The Road, explains the uprising in West Papua and the constant struggle for independence between the Melanesians and the Indonesian administration of the island as their most easterly province.

Finally, Adam Morton, The Guardian’s Australian environment editor, discusses climate change amid the pandemic and his work on helping launch a new grassroots journalism project, the Tasmanian Inquirer.

Episode link HERE.

What is Labor’s official stance on migration policy? (11 May 2020)

This week on The Grapevine, writer, researcher, and author, Peter Mares, gets on the line with Kulja and Dylan to explain Labor’s rhetoric shift on migration he explored in his article ‘Labor’s mixed migration message’ for Inside Story.

And Kate Robinson, Feminist in Residence at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre gives an insight into her practice as a community lawyer, supporting women through the court system.

Then, what is a Social Credit System? Head of Research and Emerging Practice for Science Gallery Melbourne and Research Fellow in the interaction Design Lab at Melbourne University, Dr Niels Wouters explains.

Episode link HERE.

Why do we find tactile comfort in objects during times of stress and heartache? (4 May 2020)

This week on The Grapevine, award winning author Tony Birch reflects on his essay, ‘Things of Stone and Wood and Wool’, published in The Griffith Review and finding solace from grief in a collection of small but meaningful objects following his brother’s death.

And will Australia use the economic recovery process following the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for industry innovation? Editor of Renew Economy Giles Parkinson discusses the upcoming smart energy conference and what direction Australia can take with stimulus spending.

Then, author Nick Brodie phones in to discuss his book Under Fire: How Australia’s violent history led to gun control and the importance of remembering the role of guns in Australian culture.

Episode link HERE. 

How is COVID-19 affecting asylum seekers in immigration detention?  (27 April 2020)

This week on The Grapevine, David Manne, Executive Director at Refugee Legal, discusses the legal challenge filed in the high court on behalf of a refugee at covid-19 risk in immigration detention and the plight of asylum seekers during the pandemic.

And the question of how can Australia aid the Indonesian economy as it suffers from the pandemic is explored with Adam Triggs from the Asian Bureau of Economic Research at ANU. Triggs phones in to explain a cost-free option open to Australia as explored via his piece on Inside Story.

Plus Josh Earl,comedian and former 3RRR Breakfaster,  tells Kulja and Dylan about turning his podcast into a live-streaming event on his website after Melbourne International Comedy Festival was candled due to COVID-19.

Episode link HERE.

Should the Federal Government have the power to track suspected COVID-19 carriers? (20 April 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, is the Federal Governments COVID-19 tracking app a step too far? Dr Suelette Dreyfus, Lecturer in School of Computing & Information Systems at the University of Melbourne discusses privacy concerns raised.

And community activist and head cook and owner of the Moroccan Soup Bar Hana Assafiri phones in to talk about her project Feed The Frontline where she hopes to supply 300 hot meals a day to hospital and healthcare workers.

Episode link HERE. 

Who will police the Australian police as they are granted extra pandemic powers? (13 April 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan speaks with executive officer of the Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre, Anthony Kelly,  about the implications of the extra powers police have been granted in enforcing social distancing and how they’re monitoring police conduct through their Policing Covid Initiative.

And as term two recommences across Victoria, Julie Sonneman, school education research fellow at The Grattan Institute, discusses COVID-19’s impact on students.

Then, what happens when tenants can’t afford rent? Heather Holst, Victorian Commissioner for Residential Tenancies breaks down the struggle renters face and the challenges of developing public policy to stop those without work becoming homeless due to the pandemic.

Episode link HERE.

Should The Federal Government subsidise media organisations? (6 April 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine, Gary Dickson from Public Interest Journalism Initiative discusses the closure of news rooms across Australia in the wake of COVID-19, an online resource mapping the changes in media availability and explores the question of whether the Federal Government should step in and subsidise media organisations struggling during COVID-19.

And what does the government’s industry and worker support package mean for the causal female workforce? Mary Crooks, Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust Women breaks down how the pandemic is disproportionately affecting women at work and in their daily life.

Then, cleaners are on the front lines across communities limiting the spread of COVID-19. Bridget Gardner, director at High Performance Cleaning Solutions explains the crucial role cleaners play in the pandemic and gives tips to keep your home hygienic during lockdown.

Episode link HERE.

Democracy in Australia: Government co-operation in the face of COVID-19. (30 March 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine Journalist George Megolagenis maintains social distancing by phoning in to discuss his article in The Age unpacking the politics of COVID-19 and the relationship between the States and Federal Government.

And Cam Walker, Campaign Coordinator for Friends of the Earth talks Covid-19 and the environment:  how will the pandemic impact emissions reductions targets and does it herald a new era for science-based government policy?

Then Donna Morabito, former Grapevine co-host and Media & partnership manager at The Diggers Club talks gardening. With a rush on seedlings and a renewed interest in the ‘grow your own food’ movement amid the crisis, what are the benefits of putting your hands in the soil and planting some crops?

Episode link HERE.

Covid-19 welfare payments & stimulus packages, who’s really benefiting, and will it be enough? (23 March 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine Emma Dawson, Executive Director at Per Capita is back to discuss the Australian Federal Government effectively doubling the Jobseeker Allowance through “rescue packages” in response to the coronavirus crisis.

And Tracee Hutchison, Partnerships and Projects Manager at the Community Broadcast Foundation explains community radio’s response to COVID-19 and what the CBF is doing to support broadcaster’s wellbeing during this crisis.

Then, Rachael Hocking, NITV journalist and co-host of The Point talks about COVID-19’s effect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the Victorian government’s announcement of a redress scheme for stolen generations.

Episode link HERE. 

Oil and espionage, silencing a whistle-blower and his legal council. (16 March 2020)

Despite threats of jail time, Bernard Collaery, representative of Witness K, has published his book Oil Over Troubled Water: Australia’s Timor Sea Intrigue and phoned in to The Grapevine to unpack his legal battles with the government.

And Dave Nichols, Associate Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne returns for his monthly segment to discuss the role of urban planning in disease prevention.

Then, existential dread, James Button gets on the line to discuss people’s fears for the future he investigated in his essay The Climate Interviews for the The Monthly.

Episode link HERE.

Why were there protests in the streets of Malaysia over the recent election? (9 March 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine Judith Peppard fills in for Dylan Bird and Koujla Coulston

James Chin, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Tasmania explains the political implications of the unexpected ascension of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin over Former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad and why many Malaysians are in protest.

And Dr Madeline Taylor, Academic Fellow at the University of Sydney specialising in energy and resources law, calls in to shed some light on Equinor pulling out of the drilling program in the Great Australian Bight.

Then, Judith shares her visit with Dr. Margaret Bowman, author, historian, Tai Chi practitioner and centenarian to commemorate her 100th birthday and her long and fascinating life.

Finally, Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald, journalist, author and passionate clothing mender joins Judith in the studio to talk about what she about the process of writing her book Modern Mending and what she hopes to achieve from it.

Episode link HERE.

Australian police departments using controversial facial recognition software – Clearview AI, what does does this mean? (2 March 2020)

On this episode of The Grapevine Hannah Ryan from Buzzfeed News comes in to share what she’s learned about Clearview AI – controversial facial recognition software being used by Australia’s police forces and others globally.

And Cam Walker, Campaigns Coordinator at Friends of the Earth discusses Equinor pulling out of drilling in the Bight, policy making surrounding climate change in Australia and how the UK bipartisan approach on climate compares to the Australian parliament’s response.

Then Matt Kunkel, Director of Migrant Workers Centre, explains how the COVID-19 travel ban affects migrant workers and visa changes that allow backpackers to assist with bushfire recovery. What are the implications for the future of temporary migrant workers in Australian society?

Episode link HERE.

The Grapevine – 17 February 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, George Megolagenis talks about his article in The Good Weekend regarding Melbourne becoming Australia’s largest city. Infrastructure upgrades abound but what does this mean for Melbourne’s influence on culture and politics nationally?

And Matt Cowgill, Senior Associate at the Grattan Institute and co-author of the report No free lunch: higher super means lower wage discusses the wisdom of raising Australia’s superannuation guarantee from the current 9.5 percent to twelve percent.

Then, Giles Parkinson, editor of RenewEconomy phones in to discuss climate politics and whether any meaningful change has come about as a result of this summer’s bushfire disasters.

Episode link HERE.

The Grapevine – 10 February 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, Chief Executive Officer and Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Ken Smith, discusses his essay ‘Remembering Who You Report To’ in Griffith Review, which examines the changing relationship between the government and the public service and how ‘the public’ may be losing out.

Next, author and journalist Andrew Darby calls in to talk about his book Flight Lines – an experiential examination of the extraordinary feats of migratory shorebirds and how their habitats are threatened by climate change and development around the Yellow Sea.

Then, NITV journalist and co-host of The Point Rachael Hocking discusses how a new, more consultative approach to the Australian government’s ‘Close the Gap’ initiative might help to reduce the disadvantages experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

Episode link HERE.

The Grapevine – 3 February 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, academic at UNSW and author of Corporate Power in Australia: Do the 1% Rule? Dr Lindy Edwards, shares her research into how corporate interests are compromising Australia’s democracy.

Next, Peter Greste, Journalist and Professor of Journalism and Communications at The University of Queensland calls for the public to get vocal in advocating for the release of University of Melbourne academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert from prison in Iran.

Then, Emma Dawson, Executive Director at Per Capita, unpacks her article in the Guardian Australia discussing the positive impact of national unity during the bushfire crisis and how this could help to inform a more progressive and productive style of politics.

Episode link HERE.

The Grapevine – 9 December 2019

Kulja and Dylan chat with Associate Professor in Urban Planning at The University of Melbourne Dave Nichols for his monthly segment to wrap the year in urban planning issues, spanning construction headaches, level crossings pains and local government responses to the climate crisis.

Next up Tony Wilson, author and founder of the Speakola website drops in for his annual visit to round out the year’s most significant speeches across a variety of genres.

Lastly, author and illustrator Sally Rippin drops in to the studio for her monthly instalment of the Reading Room, joined by author and children’s and young adult specialist at Readings bookstore Leanne Hall to suggest some kids reading picks for summer.

This is the last edition of The Grapevine for 2019. A huge thanks to the listeners and Triple R subscribers for all your support this year – can’t wait to bring you more in 2020!

Episode link HERE.

The Grapevine – 2 December 2019

This week Kulja and Dylan speak to author and former Triple R Breakfaster Jeff Sparrow about his book Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre – an enlightening account of what Fascism looks like today, how it manifests in decentralised online spaces and the nature of the threat it poses to societies around the world.

Also, get egg-cited for Fiona Scott-Norman as she clucks all about her book This Chicken Life, the pros and cons of chicken ownership and the backyard theatre of the pecking order.

Episode link HERE.

The Grapevine – 18 November 2019

This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Anthony Kelly, Executive Officer at Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre – which runs the Police Accountability Project – about police misconduct, complaints procedures and the police’s accountability to the public.

And Economist Ross Garnaut phones in to The Grapevine to discuss his new book Super-Power: Australia’s low-carbon opportunity, Australian climate and energy policy discussion and the opportunities that a transition to renewables will bring for the Australian Economy.

Finally, The Big Issue Editor Amy Hetherington steps into the studio to celebrate the magazines monumental 600th edition and look back at the evolution of The Big Issue over the last 23 and a half years.

Episode link HERE.

The Grapevine – 11 November 2019

This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Rolf Schmidt, Invertebrate Palaeontology Collection Manager at Museums Victoria to discuss his pieces of the Berlin Wall, collected just after it fell and on display at the Immigration Museum as part of 30th anniversary commemoration of the wall’s fall.

Then, co-host Sally Rippin is back for the Reading Room, joined by celebrated author and illustrator Graeme Base to discuss his new book Moonfish, his creative process and his continued refusal to fall into the latest trends.

And finally Professor Nick Richardson drops into the studio to convince Kulja and Dylan that 1956 was a cultrually crucial year for Australia as they explore the themes of his book 1956: The Year Australia Welcomed the World.

Episode link HERE.

Photo by Alex Ruban available HERE.

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