Triple R: The Grapevine

This is the copy and headline I’ve written after editing The Grapevine podcast that has been sub-edited by a Triple R talks producer since I started on 11 November 2019.

I also upload and publish each week’s episode on the Triple R website. I’ve included a link to each episode beneath each respective week’s copy, it’s a truly fantastic show and worth a listen!

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.

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.

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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.
Episode Link HERE.
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.
Episode link HERE.
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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