233 episodes

Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with interesting and passionate people to find out what they do and what they believe in.

It's kind of like Kitchen Cabinet except Tom can't cook.

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Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with interesting and passionate people to find out what they do and what they believe in.

It's kind of like Kitchen Cabinet except Tom can't cook.

    234 - Victor Kline (The New Liberals)

    234 - Victor Kline (The New Liberals)

    Victor Kline is a writer and barrister who is the leader of a new political party, The New Liberals. The party was born out of a frustration that Victor and some close friends felt by the current state of Australian politics and the lack of any party that truly represented them.
    Here we discuss what Victor believes it means to be a truly "liberal" party, why they want to reclaim that name, the party's political strategy, and what I would argue is liberalism's limits: its inability to wrestle with questions of class and political economy. 
    I’m doing Dry July please help me/cancer research
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    newliberals.net.au
    ARTICLE: New Liberals' registration approved despite Liberal party objection over "voter confusion"
    ARTICLE: New Liberals leader outlines his party's politics
    Cause of the Week: The New Liberals (newliberals.net.au)

    • 57 min
    233 - Luke McGregor

    233 - Luke McGregor

    Luke McGregor is a beloved Australian comedian who co-stars in the ABC series Rosehaven alongside Celia Pacquola and presents "Lukenomics" on The Weekly. He's also my very nice friend and one time we got KFC together. 
    A month on from his appearance on Q&A alongside (now Nationals leader) Barnaby Fucking Joyce, Luke talks to me about the frustrations of public debate, why studying economics stopped him being a Liberal voter, and the ins and outs of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). 
    I'm doing Dry July please help me/cancer research 
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    My book I, Millennial: One Snowflake’s Screed Against Plague, Boomers, Billionaires & Everything Else will be published in December
    WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August
    There’s an encore Sydney show of WE ARE ALL IN THIS on August 20th
    My two shows and special filming at Chapel Off Chapel have been rescheduled to August 27th & 28th
    @LukeWMcGregor
    Luke's Facebook page 
    Luke's appearance on Q&A
    Lukenomics explainer on MMT
    Free online event: MMT and the Media: Taking Charge of the Narrative with Luke & Bill Mitchell 
    Daily Mail article on Luke's appearance on Q&A
    Cause of the Week: Brightside Farm Sanctuary (brightside.org.au) 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    232 - Josh Cullinan

    232 - Josh Cullinan

    Josh Callinan is the Secretary of the Retail And Fast Food Workers' Union (RAFFWU); a young fighting union which represents thousands of overwhelmingly younger Australian workers in highly casualised and insecure industries. 
    RAFFWU was set up in opposition to the right-wing "yellow" union the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (the SDA), aka Christian Porter's favourite union. In this conversation Josh explains just how bad the SDA has been for workers, the scourge of casualisation and how RAFFWU is organising for a better deal and a better future. 
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    My book I, Millennial: One Snowflake's Screed Against Plague, Boomers, Billionaires & Everything Else will be published in December
    WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August
    There’s an encore Sydney show of WE ARE ALL IN THIS on August 20th
    My two shows at Chapel Off Chapel have been rescheduled to August 27th & 28th
    @JoshCullinan
    raffwu.org.au
    RAFFWU's "SDA Facts"
    ARTICLE: Precarious workers held out to dry by Josh Cullinan
    ARTICLE: Australia's Youngest Union Is Organising Retail and Fast-Food Workers (in Jacobin)
    ARTICLE: Shopped Out by Ben Schneiders & Royce Millar
    Cause of the Week: RAFFWU! Join them yourself or spread the word (raffwu.org.au)
     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    231 - Tim Hollo

    231 - Tim Hollo

    Tim Hollo is a former staffer for the Australian Greens, is the Greens candidate for the federal seat of Canberra and works as the Executive Director of the official Greens think tank, The Greens Institute.
    He's currently working on a book laying out his theory of "ecological politics"; a a self-organising democracy grounded in the natural world and connection. Tim wants a politics seeks to go beyond the neoliberal capitalist status quo, rejects the far-right's "solutions" and avoids what he considers to be the limits of socialism. We discuss the details of Tim's theory, as well as his reflections on the Greens' strategy around Kevin Rudd's CPRS, how fossil fuel companies killing off the possibilities of climate action, decentralising power and why consensus decision making isn't centrism.
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    @timhollo
    greeninstitute.org.au
    Tim's writing at The Guardian
    OPINION PIECE: The End Of The World As We Know It by Tim Hollo
    OPINION PIECE: Tim Hollo on an ecological democracy where "everything is connected" and embedded in nature 
    Cause of the Week: IndigenousX (indigenousx.com.au)

    • 1 hr 13 min
    230 - Emma Dawson

    230 - Emma Dawson

    Emma Dawson is an ALP member and a former adviser to the Rudd and Gillard governments on public broadcasting policy. These days she’s the Executive Director of the think tank Per Capita, “an independent, progressive think tank, dedicated to fighting inequality in Australia”.
    After very kindly providing me with a nice lunch, Emma explains where her politics come from, the Labor Party's neoliberal legacy, the role of markets in society and her passion for social democracy. She lays out the policy complexities with the #80ADay JobSeeker campaign and the tensions between idealistic, activist politics and brutal electoral math. 
    (Note: at one point I think Emma accidentally said Linda Reynolds when she was referring to Linda Burney.) 
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    I’m taping a comedy special across two shows at Chapel Off Chapel next week feat. my best jokes of the past three years
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    WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August
    @DawsonEJ
    percapita.org.au
    ARTICLE: Unemployment doesn't just happen to "other people". It can happen to you by Emma Dawson
    ARTICLE: Centrist Joe is precisely the president America needs by Emma Dawson
    ARTICLE: Income support 'not the only lever': Labor's plan to tackle disadvantage
    The 2021 Per Capita Tax Survey
    What Happens Next? edited by Emma Dawson & Janet McCalman
    Cause of the Week: The Australian Unemployed Workers' Union (unemployedworkersunion.com)

    • 1 hr 15 min
    229 - Jonathan Biggins

    229 - Jonathan Biggins

    Jonathan Biggins is a legendary Australian satirist, actor and writer, who is currently performing his one-man show The Gospel According To Paul - a theatrical biography of the reforming Labor Treasurer and Prime Minister, Paul Keating. 
    I asked Jonathan about his thoughts on Keating's complicated legacy - the good and the bad - and how his (often arrogant, but politically effective) leadership contrasts with the shit we have today. We discuss "economic rationalism", the waging of culture wars and identity politics and Jonathan's grave concern about the effect that social media technology is having on our society.. 
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    WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August
    jonathanbiggins.com.au
    The Gospel According To Paul by Jonathan Biggins is on at the Arts Centre in Melbourne until May 23rd 
    It then tours to Bendigo and Brisbane
    ARTICLE: Scott Morrison wants a big, simply country. With Labor dumbstruck and blindsided, he's getting one by Guy Rundle
    Cause of the Week: The Actor's Benevolent Fund (actorsbenevolentfund.org.au)
     

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
290 Ratings

290 Ratings

Karlkautskysghost ,

Josh Cullinan Interview

While he’s had some amazing guests on the podcast in 2021, I would rate Tom’s Interview with Josh Cullinan as possibly he best for 2021 thus far.

Howellsie ,

Emma Dawson is brilliant

Another great episode-thanks Emma

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Fun and informative for the politically curious

Smart people talking about Australian politics like real human beings, not the packaged stuff you get on the big broadcasters.

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