What issues matter most to Australian Christians during an election? Hosts Tim Costello and Mel Wade talk to Australia's experts and leaders - including the ones that Christians don't usually get to hear from!
Prof Ian Harper (Reserve Bank & Dean of Melbourne Business School, Melbourne University) - Economy;
John Anderson (Former Deputy PM & Nationals Leader) - Religious Freedom;
Natasha Stott Despoja (former senator & Ambassador for Women and Girls) - Women
Dr Tim Flannery (leading climate scientist & Australian of the Year winner) - Environment
Dr Susan Carland (author & Muslim spokesperson) - Islamophobia
Mark Yettica-Paulson (Aboriginal leader) - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader John Anderson joins Tim Costello and Mel Wade to talk about religious freedom ahead of the 2019 Federal Election. On the agenda: current distrust in Christian institutions; Christian history; philanthropy; public conversation & debate; Jordan Peterson; freedom of conscience; social media; identity politics; and the separation of church and state.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Aboriginal leader Mark Yettica-Paulson joins Tim Costello and Mel Wade to talk about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ahead of the 2019 Federal Election. On the agenda: the Uluru Statement from the Heart; ‘makarrata’; reconciliation; war cries; treaty; January 26; the Christian history of mission and doctrine; justice; and hopes for moving forward together.
Academic, author and social commentator Dr Susan Carland joins Tim Costello and Mel Wade to talk about islamophobia ahead of the 2019 Federal Election. On the agenda: Christchurch; terrorism; stereotypes; hijabs; charity; her own conversion to Islam; and respectful relationships between Christians and Muslims.
Scientist, conservationist and 2007 Australian of the Year Prof Tim Flannery joins Tim Costello and Mel Wade to talk about the environment ahead of the 2019 Federal Election. On the agenda: climate change; extreme weather; coal and green energy; personal action; international efforts in Copenhagen and Paris; plastic; species extinction; and hope for the future.
Former Senator and Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja AM joins Tim Costello and Mel Wade to talk about women ahead of the 2019 Federal Election. On the agenda: representation in politics; domestic and family violence rates; federal funding for services; public policy and gender; stereotypes; international development; and hope for the future.
Trigger warning: This episode includes discussion of domestic and family violence. Australia's national helpline, 1800 RESPECT is available for sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and information referral service, 24 hours a day, every day of the year and we encourage anyone who is personally affected by this episode to call.
Economist Prof Ian Harper joins Tim Costello and Mel Wade to talk about the economy ahead of the 2019 Federal Election. On the agenda: commerce and trade; taxes; Adam Smith; capitalism; morality; national debt; foreign aid; and a biblical vision for the economy.
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Brilliant. Impartial, bipartisan and bible-based look at all the issues that are sometimes hard to understand. Thank you!
Great and insightful !
Intelligent guests and great information. Tough issues are presented in a very approachable way.
Thank you for this! Great podcast. A helpful way to challenge myself to dive deeper into issues, think critically and listen to others I may not agree with - all in the hope of being more informed and ensuring that my vote is intentional.