A weekly conversation about politics and current events, international affairs, history, art, books, and the natural world, to illuminate the issues faced by society and explore them in new ways – presented by Amy Mullins.
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Carrillo Gantner On Australia's Dismal Diplomacy With China And How To Fix It
Victorian cultural leader, philanthropist, and author Carrillo Gantner AC joins Amy for an in-depth conversation about his new book, Dismal Diplomacy, Disposable Sovereignty: Our Problem With China and America (out via Monash University Publishing). Carrillo examines the recent history of Australia's poor diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and explains what the new Labor federal government must do to repair the relationship. Carrillo reflects on his time as Counsellor (cultural) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing in 1985-87, what he learned about Chinese culture, language, history, and politics, and how this can inform respectful and productive diplomacy. He also discusses Australia's gradual relinquishment of sovereignty over time, with recent examples including the AUKUS alliance with the United States and United Kindom, and the controversial nuclear submarine deal.
The Great Barrier Reef's Sixth Mass Coral Bleaching Event
Guardian Australia environment reporter Graham Readfearn talks about the sixth mass coral bleaching event at the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, which occurred earlier this year. He describes his visit to the John Brewer Reef near Townsville and what he has learned about the causes of the Great Barrier Reef's decline. We learn about its current condition and the reef's future in the face of climate change and other factors. Graham also explains what happened during the recent assessment of the reef's condition by a scientific team from UNESCO. Will the Great Barrier Reef finally be placed on the World Heritage 'in danger' list?
Independent Candidate Jo Dyer Reflects On The 2022 Election Results And The Rise Of The Independents; Brendan Wintle On How To Fix Federal Environment Policy; The Great Barrier Reef's Sixth Mass Coral Bleaching Event
Jo Dyer reflects on her experiences campaigning as an independent in the marginal seat of Boothby and the rise of the independents in politics. Jo discusses the transformation of Australian politics with a greatly expanded crossbench, a more diverse parliament, and a likely shift in the political culture in Canberra. Jo is the author of the very prescient book, Burning Down The House: Reconstructing Modern Politics, and is outgoing Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival. Dr Brendan Wintle, Professor of Conservation Ecology at the University of Melbourne, joins Amy to talk about the crisis of bioddiversity loss in Australia. After past failures of federal environmental policy, what does the new Albanese Labor government need to do to correct course and protect Australia's threatened species? Will the Great Barrier Reef finally be placed on the World Heritage 'in danger' list? Guardian Australia environment reporter Graham Readfearn talks about the sixth mass coral bleaching event at the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, which occurred earlier this year. He describes his visit to the reef and what he has learned about the causes of its decline. We learn about its current condition and the reef's future in the face of climate change. Graham also explains what happened during the recent assessment of the reef's condition by a scientific team from UNESCO.
A Special Post-Federal Election Analysis With Chris Wallace; Eucalypts And Their Champions; US Politics With Emma Shortis
Dr Chris Wallace joins Amy to examine the 2022 federal election results in-depth, including the massive wins for the Greens, independents, and Labor. They also assess the extent of the media's influence, reflect on campaign strategies, and the next steps for an incoming Albanese Labor government. Chris is Professor at the 50/50 By 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra, a former member of the Canberra Press Gallery and author of How To Win An Election. Award-winning author Dr Ashley Hay discusses her critically acclaimed book, Gum: The story of eucalypts and their champions. Gum has now been updated and released in a new edition out via NewSouth Books. Ashley is Editor of the Griffith Review and author of many books. Historian Dr Emma Shortis discusses what the election of the Albanese Labor government means for Australia's foreign policy, especially our relationship with the United States and the Indo-Pacific region. Emma also chats about the US political situation domestically, including the leaked Supreme Court judgment that seeks to overturn Roe vs Wade and restrict access to safe abortions. Emma is Research Fellow at the EU Centre of Excellence, RMIT and author of Our Exceptional Friend: Australia’s Fatal Alliance with the United States.
Federal Election Policy Series – Richard Denniss On The Economy; Britain's Forgotten Atomic Tests At Emu Field; Save The Western Port Woodlands
Dr Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute joins Amy for the final instalment of Uncommon Sense's federal election policy series – this time, on the economy. Richard debunks all the election econobabble on wages growth, productivity, inflation, and much more. He explains and evaluates the economic policies of the major and minor parties at this federal election, including on housing affordability, superannuation, taxation, economic management, and wages growth. Who's talking a load of codswallop and who is on the money? Award-winning author and academic Dr Elizabeth Tynan speaks about her new book, The Secret of Emu Field: Britain’s forgotten atomic tests in Australia. Elizabeth tells us what happened at Emu Field, South Australia in October 1953. She talks of a terrifying black mist that spread across the land after the first atomic bomb detonation called Totem I. It brought death and sickness to Aboriginal people in its path. Elizabeth describes some of the secrecy that still exists today around the testing activities. She tells us about her visit to Emu Field and the consequences of the testing. Elizabeth is associate professor in the Graduate Research School at James Cook University, Townsville. Catherine Watson, member of the Save Western Port Woodlands group, dials in to discuss the last strip of significant woodland left in Bass Coast Shire – a rare coastal forest near Lang Lang and Grantville, which is under threat from a surge in sand mining. After a long fought battle, Victoria's Planning Minister Richard Wynne has just made the controversial decision to approve a significant expansion of the Grantville sand mine despite more than 70 local objections. Catherine explains why the Western Port Woodlands is so ecologically special and why it deserves our urgent protection. Visit their website at www.savewesternportwoodlands.org
Federal Election Policy Series – Climate Change and Energy; The Case For A Genuine National Integrity Commission; Gabriel Shipton On The Fight To Free His Brother, Julian Assange
Richie Merzian, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at The Australia Institute joins Amy for part 3 of the Uncommon Sense election policy series – climate change. Richie looks at Australia's current climate targets and tells us what targets and policies are needed to keep global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees celsius or at the very worst, 2 degrees celsius. He also examines and evaluates what Labor, the Coalition, the Greens, and the independents are proposing to do about climate change and energy policy at this federal election. Former judge Stephen Charles AO QC and Dr Catherine Williams discuss what a robust and effective federal integrity commission looks like, as well as other accountability bodies and measures needed to protect our democracy from corruption. These include reforms to our political donations system, among many others. Their new book is called, Keeping Them Honest: The Case for a Genuine National Integrity Commission and Other Vital Democratic Reforms. Stephen Charles QC is a former Judge of Appeal in the Supreme Court of Victoria and Dr Catherine Williams is research director of the Centre for Public Integrity. Gabriel Shipton, film producer and brother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaks about his film ITHAKA, which follows Assange's father John Shipton in the fight to free Julian. Gabriel discusses the chilling effect America’s efforts to prosecute Julian are having on freedom of press and whistleblowers across the world, and the disturbing tactics deployed to silence him. Julian is currently being held in Belmarsh Prison, London. A court has formally approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States on espionage charges. His extradition will ultimately be a decision for UK home secretary, Priti Patel.
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