Exploring who we are, how we got here and where we are going. Australia’s top social scientists in conversation with journalist Ginger Gorman. Brought to you by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
What’s the point of a protest?
Are you an activist or slacktivist? Would you take to the streets for a cause you’re passionate about, or sign a petition? What actions make a real difference? In this episode of Seriously Social, Brisbane City Councillor Jonathan Sriranganathan, academic and activist Aidan Ricketts and sexual consent advocate Chanel Contos answer the question 'What is the point of a protest?', take a look at the ways protesting has changed over the years and highlight how governments and lawmakers are making it harder for protestors to exercise their rights.
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Centre for Sex and Gender Equality The Australia Insititute
Teach Us Consent
The history of the Australian Environment Movement Australian Environmental Grant Network
Franklin Dam and the Greens National Museum Australia
Elizabeth Reid talks women, advocacy and change in Australia Seriously Social
Does sport unite or divide us?
Australians love sport. It’s healthy, fun and brings the community together for a common goal. Or so we’re told. But what happens when our national obsession with sport causes division in the community? And who is left out of the game altogether? In this episode of Seriously Social, Emeritus Professor David Rowe explains how involvement in sport can be so contentious it has started a war while author and host of The Outer Sanctum podcast, Nicole Hayes, discusses the benefits to the wider community that occur when marginalised voices enter the conversation about sport.
Honduras vs El Salvador: The football match that kicked off a war BBC News
The day Cathy Freeman flew the flag and flagged the future The Sydney Morning Herald
Australian Citizenship: Our common bond Department of Home Affairs
Kick It Out
Elizabeth Reid talks women, advocacy and change in Australia
It’s our 50th episode and we are celebrating this milestone with an extra-special interview with the first women’s advisor to a head of government anywhere in the world. Elizabeth Reid AO, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a former visiting Fellow at the Gender Relations Centre and Department of Human Geography at ANU, was appointed in 1973 to advise then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam on the changes in policy that the women of Australia were desperate to see implemented. From placards and protests to the halls of power, Elizabeth Reid takes us through the ways in which women have tried to make society sit up and listen, and the challenges of being a figurehead for a social movement for change.
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Elizabeth Reid: Transforming adversity into impact ANU Gender Institute
Women’s Liberation Movement
International Women’s Year
Milestones for Australian Women Since 1975 ABC News
How much will climate change cost you?
Would you switch to greener super if it meant more money at retirement? But is the benefit worth the hassle? As climate change makes itself felt in our everyday lives, we explore how our choice of superannuation fund can cost us in the long run if we don’t pay attention to climate-friendly investment now. In this episode, Professor Jacqueline Peel, Director of Melbourne Climate Futures talks about how it's possible to prompt climate action by strategic superannuation investment. Professor Wai Fong Chua also reveals just what it will take for big businesses to disclose climate-related material risk.
“REST super fund commits to net zero emission investments after Brisbane man sues” ABC News
Melbourne Climate Futures University of Melbourne
The Paris Agreement United Nations Climate Change
Paid Parental Leave – who is left holding the baby?
When you think back to your childhood, who do you remember spent the most time doing the day-to-day care? The most common answer to that question historically, would be mum. But in 2022, is that beginning to change? In this episode, Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, Marian Baird, (University of Sydney), discusses Australia’s current Paid Parental Leave schemes including how they work, what needs to change and how can we learn from other schemes.
Dad days: how more gender-equal parental leave would improve the lives of Australian families by Grattan Institute
Early Childhood Australia
Gender equality and paid parental leave in Australia: A decade of giant leaps or baby steps? by Marian Baird, Myra Hamilton and Andreea Constantin
PPL Evaluation Report by the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland
Thinking differently about drugs
Are you one of the 50% of Australians who have tried an illicit drug? Or do you believe all drugs should be illegal? The field of drug policy is in a state of flux. Whilst drugs are being legalised in some parts of the world, other countries are cracking down. In this episode, Professor Alison Ritter, Director of the UNSW Drug Policy Modelling Program, explores Australia's drug policies: who makes them, who influences them, and who is being left out of the discussion?
Drug Policy Modelling Program, University of Sydney
Australian Institute of Criminology