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Critical Line Item with Tom Ravlic
41 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
The 'why' behind the Afghan Files story - the whistle blower speaks
People who tell stories governments don't want to hear about their internal workings tend to not be popular and also are pursued if they part with information deemed confidential to the media. David McBride, a military lawyer, raised concerns about the conduct of Australian troops in Afghanistan through appropriate channels in the Department of Defence. Had they been dealt with satisfactorily McBride would not have become a household name. He took his story to the media as a last resort. He talks through the challenges of revealing unpleasant truths in this episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20 minutes | Nov 14, 2022
Banks and their profits, and other challenges
Doug Nixon is a partner at EY leading their Oceania practice and he talks to Tom about the current state of play in the banking sector, COVID impacts and the perennial concerns about cyber security in big companies. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
Disinformation and its impact on politics and society
Doctoral researcher Jean Linis-Dinco has been examining how various players use disinformation for political purposes. This conversation explores disinformation, the technology that makes is easy for its publication and its consequences. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
33 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
At the heart of getting a Voice to Parliament
Getting an Indigenous Voice to Parliament as envisioned in the Uluru Statement from the Heart embedded in the Australian Constitution is an objective of the Albanese Goverment but what will it take to swing the majority of Australians in a majority of States to vote for it in the referendum? Dean Parking is a director of From The Heart - an organisation working for constitutional recognition - and he talks about the rationale for The Voice and the challenges in embarking on what is a necessary national conversation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
Wage theft: its origins and possible solutions
Investigative journalist Ben Schneiders has spent almost a decade looking at the exploitation of workers where their pay and conditions are concerned. His new book, Hard Labour, is out and it explores the industrial landscape in Australia and highlights how wage theft become a major problem. Ben also talks about possible regulatory solutions and how the book came together. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
How history helps set the context for discussions on a Voice to Parliament
Filmmaker Rachel Perkins is the creative mind behind The Australian Wars, a three-part documentary that looks at the conflicts that took place between First Nations peoples and the various groups of settlers that set up colonies. It is a tough but fair telling of that period with a stellar cast of historians that help shed light on a history many people have not been taught. Perkins talks about the series and the way in which it came together as well as her hope that it helps people better understand why First Nations peoples have asked for a Voice to Parliament. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21 minutes | Aug 23, 2022
What is the strategy of the E-Safety Commissioner for keeping people safe online?
There are many varieties of online nasties and the Officer of the E-Safety Commissioner has to deal with them all in partnership with other arms of the Australian Government. E-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman-Grant outlines some of the challenges she faces in her role as she takes Tom Ravlic through aspects of the new strategy for her agency. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
52 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
Politics through the eyes of a veteran observer
Paul Bongiorno has been in journalism for 48 years and he's seen just about everything. He speaks to Tom Ravlic about the skill of reportage, the search for Truth, and a what drives him to keep going. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Seeing parliament through a new set of eyes
The new Member for Goldstein, Zoe Daniel, recently finished her first couple of weeks in her new job. The former ABC journalist shares her observations about the new gig, reflects a bit on her old one, and also puts the challenge out to journalists to resist telling the narrative of the powerful. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
32 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
Fixing the public sector - a retired public servants perspective
Steve Davies is a former public servant with deep experience on change management and organisational behavior with a concern about how people that raise concerns in organisations get treated. The Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has discontinued the prosecution of Bernard Colleary, the lawyer at the heart of a long-running case related to revelations that Australia engaged in intelligence skullduggery with its neighbor. Davies offers a range of observations and solutions targeted at improving the quality of the public sector. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29 minutes | May 10, 2022
Steve Tolz's 'Here Goes Nothing' - exploring the writer's craft
Author Steve Tolz has a new novel out called Here Goes Nothing but it really isn't about nothing. Tolz explores a range of issues about the craft of writing and his influences that shape the way he writes today and what readers don't get to see when the writer begins pulling together the ideas. Here Goes Nothing is published by Penguin Books. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
47 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
Education, welfare and standing as a First Nations candidate for the Greens
Greens candidate Celeste Liddle is standing for the seat of Cooper in the Federal Election on May 21. The unionist, writer and activist has spent a lifetime in the education sector and this time is running for the lower house seat. She talks about her concerns about the state of education, her hopes for First Nations peoples, and other issues that are driving her candidacy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
37 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Authenticity in politics: Hawke's successes, demons, and a biographer's journey
Journalist and author Troy Bramston has spent a significant amount of time diving into lives of politicians and the biography recently released by Penguin Books on Bob Hawke, one of Australia's most popular political leaders, is no exception. Bramston talks about the journey of writing a biography, what made Hawke so effective as a politician and the personal flaws that dogged the former PM for much of his life. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
32 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Making it easier to get to the facts on #auspol
It is difficult for people to assemble data on a politician in one place without looking at multiple sources and some folks might just give up. A new service called Polipedia is being developed by a team of three enterprising women - Su Darmapala, Ebony McKenna, and Sally Stockbridge - that will consolidate key data on Australia's politicians in one handy site that will help Aussies track their local member. Co-founder Emily McKenna talks about Polipedia and what its founders hope it will do to help shape the understanding of voters in Australia. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
46 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
The Mother, running for the Senate, and having robust debate without being horrible ...
Author, columnist and speaker Jane Caro has had a varied career but she has set her mind on a run for the Senate for the Reason party in New South Wales. She talks about the things she wants to see changed and some of the policy priorities that are a motivation for her Senate tilt. Caro's latest book, The Mother, is a cracking tale and she takes us through the key themes of the book and how the ideas for her first adult novel came together. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
52 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
How does Jo Dyer think politics can be reconstructed?
Jo Dyer is the author and independent candidate for Boothby in South Australia for the Federal Election in 2022. Her book 'Burning Down The House: Reconstructing Modern Politics" looks at how politics is broken. She talks about the areas of policy she believes will be important as well as touching on the impact of the intense media attention during the year in which the aftermath of the Four Corner story 'The Canberra Bubble' played out. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
35 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
What does Georgia Steele stand for? The candidate for the seat of Hughes speaks ....
Former corporate litigator Georgia Steele has had a gutful of what she sees as 'politics as usual' and she has chosen to put her hand up for the Seat of Hughes current held by Craig Kelly, the former Liberal Party member now running as the chief standard bearer for Clive Palmer's United Australia Party. Who is she? What does she stand for? Steele addresses the policies and the funding issues that have made the news as well as how her campaign headquarters got christened the 'Steele Works'. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18 minutes | Feb 19, 2022
The AEC's fight against conspriacy theories on social media
The Australian Electoral Commission has started engaging more with Twitter and other social media platforms in the lead up to the 2022 Federal Election. It is busy trying to put out brush fires of conspiracies online that have been imported from the United States. Evan Ekin is a member of the communications team at the AEC and he takes us through how the AEC is handling the social media space. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
33 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
What happens in the mind of an extremist when they're unmasked? A former extremist explains.
Australian media outlets are increasing publishing the names and affiliations of people in fringe extremist movements. What happens when names and organisations are published? How do extremists act? Does it cause them to pull back or stick with the ideology that has brought them attention? Jeff Schoep is the founder of Beyond Barriers, a group that has the mission to help people disengage from extremism. Schoep led the National Socialist Movement for 25 years in the United States. Does exposure - or doxxing - stop people from believing in their ideology? Jeff gives you the answers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
34 minutes | Feb 17, 2022
Fixing a toxic workplace culture - the Federal Parliament edition
Former member of parliament Kate Ellis chronicled her experiences in the national parliament of Australia. The sexist and ageist views to which she was subjected might have been something women acclimatised to but those behaviors should never have been acceptable. Ellis and other former female parliamentarians have shared their experiences since leaving that place on the hill. Eliis reflect on the behavior of politicians, the media and a range of other players and suggests that the bear pit of question time could do with more than a little tweaking. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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