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Van Badham and Ben Davison look at the Morrison government's failure to make workplaces in Australia safer for women with the latest report showing even the parliament is plagued by bullying and harassment. Morrison's failure to deliver on the last report into these issues across the economy doesn't bode well for his so called promise to implement …
 
Ben Davison looks at the Morrison government's latest announcement on Insiders that they will try to police comments on the internet and how it fits into Morrison's strategy of government "stepping back" on economic issues while simultaneously starting culture wars and stepping in to protect corporations. Ben looks at Morrison's attempts to stop cl…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at Scott Morrison's plan to import 200,000 temporary migrant workers into Australia over December and January as new polling shows 58% of Australian's want to decrease from our pre-pandemic levels of 160,000. Van and Ben discuss how there are 200,000 workers already in Australia who can't get the support for their ch…
 
Ben Davison looks at how Tim Paine's resignation from the captaincy of the Australian cricket team over sexual misconduct contrasts to the promotion of Alan Tudge by Scott Morrison over sexual misconduct that occurred around the same time in 2017. Paine has resigned over sexting prior to it becoming public knowledge while Tudge conducted an affair …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison examine the Qanon manipulations that are driving the protests in Victoria as more and more Liberal MPs are enticed to support the far right, mock lynching, reporter chasing extremist minority that continues to make threats against the democratic representatives of Victoria and wave Trump flags. Morrison has tried "who do …
 
The QAnon march in Melbourne this weekend showed off a disturbing willingness to use violent imagery and threats to intimidate democratically elected leaders, our institutions and our community. While Nearly 93% of Victorian's have had at least one dose of vaccine the rally, which featured US based QAnon symbols, flags and language, roped in a who'…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into Morrison's day out in Melbourne where in between pinching other people's food and getting a haircut he announced an electric vehicles policy. The man we pay $1,500 a day, who once claimed electric vehicles would kill the weekend, flew to Melbourne to announce a policy that would see 30% of vehicles on Australian…
 
Ben looks at the big win for farm workers this week as up to 130,000 workers will see their wages rise from as low as $3/hr to a minimum of $25.14 an hour. Despite a second record harvest year in a row and as many as 16,000 jobs needing to be filled the usual corporate agri-business lobbyists are condemning the outcome and suggesting they will appe…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into the Liberal lies, cover ups and side hustles that have come to typify the Morrison government. With Morrison himself called a liar, not just by President Macron but also, by Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull the credibility of Morrison's leadership is being called into question. If other leaders can't trust…
 
Gladys Berejiklian's end of week appearance at ICAC have raised some serious questions about how politicians conduct themselves, the meaning of terms like "family" and "love circle" and helped explain why Morrison and his government are so opposed to a federal ICAC. It would expose not only what they are doing wrong but also the things that they co…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison celebrate being reunited after four months separated by COVID lockdowns by exploring Morrison's New Plan using current policies to tackle climate change in "The Australian Way" with a pamphlet written by a global consulting company. We need real cuts to emissions to avoid temperatures increasing by 2.7 degrees. but there …
 
Ben looks at how the events of the week at NSW ICAC and in the Federal Parliament involving the the sentencing of the Obieds, the investigation into Gladys and the protection racket for Porter have made the case for a proper federal ICAC. Alan Tudge and Peter Dutton express the worst of Australian political values with hypocrisy, greed, entitlement…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison contrast the former Liberal Minister Pru Goward's opinion piece in the AFR where she calls unemployed workers "the underclass", "proles", "weasels", "damaged", a "deficit" and "lacking in trust and discipline." who need to be "harnessed" to the news today that 1.2M children in Australia went hungry in the last 12 months, …
 
Ben Davison wraps up the changes to COVID protections around the country as NSW schools are set to reopen, Victoria announces end of lockdown and Hobart seems set to survive a scare unscathed. What's Josh Frydenberg's problem. The Morrison government Treasurer keeps attacking Victoria, that state he's from, on everything to do with COVID. Why? Ben …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into the miraculous conversion of the Murdoch empire from climate skeptics to "Mission Zero" warriors. They explore how all it has taken is decades of campaigning, billionaires identifying the money making and subsidy extracting opportunities and enough space to allow the likes of Bolt, Gleeson and Panahi to hedge hi…
 
Ben looks at the reopening of NSW, some of the issues other places have faced when reopening and what the concerns might be for us here in Australia. Morrison sent his minister off to Insiders to talk about social media accountability while totally failing to address the fact The Australian has numerous anonymous articles and manage to not be asked…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into the new NSW Premier, Dom Perrottet, his public statements against women's reporductive rights, against marriage equality, against financial support for single mothers, his public sector wage cuts, his privatisation of NSW infrastructure and the iCare scandal that saw 52,000 injured workers ripped off while a for…
 
Ben Davison dives into how Gladys failed in her duty to report possible corrupt conduct while he slams the rose coloured glasses some of the Liberal Party and Sydney's elites have decided to view her through. Dom, iCare, Perrottet seems likely to replace Gladys now that Constance has announced he wants to go federal but is the Trump supporting, ant…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into the Morrison government's bungling of the COVID situation in Australia that has seen people with a disability go from being in a priority group to "refocussed" almost out of contention for vaccines, payments being cut from people left unemployed due to COVID restrictions, states going off the road map at the exp…
 
Ben Davison breakdown how 51% over 16 vaccinated equals 40% full vaccinated and what the delayed rollout in lower socio-economic suburbs and regions means for when things "open up". Insiders, on the ABC, makes some terrible calls about the far right riots. From using language that reinforces the narrative of fascists to regurgitating anti-union tal…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison breakdown what's happening in Melbourne as far right infiltrators have been rioting, attacking union offices, attacking police and desecrating working class sites. It is a cracking deep dive into fascism, what's driving the riots, why union offices and sites have been targeted, the baffling political responses and what we…
 
Ben Davison is back with the Weekend Wrap looking at how Morrison's Nuclear sub deal is blowing up Australian jobs, threatening trade relations with China and the EU and resulting in the only European power that cares about the Indo-pacific region withdraw their ambassador from Australia and the United States (their oldest ally). But we will now ge…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison examine the latest Morrison government transparency failure as Christian Porter receives a "blind" million dollars for his legal fund that even Malcolm Turnbull can't stomach but Frydenberg says is "within the rules". Its been over 1,000 days since Morrison announced the as yet undelivered national anti-corruption organis…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison examine how Scott Morrison's decision to fly to Sydney for father's day weekend, at tax payer expense across two closed borders, was compounded by the sleight of hand photo used on his social media and speaks to his continued poor judgement in the wake of his trip to Hawaii, the family pub crawl around Cornwall and his de…
 
Ben Davison breaks down Morrison Minister, Stuart Robert's, appalling explanation of the COVID reopening plan on Insiders as NSW hits 24,000 active cases, The Saturday Paper exposes Galdys' 1,700 secret hospital cases and News.com reveals there are three children are in ICU with COVID19. The Morrison government won't publish the list of companies t…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison analyse Gladys delusional optimism about COVID reopening, Dan's sombre lockdown extension and the increase in far right foreign agitation as orchestrators of COVID spreading events in Australia are arrested overseas. The Morrison government drops protections for women from sexual harassment from its respect at work legisl…
 
Ben Davison looks at the delusions of Glady's and Morrison as Australia reaches more than 15,000 active COVID cases, smashes through 1,200 new cases a day, hospitals are overwhelmed, ambulance services issue warnings and testing clinics are attacked. The Doherty Institute tries to clarify that even at 70% vaccination rates, if COVID is as loose in …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison examine the rolling disaster that is Morrison and Glady's handeling of the COVID pandemic as NSW records a record 919 new cases and two hospitals, Blacktown and Westmead, are unable to take any more COVID patients. The Ruby Princess inquiry finds the Morrison government didn't learn from mistakes overseas and let 600 COVI…
 
Ben Davison analyses Morrison's claim he can't (or won't) bring home every Australian stranded in Afghanistan and the implicit promise to abandon our allies as thousands of people try to reach safety. The bungled vaccine rollout is also dismissed by Morrison as something unforeseeable despite experts, Labor, unions and business all warning his gove…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison examine the situation in Afghanistan, Morrison's abandonment of our allies, the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban, what is happening to the Hazara people and the fears many have for women, girls and minorities. People are desperate to get out as Taliban leaders declare national pardons but Taliban fighters are reportedly b…
 
Ben Davison looks at the current COVID crisis, how Morrison and Gladys have helped each other avoid responsibility as Australians die and states are locked down by the Delta variant that was allowed to leak out of Sydney but a Premier and a PM too slow to react, too arrogant to do what was needed and too political to put our health above their poll…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison explore the company Prime Minister Scott Morrison keeps as his pastor faces charges of concealing a crime, one of his senators spouts Bannon neo-fascism and made up numbers on the ABC and one of his members in the lower house regurgitates foreign conspiracy theories and finally gets called out on it by the parliament. Plu…
 
Ben Davison recaps a great Olympics for Australia during a difficult time and discusses some of the highlights that bought the nation together. COVID remains out of control in Sydney with more deaths, record case numbers, growing hospitalisations and a creeping lockdown that feels piecemeal to the rest of the nation. Brisbane comes out of lockdown …
 
Van Badham, in lockdown Sydney, and Ben Davison, with a crying dachshund, dive into the mishandling of the Sydney lockdown, the spread of Delta, how Morrison's attacks on the public sector have resulted in needing to use the Army for a health crisis and what we can do to remove barriers to vaccination. The workers at McCain are back at work followi…
 
McCain in Tasmania locks out the workers for asking for equal to with other McCain workers denying them wages in a cold Tasmanian winter: Listeners can support the workers with a crowdfunding campaign set up by the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) Gladys' mockdown continues to fail the people of NSW as 239 new cases of COVID are report…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison, still separated by hard borders and COVID lockdowns, analyse what is happening as Sydney locks down for another four weeks, Victoria starts to cautiously reopen and Morrison decides to let 400,000 Sydneysiders both pay their rent and eat! Ben breaks down the jump in cost of living and how the failure to see through suppo…
 
Van Badham (locked down in Sydney) and Ben Davison (locked down in Melbourne) examine how the Glady's "mockdown" failed to stop the spread of the Delta variant and now more than half of Australia is in lockdown with almost 1,500 COVID cases in NSW. Sadly hospitalisations, ICU admissions and ventilations have almost doubled since last week's episode…
 
Morrisons vaccine failures allow 105 new COVID cases in Sydney as Gladys finally suggests people should wear masks outside. 7 are now ventilated and another person has died. Victoria carries the cost of Morrison's politicking with 16 cases linked to the NSW outbreak. Australian Unions are calling for Jobkeeper to return but Morrison has refound is …
 
Van Badham, in lockdown Sydney, and Ben Davison, fresh from a Tier 1 exposure, breakdown Glady's Sydney lockdown extension, the pressure on workers in Fairfield and the growing impact of the Liberal's "confusion first" approach. Morrison's decision to increase payments to Sydney, in a way not open to Melbourne during Victoria's lockdown, has incens…
 
Glady's lockdown lite results in 77 case today, 52 in hospital, 15 in intensive care and 1 death. Morrison continues to fail with on 9% of Australian's vaccinated The RBA acknowledges that manipulation of migration policy has resulted in lower wages as the failure of neo-liberal economics continues to be exposed Ash Barty wins Wimbeldon!…
 
With Van Badham stuck in Sydney lockdown while Ben Davison remains in Victoria, we consider how Australia has managed to stuff its vaccine rollout even without the problems that have caused crisis in Indonesia and Russia. We ponder how some of the country's most privileged private schoolboys have been vaccinated... but their teachers haven't - oh, …
 
Morrison’s failure sparks a four stage plan to pretend everything is okNSW lockdown continues with aged care outbreakStranded Aussies now six months past due but big business come and go as they pleaseMorrison’s finance Minister goes on Insiders to praise car park corruption saying “Australians had their chance..”Julia Banks reveals the darkness be…
 
Van is trapped in a locked-down New South Wales and doesn't know when she'll see Ben again, but the podcast continues through the miracle of technology and a fervent desire to discuss Scott Morrisons many, many, many failures. How many? SO MANY: on coronavirus vaccines, quarantines, Astra-Zeneca, jobkeeper, Medicare, the inter-generational report..…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison take The Week on Wednesday on the road recording a LIVE episode at the Wagga Wagga Interesting Festival. Recorded on Saturday June 26th moments before Sydney entered COVID lockdown, Van and Ben discuss the issues Glady's handling of the outbreak and take questions from a live festival audience. This special episode also l…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison discuss the workers who are taking action at General Mills and how everyone can support them by boycotting Old El Paso & Latina Fresh products. They explore new research which shows average working people are $254 a week WORSE off under the Morrison government, how ANZ and Macquarie Banks are taking money out of worker's …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison examine Scott Morrison's QAnon friendships as exposed by 4Corners. Van puts her expertise on internet conspiracy theories to good use as she and Ben discuss what this might mean for democracy, the Morrison government and our society. John Barilaro has made accusations that have resulted in the arrest of the producer for F…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at the Medicare cuts that have been slammed by doctors and have inspired action from Australian Unions to save Medicare from Greg Hunt's dream of an American style, privatised healthcare system. A family from Biloela has been left to rot on an island for 1000 days, a toddler is a preventable blood infection and a com…
 
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