November 5th 2015


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Informed and approachable politics and current affairs. We do interviews, discussion, news, lols and longform features with a different guest host each week.

First broadcast live Saturdays at 11am on FBi Radio. Find playlists and feature content here.


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Civil disobedience and energy policy

We spoke to Paul Karp from The Guardian about Sally McManus's first scandal, to find out more about industrial relations law and if we should be breaking bad laws. At the end of February, 24 Indigenous leaders formed the First Nations Renewable Energy Alliance. The group is pushing for renewable energy in Indigenous communities. We spoke to committee member and Murrawarri elder Fred Hooper to find out more.

Sexual assault on campus, Women's refuges and WA election day!

It’s election day in Western Australia! We chatted to Ben Raue, the founder of The Tally Room and one of Australia’s best electoral analysts. Will Pauline Hanson strengthen her grip on Australian politics? We continued our coverage of sexual assault on campus, talking to advocacy group ‘End Rape On Campus’. We also explored the impact of putting women’s refuges funding under the general homelessness program.

NSW Police and the queer community, Pauline Hanson, and Centrelink scandals

Guardian journalist Paul Farrell joined to unpack the scandal over Centrelink releasing personal data about a welfare recipient to a journalist. We also looked at the changing nature of Australian racism - in particular how Pauline Hanson has shifted her focus from Asian Australians to Muslims. Former police officer Duncan McNab joined to talk about NSW Police's darkest chapters of homophobia.

25/02/17 - Penalty rate cuts, NDIS and Mardi Gras

This week, Sunday penalty rates were cut. We spoke to Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin about the NDIS, talked to James "Breko" Brechney about Mardi Gras and had reports from South Korea and Indonesia.

18/02/17 - Grandmothers Against Removal, the plight of the Rohingya and "Clean Coal"

It's nine years since Rudd's apology, but does "sorry" mean you don’t do it again? Grandmothers Against Removal talked to us about their campaign against removals of Indigenous children in care. We also reported on the situation with the Rohingya people in Myanmar, and unpacked the great energy debate with The Australia Institute's Rod Campbell.

11/02/17 - An Aussie republic, women in science and male-only scholarships

This week we discussed an Australian republic with Peter FitzSimons, travelled to Antarctica for Women and Girls in Science Day and chatted to USyd's Women's Collective about a males-only scholarship. Plus, what's up with Cory Bernardi?

04/02/17 - Malcolm Trumbull, festival assault and Centrelink for de facto relationships

This week it's Trump vs. Trumbull. We talked to the CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia about the US refugee deal. We also investigated the issue of sexual assault at music festivals. We chatted to festival promoter Adam Lewis and Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich from Melbourne band, Camp Cope about the issue and how to tackle it. Moving in with your partner can seriously impact your Centrelink payments. We have a report on de facto relationships - what they are, how they can impact you and what your rights are when it comes to the government.

January 26 Special

This week we're exploring the debate around Australia’s national day and diving into some of the history of the protests against Australia Day, from the 1988 Freedom March to today. Tune in at 11 on Saturday morning. If you have questions or an experience you want to share, hit us up on With your hosts Ariel Bogle and Osman Faruqi.

21/01/17 - Mike Baird Resigns, Women's March and Centrelink Debt Debacle

Keep Sydney Open Campaign Manager Tyson Koh joins Backchat to discuss what this means for the anti-lock out movement now #casinomike isn't in the main seat. Sydney Morning Herald State Political Editor Sean Nicholls tells us what the NSW government will look like sans Baird and what this means for the issues you care about. Trump's gearing up for his inauguration and people on both sides are mobilising across the globe. Backchat speaks to organisers of the Women's March Sydney and an American women participating in the movement in DC.

Did you receive a debt recovery notice from Centrelink? Some have been forced to recover years of payslips from several employers to prove their debt is false. Backchat investigates the legality this process, who has the burden of proof?

With hosts Ariel Bogle and Osman Faruqi.

17/12/16 - Sex, Drugs, and Adani

It’s our last show of the year! We talked sexual health with Heath Paynter from The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and Mish Pony from the Scarlet Alliance. We also explored Adani’s Carmichael coal mine and the response from the traditional land owners.

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