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.

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Eagle Rock, Aussie Citizenship and Clubbing in Western Sydney

This week on Backchat, Daddy Cool's 1971 banger "Eagle Rock" has been at the centre of a controversy at the Australian National University in Canberra. We also discussed the big changes to migrant worker visas, hearing from people affected by the change. Also on the show, how the lockout laws have led to a resurgence in Western Sydney’s clubbing culture.

US strikes Syria, the Co-op Bookshop AGM, Deliveroo and Rentberry

Today on the show, we hear from Deliveroo riders about what it's like to work for an app. Plus, the US Studies Centre's Gorana Grgic joins to chat about Donald Trump's missile strike on a Syrian air base. We also investigate property management app Rentberry, and investigate why students are crashing Co-op Bookshop's AGM.

University trimesters and the Section 18c battle is finally over

This week, 18C died a quick death in parliament. As ever, it inspired our politicians to say some outlandish things in public. We’re also zoning in on university timetables. It may not sound like a big deal, but shifts to trimesters are happening everywhere and messing up our study plans. So why are they doing it? It's gotta be the money, right?

Affordable housing for Sydney, 18c changes and the Don Dale scandal

This week Backchat took on the housing crisis and changes to affordable housing in Sydney. We also talked to the Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Tony Burke, about the government’s proposed changes to Australia’s race hate laws. Lucy Hughes Jones from the Australian Associated Press phoned in to discuss revelations on treatment of detainees at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.

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?

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