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Your alternative to talkback.

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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Children on Nauru and the Uluru Statement

This week on Backchat, we talk to photojournalist Mridula Amin and artist and photographer Lachie Hinton who recently reported on the experiences of refugee children living on Nauru for the New York Times.

Later, we chat to lawyer and human rights advocate Teela Reid about the importance of a First Nations Voice before Australia puts forward a republic referendum.

Backchat 2003 edition

We are celebrating 15 years of FBi Radio this week!

Listen for all the hits from 2003, including Guy Sebastian's Angels Brought Me Here and Missy Elliot's Work It. Plus, we quiz our hosts Swetha and Nat about Australian pop culture from the year.

We also chat to Newtown Greens MP Jenny Leong about proposed changes to NSW's rental laws and pill testing at music festivals.

Abortion decriminalisation and women in politics

Three quarters of people in NSW do not know that abortion is a crime in this state. We chat to Maddy Ward, women's collective officer at the University of Sydney, who was nearly suspended for protesting against an anti-abortion stall on campus under pressure from Labor MP Greg Donnelly.

Later, we talk to Ash Streeter-Jones, co-founder and COO of Jasiri Australia, about women in politics and improving gender representation in parliament.

Commercialisation of universities with Dr Na'ama Carlin

Big news in politics this week! An ex-campaign advisor to Trump has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI about Russian intervention in the 2016 elections. Plus, the sexual harrassment claims against Barnaby Joyce were declared inconclusive.

We also chat to sociologist and academic Dr Na'ama Carlin about the commercialisation of Australian universities.

Architectures of war and Australian youth affairs

This week, we discuss the Liberal Party's huge bloodspill following the leadership change, plus Mark Latham's defamation case against Backchat alumnus Osman Faruqi.

Plus, we welcome Marwa Al-Sabouni, author of The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect, to talk about design and architecture's role in rebuilding war-ravaged cities. We also chat to Terri Butler, Shadow Minister for Young Australians and Youth Affairs, about pressing issues for young Australian people today, including housing affordability.


Race politics and data encryption laws

Earlier this week, Queensland senator Fraser Anning used his maiden speech in parliament to call for an end to Muslim immigration in Australia, invoking the "final solution to the immigration problem." We discuss what Anning's speech reflects to the state of race politics in Australia.

Later, we chat to Lyndsey Jackson, Chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia, about a new law proposal which would create a process where the government would be able to access your encrypted data. She discusses the draft laws and how it would impact on our privacy.

Fairfax-Nine merger and sexual assault on campus

Half a million Australians went to the polls last week to cast their votes in not one, not two, but five by-elections.

We also look at the latest developments in the state government's review into sexual consent laws. The NSW Bar Association recommended this week that a person who has an unreasonable but honest belief in consent shouldn’t be guilty of a crime.

Later, Eden Faithfull investigates university support services for those who report on sexual harrassment and assault on campus. We also chat with Dr Andrea Carson, incoming associate at La Trobe University, about the implications of the Fairfax-Nine merger.

Petition to fly the Aboriginal flag on the Harbour Bridge and My Health Record

In big news this week, the Israeli government pushed through a controversial law declaring the country as the "nation-state of the Jewish people", defining Israel first and foremost as a Jewish state where Jewish people have an “exclusive right to national self-determination”. Later, our reporter Eden Faithfull reports on the petition to permanently fly the Aboriginal flag on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and we chat to ABC Online Technology Reporter Ariel Bogle about My Health Record.

NAIDOC Week: Indigenous youth incarceration and data sovereignty

We're excited to celebrate NAIDOC Week on Backchat today. Joining us in the studio is Dylan Voller to talk about Indigenous youth incarceration. Last month, the Northern Territory government confirmed that all children currently in detention in the Northern Territory are Aboriginal. The numbers haven’t changed since the Royal Commission into the youth justice system, which took place after an ABC’s Four Corners report uncovered the treatment of Indigenous children in the Don Dale youth detention centre. Later, we chat with Dr Maggie Walter, inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania, about the significance of Indigenous data sovereignty for the Uluru Statement.

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