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Huge week of news even not counting beef week! Tassie election recap (I forgot to make a Rebecca Black joke out of Rebecca White’s name!). Also India Flight Ban! And Bec Melrose drops by to talk Biden’s first 100 days and ScoMo’s pentecostal bent! BEEF!
This week’s episode is all about Canada’s current battle against a massive third wave of COVID being powered by variants and a very Trumpian/ScoMoish provincial leader, Doug Ford (brother of the crack smoking mayor!)
Hope I don’t lose any Canadian friends over this but I decided to do a podcast episode explaining what an absolute dumpster fire Doug Ford has been because I’m sick trying to explain it all to my friends.
Bit late this week as it’s a big ep this looking at Prince Philip (RIP) and a deep dive into the history of our botched COVID-19 vaccine roll out from putting too many eggs in one basket to the blood clotting stuff (which is less risky than scuba diving!). No interview this week – might get used to this!
This week we have an in-depth look at Scott Morrison trying to fix his “women problem” by reshuffling his male-dominated cabinet around so hopefully you lose track of who’s currently scandal plagued and who isn’t.
Also we look at the end of Jobkeeper, the Brisbane outbreak and the fumbling vaccine rollout.
Then RAW Comedy Winner Bec Melrose joins us to talk the Suez Canal blockage, the H&M China boycott and ScoMo at the footy!
What a moveable feast of a week! This time last week I thought this weeks show would be on Matthias Cormann getting his job at the OECD. Then it was going to be on the floods and the vaccine rollout. Then ScoMo had his disaster of a press conference on Tuesday and I had to somehow combine floods and patriarchy. It’s a very solid show I think I’m proud of this one I hope it doesn’t have too many references to office wanking in it for you.
Also had a great chat with Michael Chamberlin who was the head writer on Tonightly. I know nothing about AFL but being the start of the season thought it would be good to chat about the upcoming season and how he’s been since he hosted News Fighters last February before Covid took off. Great interview very hard to cut down – so check out the extended version over on sanspants plus which is about twice as long if you want all the goods.
Huge episode this episode. First up we look at the Aged Care Royal Commission and the very convenient timing of the report getting released.
Then in a rough theme we look at the future of work in Australia, first by looking at Labor’s IR policies (shock horror: minimum wages and sick leave) and then we chat to political economist Ben Spies-Butcher about universal basic income – and how the pandemic and jobkeeper may have given us a hint at what the future in Australia could look like! The extended chat with Ben is up in the version of the episode on Sanspants Plus and is definitely worth checking out.
Also speaking of bonus stuff, here’s an outtake we didn’t have time for this week: Brisbane wins the 2032 Olympics!
The vaccines are here! Also Greg Hunt accuses Michael Rowland of being a massive leftie! Also great to catch up with my old workmate Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd to talk about his Perth Festival Show Whistleblower and the upcoming WA election.
This episode was so much work but I’ve been planning it and working on it for a couple of months. A look back at early news reports on the coronavirus and what Australia got right and wrong in dealing with the pandemic, and why Scott Morrison shouldn’t get the credit.
Also Sydney comedian Bec Melrose stops by the house and we talk about the week in news what else.
Hey! Our first ever bonus episode is out for our Sanspants plus members on Friday. Our special guest host is Stefan Pazur, our regular arts and sports correspondent. We talk about the year ahead in sports and all the various projects we’ve worked on over the years going back to our uni days.
Also a bunch of previously unheard outtakes and bonus bits from the past month, including bits from Chas and Tom Ballard.
Sanspants Plus members look for it HERE on Friday and to sign up for US$5/month join here.
Bookmark it! If you’re a Sanspants plus member it’s also where you can listen to extended and bonus episodes, as well as a selection of our best eps from the past two years. We’ll also be uploading the entire archive there along with more bonus episodes from the past in the near future. In the meantime if you’re a Sanspants Plus member and want to listen to ALL the old episodes (heaven forbid) or the shorter non-extended episode log out and it should refresh with all those. OR just listen on your podcast app or head over to our page at acast https://play.acast.com/s/newsfighters/
Oh and in case you missed it – there’s a #newsfighters channel/chatroom on the Discord that Sanspants plus members can access – stop by and say hi or ask questions there. I’ll be checking in every day or two.
And also if Sanspants Plus members or anyone else wants to support the show you can and should BUY ME A COFFEE.