Welfare and social security in Australia have been driven into the ground by successive Liberal and Labor governments. This bipartisan approach to punishing Australians for losing a job has created a system of entrenched poverty and desperate people are now at their wits end.
G'day voters, and welcome to the show notes for the eleventh episode of 3 White Guys + Guest, a political podcast for a cynical nation. Today, our plus guests are Iranian immigrant and housemate to the stars, Farshid Akhtarpour; and international security analyst Chris Mason-Cole. This episode was recorded over Skype, apologies for the dodgy audio where it occurs, and a big fuck you to Malcolm Turnbull for ruining the NBN.
The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. We are on track to exceed two degrees of global warming, and given the reticence of global governments to address climate change, it's going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. If it gets better.
Today, our plus guest is Lindsay Williams, a Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri man from Nambucca Heads. This was an episode where we decided against setting an agenda, because the fact is, as three white guys we can't speak for First Nations people, but we desperately need to learn more as the ignorance of Indigenous culture in this country is crippling.
Today, our plus guest is Joshua Dean, artist, carer, and seeker of knowledge. So join us as we celebrate the death of a billionaire, worry about the end of life as we know it, and the horrific state of politics in the modern age. Marxism never looked so good.
Sex workers face some of the highest levels of abuse of any profession, and more often than not when they are murdered they are blamed for what was done to them. They are reduced to what they do, instead of who they are. It's the world's oldest profession, and yet people still won't accept that sex work is work.
As the fight to increase Newstart ramps up, we take a look at what is needed to protect welfare in Australia, and why it's so necessary. Subjects for discussion include wage theft, wrestling, and windmills.
This week our good friend Randy Johnson dropped in for a few drinks and a chat about homelessness, Hanson, and horrible ideas. Also Albo. Because, good god, the man is likely to be the last leader of the ALP.
It was supposed to be the unloseable election. This is why we can't have nice things.