Episode 27 - How Renters Having Decent Rights Helps Us All (Guest Host Mark O'Brien, CEO of the Tenants Union Victoria)  


01:24 What's going to happen to our country and why housing policy makes one of the biggest differences to how we turn out in 20 years
04:50 The demographic/social security time bomb being created by locking a generation out of housing
06:49 How improving renters' rights could help with housing affordability generally
13:54 Transience - what taking away security of tenure does to a community
15:00 More Australians discovering the unfairness of living without housing stability
16:43 The Victorian review of the Residential Tenancies Act
18:50 The competing proposals for changes
20:08 The real estate lobby's ideas to make the present situation even worse, starting with making it easier to evict people - more grounds, faster, and easier
24:32 Is the aim just to reinforce the idea of renters as a peasant class who survive at the whim of landlords?
25:05 The real estate lobby wanting *even more* than "no reason" evictions - they want "any reason" evictions. Making it even easier to discriminate against people and punish tenants for daring to exercise a right
27:56 Why it's important to get rid of the "no reason" eviction power
29:24 Jeremy derails discussion to put his proposal to require landlords evicting at their own convenience to pay the tenants' reasonable removal costs and release the bond sooner
32:19 Would such renters' rights deter people from investing in housing? Only the speculators who are the problem
34:16 The Dickensian system we're presently moving towards instead
36:25 Stopping tenants enforcing their rights
37:00 Tenants Union fighting to improve tenancy stability, and what will happen  to the state if it leaves it as is or makes it worse
38:22 They don't think it's your home - landlords' powers to invade your home for inspections or selling the property - and their ideas to make it worse
43:30 Pets - a basic right enjoyed by non-renting Australians, but which some landlords seem to think they should have the power to deny
49:20 Tenancy databases, unenforceable protections
50:25 The extraordinary, poorly regulated power of agents
54:12 Better privacy protections
55:22 Rent bidding and AirBnB
57:28 Fighting the idea that landlords should have the right to control what tenants do in their homes
59:36 Getting people fired up to fight for these rights - and overcoming idea there's something shameful about renting long-term
01:01:36 How creating a power then turns it into a requirement - giving agents the power to come through homes every 6 months has turned it into something they have to do for their clients
01:03:58 Doing something about it - Make Renting Fair http://www.makerentingfair.org
01:07:07 Renters being treated as - and then thinking of themselves as - second-class citizens
01:09:34 How can someone have more rights leasing a car than a tenant has in their home?

Episode 26 - Another Department Gone Rogue (feat Lyndsey Jackson)  

(We apologise for the parts where Lyndsey's mic created some noise)

01:06 Robodebt/Notmydebt inquiry comes down
03:20 Another department goes rogue & declares war on the people it deals with
05:28 Another department that crushes whistleblowers
08:50 Another department burning institutional knowledge
15:25 Another department announcing figures it can't explain
18:17 Another department claiming it's too hard to do basic things (in this case, calculate how much they overstated debts)
20:17 Is Centrelink's plan to discourage anyone who can avoid it from dealing with it?
28:49 Other new awful changes to social security: doubling the time someone has to wait for Centrelink if any liquid assets (ie any buffer)
33:05 Lib response "it was political" as if there's something else they do in parliament beyond political things
35:31 Porter contemplating idea that social security not so much a transfer from rich to poor
38:30 Admitting that drug tests haven't worked overseas, but refusing to back down.
38:56 What's wrong with "welfare cards"? And is the drug trial actually an attempt to justify them?
44:58 The fraud of the NT intervention (New Matilda article referred to: https://newmatilda.com/2017/06/28/a-decade-on-the-fraud-of-the-nt-intervention-is-exposed/)
51:47 Pyne vs Abbott and LNP far-right
58:10 Greens vs Rhiannon
01:15:46 Stuck in my Craw - Denise Pirko (content warning: discussion of failures of criminal law addressing recent rape cases)
01:32:13 Australia vs Humanity - shutting down Manus wasn't meant to just mean turning off the lights and leaving refugees in the dark. But that's what's happening.

25 supplementary - developments in contempt  

In which the Supreme Court of Victoria decides not to proceed with contempt charges against Hunt, Tudge and Sukkar, and increases the sentences in which they'd intervened.

Episode 25 - Contempt (feat Guest Host Denise Pirko)  

02:18 Hunt, Tudge and Sukkar's contempt (along with Hinch and Latham)
12:28 Brandis doesn't grasp the difference between sharing your information, and having it taken
15:10 Grenfell here: more likely to die from dangerous towers due to inadequate regulation
21:10 LNP and News Corp working hand in hand to (misleadingly and unfairly) bash the very poor
24:30 Finkel and LET: Malcolm's headache
27:00 Insane citizenship testing
31:58 Some compensation to victims of Manus Island regime
35:54 New powers for Peter Dutton, cartoonish super villain
41:25 "Fixing" native title for Adani
42:20 Gallery hacks offended at the leaking of Trumble joking about Trump

Episode 24 - Does Brandis Ever Get Anything Right? (feat guest host Brandon Selic)  

1:10 Murder in Brighton; stupidity and dishonesty in Canberra
21:21 Stuck In My Craw (Denise Pirko) - the oblivious use of abusive language for maligned people
27:24 Born after 1966? No retirement for you
37:22 Centrelink - trying to get through, and trying to make any sense of the system when you do
43:07 News Corp tantrum over GetUp! member on Press Council board
48:11 Liberals inviting Margaret Court to fundraising event
52:53 Australia vs the parts of humanity that don't want to be consumed in nuclear fire
59:36 Trying to bring it all together

Episode 23 - Spite and Bloody-mindedness (feat guest host Denise Pirko)  

01:10 Treaty not fluff
05:32 The actual Uluru Statement of the Heart
12:18 Racist macho bullshit - Tony Abbott & One Nation want you to think, although it's not true, that refugees increase the risk of terrorism; Barnaby has a new pitch for the ADF; Barnaby has noticed a much stronger link between terrorists
24:20 NSW has a plan to tackle housing affordability that the Premier herself says won't work
31:45 "Welfare" drug testing - revelations from Estimates; politics of spite
38:54 Public facilities shouldn't be named after people who fight for the law to discriminate against fellow citizens
44:43 What's stuck in Greg Jericho's claw - polling on policy
51:05 Australia vs Humanity - forcing LGBTI refugees to countries that oppress them; Dutton's office as arrogant as you'd expect

Episode 22 Greg Knows Budgets (feat guest host Greg Jericho)  

01:32 The 2017 budget a week later, now we know it better
51:35 Stuck In My Craw (Denise Pirko)
01:10:10 Australia Vs Humanity

Episode 21 - Stop Pretending The Budget Wasn't Monstrous (feat guest host Denise Pirko)  

01:22 Budget 2017 episode
01:49 It's not a "Labor Light" or "fair" budget
03:40 company tax cut up $15bn
07:50 making the lives of the very poor much worse
15:19 drug testing, at unspecified cost, the very poor
16:00 kicking people off DSP if they can blame past drug use
16:30 #ScattMorrison
22:27 the politics of spite
26:30 50% of Australian adults on $40k or less
29:30 grinding poor graduates into poverty
32:38 Hack media propaganda "Hip to be Fair"
36:40 Shazam This Code To Sing Along With ScoMo
40:35 The budget's selling points, according to the Daily Tele
41:05 the banks
42:37 How pissweak is ScoMo's response to the housing affordability crisis? So pissweak that the real estate lobby haven't complained
52:38 Stuck in my Craw - NSW refuses to decriminalise abortion;
56:10 Australia vs Humanity - 25 years of mandatory detention, and how it happened
01:02:08 ALP response live
01:05:54 fundamentalist christian homophobic extremists armed with pies

Episode 20 - A shaggy dog podcast (feat guest host Denise Pirko)  

A difficult week for tying a podcast together neatly. A bad week for tying a podcast together neatly. But Jeremy and guest host Denise give it a red-hot go.

02:28 Look admittedly this bit lacked structure, because there's no real way of tying these things together: 457s and the arts; 457s being inadequately racist for some English immigrants' tastes; tiny bump for Malcolm's nationalism; work for the dole a terrible policy, but "red meat for conservatives"; AFP accessing journalists' metadata without warrant; The Oz trying to sell Trump to Australians; "Save our Super" vs Kelly O'Dwyer; and oh yes we were threatened with a nuclear strike this week.
30:30 Apparently the ANZACs fought to silence criticism of government policy? Particularly by Aboriginal Australians like Katrina Ngaitlyala Power or muslim Australians like Yassmin Abdel-Magied.
55:55 Housing developments including rent bidding, Serco maybe running public housing in NSW, Grace Collier has some very silly things to say (and access to a very silly paper which will publish them) and Jeremy has an idea to tackle affordability whilst also protecting people
01:19:52 Stuck In My Craw - "Hydro" and coal - Corrine
01:23:00 Oops we forgot Australia vs Humanity - Dutton Won't Apologise But Would Like An Apology Himself


Episode 19 - The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel (feat guest host Corrine)  

Jeremy is joined by Corrine, returning from episode 12 to discuss Malcolm's nationalist distraction, energy, and housing. And then, before we even get to Erin Riley's stuck in my craw, we have bonus returning former guest hosts, Denise Pirko (to discuss 457s) and Karl Fitzgerald (to discuss even more depressing developments in the housing disaster).

01:40 In the bin: NSW scraps safe schools based on nonsense furphy that it replaced anti-bullying programs; sending the APS to the remote country; the "national tragedy" of what the Libs did to the NBN; a terrible time for journos at Fairfax and photographers/subeditors at News; the Victorian Opposition's idiotic mandatory sentencing plan to endanger us all at great expense; half Centrelink cases sent to private debt collectors; One third of Australians underpaid superannatuion.
08:00 People being harmed by Turnbull's 457 changes - featuring guest appearance by Canaustralian Denise Pirko
12:44 Citizenship lunacy
23:39 Energy policy - the gas pipeline
29:47 Housing affordability - starting with Karl Fitzgerald on what's been happening
50:56 Australia Vs Humanity - Refugees on Manus Island shot at; smeared by Dutton; stones thrown at them by guards...
01:00:25 Stuck In My Craw - Erin Riley

Episode 18 - The Ratchet Returns (feat guest host Erin Riley)  

Jeremy is joined by Erin Riley to discuss the Libs' most recent effort to destroy the revenue base with corporate tax cuts, Xenophon, Women's AFL, Latham, The Oz vs Sally McManus and union advocates being in unions. Also:

48:38 Australia vs Humanity
59:51 Stuck In My Craw by Damien O'Meara

Episode 17 - Believe Me, This Episode Has Some Good News In It (feat guest host Damien O'Meara)  

Jeremy is joined by Damien O'Meara to discuss things Malcolm would rather just went away

14:00 18C seriously it's back
24:00 The PM praising Leak at his memorial and calling him a "uniter"
32:21 Marriage Equality
32:35 postal plebiscite
39:37 "Marriage Equality" not "same sex marriage" or "gay marriage"
52:45 It's about equality before the law, not marriage
55:26 Dutton: "stick to your knitting"
1:00:19 "Gender X" VCAL option and the Herald Sun's vicious attack on trans people

Australia vs Humanity
01:12:07 Don Dale
01:17:20 "denying people smugglers a product"
01:33:19 World Meteorological Organisation: climate out of control
01:35:20 Abortion rights in the NT

And Tom Ballard returns to tell us what's
01:39:09 Stuck In My (his) Craw - the remaining states where the "gay panic" defence is still in place

Episode 16 - Racist is the cruellest word (feat Tom Ballard)  

Jeremy is joined by Tom Ballard to discuss QUITE A WEEK

01:25 De Mortuis Nisi Nil Bonum (Finally Bill Leak Is Stopped By The Icy Hand Of Death)
17:38 Fifty Shades of Bill Leak (Daisy Cousens) (Music "Sad Day" by www.bensound.com)
28:47 Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory
33:32 Bad week for the right - WA and Netherlands
38:08 Energy - SA, Elon Musk and batteries; Malcolm and his "Snowy 2.0"
41:20 Coopers, the Bible Society, and "light" conversations about the law discriminating against LGBTI people
54:40 The ACTU's Sally McManus wants to destroy all laws in Australia and usher in an era of anarchy and people eating the rich
01:01:25 Stuck in my Craw - Karl Fitzgerald returns to address "unlocking super" to break housing; and rent control

Episode 15 - Get Angry About Housing (feat Karl Fitzgerald)   

Jeremy is joined by Karl Fitzgerald from the Renegade Economists radio show/podcast, and the man behind the recent research into vacancy rates that explodes the government's "it's a problem of supply" lie. And Cam Smith from Gather Around Me returns to tell us what's stuck in his craw.

Karl's Links:

Prosper's vacancy report prominently referenced by the UN.The  report quantifying monopoly rents Karl referred to.The numerous democratic reform projects underwayAn implementation plan


01:16 Vacancy rates - the problem is not supply
04:20 How did the housing disaster happen in the first place
08:22 Ways to tackle it?
09:28 The Victorian government's largely terrible ideas #1 - first home buyer's grant to wreck regional areas
11:45 How do we get government to realise how terrible these grants are? This "policy fraud"?
13:47 Terrible idea #2 - stamp duty exemption
17:02 Idea #3 - releasing more land. Surely that's got to be good, right?
19:00 But the developers *don't* release the land. They drip-feed the land to maximise prices.
20:20 "Use it or lose it" clauses?
22:20 Make developers contribute to infrastructure
22:50 developers cutting corners and creating long-term problems - and regulators letting them
30:14 Idea #4 - penalties for those who keep land vacant? And are they going to use an effective measure for assessing this?
33:00 Tenants unable to enforce rights
35:03 How about improving tenants' rights compared with landlords'? Both addresses the victims of the current situation, and discourages the making of more in future.
37:00 corrupt monopolies and monopoly rents
40:12 inefficient taxes
41:00 land taxes as a solution? No, seriously - land taxes as a solution
42:39 how the Libs wrecking the NBN has made housing worse
43:40 the damage of 30 years of privatisation
44:15 reining in negative gearing
45:58 cost of land price growth
46:15 land taxes. Recommended by economists.
50:55 increase CGT?
51:52 another point about land taxes.
53:56 how could you get a land tax through politically?
58:05 an intermediate step, more effectively penalising land banking?
01:00:34 the victims of the status quo
01:01:43 the media unwilling to stand up to the property lobby
01:04:34 Cory's terrible ideas
01:06:14 reining in family trusts?
01:06:48 inheritance taxes
01:07:29 How to lobby the Andrews government to more effectively rein in land banking
01:09:58 the stupid argument that cutting negative gearing would push up rents
01:16:17 Michaelia Cash and having to rely for change on MPs with huge investment portfolios
01:22:54 Other stories from the week: Hanson damaging WA Libs; Brandis "cannot recall"; Libs doubling down on the insane Centrelink robodebts and breaching privacy of citizens; ACL vs Rainbow Flags
01:34:05 Australia Vs Humanity
01:38:10 Stuck in my Craw (Cam Smith)

Episode 15A - International Women's Day (feat guest host Denise Pirko)  

In which Denise and Jeremy and a horde of piano-playing cats discuss International Women's Day and related issues.

Link: International Women's Day: Five reasons life is hard for women in 2017 (and what you can do to improve it)

Episode 14 - A Wide-Ranging Discussion (Guest Host Cam Smith)  

A wide-ranging (code for a bit all over the place) discussion about what's going on.

00:53 Introducing Cam Smith from Gather Around Me (and his making fun of absurd conspiracies podcast)
03:55 Eric Abetz is worried about rainbow flags
04:50 Trying to listen to right-wing podcasts
05:28 George Christensen drops whip role because irony
06:47 Sky "News Agenda" tries to ambush Bob Carr on Netanyahu and it backfires
07:30 Matthias Cormann seems to have missed something obvious
09:10 Tony's five-point-plan of terrible ideas: inaction on climate
11:00 Cory is lonely
12:05 Malcolm and nonsense about opinion polls
13:30 Cam thinks maybe standards in parliament used to be higher
17:45 Morrison or Dutton, we know it's lose-lose, but if you had to choose
18:41 Interjection: how is there a national tenancy database with barely any oversight?
19:50 Morrison or Dutton: world's worst episode of Perfect Match continues
21:00 Tony's terrible ideas for immigration and housing
21:54 Penalty Rates
22:20 Interjection: "Jobs and Growth" defined
24:42 Penalty rates - businesses dodging them; ALP could pick better representative
29:05 Penalty rates - weekend loading vs higher wages
33:46 Increase wages vs house prices
35:30 Centrelink betraying Australians' private information to punish them
45:50 The Lib who wants even longer between elections (fixed four-year terms)
49:10 AUSTRALIA VS HUMANITY - people as fleas, deporting a doctor for having an autistic child. Australia on human rights council
01:12:30 STUCK IN MY CRAW - Denise Pirko - telling young people that housing's quite doable, if they sacrifice more

Episode 14a mini episode: in which Tony has a bunch of lies he'd like you to believe  

Jeremy has a short rant late at night about Tony's "manifesto", a bunch of terrible ideas based on shameless lies. Also a week of hacks misleadingly defending the broken housing market.

01:04 A day of hacks misleadingly defending the broken housing market
02:16 The "can you find a first home buyer in 2017" challenge
04:10 it's not a matter of saving, or immigration, or supply, Mr Sukkar
07:50 Tony's "manifesto"
15:12 So what have we learned?

Episode 13b - the Omnibus (feat returning guest host Denise Pirko)  

01:03 the "omnibus", or "please don't notice the insanely cruel cuts to the safety net we've shoved in here"
12:20 the bus under which Trumble continues to throw refugees
17:55 what does Jacqui Lambie think "sharia law" actually is
24:20 A Theory
25:30 It's "social security", not "welfare"
25:55 Fear of taxes
29:50 Even the banks think maybe we should rein in the housing bubble
32:44 Demonising trans people
37:58 Privileged people thinking they're the victim
39:18 Christensen, the Q society, and the right-wing podcast
51:52 The Libs, Pauline Hanson, John Howard
01:12:10 #notmydebt Centrelink debt debacle takes at least one life
01:14:23 Stuck in my Craw featuring Corrine
01:17:06 Pondering Corrine's challenge
01:21:31 Libs declaring they'll use clean energy fund to pay for new coal power stations
01:27:32 Correction
01:29:13 Postscript - Jeremy actually going back and listening to that right-wing podcast

Other links:


Images of helpful links to assist re refugees, via Tom Ballard:

Episode 13a Technical nonsense won't stop us (Hasa Diga Eebowai)  

After attempts to record a current episode with a future guest host fail, Jeremy Sear records a brief update as to the giant switcheroo this week, where a government trying to kick the poor very hard (we'll get onto the additional lunacy of the libs promoting coal whilst Australia burns next week) somehow gets the national media to be distracted instead by weird upper-class name-calling, and the antics of random fringe right-wing nuts like Cory, Pauline, Andrew and Miranda.

Episode 12 - Trumble's tumble (feat Guest Host Corrine)  

Jeremy is joined by Guest Host Corrine to discuss the ridiculousness of clean coal, and of course Trumble's terrible terrible week. Greg Jericho returns to tell us what's stuck in his craw.

00:51 Jeremy does a very long intro
03:51 Malcolm's no good very bad week
08:00 Australia vs the US ("dumb deals" and the TPP)
19:30 Is It On and if not How Soon Will It Be On?
22:40 the ludicrousness of "clean coal"/how to counter nonsense about the RET
45:07 Australia vs Humanity (what will happen to our refugees? How could we possibly endanger a pregnant refugee just to avoid the rule of law? Also why do we have to be such jerks about invasion day?)
59:41 What is "reform" anyway, asks Greg Jericho as he pries his craw free.

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