Episodes

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by the Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor for Vacro, Abigail Lewis.

    Abigail discusses her journey into policy advocacy, breaks down the current challenges with the Victorian justice system, and how organisations like Varco are championing new ideas towards building a justice system that is equitable and yields better outcomes for our society.

    Vacro is one of Victoria’s oldest community organizations and the state's only specialist criminal justice reintegration service. Find out how you can get involved to improve people’s lives: https://www.vacro.org.au/

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by CEO of VACCHO and proud Gunditjmara woman, Aunty Jill Gallager AO.

    In the lead up to the Referendum for Voice to Parliament, Aunty Jill joins the show to break down the journey to this historic moment. She discusses how we move past current controversies around “details” and how we can learn from the incredible progress made by Aboriginal leadership and government on the path to Treaty here in the great state of Victoria.

    With your donation, VACCHO can continue to advance the health and wellbeing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria through training, advocacy and support for our 32 Members in the Community-controlled health sector and our mainstream health partners. Support VACCHO: https://www.vaccho.org.au/

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

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  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Unions NSW Assistant Secretary Thomas Costa.

    Thomas discusses Unions NSW successful Combined Rail Unions campaign across the NSW public transport sector; an 18 month long dispute with the NSW state government which came to a head in November last year.

    As the lead negotiator, Thomas breaks down the campaign, the challenges they faced - from management’s delaying tactics to switching to online negotiations during COVID lockdowns. He discusses the political and media strategies adopted to pressure the Perrottet government, and his key learnings from this long, protracted but ultimately successful campaign for other unionists to consider for their future campaigns.

    Union members in NSW are paid more, get better conditions and receive greater protections at work. In the lead up to the NSW state election on March 25, join the Essential Workers Deserve Better campaign and organise to change the government. Find out more at https://www.workersdeservebetter.com.au/

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews.

    Fresh from his third successful state election victory, Dan returns to Socially Democratic to discuss the campaign, election night, and how Victorian Labor plans to keep delivering for all Victorians.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Socially Democratic’s Pop Culture Correspondent, Tess Farrell for our annual Pop Culture Wrap Up.

    Returning to the airwaves for the first time in 2023, Stephen and Tess give spoiler free reviews of their favourite shows and movies of 2022, including “Dopesick”, “The Dropout” (both on Hulu here in Australia), and “Maverick”.

    Tess also gives her recommendations for essential summer viewing.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by David Kitching for our annual International Politics Year in Review - 2022 edition.

    David joins Stephen for our annual International Year in Review episode, to unpack the key moments in global politics that shaped 2022.

    David discusses the elections in Europe and Brazil, the conflict in Ukraine, women’s rights with the overturning of Roe v Wade/Dobbs and the protests in Iran, the real impact of climate change, and more.

    David also nominates his Social Democrat of the Year for 2022.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing, for our annual State Politics Year in Review - 2022 edition.

    Harriet is back for Socially Democratic’s annual tradition, unpacking the year in politics in the most progressive state for 2022.

    She gives us an update on her donkey’s before breaking down the key takeaways of Victorian politics, including the Victorian State election.

    Harriet also, of course, nominated her State Labor MP (MVP) and Social Democrat of the Year (non-politician) for 2022.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by federal member for Lilley, Queenslander, Anika Wells, and federal member for Macnamara, Josh Burns for our annual Federal Politics Year in Review - 2022 edition.

    Josh and Anika keep the Socially Democratic annual tradition alive for the third year in a row. Together they unpack the year that was 2022, and boy, it was a big one.

    They discuss the Federal Election, which saw not only the return of a Labor government, but an influx of women and POC/Indigenous members to the Parliament, the end of the Liberal’s decade in government.

    Anika and Josh share their highlights from a huge six months of achievements in federal politics, and of course, nominate their Federal Labor MP (MVP) and Social Democrat of the Year (non-politician) for 2022.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined once again by Executive Director for Per Capita, Emma Dawson, and former Federal Member for Batman, David Feeney, for Socially Democratic’s Post 2022 VIC ELECTION review!

    Emma and David are back for the final time in 2022 to break down the results from Saturday’s election, including how Labor’s coalition of voters delivered again, quality candidates made the difference, how the Greens and Teals failed, how the media and political pundits got it so horribly wrong, and how Dan Andrews cemented his legacy as the greatest Victorian Labor leader by securing a third term for Labor. Plus our key take-aways for how Labor can build on this electoral dynasty.

    Thank you also to all the supporters who joined in the livestream last Saturday night. That was fun!

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined again by Executive Director for Per Capita, Emma Dawson, and former Federal Member for Batman, David Feeney, for Socially Democratic’s 2022 VIC ELECTION ELECTION EVE WRAP!

    Emma and David are back again to prepare you all for the big day on Saturday when Victoria decides.

    This week the pair break down the final stretch as both parties get ready for Saturday, the Sky News Debate between Dan Andrews and Matthew Guy, which battleground seats to watch on Saturday night and as usual - media coverage and our nominees for Tory With A Typewriter.

    This election is going to come down to a handful of votes in a handful of battleground seats. That’s why we need your voice. Here are 3 things you can do to help.

    Knock on 20 doors this Friday night and chase those final voters for Labor. Sign up for a shift here. https://thisislabor.org/get-involved/volunteer/

    Make GOTV calls on Saturday morning to make sure Labor voters turn out to vote. Register here: http://danandrews.com.au/vol

    Want to hand out at a booth on Saturday, sign up and CHQ will allocate you a booth near you. Register here: http://danandrews.com.au/vol

    Socially Democratic is teaming up with Week On Wednesday for a VIC STATE ELECTION NIGHT PARTY livestream. Featuring the best, centre-left biased insights, analysis, and a plethora of amazing guests this is gearing up to a big election night. Streaming live at 7pm, Tomorrow Night! :

    Join the watch party here: https://fb.me/e/froTyqyf7

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined again by Executive Director for Per Capita, Emma Dawson, and former Federal Member for Batman, David Feeney, for Socially Democratic’s second weekly recap of the 2022 Victorian State election campaign.

    Emma and David return for week 2 of Socially Democratic’s weekly wraps of the 2022 Victorian State Election Coverage.

    This week, the pair break down: Sunday’s campaign launch by Labor and the Tories, and wonder how Matthew Guy and the Liberals will keep the lights on, the IBAC investigation into Matthew Guy, the undoing of the preference whisper, mailbag questions, prepping for Tuesday’s debate and as usual - media coverage and our nominees for Tory With A Typewriter.

    Emma and David will be back next week for Socially Democratic’s Election Eve Preview!

    Volunteer 2 hours of your time to a local Labor campaign in a battleground seat. Sign up for a shift here. https://thisislabor.org/get-involved/volunteer/

    Socially Democratic is teaming up with Week On Wednesday for a VIC STATE ELECTION NIGHT PARTY livestream. Featuring the best, centre-left biased insights, analysis, and a plethora of amazing guests this is gearing up to a big election night. Streaming live at 7pm on the 26th November: https://fb.me/e/froTyqyf7

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Democratic consultant and former campaign manager for the successful 2021 Georgia Senate run-offs, Jonae Wartel.

    Following up from last month's Midterms preview, Jonae is back to unpack the results. She breaks down the key wins and losses, where the voters turned out, and how the Democrats managed to maintain the Senate and stave off a wipe out in the House (a historical result for Democrats).

    Jonae also looks forward to the Georgia Run-Off between Senator Warnock and the GOPs Hershel Walker.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Executive Director for Per Capita, Emma Dawson, and former Federal Member for Batman, David Feeney, for Socially Democratic’s first weekly recap of the 2022 Victorian State election campaign.

    Emma and David are back! And they join Stephen in unpacking the state election campaign thus far, breaking down the latest policy announcements, polls, and media meltdown.

    Socially Democratic’s 2022 State Election coverage continues next Friday when Emma and David return for more of the campaign analysis you love!

    Volunteer 2 hours of your time to a local Labor campaign in a battleground seat. Sign up for a shift here. https://thisislabor.org/get-involved/volunteer/

    If you're not near a local campaign and want to still support Labor, sign up for a Solidarity Phone Bank to recruit Labor supporters or make Win The Vote calls. Sign up here: https://thisislabor.org/get-involved/solidarity-phone-banks/

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Irish based communications, advocacy, research, policy consultant, David Kitching.

    It’s been a minute since we checked in with how things are going on in the UK and, boy, has a lot changed. Thankfully, David returns to the show to fill us in on the revolving door of Prime Ministers the British have had in the past few months and the broader implications this has had on UK politics.

    David shares his thoughts on the events which lead to the controversial resignations of not just one but two Prime Ministers, who the new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, is and what his policies are, and how the Labor Party fared in all this commotion.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Head of Government and External Engagement at UNICEF Australia, Elliot Stein.

    Elliot joins the show to break down the Albanese government’s first Federal Budget, cos that’s what you get to do when you win elections.

    Elliot unpacks the key details of the budget and what implications it will have on the Australian economy as we negotiate uncertain economic conditions heading into 2023.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Democratic consultant and former campaign manager for the successful 2021 Georgia Senate run-offs, Jonae Wartel

    Jonae provides us with her insider preview on the Democrats prospects in the upcoming Midterm elections this November.

    With less than 18 days till polling day, Jonae discusses the impact the Biden administration’s recent policy wins (and promises kept) will have on voter turnout and if the controversies from the Republican candidates and Trump will depress the vote among the GOP base.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Assistant to the President at the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDSU), Jessica Garcia.

    In a follow up to last year’s episode with Lawrence Ben on the union’s campaign to unionise an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, Jessica fills us in on the progress the union has made in its campaign to help Amazon workers unionise.

    Jessica also discusses the union’s work with NY agricultural workers, cannabis workers in the new and thriving industry, and the growing movement of American workers voting to unionise and what this trend tells us about the perception of unions in American society.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by former Obama Speechwriter, Terry Szuplat.

    Terry discusses his upbringing in Massachusetts, in particular his introduction to speech writing via a JFK speech compilation gifted to him by his mother, and how it influenced him to become a voice for others.

    He details how he crafts speeches for many different people, most notably President Barack Obama during his tenure, and how stories can influence and inspire people in even the most dour times.

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by Australian writer, activist, and co-host of the weekly podcast Week on Wednesday, Van Badham.

    Van discusses her time in student politics and how these wild experiences influenced her evolution into a successful activist, playwright, and journalist.

    She chats about her work researching conspiracy theories and, in celebration of the Melbourne Writers Festival, which kicks off this week, about her bestselling non-fiction book, “Qanon and On”.

    The Week on Wednesday is going to be live at Melbourne Fringe Festival! Get tickets here: https://melbournefringe.com.au/event/the-week-on-wednesday-live/

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au

  • Dunn Street founder and Community Organiser Stephen Donnelly was joined by the National Secretary of the Transport Workers Union, Michael Kaine.

    Qantas is regarded as a cultural icon and for many a source of national pride. However, under the leadership of Alan Joyce, the red roo’s reputation has been tarnished with cuts to staff, outsourcing to labour hire, all the while taking pandemic payments and dishing out directors bonuses.

    On this week’s episode Michael returns to discuss how Qantas’ got to be in this situation, the unchecked power Joyce wields and the impact it’s having on its long term, dedicated workers and loyal customers.

    Find out how you can become a TWU member here: https://www.twu.com.au/

    The presenting sponsor of the Socially Democratic podcast is Dunn Street. For more information on how Dunn Street can help you organise to build winning campaigns in your community, business or organisation, and make the world a better place, look us up at: dunnstreet.com.au