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Van Badham joins Ben Davison for a special Weekend Wrap to discuss the rapid rebuilding of Australia's international reputation, the latest Per Capita report on systemic risks of contracting in the NDIS and Australia suffering our 10,000th COVID death. Albo and the Labor government have rapidly rebuilt Australia's international reputation with alli…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison emerge from their COVID isolation to breakdown the real story behind the wages debate in Australia. The reality doesn't match the ideological chest beating from the business lobby who were quick to claim a Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) mandate for a wages cap (their isn't one) to stop a "wages spiral" and that Sally McM…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison have COVID! But that doesn't stop them from examining how a decade of Liberal/National government gave Morrison the chance to stack out various Australian institutions, ranging from the ABC to the Reserve Bank. While many appointments across government may have been on merit the uniform ideological background of people on…
 
Van Badham joins Ben Davison for the Weekend Wrap and a look under the hood at the Victorian and New South Wales early childhood education announcements this week. While it was a joint announcement the details highlight the public sector vs private sector approaches of the respective Labor and Liberal governments. NSW has also announced "reforms" i…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison celebrate Minimum Wage day as 2.7 Million low paid workers in Australia are set to receive at least a 4.6% and up to 5.2% increase in wages. We look at who will get what and when. As well as the dollars and cents, Van and Ben break down the economic and socio-political realities of the minimum wage decision, what we need …
 
Ben Davison looks at Bill Shorten's Insider's interview and his push to fix the NDIS. With 90% of NDIS providers now unregistered, organised crime infiltrated into the system & foreign private equity extracting profits Shorten has promised that if "you are delivering personal care you have to be registered" that people will be "paid the proper awar…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at what's happening in our economy as the Reserve Bank raises rates, inflation spikes and wages continue to go backwards in real terms. Van and Ben get underneath the headline figures to look at what's really driving inflation, who's profiting and why wage increases are exactly what we need to get the economy humming…
 
Ben Davison looks at Labor's moves to scrap the cashless debit card, end the outsourcing of Centrelink call centres and lift the minimum wage while acknowledging National reconciliation week and Mabo Day. Insider's had National Party leader David Littleproud on who expressed "no regrets" over the policies of the last decade of Liberal-National misr…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into the new Albanese Government Ministry with a look at some of the key changes as well as an explainer on how "factions" work and directly answer some direct listener questions. Big appointments in defence, skills, education, environment, climate change, NDIS, government services, aged care, housing, Indigenous Aus…
 
Ben Davison looks at a huge first week for the Albanese Labor government as five ministers bring the Muragappan family home to Bilo, push to lift wages, rebuild our relationships in the Pacific, ensure our role in the Quad and commit to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a Voice to parliament. Ben also reviews the latest episode of Insider's wh…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison examine the first few days of the Albanese Labor government as Albo and his gang of four are sworn in to start the transition after a decade of Liberal-National rule and so Albo can attend the regional security pact meeting known as "The Quad". Van and Ben look at Labor's policy priorities between now and the end of the y…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison talk about election night 2022, the first openly left/centre left LIVE Election night broadcast and the current state of play for the Australian parliament. With Albo's Labor Party winning a majority but the most independant MPs elected into parliament since before WWII Van and Ben look at what has happened from a macro p…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison break down Morrison's re-election platform of wage cuts, job cuts and raids on retirement on the very day the Morrison government has delivered the worst wage figures in more than 20 years. With profits up, sales up, CEO pay up, the cost of living going up and Morrison demanding workers wear a $4,000 pay cut Van and Ben a…
 
Ben Davison looks at Albo's Insider's interview and the key point that Australians with jobs are now having to rely on food banks while Morrison argues for more pay cuts and against a $1 an hour wage increase. Morrison ended the week promising to change but immediately doubled down on all the same old policy positions. The Liberal campaign launch s…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at why Morrison is demanding that Australian's accept pay cuts of $2,000 each as he rails against the idea that wages should keep pace with inflation. Since Morrison responded to Albo's question on whether or not every worker should be paid the minimum wage with "it depends" the focus of the election has been on wage…
 
Ben Davison covers why Waleed was wrong to suggest we need more wage cuts to control inflation as Australian workers have already lifted productivity by more than 10% points since 2013 and Treasury tells us that for every 1.5% lift in productivity we can sustain 4% increases in wages WITHOUT impacting inflation. And wages have been going backwards.…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison are joined by the host of hit political podcast, Socially Democratic, Stephen Donnelly to discuss the 2022 election...so far. The crew examine some big questions: Is Labor's polling lead translating on the ground? Has Morrison lost control of the economic and national security narratives? Have Australian Unions turned "ec…
 
This May Day Ben Davison gives a 20 minute wrap up of James Campbell's embarrassingly fact free appearance on Insider's where he dismissed the democratic rights of two thirds of Australian's and everyone who has experienced wage cuts over the past two years. Remember union member's have more secure jobs and earn more so join at australianunions.org…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at how Morrison has bungled the economy. Despite his many promises he is set to increase taxes for 10 million households, has overseen a 5% spike in inflation (just two months after promising it wouldn't go above 4.25%) and is delivering a $2,000 real wage CUT. Van and Ben look at how the inflation spike, wages cuts,…
 
Ben Davison looks at Morrison's explanation that his debate response to a mother who's child has had their NDIS support cut that he was "blessed to not have had to go through that" was about the difficulties in navigating the NDIS, rather than a comment about children with a disability. Even if we take Morrison at his word it is, at the very least,…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at Morrison's promises on workplace laws and what the real impact will be for working people. They also give a roundup on the changing COVID rules and election state of play. Morrison's campaign continues to take place in workplaces where workers are being offshored, wages cut, temporary migrants exploited and former…
 
Van Badham joins Ben Davison for an election special weekend wrap. The end of the first week of the election campaign has seen a change in the way the media reports the campaigns, the topics that are being covered and the insights being offered. On ABC's Insider's program the panel openly discussed Morrison's decision to install a bigot into a seat…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison discuss "horse race" political journalism in light of the revelations that Morrison is "hosting drinks for the media" during the campaign and that the "cash rate gaffe" was based on a question asked after a visit to a nursing home that needed nurses but where the media wasn't interested in asking about aged care policy. W…
 
Van Badham joins Ben Davison to discuss the opening salvo's from Morrison and Albo on the first day of the election. They take a brief look at some of the battle ground seats around the country, the key issues that have been put forward by the leaders and seperate some of the spin from the reality. So settle in for a wide ranging chat about the iss…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into the mess that is Scott Morrison's relationship with the truth as the week since the budget has seen Morrison called "unfit to be Prime Minister" by member's of his own government, state Liberals MPs write articles on why they "cannot vote for the reelection of a Scott Morrison government" and ABC Fact Check find…
 
Josh Frydenberg gave a train wreck interview with David Speers on Insiders. From refusing to fund aged care wages to it being exposed that he had planned to reduce the price of medicines but had it cut from the budget and continually saying he and Morrison were offering "temporary cost of living relief", when what we need is a permanent improvement…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison breakdown the Morrison budget. This latest instalment of neo-liberal waste and vote buying STILL doesn't address the fundamental issues of insecure work and low wage growth that is dragging down the economy and people's household budgets. While the average worker has already gone backwards $1,300 over the last 18 months t…
 
Van Badham joins Ben Davison for a very special edition of the Weekend Wrap to bring you The Week on Wednesday, on a Sunday. Van and Ben dive into the Morrison government's pre-budget leaks, analyse Insiders and Jim Chalmer's focus on wages and job security during his interview. The budget will benefit from rising commodity prices but Morrison's re…
 
Technical issues mean that Van Badham wasn't able to join Ben for this week's episode but The Weekend Wrap will be a special extended, post Insiders and pre federal budget Sunday edition. In a shorter 30 minute episode Ben looks at how Morrison is leading the charge on cutting wages while the reserve bank admits that under the current government po…
 
Ben Davison looks at how Peter Malinauskas won the South Australian for Labor focussing on health, ambulance waiting times, public ownership of assets and jobs while the Marshall Liberals, blinded by infighting and scandal, set the wrong, wasteful priorities. Morrison minister, Simon Birmingham, appeared on Insiders this morning to claim the people…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into the cost of living crisis that is smashing Australian households with some people going backwards by as much as $1,500 a year. Morrison may be trumpeting low unemployment but more and more Australians are in lower paid, casual work and having to work more than one job just to survive. Australian Unions are achie…
 
Ben Davison breaks down Labor shadow defence minister, Brendan O'Connor's, Insiders interview in which he exposes the wastefulness of the Morrison-Dutton government. Billions spent on equipment that doesn't work, given to Liberal donor companies that have no staff and on contracts that will never be delivered. All in pursuit of an arbitrary "Spendi…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at how the Morrison government's current failures around the floods are deeply rooted in their obsessive small government ideology. From defence readiness to aged care, from the NDIS to flood relief the ideological obsession of Morrison, Dutton and the Liberals has seen billions collected in taxes then doled out in r…
 
Ben, live from the Adelaide Writers Week, breaks down the Peter Dutton Insiders interview that failed to ask a single question about his involvement with a Queensland business man, who he has made commercials for in the past, which FriendlyJordies has exposed as having been involved in questionable behaviour. Dutton sabre rattled about China, made …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison take a long look into whats happened in aged care now that Morrison has had the Aged Care Royal Commission findings for over a year. Hundreds have died, minister Colbeck cannot guarantee that funding for nutrition was spent on food, nursing homes don't always have a nurse, minimum care times are not being met and the work…
 
Ben opens the podcast with the Ukrainian national anthem and a call for peace. The Week on Wednesday focusses on issues that impact working people, whether in work, looking for work, unable to work or retired for work, and Putin's war will impact working people in Ukraine, Russia and around the world. While giving a breakdown of how Putin has misju…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at how the diverging political fortunes of Morrison and Albo are driving Morrison into ever more desperate acts of political theatre at the expense of working people and children. On Monday the NSW Liberal's effectively conspired to shut down the train system by locking out the workers and then spent the entire day u…
 
Ben Davison is back on the Weekend Wrap following Van Badham's stint filling in last week and he takes a look at the South Australian election. Labor has a good chance of winning back government from Marshall's chaotic Liberals on March 19th with only four seats needing to swing Labor's way. Western Australia is due to reopen on March 3rd with near…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into the politics of the week - and what it tells us about the broader state of the nation. Morrison appeared on 60 Minutes playing the ukulele while his NSW Liberal Party colleagues were being resoundingly spanked in by-elections across the state. With nurses going on strike about a lack of staff at over 150 hospita…
 
Van Badham fills in for Ben Davison, who has lost his voice, and gives a full break down of how Morrison's "get Albo" week in parliament turned into one of the worst weeks in Morrison's parliamentary career. The divisive "religious discrimination" bill, a centre piece of Morrison's promises to the Australian Christian Lobby, was effectively gutted …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive head first into the big political stories of the week. Morrison makes an apology for bullying and harassment in parliament but prioritises a bill allowing the bullying of trans children over laws that would give people escaping family violence paid leave, make sexual harassment a workplace health and safety issue and…
 
"We need to get him out." Ben Davison dives into the latest revelations about how much Morrison's own Deputy PM, Ministers, Liberal Premiers, Former Liberal Prime Ministers and his own members don't trust the "horrible, horrible person", who puts "politics before people", is a "liar", a "fraud" and "a hypocrite". Barnaby Joyce was due to appear on …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at the latest Qanon protests in Canberra that have seen a Go Fund Me suspended, a pile up on the highway and demands for MPs, not in parliament, to come out of parliament to answer questions from unmasked and unvaccinated "protestors". Down the road from the parliament house protests Scott Morrison delivered a Nation…
 
Ben joins the #BartyParty as Ash Barty becomes the first Australian woman to win the Australian Open in 44 years and the Kyrgios & Kokkinakis "Special K" duo take out the men's doubles. Insiders returns for 2022 with a first up interview with Labor leader Anthony Albanese. Albo gave all the right answers to the wrong questions. It boiled down to Sp…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison analyse the final day of Grace Tame's tenure as Australian of the Year, that handshake, that look, that photo, Morrison's failures on policy issues, Morrison entrenchment of unsafe cultural attitudes, the conservative response to Tame doing her duty and what it tells us about the state of politics and the status of women …
 
Ben Davison dives into Morrison's botched attempt to get children driving forklifts by National Cabinet decree and urges people to check out their health and safety rights at the Australian Unions free webinar this week with ACTU Leader Sally McManus, australianunions.org.au has the details. Triple J's Hottest 100 has been announced with The Wiggle…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison breakdown the COVID updates in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia while diving into the long rambling list of activities that Scott Morrison's tried to pass off as being Prime Ministerial at his latest press conference. With RATs being stolen, hospitals overwhelmed and death rates spiking Morrison u…
 
Ben Davison gives a wrap up on the COVID figures for the week and looks at how "mild" Omicron has been able to bring much of Australia into an undeclared lockdown. Ben looks at the situation in WA as they learn from the failures of the NSW Liberal Party and prepare for re-opening to the rest of Australia on the 5th of February. Morrison has opened …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into the mess of Scott Morrison's ideology and the Boy Prince Dom's unenforceable COVID policies as the politics of material reality, that is millions of Australian's having COVID, being exposed to COVID and being too sick to go to work, starts to bite into both NSW based Liberal Party leaders. Shelves are bare, busi…
 
Ben looks at the explosion of COVID across Australia which has seen the country exceed the case load per capita of both the UK and USA. With over half a million people currently diagnosed with COVID 19, hospitalisations climbing to record levels and daily death numbers the worst in NSW you would hope the Let It Rip strategy of Morrison and NSW Prem…
 
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