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Eating Onions: Breaking Down The Layers Of Australian Politics
The Talk Locker Network
Join Lachlan Hamilton, Patrick Muldrew and Nic Jeffries as they simplify and demystify the Australian Political landscape.
Jan 30, 2018
S4E1: Should We Change The Date Of Australia Day?
Tony Abbott says the First Fleet was good for everyone, aboriginal people included; Bill Shorten sets Labor's election run agenda; and a lightning round!
Dec 20, 2017
S3E10: John Alexander Wins Bennelong
John Alexander is re-elected in the seat of Bennelong, and is too proud to have a disability sticker. Malcolm Turnbull reshuffles his ministry. RELATED LINKS: http://tallyroom.aec.gov.au/HouseDivisionPage-21379-105.htm http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/john-alexander-apologises-after-bizarre-joke-mars-bennelong-victory-speech-20171216-h05y8x.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-21/science-on-the-outer-after-malcolm-turnbull-cabinet-reshuffle/9277260 http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/snowy-20-will-go-ahead-but-cost-increases-50-per-cent-20171219-h07onp.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-19/cabinet-reshuffle-ruffles-feathers-within-national-party/9273420?section=politics http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-19/ministerial-reshuffle-announced-five-new-faces/9271198?section=politics
Dec 6, 2017
S3E9: Barnaby Strikes Back, Free Speech, and Adani
As Barnaby Joyce is re-elected, nine other MPs are being referred to the High Court, including the first Labor MPs to be caught up in the citizeship fiasco. RELATED LINKS: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/barnaby-rejoices-as-new-england-reelects-its-deputy-pm-in-a-landslide-20171202-gzxhgg.html http://www.smh.com.au/world/when-free-speech-becomes-a-shield-for-planned-chaos-20171205-gzyyww.html http://www.smh.com.au/environment/nsw-greens-mps-arrested-in-queensland-coal-mine-protest-20171206-gzzns8.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/more-labor-referrals-loom-as-bill-shortens-horror-fortnight-ends-with-infighting-20171206-gzzs9o.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-07/donald-trump-recognises-jerusalem-as-israels-capital/9234228?=smid=FB_M%7CNews&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic
Nov 29, 2017
S3E8: "Shanghai Sam" In Hot (South China Sea) Water
Sam Dastyari has been told to resign from his parliamentary responsibilities at the request of Bill Shorten. Malcolm Turnbull announces a royal commission into the banking sector. RELATED LINKS: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/sam-dastyari-quits-key-parliamentary-positions-after-more-damaging-china-revelations-20171129-gzvl0l.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nc&eid=socialn%3Atwi-13omn1677-edtrl-other%3Annn-17%2F02%2F2014-edtrs_socialshare-all-nnn-nnn-vars-o%26sa%3DD%26usg%3DALhdy28zsr6qiq http://www.smh.com.au/national/investigations/all-at-sea-shanghai-sam-dastyari-the-whale-and-the-lost-tape-recording-20171127-gztmwc.html http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/big-four-banks-tell-government-to-set-up-inquiry-20171129-gzvlfr.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/samesex-marriage-senate-decision-who-votes-yes-who-voted-no-and-who-abstained-20171129-gzv3n0.html
Nov 23, 2017
S3E7: Will Bennelong Be A Greens Seat By 2042?
The Greens have their eyes set on 25 seats in the next 25 years. Malcolm Turnbull has cancelled parliament sitting next week, what's up with that? And John Alexender's grip on Bennelong is starting to loosen. RELATED LINKS: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/greens-plan-25-seats-over-the-next-generation-to-become-major-political-force-20171118-gzo5wq.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/why-would-malcolm-turnbull-cancel-parliament-hes-desperate-to-survive-20171120-gzp814.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/bennelong-byelection-poll-so-far-so-good-in-labors-kristina-keneally-gamble-20171117-gzns98.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/a-strike-against-malcolm-turnbull-scott-morrison-and-peter-dutton-cabinet-furious-after-leak-20171122-gzqq3v.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-18/greens-win-northcote-by-election/9164644
Nov 15, 2017
S3E6: Australia Says YES!
Australia says a resounding YES to same sex marriage, Eating Onions looks at a breakdown of voting patterns nationally and by electorate. Jacqui Lambie has resigned, and Kristina Keneally is running against John Alexander in the Bennelong by-election RELATED LINKS: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-15/same-sex-marriage-what-happens-next/9134072 http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/kristina-keneally-denies-ambush-as-liberals-try-to-return-serve-in-bennelong-20171115-gzlu5p.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/john-howard-expecting-campaign-call-up-as-kristina-keneally-vies-for-bennelong-20171114-gzlcw5.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/samesex-marriage-postal-survey-how-sydney-electorates-voted-20171113-gzkkod.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-15/high-court-rules-hollie-hughes-ineligible-to-replace-fiona-nash/9153638
Nov 8, 2017
S3E5: John Alexander's Citizenship Fault, ACCC Orders Telstra To Refund Customers
Federal Minister for Bennelong, John Alexander, has been brought into the citizenship debate, as reports suggest he may be a British citizen by descent. Also, the ACCC have ordered Telstra and other telcos to compensate customers for misleading advertising regarding NBN speeds. RELATED LINKS: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-plans-to-recall-parliament-to-deal-with-citizenship-issues-20171108-gzh2i1.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/not-my-problem-bill-shorten-stiffs-embattled-malcolm-turnbull-20171108-gzhcev.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/protection-racket-labor-calls-for-john-alexander-to-be-sent-to-high-court-20171107-gzgl3s.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/doubts-raised-over-jacqui-lambies-citizenship-status-after-scottish-discovery-20171108-gzhj5a.html http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/42000-telstra-nbn-customers-to-get-compensation-rather-than-speed-20171108-gzh6di.html http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/telstra-offering-compensation-to-42000-customers-over-slow-nbn-speeds-20171107-gzgybn.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-09/optus-latest-telco-to-compensate-customers-for-slow-nbn/9132778
Nov 1, 2017
S3E4: Trump + Russians + FBI = ?
Patrick Muldrew takes the reigns and steers us through the American political landscape, which at the moment is heating up as Robert S. Mueller III reveals charges against three former Trump campaign officials. What does this mean for Trump? SHOW NOTES: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/manafort-and-former-business-partner-asked-to-surrender-in-connection-with-special-counsel-probe/2017/10/30/6fe051f0-bd67-11e7-959c-fe2b598d8c00_story.html?utm_term=.5a05b0743359
Oct 25, 2017
S3E3: The NBN Disaster
This week, we delve into Australia's National Broadbad Network, from Kevin Rudd's announcement in 2009, through to Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull's destruction of it. Strap in! RELATED LINKS: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/whats-wrong-with-the-nbn/9077900 http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/the-nbn-was-engineered-to-fail-20171023-p4ywly.html http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/kevin-rudd-blames-malcolm-turnbull-for-nbn-train/9078228 http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/leaks-reveal-nbn-plan-for-cheaper-internet-20171025-gz8b3i.html http://www.smh.com.au/national/ipsos-global-advisor-survey-finds-australia-ranks-lowest-for-broadband-satisfaction-20171024-gz7ibi.html
Oct 19, 2017
S3E2: Malcolm Turnbull NEGs Australians
We discuss the National Energy Guarantee that Malcolm Turnbull introduced this week, and the effect on renewable investment. In a lead up to a vote in Victoria on the legalisation of euthanasia, former PM, Paul Keating, has said "Don't Do It". Also, New Zealand have their third female Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. RELATED LINKS: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/welcome-to-politics-new-threeletterword-the-neg-20171017-gz2hfh.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-10-19/concern-energy-policy-will-stymie-growth-in-battery-storage/9061948 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-19/national-energy-guarantee-trifecta-missing-detail/9063500 http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/labor-could-back-malcolm-turnbulls-energy-plan-20171018-gz3f6e.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/dont-do-it-paul-keating-in-11th-hour-bid-to-stop-euthanasia-laws-20171019-gz4473.html http://www.smh.com.au/world/rookie-labour-leader-jacinda-ardern-to-become-new-zealands-new-pm-20171019-gz4ip1.html
Oct 11, 2017
S3E1: Nick Xenophon QUITS! Turnbull To Scrap Renewables Target?
In our season premiere, Nick Xenophon announces he's quitting federal politics to run for South Australian State Parliament. Michael Danby used tax payer dollars to run two attack ads against the ABC. Tony Abbott opened his mouth again, and Malcolm Turnbull attempts to keep messaging on point on energy policy. SHOW NOTES: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-says-climate-change-could-be-beneficial-because-more-people-die-20171009-gyxi9y.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/once-bitten-twice-shy-why-malcolm-turnbull-is-cornered-on-climate-change-20171009-gyxbd1.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/well-climate-change-is-real-josh-frydenberg-reminds-tony-abbott-he-signed-paris-deal-20171010-gyyfx8.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/liberal-statesman-tells-malcolm-turnbull-to-stand-and-fight-tony-abbott-on-climate-20171011-gyypm7.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/politi…
Sep 20, 2017
S2E9: We Need To Talk About Tony Abbott
In our Season Finale, we discuss Tony Abbott's threats to cross the floor to block Turnbull's energy policy. Also, what's the larger play here for Abbott, and how much does it cost to keep a coal plant operational? And...Rocket Man. RELATED LINKS: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-criticises-government-on-energy-policy-samesex-marriage-plebiscite-20170919-gykrys.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/barnaby-joyce-warns-tony-abbott-over-threat-to-cross-turnbull-government-over-energy-20170920-gyl502.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-says-north-korea-will-be-wiped-out-if-regime-attacks-us-20170919-gykvcb.html
Sep 13, 2017
S2E8: The Marriage Equality Campaign Officially Begins
Marriage Equality is at the heart of today's discussion. Tony Abbott wrote an article for The Sydney Morning Herald, and George Brandis calls for emergency vilification laws. Also, we simplify and demystify the first commercials from both sides of the campaign. RELATED LINKS: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/emergency-laws-to-ban-vilification-intimidation-and-threats-in-samesex-marriage-campaign-20170912-gyfpkh.html http://www.smh.com.au/comment/tony-abbott-on-why-same-sex-marriage-would-fundamentally-change-society-20170912-gyfi4f.html https://gayandchristian.blog/2017/09/12/being-gay-during-the-ssm-plebiscite/
Sep 6, 2017
S2E7: How The Media Covers Politics - PART 1
In the first of our three-part series of "How The Media Covers Politics", we talk to Media Advisor to Mike Baird and Barry O'Farrell, Cameron Hamilton. RELATED LINKS: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/exclusive-how-the-news-is-dropped-in-nsw-20170830-gy73aj.html http://www.smh.com.au/comment/when-it-comes-to-exposure-in-politics-less-can-be-more-20170427-gvu7e9.html
1 hr 9 min
Aug 24, 2017
S2E6: The Next Attack Will Be On Your Head
Pauline Hanson wore a burqa into parliament last week, and Attorney-General George Brandis slapped her down, which saw a standing ovation from The Greens and The Labor Party. Sarah Hanson-Young had some things to say to Pauline Hanson on Channel 7's Sunrise, including blaming Pauline for potentially threatening the national security of the country. And the Same Sex Marriage debate is still dominating media coverage, we give our latest thoughts. EDIT: There was an audio clip that was left over from the previous episode that has now been removed :-)
Aug 16, 2017
S2E5: Barnaby Joyce's Citizenship Means New Zealand Is Untrustworthy?
In the news this week, it was revealed that Barnaby Joyce is a New Zealand citizen by descent. He has referred himself to the High Court for a ruling on whether or not he is eligible to continue to sit in parliament. Julie Bishop subsequently has accused Bill Shorten and the Labor Party of conspiring with the New Zealand Labor Party against the Australian government. George Brandis accused Penny Wong and her staff of the dirty work. Also on this episode, Annabel Crabb interviewed John Howard and Bob Hawke about the lack of outstanding leaders in democratic systems today, and how today's politicians are ruining the profession. RELATED LINKS http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/transcript-julie-bishops-extraordinary-new-zealand-citizenship-press-conference-20170816-gxxa1d.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/julie-bishop-says-she-could-not-trust-a-new-zealand-labour-government-after-barnaby-fiasco-20170815-gxwfj9.html http://www.smh.com.au/f…
Aug 9, 2017
S2E4: What You Need To Know About The Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite
Penny Wong delivered an emotional speech in parliament during the week, and Tony Abbott began his campaign in support of the "No" vote. SHOW NOTES: P. Wong Speech: * divided & leaderless Gov. Passing the buck to the people because they cant make a decision in the party room. * An effort to overturn a clear decision made by the senate last year. * "An expensive stunt" $122m * Re-emphasises Non-binding nature of the plebiscite Abbott, Bernadi, Abetz aren't going to change their minds * The country has moved on from the SSM debate * MP's are elected to do their jobs (to come to Parliament and votemake decisions) * Government wants the public to make their voices heard on this issue but not on a raft of other policies. * Cormann's "Unifying" moment - Australian Christian Lobby called children of LGBT community the new stolen Generation and Sen. Wong railed against the PM and other snr. Liberal figures for not calling them out on this discriminatory rubbish. * Finished…
Aug 2, 2017
S2E3: A Portrait of the Labor Party - Part 1
The Eating Onions team look into the long and storied history of the Australian Labor Party. RELATED LINKS: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Labor_Party http://laborhistory.org.au www.alp.org.au
Jul 28, 2017
S2E2: MORE Citizenship Concerns & Barnaby Joyce's $9000 Travel Bill
Malcolm Roberts and Matt Canavan are dragged into the dual citizenship fiasco this week, and Pauline Hanson's sister, Judy Smith, may be set to join the Senate. Also, it has been revealed that Barnaby Joyce used RAAF "special purpose" aircraft for private travel in May last year. Lastly, what kind of people follow and comment on Australian politics? Spoilers...nasty people. RELATED LINKS: Pauline Hanson's sister, Judy Smith, could replace Malcolm Roberts in the Senate Labor demands Matt Canavan documents while its MPs refuse to provide proof The dissenting argument from a former governor-general that could save Matt Canavan's skin Barnaby Joyce Billed Taxpayers Almost $9,000 For "Special Purpose" Flights, On The Same Day He Went To The Footy Malcolm Turnbull takes the axe to the most notorious political perk of all
Jul 19, 2017
S2E1: Greens In Turmoil & Home Affairs reshuffle
Welcome back to the season premiere of Eating Onions! On this episode, we discuss the citizenship bungle from Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, and why did Malcolm Turnbull create a new Home Affairs security portfolio? Show Notes: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/greens-senator-scott-ludlam-resigns-from-parliament-after-discovering-he-was-ineligible-to-stand-20170714-gxbb76.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/peter-dutton-vows-manus-island-will-close-in-october-despite-donald-trump-refugee-intake-20170719-gxes83.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-says-he-was-advised-against-creation-of-home-affairs-superministry-20170719-gxeq2m.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/greens-senator-resignations-overseas-born-mps-insist-they-clear-to-sit-in-parliament-20170719-gxej8z.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/greens-senator-larissa-waters-resignation-triggers-wave…
Jun 28, 2017
S1E10: So What's A Gonski Anyway?
In the season finale of Eating Onions, the team delve into the Liberal Party's Gonski 2.0 reform. Who is David Gonski? Why did we need reform? Where is the money going? Show Notes: How Is Gonski School Funding Going To Be Delivered? http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-03/how-is-gonski-school-finding-going-to-be-delivered/8492490 Is Your School A Winner Or A Loser Under Malcolm Turnbull's Education Plan? http://www.abc.net.au/news/story-streams/federal-budget-2017/2017-05-09/federal-budget-2017-education-is-your-school-a-winner/8509486 Government Finds A Way On Gonski School Funding http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/government-finds-a-way-on-gonski-schools-funding-20170621-gwvsjz.html Gonski 2.0 Passes Parliament As Crossbench Deal Holds http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/gonski-20-schools-plan-clears-the-senate-20170622-gwwtmf.html David Gonski - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Gonski
Jun 21, 2017
S1E9: Australia's Music Education Mess
On this episode, the Eating Onions team delve into the topic of music education in Australia. Why is it important, what is wrong with it, and how do we fix it? Show Notes: http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/richard-gill-alarm-bells-should-be-ringing#undefined.uxfs.uxfs http://musictrust.com.au/music-education/research/some-interesting-music-education-research-outcomes/ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/19/utopian-thinking-music-education-children?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/the-trouble-with-teaching-music-in-our-schools http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/new-study-demonstrates-link-between-music-and-statistical-learning-20170514-gw4eec.html
1 hr 2 min
Jun 14, 2017
S1E8: How Chinese Businessmen Influence Australian Politics
This week on Eating Onions, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull clash over energy policy, and what is the "Julie Bishop Glorious Foundation"? We look into an ASIO investigation on Chinese donors injecting big money into Australian politics. Show Notes: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/greens-ratchet-up-pressure-on-major-parties-for-corruption-probe-20170614-gwqwci.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-14/julie-bishop-questioned-over-chinese-donors-foundation/8618288 http://www.smh.com.au/national/investigations/asio-warns-parties-that-taking-china-cash-could-compromise-australia-20170602-gwjc8t.html
Jun 7, 2017
S1E7: Trump Pulls USA from Paris Climate Agreement
The Eating Onions team discuss Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States fro mthe Paris Climate Agreement, and what that means for Australia. Current renewable energy policies are overviewed also.
Jun 1, 2017
S1E6: Margaret Court and the Same Sex Marriage Debate
Margaret Court appeared on Channel 10's "The Project" last week to discuss Same sex Marriage, and her open letter regarding her boycott of QANTAS, specifically targeting Alan Joyce. We look at how The Project's Waleed Aly handled their interview with Court, and look at the reaction Andy Murray, Casey Dellacqua and other tennis players have reacted to the matter. Related Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMXCg5cljeI&feature=youtu.be http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/andy-murray-warns-margaret-court-samesex-marriage-controversy-could-cause-australian-open-chaos-20170530-gwgrnw.html http://www.smh.com.au/comment/you-dont-have-to-agree-with-margaret-court-but-she-shouldnt-be-silenced-20170527-gweh7q.html http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/the-devils-after-our-kids-margaret-courts-second-serve-20170531-gwhfbj.html
May 24, 2017
S1E5: Outspoken Albo & One Nation in Hot Water...Again!
The Eating Onions team takes a look at the news this week, as a tape has leaked of James Ashby pushing to make profits from advertising packages, and Anthony Albanese speaking out with an alternative reply to the budget. Is he making a push for leadership? Links: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/please-explain-pauline-hanson-misses-senate-estimates-for-a-third-time-20170523-gwb9wl.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-23/james-ashby-one-nation-secret-recordings-obtained-by-abc/8548752 http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/we-should-celebrate-our-victories-anthony-albanese-critiques-shortens-budget-reply-20170517-gw7frx.html http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/lets-be-bold-on-indigenous-recognition-says-bill-shorten-20170524-gwccsh.html
May 18, 2017
S1E4: A Portrait of the Liberal Party of Australia - Part 2
A Portrait of the Liberal Party of Australia continues, with the Eating Onions team looking into the politics of Malcolm Fraser, John Hewson and John Howard. Our reading lists: https://www.liberal.org.au/our-history https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Party_of_Australia http://www.liberals.net/liberalpartyhistory.htm https://www.nla.gov.au/ian-hancock/the-origins-of-the-modern-liberal-party https://www.liberal.org.au/our-beliefs
May 18, 2017
S1E3: A Portrait of the Liberal Party of Australia - Part 1
Join the Eating Onions team as they chronicle the beginnings of the Liberal Party of Australia, starting with Sir Robert Menzies. Our reading lists: https://www.liberal.org.au/our-history https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Party_of_Australia http://www.liberals.net/liberalpartyhistory.htm https://www.nla.gov.au/ian-hancock/the-origins-of-the-modern-liberal-party https://www.liberal.org.au/our-beliefs
May 10, 2017
The Eating Onions team break down the Liberal government's budget for 2017/2018. We go over the major points of housing and superannuation, the Gonski 2.0 education reforms for schools. How did the universities fare, as well as the Medicare levy, defence, and of course, why are the banks so angry? Links to articles mentioned in this episode: Houses of Parliament: Politicians own an estimated $370m of property - http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/houses-of-parliament-politicians-own-an-estimated-370m-of-property-20170420-gvp2g5.html Budget Jargon Buster - http://www.abc.net.au/news/story-streams/federal-budget-2017/2016-05-02/budget-jargon-buster/7375618 budget 2017: Your five-minute guide - http://www.smh.com.au/business/federal-budget/budget-2017-your-five-minute-guide-20170509-1nxufb.html
1 hr 19 min
May 3, 2017
S1E1: An Introduction To Australian Politics (And Us)
Confused and dismayed with the Australian political scene? You're not alone. Join Lachlan Hamilton, Patrick Muldrew and Nic Jeffries as they uncover the mess of Australian politics.