Right to know, rent-seeking, and a bill of rights
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On this episode of the Democracy Sausage podcast we discuss freedom of the press and the Right to Know campaign, whether Australia needs a bill of rights, and how the country should be dealing with drought. Marija Taflaga and the panel – James Mortensen, Zoe Robinson, and Quentin Grafton – also discuss the historic closure of Uluru to climbers, and tackle some of your questions and comments. 

Marija Taflaga is a lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations. Her major research is on political parties and particularly the Liberal Party of Australia. She has previously worked in the Australian Parliamentary Press Gallery as a researcher at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics at Crawford School, an ANU Public Policy Fellow, and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Policy Forum.

Zoe Robinson is a Professor of Political Science at ANU. She also holds a position as Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. 

James Mortensen is a doctoral candidate of the National Security College at ANU, having previously attained First class Honours (Religious Studies) from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

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Now like to see if we can get enough patrons to pay for a holiday No. To pay for drugs, no, no, no, to pay for a video producer to help us make videos with us. So if you are into what we do, please chip in on the Patreon you you may you may remember, back in 2014, we ran a possible campaign and we raised $50,000, to make 13 weeks of digital video content during the elections. And we spent every single cent of that Lewis Hobba  1:05   was great. It's doing that. It's the first time I've ever had a chance to go bankrupt. It was a Dan Ilic  1:09   thrill but it was like, Well, we've got this money, we need to spend it on making content on the internet. That's a good investment. Well, it's election season coming up and it would be great to do the same. But you know, video is way more expensive than audio. So if you've thought about becoming a Patreon supporter, now's a good time to chip in for as little as you like. $1 or $3. We have some guy paying us $500 a month, which is ridiculous. Big thanks to David Okada for that. Are you ready to start the show? Lois? Lewis Hobba  1:34   I'm ready, dad. Dan Ilic  1:35   I'm recording my end of irrational feet on gadigal land and the Euro nation's sovereignty was never ceded. We need a treaty. Let's start the show. Unknown Speaker  1:42   A rational fear contains naughty words like bricks can rub gum and section 40. a rational view recommended listening might emerge your audience Dan Ilic  1:55   tonight as an independent Craig Kelly says he will vote on his conscience. However, Kelly understands the word conscience means con science. And the first of April will say job caper increased by just $25 a week Scott Morrison hopes everyone on the program will enjoy his April Fool's Day joke. And at an International Women's Day event, Scott Morrison reflects on bungling the biggest scandal to come out of camera as a husband and as a father. It's the 26th of February 2021. We have struck a deal with Facebook. This is irrational fear. irrational fear I'm your host disgraced former elite athlete Dan Ilic. And joining us tonight as some incredible fear mongers. He grew up komova in order to foster a look that says former scout leader but instead of cutting it off to he settled for a look that says reformed murderer. It's the CO creator of Ronny Chang, the international student and co host of the sweetest plumb Declan Fay, thanks for joining us. Unknown Speaker  3:04   I'm very sad if I hadn't known you were going to mention it I would have kept it it's gone. You know, when people went a bit strange during the lockdown when Melbourne hit that second lockdown, I thought I need to set a goal for myself. And I set a goal to grow a comb over and it's really hard to get it to get all the way across. Dan Ilic  3:25   My uncle has a comb over and you look just like Unknown Speaker  3:30   well, it combination of a lockdown not much natural light plus the comb overhead started to make me look like a very ill old man. And then my partner said to me at one stage, she said I'm just unconcerned. This is having an adverse effect on our relationship. So decided it had to be show it's going Dan Ilic  3:52   and our next guest has over 2.5 million likes on Tick Tock. We can't wait to ask her. What is Tick Tock? You may know her is how to delete one for the purpose of us boomers here on the podcast. We'll call her Emily Johnson. Welcome. Unknown Speaker  4:05   Hi, everyone. Thanks for having me. Dan Ilic  4:07   Now what is it like to be one of the most influential people on tik tok in Australia? Unknown Speaker  4:12   I mean, I don't think I'm influential. I think I'm, I'm just the anti troll of tea talk. Dan Ilic  4:19   And finally, it's a man who has yet to receive his free care. 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Family wagon. Dan Ilic  5:19   A very rich, Lewis Hobba  5:22   I'm dangerous. I break down emotionally. I'm just like, Dan Ilic  5:27   you're a guy that says I can do I can do burnouts with six kids in the car. Let's Unknown Speaker  5:31   do it. Yeah. Dan Ilic  5:35   Coming on the podcast, we talked with the creative director of one of Israel's longest running progressive parties, and we'll ask him what's it like to know you're going to lose another election? But first, here's a message from our sponsor. Unknown Speaker  5:45   This episode of irrational fear is brought to you by mykhailiuk caches dumping a dove ledger hotline if you know someone who is earning hard earned money from taxpayers and is refusing to do their job. Just call one $800 blood Joe Unknown Speaker  5:59   mykhailiuk cashes dog ledger hotline. Yay. Hi. I saw a man taking tax payers money and completely refusing to do any work. Yes. Do you have his name and a job? Yes, his name is Scott Morrison. He's the Prime Minister. He just gives all the jobs to the state premiers to the it is so unfair. Someone who actually wants the job could be doing the job heaps better. Right and what's your name? My name yet? Anthony L…
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