October 13, 2020
One of the all-time news days on Monday as Victoria’s top public servant resigning over hotel quarantine still isn’t the biggest news story as we all learn far more than we wanted to about Gladys Berejiklian’s personal life. James and Pete talk about those two stories and also the IPA’s new report into the long term effects of lockdowns on the economy and even the WHO saying lockdowns aren’t a great strategy.
Heroes and villains this week include The Great Barrington Declaration, the Nobel committee not being wrong about who gets the Peace Prize, Labor congratulating Daniel Andrews on 100 straight press conferences and Kevin Rudd’s Royal Commission petition.
We talk to Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor at The Australian, about the big week in state politics and the latest in the US election as Trump contracts COVID and the second debate is cancelled (28”23-1:00:26). We also talk to Dr Bella d’Abrera to discuss her chapter in the IPA’s new book Climate Change: The Facts 2020 and how her research led to an art project on self insemination no longer receiving public funding (1:00:26-1:17:29)
At the end, we break down the Bank of Australia banning users from gambling, the man who was going to moderate the next Presidential debate falling for the old “thought it was a direct message” and celebrities getting naked to get people to vote. Has anyone learned anything from Imagine?
October 6, 2020
Trump got COVID, the federal budget promises income tax breaks and Keynesian spending programs and ABC staff won’t accept a freeze on a 2% pay rise. James and Pete discuss those stories, and share heroes and villains for this week: People actually being classy online, polio is eradicated in Africa, the New York Times saying Hong Kong is part of China and the excuses for WA’s hard border get worse and worse.
We talk to Tim Wilson MP about his new book The New Social Contract, why young people feel they’re priced out of the Australian way of life and whether COVID will see Australia experience its own Sanders or Corbyn figure (24:29-42:58). We also talk to Senator Claire Chandler about nearly being brought before Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner and the state for free speech in Australia (42:58-1:03:03).
At the end, we learn why sports and saying tone deaf are problematic, why kids doing schoolies on cherry farms isn't a good idea, and Pete slams SA for trying to make the phrase “vertical consumption” happen.
September 29, 2020
IPA polling shows the cost of elimination strategies at federal and state level could cost $319 billions, Victoria sees a new roadmap and the resignation of the Health Minister as another IPA poll shows Victorians want those responsible for the hotel quarantine system to resign, and anti-discrimination laws come for sitting members of Parliament.
Heroes and Villains this week include Laurence Fox’s political party, the woman who helped take down Melbourne’s curfew, the federal government paying millions for farmland worth a fraction of it and those shaming Amy Coney Barrett for adopting two children from Haiti.
We talk to IPA Director of Communications Evan Mulholland about the IPA’s poll, the outcomes of the inquiry into hotel quarantine, contact tracing in NSW and the upcoming election in Queensland (31:55-50:42). We also talk to Satya Marar, Policy Analyst at Reason Foundation, about Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s tax returns and the state of America as the election looms (50:42-1:05:50).
At the end, we break down Bill Shorten following up saying simp by saying noob, the trainer memorialising Ruth Bader Ginsburg with pushups, Babylon Bee making people eat the trash and we predict what’s going to happen at the first Presidential debate.
September 15, 2020
Premier Palaszczuk stops a woman from attending her dad’s funeral but the rules are different if you’re Tom Hanks. Melbourne’s curfew was not brought in on health advice but it’s staying anyway. IPA research shows we’re in a K-shaped recession and we’re not all in this together and the NSW coalition nearly falls apart because of koalas.
We talk to Senator Matthew Canavan about Palaszczuk’s call and the double standards of her border policies, Premiers hiding tough calls behind their CHOs and Australia’s international border closure [32:58-51:22]. We also speak to restaurateur Dom Talimanidis about Daniel Andrews’ roadmap for Victoria and why it’s no solution for small businesses [51:22-1:07:06].
September 8, 2020
Victoria’s lockdown is extended, Zoe Buhler is arrested for a Facebook post, public service payrises are as unpopular as you’d expect, WA’s hard border stance continues to derail National Cabinet discussions, Extinction Rebellion threaten free press in the UK and Trump bans critical race theory from the federal government.
Bjorn Lomborg joins the show to talk about his new book False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet (30:56-57:06) and IPA Campus Coordinator at ANU Connor Andreatidis explains the ongoing saga between Generation Liberty and the University’s Ethnocultural Department over Winston Churchill statues (57:06-1:08:18).
September 2, 2020
State of Emergency powers are extended in Victoria but citizens seem to support it. Australia goes into recession as 60% of JobKeeper payments will be to Victorians by the end of 2020. Trump roars back in the polls and Facebook threatens to remove Australian news from its site in the latest chapter of their saga against the government. (0:00-21:14)
Heroes and villains this week include Bob Katter, the medical practitioners lobbying Daniel Andrews to end Stage 4 on September 13, Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius only criticising certain protests and the People’s Daily in China. (21:14-28:25)
We ask Senator James Paterson about Scott Morrison’s move to stop Victoria’s Belt and Road Deal, the upcoming Senate inquiry into the Thousand Talents program and what he wants to see out of Daniel Andrews. (28:25-41:45) We also talk to David Limbrick MP, one of the crossbenchers who battled against the State of Emergency extension, about why he opposes the extension and what changes he wants to see. (41:45-1:02:00)
At the end, we discuss the report finding young people are triggered by full stops, the move to cancel Adele and Kim Carr falling asleep in the Senate.
August 25, 2020
Daniel Andrews wants state of emergency powers to last another 12 months, border closures continue to create economic and social chaos, the truth emerges about the amount of infected people breaking restrictions in Victoria, federal Parliament can actually sit (who would have thought) and hotel quarantine workers were trained in diversity, not in infection control. (0:00-21:29)
Heroes and villains this week include Dominic Perrotet, Professor Carl Heneghan, the Magda Szubanski ad and Meghan Markle. (21:29-31:18)
This week we speak to Target Tori, the woman publicly shamed by a bluecheckmark on Twitter leading to the internet fundraising to give her a holiday. She tells us her heart-warming story and about her great movement Pause Be Kind (31:38-45:46). We also talk to Gideon Rozner about the IPA’s new podcast and video series The IPA With You and what he’s hearing from Australians battling under restrictions. (45:46-58:37)
At the end of the show, we have the pranksters who duped Kamala Harris by pretending to be Greta Thunberg, the farmer who was told to stick his sheep on an aeroplane to get around border closures, the DNC duplicating people in their zoom convention and after The Guardian sues The Grauniad for copyright, we put Pete to the test to see how good a parody The Grauniad is.
August 18, 2020
Johannes Leak’s cartoon sparks outrage but Biden’s original comments go unremarked. Three out of four applications to leave Australia are rejected, the Queensland government tried to make it illegal to report on corruption allegations, WA gets rid of the rule of law because it doesn’t like Clive Palmer and New Zealand delays an election. (0:00-19:16)
Heroes and villains this week include Nick Cave and Rowan Atkinson standing up to cancel culture, a move in the UK to bring back segregated schools (but don’t worry it’s woke) and the council looking to ban barbeques in Melbourne. (19:16-27:51)
We talk to Oliver Hartwich from the New Zealand Initiative about the new coronavirus outbreak in New Zealand, Auckland moving back to a lockdown and Jacinda Ardern’s call to delay the election (27:51-42:19), and IPA Research Fellow Dara Macdonald explains why the WA government’s anti-Clive Palmer legislation blows up the rule of law. (42:19-55:05)
At the end, we break down Bill Shorten saying simp on national television, the Washington Post’s ridiculous obituary for Robert Trump and we figure out how to get our hands on some sweet diversity coin after White Fragility Author Robin DiAngelo charges a university $20,000 to tell them they’re racist.
August 11, 2020
A jam-packed episode this week. We feature the IPA’s new video Give Us Our Lives Back, which leads to a discussion with world-renowned writer Jeffrey Tucker from the AIER on Victoria’s lockdown, the prospects for liberty around the world after coronavirus and why the free market is the most empowering and socially beneficial market system. (6:20-38:42)
Other stories include the new reports on the economic effects of restrictions across Australia and people have had their laptop and phones confiscated by police for planning to protest. (38:42-44:27)
Heroes and Villains this week include Jim Penman from Jim’s Mowing and his battles with the Andrews government (who joins us on the line! (51:5-1:12:21) Rachel Baxendale and the need for tough questions to politicians, the NBA fawning over their progressiveness when it was this season that saw their Hong Kong controversy and universities lowering standards for foreign students to get their money. (44:27-1:12:21)
At the end, we break down ‘wormgate’ on Science Twitter, NASA tries to get woke but won’t take on the big fish and don’t worry everybody, Biden is just fine. (1:12:21-1:22:31)