We speak with Matt Grudnoff, senior economist at the Australia Institute about his recently released report on coal seam gas.
“The purpose of this paper is to bust the gas industry’s myths about coal seam gas (CSG). The gas industry has been prolific in putting out exaggerated claims about CSG’s economic benefits while at the same time staying almost completely silent on the health and environmental risks. This paper will look at both the economic claims and the health and environmental risks and will show that, while the economic benefits are likely to be relatively small, a lot more work needs to be done to assess the health and environmental risks. There is little for Australia to gain by rushing into an expansion of CSG operations.”
Luke Stobart is a writer and researcher based in Barcelona and London and has published books on globalisation and the anti-war movement. We speak with him about recent events in Madrid and more broadly about the Indignado movement in Spain.
We speak with local artist and creative director of Hyrda Poesis Sam Fox on the recent artist boycott of the Sydney Biennale, protesting the sponsorship of the event by Transfield, a company responsible for the running of the Manus Island detention centre.
The boycott has inspired local artists looking to stage creative protest of their own with Sam initiating a recent meeting attended by over 50 local artists “Boycotts, Brandis and Artistic Resistance” – https://www.facebook.com/events/483753588396615/.
We speak with Nicola Paris of counteract.org.au about the Summary Offences Act which has just passed through Victorian Parliament and which threatens to severely restrict direct action and other protest activity in that state.
We also have a chat with her about March in March.
With thanks to our “sister show” Solidarity Breakfast broadcasting on 3CR community radio in Melbourne – Annie McLoughlin interviews Samantha Castro of Wikileaks Australia Citizens Alliance on International Women’s Day.
We speak with Bella Bropho spokesperson for the Swan Valley Nyungah Community about the forced removal of her people from their community land in Lockridge and their ongoing struggle to reclaim that land.