Listen to The Grapevine - 17 February 202054:3117 February 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, George Megolagenis talks about his article in The Good Weekend regarding Melbourne becoming Australia’s largest city. Infrastructure upgrades abound but what does this mean for Melbourne’s influence on culture and politics nationally?

And Matt Cowgill, Senior Associate at the Grattan Institute and co-author of the report No free lunch: higher super means lower wage discusses the wisdom of raising Australia’s superannuation guarantee from the current 9.5 percent to twelve percent.

Then, Giles Parkinson, editor of RenewEconomy phones in to discuss climate politics and whether any meaningful change has come about as a result of this summer’s bushfire disasters.

About this program

Putting local issues in a global context, including weekly insights into our cities, democracy, rights, culture, energy and environment. All stitched together with a mixtape of music.

Regular guests and segments include: urban planning and history with Assoc/Prof David Nichols; Cam Walker's eco-update; Guardian Australia reporter Benita Kolovos on Victorian state politics; Jeff Sparrow on politics, society, and everything in between; freedom of information correspondent Petra Stock, and live music.

Program theme: Hugh Masekala's Grazing in the Grass

The podcast intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.