Listen to Should The Federal Government subsidise media organisations?44:126 April 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, Gary Dickson from Public Interest Journalism Initiative discusses the closure of news rooms across Australia in the wake of COVID-19,an online resource mapping the changes in media availability and explores the question of whether the Federal Government should step in and subsidise media organisations struggling during COVID-19.

And what does the government’s industry and worker support package mean for the causal female workforce? Mary Crooks, Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust Women breaks down how the pandemic is disproportionately affecting women at work and in their daily life.

Then, cleaners are on the front lines across communities limiting the spread of COVID-19. Bridget Gardner, director at High Performance Cleaning Solutions explains the crucial role cleaners play in the pandemic and gives tips to keep your home hygienic during lockdown.

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.