Listen to Coal, Climate, and COVID-19 - Why are experts raising concerns over the Government’s approach to economic recovery?45:4722 June 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine La Trobe University's Emeritus Professor Judith Brett, tells Kulja and Dylan how a nation can suffer from being rich in natural resources and explains how Australia can move away from its economic dependency on fossil fuels,  as explored in the Quarterly Essay ‘The Coal Curse: Resources, Climate, and Australia’s Future’.

And austerity or stimulus? Independent journalist Michael West explains the problems with the Government’s rationale for their policy making towards economic recovery which he highlights in his article ‘Do the grandchildren really pay the debt? The problem with Scott Morrison’s plan for recovery, and MMT’.

Then, country living editor at The Weekly Times, Hannah Driscoll, talks about the impact of the shutdown on regional sports, particularly football, and how they’re looking now around the uncertainty of when seasons can start back up again. 

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.