On this episode of The Grapevine, journalist Michael Green and Farhad Rafmati, a civil engineer and Iranian refugee currently in detention, give us a glimpse into the experiences of refugees detained in Australia with the Manus Recording Project Collective.
Then, Grant Duncan, Associate Professor for the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University, breaks down what’s going on in New Zealand as Jacinda Ardern’s government puts in place a new lockdown and its implications for the upcoming election.
And, Peter Hurley, Education Policy Fellow of The Mitchell Institute discusses the current state of higher education in Australia following Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan’s announced university system overhaul that would deny students a Commonwealth-supported place or HECS-HELP loan if they failed half of their first eight subjects.
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.