Listen to Australia’s political duopoly; is 'branch stacking' a failure of representative democracy?45:1331 August 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan explore the elitism of ‘branch stacking’ with Marija Taflaga. The Lecturer at ANU’s School of Political Science and International Relations breaks down the implications of political corruption being symptomatic of a two-party system in Australia’s democracy.

Then, Journalist and author of ‘Peace Crimes’, Kieran Finnane, gives a glimpse behind the curtain of national security, and the five-eyes intelligence community alliance through the story of six non-violent activists, The Peace Pilgrims, who were arrested breaching the perimeter of the joint US-Australian defence facility Pine Gap.

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.