Listen to As China cracks down on dissent of human rights breaches, new research reveals Australia has its own troubling censorship issues...45:0114 September 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, Sophie McNeill, Australia researcher for Human Rights Watch and Walkley Award winning investigative journalist, discusses the Chinese Government’s long track record of human rights breaches, following a diplomatic standoff which saw the Australian Government aid in the evacuation of the last Australian journalists in China.

And following the Victorian Government’s extension of the eviction and rent increase ban until March 2021, Eirene Tsolidis Noyce, Secretary of the Renters and Housing Union, gets on the line with Dylan and Kulja to discuss what renters are entitled to, and what the impact of the pandemic implies for the future of Victorians in vulnerable housing.

Then, Professor of Terrestrial Ecology at Deakin University Don Driscoll breaks down the shocking discovery that Australian environmental scientists have been silenced in communicating their scientific discoveries, sometimes stopped from ever reaching the public or policy makers.

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.