Listen to Will Australia’s obsession with debt come back to bite us?54:4221 September 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan break down why Australia is turning into one of the most ‘indebted countries in the world’ with investigative journalist Royce Kurmelovs as his new book Just Money paints a bleak picture of the influence of debt on Australia’s culture, politics, and society.

And as the Victorian Government introduces a new offence that would see metropolitan Melburnians face a $5000 fine for attempting to ‘escape’ the ‘ring of steel’, Professor of Urban Planning Dave Nichols discusses where the city really ends and the regions begin and explore some issues and politics around the boundary.

Then, as Prime Minister Morrison performs a “massive backflip” on building a 1-gigawatt gas plant in the Hunter Valley, Giles Parkinson, founder and editor of RenewEconomy, discusses the Federal Government’s announcement that Australia’s two renewable energy agencies ARENA and CERF will be able to invest in low emissions technology and he implications for the future of renewables in Australia.

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.