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On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan and Kulja talk accountability and integrity in government with Paddy Manning, journalist and contributing politics editor at The Monthly. And the significance of the Federal Government’s announced $4.5 billion upgrade to the NBN, ahead of the upcoming release of the delayed budget.

Then, as Indonesian President Joko Widodo enters his second term, Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Lowy Institute Ben Bland, discusses how a prospective champion of democracy came to be criticised by political and human rights activists. Ben’s book ‘Man of Contradictions’ chronicles Joko Widodo’s unique political career and origin.

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: Reading Room with Sally Rippin; urban history with Dr David Nichols; Cam Walker's eco-update 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.