Listen to Investing in social housing is the first step, what else can be done to help resolve Victoria's Homelessness crisis?55:0123 November 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, how effective will Victoria’s $5.3 billion social housing project be for those threatened with, or experiencing homelessness?

Dr Sarah Taylor & co-author Juliet Watson discuss the challenges of investing meaningfully, after their new report for RMIT’s Unison Housing Research Lab found social housing tenants are more likely to have experienced chronic, often lifelong, disadvantage than other groups.

Then, author, historian, speechwriter, social critic, and humorist, Don Watson gets on the line to discuss the release of his new book ‘Watsonia: A Writing Life’, a definitive anthology of Watson’s greatest works.

And, climate Scientist Joelle Gergis at Australian National University discusses her essay ‘A Season of Change’ for Griffith Review 70 ‘Generosities of Spirit’, which outlines the urgency of climatologists’ work, and breaks down the latest climate science.

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.