Listen to Who will come out on top of this brewing trade-war between Australia and China?01:10:327 December 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with author, guardian columnist, and former RRR Breakfaster, Dr Jeff Sparrow to breakdown Australia’s diplomatic fallout with China, and the measures that need to be taken to forestall a looming trade-war.

And, human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Refugee Legal, David Manne discusses the plight of refugees detained indefinitely in hotels and unpacks the High Court’s decision that refugees can bring legal action to the courts in relation to the conditions and treatment of their detention.

Then, for the fourth year running, Melbourne author and speaker Tony Wilson returns for the prestigious Speakolies awards! Tony covers some of the best speeches this year that he has curated on his website speakola, and declares once and for all, the best speech of 2020.

This is the last episode of The Grapevine for 2020, Kulja and Dylan will be back February 2021. A huge thank you to all the listeners and subscribers for all your support this year, we couldn’t do it without you! Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

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.