Listen to Following a constitutional crisis, what does Samoa’s political deadlock mean for their democracy?54:2431 May 2021

With Samoa in political deadlock since its elections last month, Lefaoali'i Dion Enari, PhD candidate at Bond University exploring Indigenous and diasporic culture, gets on the line with Dylan and Kulja to break down the political situation in Samoa. The incumbent caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi from the Human Rights Protection Party has been accused of attempting to retain power from the majority FAST party, which was expected to form a new government under Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mataʻafa, who won the election by one seat.

Then, Chairperson of the Lowitja Institute, advocate for the health of Australia’s First Peoples’ and Alyawarre woman, Aunty Pat Anderson AO, calls in to discuss the Uluru statement from The Heart, which won the Sydney Peace Prize.

And, as “dissident shareholders” capture a third seat on ExxonMobil’s board of directors and courts around the world rule for climate action, Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth breaks down these historic cases and events, and what they mean for addressing climate change.

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.