Listen to How can the Australian Government be held accountable with our current Freedom of Information laws?52:266 September 2021

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Executive Director of Grata Fund, Isabelle Reinecke, to discuss the Coalition Government unlawfully blocking FOI requests and its impact on democracy in Australia.

Then, contributing editor of Inside Story, Peter Mares, discusses his piece ‘A Line in the water’, reflecting on the anniversary of the Tampa incident in 2001. Mares talks about the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, how the 9/11 attacks influenced immigration detention policy and the Afghanistan war.

And Adam Grubb, permaculture editor and author of the ‘The Weed Forager’s Handbook’, calls in to talk about his new book ‘Let’s Eat Weeds!’ a kids guide to foraging.

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.