Listen to Corruption, politics, and accountability50:3518 October 2021

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Walkley Award winning journalist and author, Jeff Sparrow, to talk about the current state of accountability for corrupt politicians and why Australia doesn’t already have a federal corruption watchdog, as state investigators IBAC and ICAC scrutinise both major parties in NSW and Victoria.

Then, emergency specialist who works across a number of Melbourne hospitals, Dr Stephan Parnis, calls in to break down what’s been going on inside Victorian hospitals during the pandemic, the demands placed on health care workers, and what opening up the state could mean for the Victorian healthcare system.

And Vice President of the Afghan Australian Development Organisation & owner of Afghan Gallery Restaurant, Homaira Mershedi, gives an insight into the situation of newly arrived Afghan refugees in Melbourne, relief and support efforts that are ongoing, and how people can help.

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.