Listen to Is Victoria’s new pandemic law an overreach?59:571 November 2021

Content Warning: This episode touches on some sensitive topics including sexual violence (segment discussing sexual assault at the 36:38 mark and ending at 59:30 if you’d prefer to skip this). If anything you hear is distressing please reach out to someone who can help keep you safe. Or remember you can call 1800respect on 1800 737 732.

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan gets on the line with Associate Professor William Partlett at Melbourne Uni’s Law School, to discuss his article in The Conversation about the Victorian Government’s new pandemic management bill, and the apparent lack of parliamentary oversight of the powers granted under the proposed law.

Then, writer and journalist Aarti Betigeri calls in to discuss her article that appeared in the October Edition of Australian Foreign Affairs, ‘India Rising? Asia’s Huge Question’. Betigeri’s article, ‘New wave: Australia’s nation-changing Indian diaspora’, explores the fast-growing Indian-Australian community and its potential to reshape Australia’s ties to India.

And Lawyer and Writer Michael Bradley phones in to talk about his new essay for In The National Interest, ‘System Failure, The Silencing of Rape Survivors’. Bradley explores the systematic failure of the legal system to represent survivors of sexual abuse, and just how much pain a survivor must go through in the pursuit of justice.

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.