Listen to Why is Dutton picking fights with China?42:4614 February 2022

On this episode of The Grapevine Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Walkley award winning journalist and author Jeff Sparrow to break down Defence Minister Peter Dutton’s anti-China rhetoric in the context of Russia’s threats to invade Ukraine and how this aggressively hawkish national security stance may impact the Coalition at the election.  

Then, Hannah McLeay from Greenpeace Australia dials in to talk about the launch of the Green Electricity Guide, which is designed to help Australian’s make a difference when it comes to climate change through the choice of their energy provider. McLeary talks through how power suppliers are ranked, gives an overview of ‘green power’, and provides an update on where green power is at the moment in the wake of Powershop’s sale to Shell.

And with sport back on the courts, Kulja and Dylan speak with Dr Ryan Storr about the project he co-founded, ‘Rainbow Roadmap’. Launched by Proud2Play, this project is a sector-wide initiative in partnership with VicSport to promote LGBTQIA+ inclusion across sport and recreation in the state.

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.