Listen to State government backflips on social housing levy in lead up to election55:327 March 2022

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan are joined on the line by CEO of VCOSS, Emma King, to discuss how the State government has backflipped on a proposed levy on property development that would be used to fund social housing.

They also talk with former secondary school principal Chris Bonnor about the book he co-authored with Tom Greenwell, Waiting for Gonski: How Australia failed its schools. The authors explore the growing correlation between social disadvantage and educational under-achievment, and look at some possible solutions to this worsening problem.

Then, senior researcher and writer for the Institute for Local Self Reliance, Ron Knox, gets on the air to break down the acquisition of Bandcamp by Epic Games and what that could mean for the “noble and sometimes successful attempt at recreating the brick and mortar record store online”.

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.