Listen to Refugee deal, pork-barreling pollies and cyber security50:4028 March 2022

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja gets on the line with executive director of Refugee Legal, David Manne, to talk about the Federal Government finally accepting New Zealand's offer for resettling refugees and asylum seekers after nine years of offshore detention. Manne explains where things are currently at with the deal and what a new government should focus on if elected.

And Transport and Cities Program Director at the Grattan Institute, Marion Terril, calls in to discuss how “pork-barrelling politicians are wasting taxpayers’ money”, which the think tank breaks down in their new report, Roundabouts, overpasses, and carparks: Hauling the federal government back to its proper role in transport projects.

Then, Saudi Arabian activist, exile and cyber security expert, Manal al-Sharif, gets on the line to talk about how technology can be used to control populations and curtail their rights.

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.