Listen to Neocolonialism and the Solomon Islands45:512 May 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 the geopolitical maneuvering between China and Australia in the Pacific region ahead of the federal election.

Then, CEO of Inclusive Australia Andrea Pearmen calls in to talk about their latest report that asks the question, "how inclusive is Australia?".

And will Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter really be the boon to free speech that his supporters contend? Executive Director of Digital Rights Watch James Clark joins the crew in the studio to talk about the implications of a billionaire owning "the digital town square".

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.