Listen to Victoria’s forests, whistleblower protections, Daniel Browning, and the uptick in informal sport56:1011 September 2023

Dylan and Kulja are joined by regular guest Cam Walker to unpack the Victorian Government putting an end to VicForests ahead of a native logging ban and what it means for the state’s ecological health, as well as new data from the World Meteorological Organisation on the relationship between climate change and weather following Australia’s hottest recorded summer.

Kieren Pender, Senior Lawyer for the Human Rights Law Centre, discusses the organisation establishing Australia’s first dedicated legal service for whistleblowers and the concern about the lack of protections currently available for whistleblowers in the country.

Bundjalung and Kullilli journalist Daniel Browning goes into his reflection published in Overland ahead of his essay collection Close to the Subject: Collected Works, which explores his decades-long career with the ABC, his responsibility as a storyteller, and the difficult experiences faced along the way.

Plus, Ruth Jeanes, Professor at Monash University, looks at what’s behind the increased participation in informal sport.

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.