Listen to Assange update, robo-debt recommendations and emergency response to mental distress50:4427 November 2023

Dylan is joined by Julian Assange’s father John Shipton to update on the campaign to free his son, following lawmakers lobbying US President Joe Biden to withdraw the extradition request and halt all prosecutorial proceedings against him.

Rick Morton, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, unpacks his reporting into the case of the missing recommendation in the government’s response to the robo-debt royal commission.

Plus, Panos Karanikolas and Dr Chris Maylea discuss their research report for La Trobe University into police responses to mental distress, and their proposal to change how these cases are managed.

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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.