Voltaire Award Recipient Yu Lipski & Reproductive Rights With Ronli Sifris // August Podcast

By Right Now Radio
Yu Lipski

This month on Right Now Radio, Ben & Rach chat to Voltaire Award Recipient Yu Lipski.

Yu Lipski, an interpreter leaving the Dandenong police station, placed a phone call to the media. Lipki’s call alerted the greater community to injustice and eventually led to a coronial inquiry into the death of Gong Ling Tang soon after being released from the police station. The Voltaire award celebrates individuals & actions that protect freedom & rights.


Last year saw Tasmania decriminalise abortion while NSW put forward “Zoe’s Law”, a law which could potentially undermine current abortion laws in the state. From new drugs to new laws, Evelyn & Ronli Sifris cover the regress & the progress of reproductive rights in Australia & worldwide.

Sifris argues, if you look at the facts & take emotion out of this issue, “when abortions are not legal and not widely accessible, women’s health suffer.”

Interview with Ronli Sifris:


August’s full podcast also features an interview with MIFF Programmer Al Cossar & discussions on human rights news in the media and on the Right Now website.

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Blackout (poem)

By Bänoo Zan

Bänoo Zan’s poem was written in the aftermath of countrywide protests against sudden steep rise in fuel price in Iran on November 15. Authorities shot down the Internet of the whole country and embarked on a horrific killing spree. Amnesty International has so far verified 208 deaths in less than a week.