ASIO Assessments, Michael James Manaia & Graeme Innis – The Thursday Podcast

By Right Now Radio
Photo of Taki Rua, Maori actor who plays Michael James Manaia

This week we have three interviews taken from our first ever podcast on Triple R.

First up, we have an interview with Carl O’Connor (10mins), from the Darwin Asylum Seeker Support Network, about the recent High Court case on adverse ASIO security assessments of asylum seekers. The bottom line for Carl is that indefinite detention should have no part in the Australian justice system

Next, our Arts Reporter, Evelyn Tadros, spoke to John Broughton (12mins) about his play Michael James Manaia, which is currently showing at the Melbourne Festival. A classic of New Zealand theatre, the play tells the story of a Maori man who fights in Vietnam and struggles with the legacy of war and trauma upon his return.

Finally, we have this interview with one of our human rights heroes, Federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes (14mins). Graeme talks about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, disability and public transport, and the 20 year anniversary of Australia’s disability discrimination legislation. And make sure you stick around to the end for the R.E.M. joke!


Review – Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

By Georgia Cerni

Sophie Cousins’ book Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia is, in many respects, a proposal. For Cousins, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided Australians with an opportunity to reconsider the ways our society currently functions. Cousins aptly makes her case – while in some ways the pandemic reinforced burgeoning inequalities, it also presented us the chance to apply collectivist values to solve systemic problems.