In the first of our summer edition shows, the Right Now Radio crew assembled a stellar guest list. We spoke with the Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Les Malezer, about the recently announced defunding of Australia’s peak representative body, as well as funding cuts to Aboriginal legal services. Phil Lynch, Director of the Geneva-based International Service for Human Rights provided us with an insight into how the international community views Australia’s human rights record. And we were joined by the inaugural director of Human Rights Watch’s newly established Australian office, Elaine Pearson, to talk about Australia’s role in promoting human rights in the region. To listen to the show, click here.
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.
The book A Secret Australia Revealed by the Wikileaks Exposés, edited by Felicity Ruby and Peter Cronau, was released at the time where Julian Assange, creator of Wikileaks, was awaiting his extradition trial to the United States for the publication of classified and sensitive information relating to the War on Terror.