Right Now Radio December Edition

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The team discusses the year that was in human rights: from the prosecution of whistleblowers and the gradual chipping away of free speech in Australia, the attacks against Gillian Triggs, to the fact that there has been a 440 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal children being taken away from their families since Kevin Rudd’s 2008 apology – greater than it ever was during the Stolen Generation.

There are positives to reflect on too, such as the momentum that the marriage equality discussion is gaining, the safe access to abortion clinics, and the laws passed in Victoria and NSW to expunge all historic criminal convictions relating to consensual homosexual relations.

Shen Narayanasamy is in the studio to talk about her project, No Business in Abuse (NBIA). Together with GetUp, NBIA is targeting corporations such as Transfield for their complicity in abuses within Australia’s immigration system. Shen talked about how the campaign is running and what you can do to help.

Evelyn gives you a top eleven list of summer viewing you can wrap your eyes around this summer – all for free thanks to SBS and ABC on demand. The list is below:

  1. Over-Represented (ABC): 3-part series focusing on the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in our prison system.
  2. Hitting home (ABC): 2-part series investigating domestic violence in Australia.
  3. This is Not A Film (SBS): A film from Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker who received a 20-year ban from the Iranian government and has made this film out of this Tehran apartment.
  4. Salute (SBS): A documentary looking into Australian Peter Norman’s involvement with the black power salute in the 1968 Olympics.
  5. Dancing in Jaffa (SBS): Spotlight on three diverse dance schools in Jaffa, Israel, that teach ballroom dancing to both Israeli and Palestinian children.
  6. Greedy Lying Bastards (SBS): An exposé on how a group of spokespeople was paid handsomely by the oil and gas industry to fuel climate change denial campaigns.
  7. The Devil Came on Horseback (SBS): A documentary film on the Darfur genocide, from the point of view a journalist who is armed with nothing other than his camera.
  8. The Gatekeepers (SBS): An intriguing insight into the minds of the former heads of the Israeli secret services, who were tasked with maintaining peace and security in Israel.
  9. Red Light/ Green Light (SBS): A documentary on the global fight against sex trafficking.
  10. Pussy Riot (SBS): This documentary follows the three members of Pussy Riot in Russia as they face seven years in prison for a satirical feminist performance.
  11. Waltz with Bashir (SBS): An animation recounting the Director, Ari Folman’s efforts to recover lost memories of his time in the military in Lebanon in 1982.


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.