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Your alternative to talkback. Backchat is a weekly show of news, politics, interviews, discussion, satire, and feature reporting. Hosted by Swetha Das and Shami Sivasubramanian. Executive produced by Natalie Sekulovska, with producers Amelia Zhou and Cameron Wilson. Got an idea for a story? - backchat@fbiradio.com We're also on Twitter @BackchatFBi

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Latest Episodes

Economic Prospects for the Youth and Meme Factories

The Productivity Commission's report found that incomes for people aged between 15 and 24 fell by nearly 2% a year, between 2008 and 2018. CEO of Youth Action NSW, Kate Munro explains what economic prospects for young people will look like in a post-Covid world. Meme factories can shape social media, cultural references and public opinion. Internet studies researcher Dr Crystal Abidin talks about what meme factories are, and how they pivoted to corona content, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

25 MIN1 w ago
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Economic Prospects for the Youth and Meme Factories

Samsung Adani Protests and Tax Time Tips

Last week, environmental groups threatened to boycott Samsung products if they didn’t stop funding Adani. Dan Gosher, the director of climate and environment at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility explains why corporations should reassess their corporate social responsibility when it comes to the climate crisis. The end of financial year is where you’ll either get a fat sum back in your pocket or find out you owe the government a lot of money. To help us out with your concerns, we speak to director of tax communications at H&R Block, Mark Chapman.

27 MIN2 w ago
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Samsung Adani Protests and Tax Time Tips

TikTok Bans and Counter Magazine

Countries around the world are moving to ban TikTok in fear of data being sent to the Chinese government. Internet aficionado and tech journalist Cam Wilson talks about the likelihood of Australia also banning TikTok. Counter Magazine covers all things tough, taboo and the beautiful when it comes to food. Counter Magazine co-editor Kate Johnston speaks about their unique approach to food journalism, and what we can expect from their second issue.

25 MINJUL 11
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TikTok Bans and Counter Magazine

Women's Health and Diverse Hair Care

Studies show women wait longer in emergency rooms, are less likely to receive painkillers, and have our side effects ignored in medical research. Gabrielle Jackson, the Guardian Australia's Associate News Editor, has written extensively on gendered health treatment and shares her own experiences. Despite a lack of training on BIPOC hair, there are over a million First Nations, Torres Strait Island, African and Caribbean Aussies. Chrissy Zemura started a petition to mandate afro-textured hair education in TAFE’s Certificate III course and discusses the importance of inclusive haircare in Australia.

19 MINJUL 4
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Women's Health and Diverse Hair Care

Uni Fee Hikes and Australia's First Trans-Led Legal Service

The Morrison government has proposed uni fee changes that would ramp the costs of arts and humanities by over 100% in some courses. Sophie Johnston, a Commissioner with the National Youth Commission, explains what these changes mean for the next generation of students. The Roberta Perkins Law Project, Australia’s first-ever transgender legal service staffed by trans and gender diverse lawyers, was officially launched in Melbourne. Sam Elkin, a writer, activist, and lawyer at the Roberta Perkins Law Project to tell us what they’re doing there, and how other states can follow suit.

--JUN 27
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Uni Fee Hikes and Australia's First Trans-Led Legal Service

Future of Public Housing and Sustainable Fashion during Refugee Week

With the recession around the corner and unemployment on the rise, affordable housing is more important than ever. Pam Barker, CEO of youth social service Y-Foundations joins us to discuss the importance of affordable housing, particularly for at-risk youth. World Refugee Day is a time to raise awareness and celebrate the contributions made by refugees. Kate Clugston from The Social Outfit tells us how they support Sydney’s refugee community by employing, educating and training refugee women in the fashion industry.

26 MINJUN 20
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Future of Public Housing and Sustainable Fashion during Refugee Week

Protests during Covid and Bushfire Twitter Bots

Sydney’s Black Lives Matter protest was authorised by the Supreme Court in the knick of time, despite a campaign from NSW Police to stop it from going ahead on the grounds of public health concerns. Lawyer Sidnie Suh-rang from O'Brien Solicitors worked on both cases before the Supreme Court and shares the reasoning behind these judgements. Hashtags about arson during our last disastrous bushfire season sparked debate about the true cause of this year’s Black Summer. Our reporter Eamonn Snow dug deep on online disinformation and how it can sway the Australian public.

28 MINJUN 13
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Protests during Covid and Bushfire Twitter Bots

Indigenous Deaths in Custody and Robodebt

The Black Lives Matter protests in America catalysed from the death of unarmed African-American George Floyd by police officers, have led us to reflect on how we treat Indigenous Australians. Joshua Creamer, a Barrister at Law, Waanyi and Kalkadoon man, talks about the high rate of Indigenous deaths in custody. This week, the Government acknowledged their failed robodebt system - a highly flawed, automated crackdown on welfare. Jenny Cao talks about her experiences with being a recipient of robodebt.

22 MINJUN 6
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Indigenous Deaths in Custody and Robodebt

National Reconciliation Week 2020

One of the enduring issues faced by Indigenous communities is the forced removal of children from their families. Richard Weston from The Family Matters campaign explains why Indigenous kids are 10 times more likely to be removed than non-Indigenous children. A survey by Reconciliation Australia revealed that while 90% of Australians support reconciliation, less than a third know how to help. Yorta Yorta woman and lecturer at the University of Wollongong, Summer May Finlay explains how non-Indigenous people should engage in Indigenous spaces, and what we need to improve beyond National Reconciliation Week.

25 MINMAY 30
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National Reconciliation Week 2020

The Arts Industry and Future of Drag

The art industry is on high alert after the NSW Government withheld an annual grant from Australia’s biggest multi-arts venue Carriageworks, forcing it to go into voluntary administration. Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts, Esther Anatolitis discusses how COVID-19 has affected the arts industry. Since the pandemic venues have been shut down, meaning drag queens are unable to perform live in person, in front of large crowds until further notice. Drag Artist, Etcetera Etcetera talks about what the drag community is currently doing online and the potential future of drag.

25 MINMAY 23
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The Arts Industry and Future of Drag

Latest Episodes

Economic Prospects for the Youth and Meme Factories

The Productivity Commission's report found that incomes for people aged between 15 and 24 fell by nearly 2% a year, between 2008 and 2018. CEO of Youth Action NSW, Kate Munro explains what economic prospects for young people will look like in a post-Covid world. Meme factories can shape social media, cultural references and public opinion. Internet studies researcher Dr Crystal Abidin talks about what meme factories are, and how they pivoted to corona content, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

25 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Economic Prospects for the Youth and Meme Factories

Samsung Adani Protests and Tax Time Tips

Last week, environmental groups threatened to boycott Samsung products if they didn’t stop funding Adani. Dan Gosher, the director of climate and environment at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility explains why corporations should reassess their corporate social responsibility when it comes to the climate crisis. The end of financial year is where you’ll either get a fat sum back in your pocket or find out you owe the government a lot of money. To help us out with your concerns, we speak to director of tax communications at H&R Block, Mark Chapman.

27 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Samsung Adani Protests and Tax Time Tips

TikTok Bans and Counter Magazine

Countries around the world are moving to ban TikTok in fear of data being sent to the Chinese government. Internet aficionado and tech journalist Cam Wilson talks about the likelihood of Australia also banning TikTok. Counter Magazine covers all things tough, taboo and the beautiful when it comes to food. Counter Magazine co-editor Kate Johnston speaks about their unique approach to food journalism, and what we can expect from their second issue.

25 MINJUL 11
Comments
TikTok Bans and Counter Magazine

Women's Health and Diverse Hair Care

Studies show women wait longer in emergency rooms, are less likely to receive painkillers, and have our side effects ignored in medical research. Gabrielle Jackson, the Guardian Australia's Associate News Editor, has written extensively on gendered health treatment and shares her own experiences. Despite a lack of training on BIPOC hair, there are over a million First Nations, Torres Strait Island, African and Caribbean Aussies. Chrissy Zemura started a petition to mandate afro-textured hair education in TAFE’s Certificate III course and discusses the importance of inclusive haircare in Australia.

19 MINJUL 4
Comments
Women's Health and Diverse Hair Care

Uni Fee Hikes and Australia's First Trans-Led Legal Service

The Morrison government has proposed uni fee changes that would ramp the costs of arts and humanities by over 100% in some courses. Sophie Johnston, a Commissioner with the National Youth Commission, explains what these changes mean for the next generation of students. The Roberta Perkins Law Project, Australia’s first-ever transgender legal service staffed by trans and gender diverse lawyers, was officially launched in Melbourne. Sam Elkin, a writer, activist, and lawyer at the Roberta Perkins Law Project to tell us what they’re doing there, and how other states can follow suit.

--JUN 27
Comments
Uni Fee Hikes and Australia's First Trans-Led Legal Service

Future of Public Housing and Sustainable Fashion during Refugee Week

With the recession around the corner and unemployment on the rise, affordable housing is more important than ever. Pam Barker, CEO of youth social service Y-Foundations joins us to discuss the importance of affordable housing, particularly for at-risk youth. World Refugee Day is a time to raise awareness and celebrate the contributions made by refugees. Kate Clugston from The Social Outfit tells us how they support Sydney’s refugee community by employing, educating and training refugee women in the fashion industry.

26 MINJUN 20
Comments
Future of Public Housing and Sustainable Fashion during Refugee Week

Protests during Covid and Bushfire Twitter Bots

Sydney’s Black Lives Matter protest was authorised by the Supreme Court in the knick of time, despite a campaign from NSW Police to stop it from going ahead on the grounds of public health concerns. Lawyer Sidnie Suh-rang from O'Brien Solicitors worked on both cases before the Supreme Court and shares the reasoning behind these judgements. Hashtags about arson during our last disastrous bushfire season sparked debate about the true cause of this year’s Black Summer. Our reporter Eamonn Snow dug deep on online disinformation and how it can sway the Australian public.

28 MINJUN 13
Comments
Protests during Covid and Bushfire Twitter Bots

Indigenous Deaths in Custody and Robodebt

The Black Lives Matter protests in America catalysed from the death of unarmed African-American George Floyd by police officers, have led us to reflect on how we treat Indigenous Australians. Joshua Creamer, a Barrister at Law, Waanyi and Kalkadoon man, talks about the high rate of Indigenous deaths in custody. This week, the Government acknowledged their failed robodebt system - a highly flawed, automated crackdown on welfare. Jenny Cao talks about her experiences with being a recipient of robodebt.

22 MINJUN 6
Comments
Indigenous Deaths in Custody and Robodebt

National Reconciliation Week 2020

One of the enduring issues faced by Indigenous communities is the forced removal of children from their families. Richard Weston from The Family Matters campaign explains why Indigenous kids are 10 times more likely to be removed than non-Indigenous children. A survey by Reconciliation Australia revealed that while 90% of Australians support reconciliation, less than a third know how to help. Yorta Yorta woman and lecturer at the University of Wollongong, Summer May Finlay explains how non-Indigenous people should engage in Indigenous spaces, and what we need to improve beyond National Reconciliation Week.

25 MINMAY 30
Comments
National Reconciliation Week 2020

The Arts Industry and Future of Drag

The art industry is on high alert after the NSW Government withheld an annual grant from Australia’s biggest multi-arts venue Carriageworks, forcing it to go into voluntary administration. Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts, Esther Anatolitis discusses how COVID-19 has affected the arts industry. Since the pandemic venues have been shut down, meaning drag queens are unable to perform live in person, in front of large crowds until further notice. Drag Artist, Etcetera Etcetera talks about what the drag community is currently doing online and the potential future of drag.

25 MINMAY 23
Comments
The Arts Industry and Future of Drag
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