Episode 50 – Tax with Yash Rathi

Tax is the system that funds our roads, schools, hospitals, welfare and more. Without it, the government has less money to spend. But what happens when our jobs and economy change so radically, that people no longer earn enough money to be taxed? Or when big tech giants like Google and Uber use tax-payer built infrastructure, like the NBN, but don’t have to pay a digital services tax? 

It may be a topic most people care not to immerse themselves in, either because its too complicated or overwhelming – especially when politicians use it (often incorrectly) to sway you one way or another during election time – but fear not! In this episode, Caspar sits down with 27 year old Tax Advisor and Specialist, Yash Rathi, who brings a wealth of passion and interest in tax, how it operates, what the biggest challenges are and how we should be dreaming of the future of tax. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about the ideas raised in Yash’s episode, he recommends the following:

Treasury – Tax Policy

Recent topics include:

  • National Innovation and Science Agenda

  • Parliamentary progress of Tax Bills

  • Programs and initiatives – Taxation

  • Tax evasion and multinational tax avoidance

Australian Tax Office

This link provides information about what the ATO is consulting about – i.e. consultations with the community, industry groups and the tax, accounting and legal professions, on matters of concern and interest to them.

This episode of Binge Thinking was produced by Nina Roxburgh, was recorded at Youthworx studio in Melbourne, was co-edited by Nina and Charlotte Morton, and features music by Big Gigantic

Caspar has never been so excited about tax! Pictured with Yash Rathi at  Youthworx  in Brunswick.

Caspar has never been so excited about tax! Pictured with Yash Rathi at Youthworx in Brunswick.

Episode 26: Economic Booms and Busts with David Murakami

Have you ever wondered why some people work so hard but never see financial success? Are you confused about how an economy works? What industry will have the next big boom? And where will jobs be in the future? Binge Thinking returns for 2018 with 27 year old research economist David Murakami. Growing up in a working class family, David's interest in economics was shaped by seeing how his parents couldn't find financial success despite their best efforts. David shares his journey into academia, and his insights into the political economy in Australia and Japan (where he is currently based). The two also got binge thinking on Australia's mining and service industries, the future of the tech industry in Australia, and his struggle in balancing the burden of knowledge with finding happiness. David previously worked as a Policy Officer for the West Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and was a National Parliamentary Fellow at the ANU in 2016. He currently lives in Tokyo, where he works at the Bank of Japan while completing his Masters research in Macroeonomics at Keio University. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with Music by Big Gigantic.

Join David and Caspar as they Binge Think their way through the booms and busts of the Australian economy and looking forward to the future. 

Join David and Caspar as they Binge Think their way through the booms and busts of the Australian economy and looking forward to the future. 

Episode 9: Business and Ethics with Dan Barwick

Hello Good People of Binge Thinking! 

In our latest episode, Caspar brings you the Binge Thinking of 30 year-old engineer and small business owner Dan Barwick. You might not think you can run a business, but Dan explains how getting sick of working for out of touch boomers inspired him to work for himself, make some serious coin, and reshape his own sense of self. With his company Hydraulic Testing and Certification (HTC), Dan talks innovation and creativity even in the drier of topics, you'll be hooked on his every word. 

Dan and Caspar also got deep and binged on growing up in a religious family, the wonders of the internet and connected nature of the world as we know it, the future of capitalism, what it means to be human, and the idea of AI. It's a long episode, but we think it's totally worth it!

If you like what Dan has to say and want to get in touch find him at

As always, this episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh with Music from Big Gigantic.

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Episode 1: Filmmaking and Class with Jeff Andersen Jnr

In this very first episode, Caspar gets binge thinking with Brisbane-based filmaker Jeff Andersen Jnr about what it's like being a young creative in the arts industry today. Jeff's work spans film, TV, and photography with a specialty in content for the music industry. He has directed film clips for Courtney Barnett and Tired Lion, and is a regular photographer for Jeremy Neale. The boys ended up bingeing on the difficulty defining what you do, the struggle in funding creative work, the idea of a universal basic income, class relations in Australia and Caspar's distaste for statistics. Jeff was awarded the winner of the episode for explaining the difference in public perception between scientists and filmakers. Get on board.

You can view Jeff's work and contact him at 

Brisbane-based Filmmaker Jeff Andersen Jnr

Brisbane-based Filmmaker Jeff Andersen Jnr