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 44 - Australia Votes with Adam Pulford

We begin season 3, the only way we possibly could, politically. Most listeners will be aware that Australia is currently in the midst of an federal election. Here at binge thinking, we wanted to speak with youth representatives of each the parties to find out what they think the issues are, and why they feel they are best placed to look after your interests. Fundamentally, we wanted to know what makes a young person see the a bright future with a particular political party? So we approached the offices of the Young LiberalsYoung Labor and Victorian Young Greens, along with some of their millennial candidates. And while the Liberal and Labor parties did not respond to our requests for an interview, one millennial Greens candidate did. 

Adam Pulford is a 29 year old social activist running as the Greens candidate for the electorate of Wills, which stretches from Melbourne's Inner north of Brunswick through to Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Fawkner and Glenroy. The seat is currently held by Labor's Peter Khalil by 4.9% and is considered in play for the Greens who won 31% of the primary vote in the last election. So how did Adam, a 29 year old (originally from the Northern Territory) who grew up socially conservative and first voted Liberal in 2007, end up becoming a Greens political candidate with an actual chance of winning? Adam and Caspar sat down to discuss this, along with his life working as a social activist, his work with Greens MP Adam Bandt, his views on leadership, how he came to terms with his homosexuality, and going public about his mental health. As always, this episode was produced and edited by the incredibly talented and hard working Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

Adam and Caspar enjoying the first binge of 2019!

Adam and Caspar enjoying the first binge of 2019!

Episode 23: Queensland Politics with Amy MacMahon

In this episode Caspar gets binge thinking with 31 year old sociologist, Amy MacMahon. Amy has spent the last four years completing her PhD on adaptation initiatives in Bangladesh rolled out by NGOs and governments to combat climate change. She investigates how these initiative impact women farmers specifically and perpetuate gender inequality.

But Amy has another side. She is also running as a Greens candidate for South Brisbane in the upcoming Queensland state elections. Caspar and Amy binge on her journey to politics through her research, navigating the difficult and insecure Australian labour market, her family and her personal life. You can follow Amy on Twitter and Facebook This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

Caspar and Amy post binge on life, politics, environment, and welfare. 

Caspar and Amy post binge on life, politics, environment, and welfare.