Australia

Episode 47 - Youth and Diversity with Alex McLean

One in three young people (26 and under) are either unemployed or underemployed in Australia. Our youth rate for unemployment is at its highest in 40 years, and the Newstart allowance for young job seekers has not increased in over 25 years, even though our cost of living has gone up. To top it all off, a recent study found there are only two rental properties currently on the market that a person on income allowance from the government can afford. At the same time, internship programs that are funded by the tax payer are leading to vulnerable young people being paid an abysmal $4 an hour while big business like Hungry Jacks use these programs to fill what would otherwise be actual paid job vacancies.

How’s a young person to catch a break if they don’t have the privilege of living with their parents, volunteering and interning for months or years to gain experience for the workplace and not needing to worry about meeting basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter? In this episode, Caspar speaks with 26 year old, Co-Executive Officer of the National Youth Commission Australia (NYC), Alex McLean who is working to uncover and solve some of these big challenges for young people in Australia.

Alex is a passionate advocate of youth rights and development, as well as diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She also has a love of science with a background in epidemiology, the study of infectious diseases.

Caspar and Alex binge on all things youth development in Australia, the issues coming out of the NYC’s current inquiry into youth employment, and what drives Alex in all her work.

This episode was produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh, recorded at Youthworx, and features music by Big Gigantic.

Alex McLean and Caspar excited to go eat some smashed avo now they’ve finished the biggest binge ever. At Youthworx Studios, Brunswick.

Alex McLean and Caspar excited to go eat some smashed avo now they’ve finished the biggest binge ever. At Youthworx Studios, 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 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 Dan@HydrantTesting.com.au

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

Get on our level now!

Episode 8: Disability Support with Adie Volich

Welcome back Bingers! This episode of Binge Thinking saw Caspar sitting down with Disability Support Worker, Adie Volich. Adie has worked face-to-face with people living with disabilities at the Melbourne-based Milparinka organisation for the last eight years. They binged on the physical and social barriers that people with disabilities face in Australia. Adie shared her views on the misconceptions about what kind of life a person with physical or mental disabilities can have.

Caspar and Adie also got bingeing on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the policy game-changer for people in Australia living with disabilities, currently being rolled out. Do you know someone with a disability? Maybe you have one yourself? Are you afraid of people with disabilities or are you just not sure how to behave around them? Let yourself be challenged by Adie’s expert perspective and get on our level.

As always, this episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.

Happy Bingeing! 

Disability support worker Adie Volich challenges our views of people living with disability and the rollout of the NDIS

Disability support worker Adie Volich challenges our views of people living with disability and the rollout of the NDIS