Politics

Episode 46 - Health Equality in an Unequal World with Jay Stiles

Have you ever wondered how we make decisions in Australia about health? Who came up with the anti-smoking laws and why? How should we approach childcare, high blood pressure, diabetes and or even just how many days we should work in the week? These are all issues that 30 year old Jay Stiles seeks to understand and influence as a Health Economist and Podiatrist.

Caspar and Jay caught up to chat all things how we as a country should prioritise our competing health issues and possible solutions to create equity in health outcomes. They journey through Jay’s career working on the frontline as a podiatrist in the western suburbs, within diverse and ageing communities, moving through to research into politician’s life expectancy and more. Fundamentally, Jay tries to understand how to use our limited health resources for the most benefit and to make Australians as healthy as possible.

This episode was hosted by Caspar Roxburgh, produced by Nina Roxburgh, edited by Charlotte Morton and features music by Big Gigantic.

Jay Stiles and Caspar at Lupine Studios in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Jay Stiles and Caspar at Lupine Studios in Brunswick, Melbourne.

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 36: Direct Democracy with Dion McCurdy

Caspar speaks to 33 year old lawyer and social pioneer Dion McCurdy about NewVote, an online direct democracy platform. The two discuss Dion's faith in ordinary people's ability to solve difficult political problems, the case for direct democracy in Australia, and how these systems work in other countries like Switzerland, Spain and even the United States. Dion also explains the value of citizen juries, and shares his passion for reforming politics to make the world a better place. You can support NewVote at their Patreon page here, follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. This episode was edited by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

Dion McCurdy, 33, Co-founder of NewVote

Dion McCurdy, 33, Co-founder of NewVote