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Looking Forward Episode 87: Trumpism in a Post Trump Era
5 November 2020

Looking Forward Episode 87: Trumpism in a Post Trump Era

There’s some grieving from Gideon on the Podcast as indications are that Joe Biden will be sworn in as President, though his fabled ‘blue wave’ failed to eventuate. Trump confounded the polls and energised a mass base of Americans in a way that suggests his political legacy will live on. Is this at the expense of the right’s traditional free
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Looking Forward Episode 86: Australia’s Coronavirus Endgame
29 October 2020

Looking Forward Episode 86: Australia’s Coronavirus Endgame

Scott Morrison’s mid-year plan for a COVIDSafe economy is back on track having been derailed by Victorian bungling, but with vaccines uncertain and international borders closed, what is the outlook for Australia’s coronavirus Endgame?  Can services like education and tourism ever rejoin king coal and iron ore as the foundations of our prosperity, at least any time soon? Why would
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Looking Forward Episode 84: The Belated Collapse of Lockdown’s Justifications
14 October 2020

Looking Forward Episode 84: The Belated Collapse of Lockdown’s Justifications

We may look back on this as the week when the global wave of coronavirus lockdown hysteria recedes, as more sensible voices and experts come to the fore, including a key WHO adviser condemning the use of lockdowns as a primary means of control for the coronavirus. The historic Great Barrington Declaration led by Professor Sunetra Gupta (Oxford) and Jay
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Looking Forward Episode 83: Trump’s COVID: Halo or Catastrophe?
7 October 2020

Looking Forward Episode 83: Trump’s COVID: Halo or Catastrophe?

Trump has tested positive for COVID-19 less than one month before the US election. What will this mean for the politics surrounding the upcoming election and could this revelation play for or against Trump’s faltering campaign? (1:59-21:45) Trump has also received a kind of ‘cocktail’ of medication in response to contracting the virus, not all of which is available to
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Looking Forward Episode 82: Pollies’ Prison Prospects: Stunning Own Goal
30 September 2020

Looking Forward Episode 82: Pollies’ Prison Prospects: Stunning Own Goal

Victoria has been electrified by the prospect that politicians and public servants from the Premier down could be charged and even jailed for deaths attributable to the Hotel Quarantine fiasco, under tendentious new industrial manslaughter laws only recently enacted by the Andrews Government. Governments must be held to account, but is this the job of the courts, or Parliaments and
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Looking Forward Episode 81: RBG & After, Plus: Who’s Replacing Nettle?
23 September 2020

Looking Forward Episode 81: RBG & After, Plus: Who’s Replacing Nettle?

This week saw the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and immediate controversy about who will replace her on the United States’ Supreme Court, as the Democrats invent reasons to stall the process. The panellists reflect on the career of a remarkable advocate and jurist, and examine how the Republican push in the Senate to confirm a Trump nomination as replacement
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Looking Forward Episode 80: Tear Down That Wall
17 September 2020

Looking Forward Episode 80: Tear Down That Wall

There are hard borders with no sign of let up across Australia, as State Premiers spuriously justify all decisions as being on the basis of medical advice while enjoying the populist support for supposedly keeping out the virus. But they can only do so because in our crazy fiscally frazzled federation the Feds pick up the bill for the economic
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Looking Forward Episode 79: Victorians Have Made Their Bed
9 September 2020

Looking Forward Episode 79: Victorians Have Made Their Bed

   The Deputy CMO says to Victorians “make your bed”, but they’re fraying at the edges as their Premier loses credibility for refusing to admit he is pursuing a virus eradication strategy – something achieved literally nowhere in the world. How diabolical is the combination of political spin and ceaseless nudging from the army of “public health” advisers? And
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Looking Forward Episode 78: Hello? My BRI’s Stopped Working
2 September 2020

Looking Forward Episode 78: Hello? My BRI’s Stopped Working

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced new legislation to ensure agreement the States, councils and universities have with foreign governments are consistent with Australian foreign policy. What does this mean for the relations with China and are there any risks with giving the Federal Government further powers? (2:05-15:48). What are the risks with the Victorian Government’s Belt and Road
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Looking Forward Episode 77: COVID19 At The Crossroads
26 August 2020

Looking Forward Episode 77: COVID19 At The Crossroads

After six months of COVID19 in Australia the panel discusses whether it’s time to say this is the new normal, and that we can neither wait for a vaccine nor indefinitely extend emergency powers. Australian PM Scott Morrison announced a deal with AstraZenica for provide a coronavirus vaccine for all Australians in 2021, but is that even feasible or just
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