Our 2011 predictions!

February 10, 2011

This week, Nick and I take a look at our political predictions for 2011. Nick explores the international scene, and in particular, the political climate in Egypt. Steph takes a look at the national issue of climate change, and the impacts of the Queensland floods on the agricultural/farming industry.


- Lucy Manne, Media Director from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition

- Dr. Nijmeh Hajjar, University of Sydney

- Linton Brimblecombe, Horticultural crops farmer from the Lockyer Valley, QLD

- Fleur Anderson, from the Theodore Chamber of Commerce and cotton farmer, QLD

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Waste vs being Wasteful on NTP 16.12.2010

December 16, 2010

This week on NTP, Nick and I take a look at waste in Australia - we're one of the highest producers of waste in the world. And although the rate of recycling has increased dramatically, it's certain that we're still a throwaway society. Nick takes a look at what works and what doesn't when it comes to waste disposal, and why the government isn't getting more involved.

I take a look at ways that will enable us to live our everyday lives whilst not being wasteful. Particularly, how we can be more mindful or appreciative of our natural resources by thinking green and ecologically.

To try and answer some of our questions, we have a chat with Sister Ann-Maree and Sister Patricia from the Rahamim Ecological Learning Community in Bathurst, Professor of Hazardous Waste at Deakin University, Trevor Thornton and some spokespeople from Greenpeace and the National Toxics Network about the Orica toxic chemical scandal.

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What democracy means today on NTP 9.12.2010

December 16, 2010

This week on NTP, Nick and I take a look at what democracy means to young people today. We question whether or not the Democratic system truly serves the people and how young people are participating in our Australian democracy today - are they sticking to the traditional ways (voting, joining political parties and the like) or are they venturing into avenues of the new media political platform (Twitter, Facebook)? And are grassroots community groups effective in encouraging young people to participate in democracy too?

To try and answer these questions, we'll have a chat with the Whitlam Institute Director, Eric Sidoti, Charles Sturt University Politics Lecturer, Dr. Oliver Villar and grassroots community organisation, GetUp! Spokesperson, Paul Mackay.

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Freedom of Speech on NTP 14.10.2010

November 9, 2010

This week on NTP, Nick and I (Steph) take a look at freedom of speech and human rights in Australia. With the advent of the new media, there's no longer an easy way to prevent people from saying what they want to say. So why are more alternative medias more important nowadays, and what exactly do they do differently from the mainstream media? In regards to public figures receiving backlash from saying something inappropriate, would there be such an uproar if these people weren't so well-known? And lastly, who decides what is and isn't okay to say?

To try and tackle some of these questions we'll have a chat with Drago Heler, an Ethics Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, Senthoran Raj from the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Aaron Roden, a Journalist from the Green Left Weekly and some students about their take on freedom of speech and human rights in Australia.

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Art expression & engagement on NTP 19.8.2010

November 9, 2010

This week on Never Talk Politics, Nick and I take a look at the way young people are expressing themselves and engaging with art. We question whether young people are engaging with modern contemporary art, or is there still an interest in more traditional art forms? Together, we explore how the entire art culture is changing in the 21st century through the use of new mediums. With the bulk of funding going towards traditional art forms such as classical music and dance, is the limited support really being used in the best way?

To try and answer these questions, Nick and I have a chat to the Director of the Inter-Arts Office at the Australian Council for the Arts, Andrew Donovan, Contemporary Arts Manager for the Sydney Design Festival, Lily Katakouzinos, some young performers about how they interact with art, and the Artistic Director of Shopfront, TJ Eckleburg.

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Australian Popular Culture on NTP 2.9.2010

November 8, 2010

This week on Never Talk Politics, Nick and I take a look at Australian Popular Culture and its place in the academic world - does it have a place in the world of academia? Are Harry Potter, Twilight and other pop culture courses on offer in places like the UK and the US testament to this? Or is it more complicated? We also question how pop culture is becoming so normalised...part of our every day lives. Is it because it's simply so popular, or is there more to it?

To try and tackle these questions, we'll speak to Lecturer from the Uni of Queensland, Dr. Melissa Harper, Secretary of the UNSW Sci-Fi Society, Caroline Plank, Director of Supernova Pop Culture Expo, Daniel Zachariou and some Charles Sturt University students who talk about what pop culture means to them.

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Food Shortage & Security Crisis - 29.9.2010

October 7, 2010

This week on Never Talk Politics, Nick and I take a look at the food shortage and security issue. Nick tries to tackle the question of what is being done in Australia to secure our food supplies. I question whether the government is paying enough attention the food shortage crisis...the government is pushing for a 'big Australia' but is this really sustainable? With climate change, rising fuel costs, water and land shortages contributing to the issue...it's something that's worth looking into!

To answer these questions, Nick and I have a chat with Alex Girdwood, a young food enthusiast who is involved with the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance, Professor Jim Scott from the Uni of New England, and Bathurst farmer Ross McIndoe.

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Binge Drinking on Never Talk Politics 16.9.2010

September 20, 2010

Never Talk Politics is a youth magazine style current affairs radio program presenting a wide range of national and international political issues.

Never Talk Politics seeks to present the biggest issue of the week in a way that will connect with young people and demonstrate the IMPACT that issue could have on them.. The program is produced and recorded at 2MCE, Bathurst for broadcast nationally on the Community Radio Network (CRN). CRN is the satellite distribution service for the CBAA (Community Broadcasting Association of Australia).

This week's show (podcast) looks at Binge Drinking, and what is being done about this major issue. We talk to member for Bathurst, Gerard Martin to talk about the recent Liquor Accord being put in place for the upcoming Bathurst 1000 race week, some local people in Bathurst about what they think needs to be done about binge drinking, Secretary/Manager Eddie Wheeler from the NRMA ACT Road Safety Trust to talk about a recent study about alcohol consumption and driving, and copywriter from Clemenger BBDO Sydney, Chris Pearce.

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