Mar 10, 2018

On Eureka Street Fatima Measham interviews Clare O’Neil, Federal Member for Hotham and Labor Shadow Minister for Justice. O’Neil explains how our economy is failing most people: the benefits of economic growth are not being shared. She explains the idea of inclusive growth, (Audio 27 minutes)

Writing in the Fairfax Press, Jessica Irvine outlines the findings of a survey on younger (aged 16 to 40) women’s attitudes to work – a survey released in time for International Women’s Day. Being “treated with respect”, job security, good pay and interesting and socially useful work are all ranked highly. The full report is available from the Australian Women’s Working Futures Project at the University of Sydney.

Also on women’s work experiences, on the ABC’s Religion and Ethics program Andrew West talks with Sister of Mercy Dr Margaret Beirne about the life of nuns with aspirations to help the poor as teachers, doctors or social workers. But many end up “cooking dinner, scrubbing floors and ironing shirts” for cardinals. Sister Beime suggests that because an article on this issue appeared in an official Vatican magazine this issue may be of concern to the Pope. (Audio 12 minutes).

South Korea has brokered a meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump to take place by May. Writing in The Atlantic Uri Friedman takes is into the political background to this meeting. Although the meeting has taken the world by surprise, North Korea’s strategy follows a familiar pattern.

“Beware the green dragon, not the red one” writes Crispin Hull in the Canberra Times.  China’s plan for a renewable energy future will see it achieve moral and economic leadership. Hull warns that “it is disturbing to see the democracies allow a totalitarian state take leadership on the greatest threat to peace and prosperity – climate change”.

A guest on the ABC’s Late Night Live last week was Professor Geoffrey Robinson of the University of California, LA. He reminds us of Indonesia’s “anti-communist” purge in in the mid 1960s, in which the army, with help from religious groups, and possibly parties outside Indonesia, arranged for the slaughter of half a million people. Presenter Elizabeth Jackson reminds is that it’s one crime against humanity that’s been largely overlooked. (Audio 20 minutes)

You have probably read Mungo MacCallum’s Pearls and Irritations piece on the power of the pokie industry. If you would like to support pokie-free hotels there is a website Pokie Free Pubs. You can follow the links to your state to find a list of pubs without pokies. The site is still under development: it has long lists of pokie-free pubs in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT. The New South Wales entry is a little clunky, the South Australian and Northern Territory entries are “coming soon”, and of course there is no need for a list in Western Australia – all pubs are pokie free.

From a frontline clinician:  here’s what’s wrong with private health insurance.

On Saturday Extra with Geraldine Doogue this 10th March, trouble in Ethiopia, the African continent’s second most populous and strategically important country with Awol Allo professor of law at Keele University and Ahmed Soliman, Chatham House; Andrew Hughes from the ANU research school of management on political advertising outside campaign time; North Kore and the US to meet, what’s it all about with Dr Leonid Petrov, visiting fellow at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific; the future of the National Party with Jack Archer, CEO of the Regional Australia Institute, Gabrielle Chan, author of a forthcoming book on regional Australian attitudes and John Daley CEO of the Grattan; former NZ Prime Minister Bill English on challenges facing Australia and New Zealand and historian Ian Tyrell, an environmental take on the history of Sydney’s Cook River.

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