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Melbourne, VIC


To reforming economics as an interpretation of reality, rather than a diversion play for monopolists.




Level 2/22 Punch Lane Melbourne, 3000 613 9077 0999


We Live Here, They Own Us

“If you are a couple and one of you has to dedicate your entire wage for the next 25 years on the mortgage, what difference is that to slavery?” Mark Hassed takes us through his core Georgist understandings. Along the way we discuss subtle slavery, the School of Philosophy, Crown Casino, resource ripoffs and tax avoidance. Charming but essential understandings as always. Show notes


Trickle Down Housing?!!

Karl rides the gauntlet analysing the state of the Australian housing market with some of our key indicators on show. Hopefully they reflect on the building momentum and provide a perspective on the state of the economy. As always, we like to think they reflect the reality of the situation. How have we been conned into believing yet again another form of trickle down economics? Surprising we haven't put that together previously eh re housing! Karl also delivers some news regarding the future...


Prof Michael Hudson on Geo-Political Games

Prof Michael Hudson discusses the globalisation fallout as new trading blocs distance themselves from US dollar denominated trade. Will the US be able to maintain its imperialist tendencies in light of these trends? How much further can the rentiers push their free-for-all? We finish with an overview of Michael’s new book ‘And forgive them our debts’. To seeing through the disinformation. Show notes


Sustaining Social Evolution

Author Fred Harrison discusses the 10 year anniversary of the GFC as the only person to have predicted it from as far back as 1987. He warns we must prepare for the next big one in 2026. The misallocation of resources leads to debts, excessive taxes and the theft of our time. The five remedies are discussed in this extended podcast. Show notes.


Golden Threads with Alanna Hartzok

Alanna Hartzok (Earth Rights International) joins to discuss the reform agenda in the poverty stricken Baltimore. Our typical freewheeling discussion passes by the GFC, 9/11, the UN, early Christian teachings and the need for an earth rights democracy. Show notes


The Unspoken Alternatives to Expensive Housing

A super-sized edition of the show - celebrating 11 years on air - with a review-like interview of the 127th dinner speech with the Unspoken Alternatives to Expensive Housing report author Dr Cameron Murray. Then you get to hear the full speech with the Q&A to follow. Some controversy with the best demolition of the housing supply diversion plan ever, some BIG, big numbers that are already making waves internationally and then Cam’s out of the box plan for dirt cheap land. He pushes our...


Imperialism's Point of the Sword

Mason Gaffney delivers the detail on Corporate Power and US Imperialism. Hear about an article originally written in the 60’s that got him sacked, had CIA agents swirling around him but still he kept his resolve to maintain that military endeavours should not support corporate interests. If only the general public understood this story! Please read the article in full, via the show notes.


Hong Kong's Caged Housing

It’s time to look at Hong Kong, a nation often touted as the most economically liberated, but yet people live in caged housing. You may have seen the Vox video on this topic? Well here we discuss from our unique perspective the pathways forward, trying to stay on the middle road. More commentary in the Show notes.


Modelling student opportunities

Karl wades into recent state politics before 3rd year Bachelor of Business student Jack Cameron discusses his perspective on economic modelling, life with a HECS debt and the new economics movement. Following some extraordinary new evidence, Karl finishes on the further pressures young people face with buying a house during an era of policy fraud. Our 127th annual dinner is coming up with Cameron Murray on Housing Policy Fraud: An Australian story. Show notes


Another strange sojourn in Australia’s resource and energy policy

Louise Page (Save Westernport) discusses the rush job behind the AGL gas import terminal at Cribb Point. Why does the world’s largest gas exporter need to import ….gas? We run through the economic, environmental and social issues in play during this election year.To solid citizens calling politicians to account! Show notes.


Assembling alternative pathways to homeownership

This week Emily interviews Ben Keck and Abbie Freestone from Assemble about their latest project in Kensington. We discuss Assemble’s deliberative development model: a boutique take on build-to-rent. For locked-outs struggling to save a deposit, the Assemble Model may offer ‘a patient pathway.’ Strong environmental credentials and a codesign ethos make this build-to-rent-to-buy model a welcome alternative to Melbourne’s off-the-plan apartment offerings. But is it economically sustainable?...


The Quest to Own the Future

Greek academic Yannis Tziligakis joins us to discuss the Right to the City movement. If we are to have rights, who should be included? Yannis has a way of words, dropping one-liners such as the trinity of inequality, the spiral of enslavement and puppeteers against our very own interests. This is an extended podcast as we delve into the details of life on a monopolists earth.Show notes


Covering the data trail

Karl reports in on his time in the witness box at the inquiry into the privatisation of the Land Titles Registry. What will the property data gold rush be worth in years to come? The missing pieces designed to throw the masses off the source of so much disparity are revealed throughout the show with help from Dave Giesen and Prof John Freebairn. Show notes


Our Data, Their Profits

On a freezing day Karl digs into the archives with Paraic Lally giving his elevator pitch on all things Georgist. Then we go back to an interview with Silicon Valley commons coder Max Carlson to discuss the evolving influence of the digital era. Is there a way to reduce the immense profits enjoyed by FAGA (Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon)? Do any of Karl’s tech reforms muster a pass from Max? Show notes


Planning to Ignore Strategic Thought

Emily Sims is joined by Crystal Legacy (Melb Uni, Dept of Planning) and Nathan Pittman (Planning PhD candidate) to discuss the machinations behind the Western Distributor tunnel. After years of strategic planning, some challenging outcomes eventuate. Where to for strategic thinking? Karl finishes with insights on the tendering process for these multi-billion projects. Show notes


Victoria's Privatisation Agenda

A refreshing change - my colleague Emily Sims hosts this week’s show. Dr Sophie Stirrup (Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University & former Dept of Treasury) provides an insiders account to Victoria’s early 90s privatisation agenda. From this we hear about the formative days of Transurban, the risks behind the CityLink tollway and set the reasoning for the new Western Distributor infrastructure spend. Show notes


South Africa's Land Reform Urgency

Peter Meakin reports on the push for land reform - without compensation for white farmers. He explains how this could occur with a legitimate trade off. Should we rely on the western development model to skill new landholders up?Show notes


Fight for your Mic

A warm welcome to all our new subscribers via the popular Michael Hudson episode last week. As a student of economics, you will understand that once a year we need to pay our bills, so we can still fight for our mic, for our right to alternative media. So if you can support our work, please visit here during our radiothon. Despite the callouts, there is the usual smattering of monopoly watch amidst the few policy explanations....


US Financial Imperialism - Protected by Academic Propoaganda

Prof Michael Hudson joins to review his critique of US financial imperialism in light of recent events. From the WB, IMF through to deep state strategy, Hudson is the best in the business at tying the economic pressures in our lives to the geo-political forces at work. This must be about our 15th such interview. Do you have any questions for Michael for our next interview (in about 3 months time)? Please give generously to our crowdfunder, its radiothon time!


The Groundhog Feasts Again

An investigation into some of the PIGS nations as the same trends and traps occur in the race for economic success. Is the new economic model really the highpoint for humanity? And some commentary on the millennial housing dream photo lustre. How much economic pain can you take before you become a member and read our Progress magazine? Show Notes