On Liberty | Season 3 – The Centre for Independent Studies

On Liberty | Season 3


Join CIS every Wednesday at 12:30 pm AEST for On Liberty. Our weekly live-stream is hosted by Salvatore Babones, who hosts wide-ranging discussions with the great and the good on how current political affairs affect Australian society. For your chance to question CIS researchers and other guests, join us live on YouTube and Facebook each week.

 

ep.45. | Monica Wilkie | What Do Australians Really Think about Social Media?

Monica Wilkie is the CIS analyst behind “The Woke Wars” and “If I Ran the Woke Zoo.” This week she joins us to discuss her new policy paper Australians’ Attitudes to Social Media: Connection or Curse? Conducted in February 2021, it reports the results of a survey of more than 1000 Australian adults just before the Commonwealth passed the News Media Bargaining Code. The findings may surprise you!

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ep.44. | Grahame Campbell | Australia’s Groundwater Crisis in the Making.

On the show this Wednesday, we welcome Grahame Campbell. The dry continent is home to massive groundwater resources, but we don’t even know how much freshwater rests right under our feet. Grahame Campbell FRSN is a tireless advocate for data-driven resource management, but when it comes to groundwater, we just don’t have the data. Despite spending billions on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Australia’s governments still don’t understand how the surface water ecosystems of the Murray and Darling rivers interact with the environment they flow on, though, and under.

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ep.43. | Matt Lesh| How big is “big enough” government.

On the show this Wednesday, we welcome Adam Smith Institute’s Matthew Lesh. Recently, writing in the IPA Review and The Australian, Matt says assessing public policy responses to covid comes down to the competence, rather than size, of government. Despite countless alternative explanations — such as differences in population size, style of government, and even the gender of political leaders — he argues covid outcomes crucially depend on the quality of governance.

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ep.42. | Zoe Daniel | How an unprecedented presidency change everything.

This week, three-time foreign correspondent and former ABC News US Bureau Chief, Zoe Daniel joins us to discuss her recent book Greetings from Trumpland explores how an unprecedented presidency changed everything. Through interviews with regular Americans who backed the mercurial president in mid-west America, to those who felt the wrath of his no-holds-barred presidency, this book is an inside look at the historic one-term presidency that changed the world and an insightful examination into how America, and the world, can move forward.

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ep.41. | Peter Murphy| Biden shows he is no Barack Obama

Professor Peter Murphy joins us to discuss his book The Political Economy of Prosperity: Successful Societies and Productive Cultures. Prof. Murphy talks to us about the paradoxes that shape our daily lives. Anyone who has ever been asked to “do more with less” or engage in “creative destruction” has had to embrace paradox to promote productivity. But is it really that easy?

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ep.40. | John Lee| Biden shows he is no Barack Obama

We welcomed former CIS scholar John Lee. Recently writing in The Australian, John highlighted the new US administration has not removed Trump’s tariffs and other economic measures against China. Instead it has reaffirmed a previous assessment by then secretary of state Mike Pompeo that genocide is being committed in Xinjiang and the US Navy recently sailed a guided-missile destroyer through the Taiwan Straits.

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ep.39. | Joshua  Forrester | Safe from Harm: “Concept Creep” and the Threat to Liberty

On the show this week is Joshua Forrester. Joshua joins us to discuss how words like harm and safety have been redefined by political activists to attack fundamental freedoms. ” Join us as we explore the importance of language for practical politics. 

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ep.38. | Lydia Khalil | China’s COVID Digital Authoritarianism

Lydia Khalil: Lydia discussed how the coronavirus gave China the opportunity to put “tech-enabled authoritarianism” into practice on a large scale. She warned that those who praise China’s coronavirus response risk promoting “a growing acceptance of mass surveillance, habituation to restrictions on liberties and fewer checks on the collection and use of personal data by the state, even after the public health crisis subsides.”

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Season 2 | 22 more episodes here

On Liberty was started on 1 April 2020, during the Coronavirus pandemic . Our weekly live-stream, hosted by Salvatore Babones, aimed to host wide-ranging discussions with the great and the good on how the Coronavirus pandemic affected Australian society and those further afield. The show was made with the goal to keep you, our CIS members, up-to-date with what the CIS was up to.  And to give you the chance to ask your questions of CIS researchers and other guests, during these unprecedented times. The show was so successful we were able to continue on for more episodes, join us live on YouTube and Facebook each week – Wednesday at 12:30 pm AEST

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Season 1 | 15 more episodes here

On Liberty was started on 1 April 2020, during the Coronavirus pandemic . Our weekly live-stream, hosted by Salvatore Babones, aimed to host wide-ranging discussions with the great and the good on how the Coronavirus pandemic affected Australian society and those further afield. The show was made with the goal to keep you, our CIS members, up-to-date with what the CIS was up to.  And to give you the chance to ask your questions of CIS researchers and other guests, during these unprecedented times. The show was so successful we were able to continue on for more episodes, join us live on YouTube and Facebook each week – Wednesday at 12:30 pm AEST

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