On Liberty | Season 4 – The Centre for Independent Studies

On Liberty | Season 4


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. 69| Sean Jacobs | What would Neville Bonner make of identity politics today?

Join us this Wednesday 21 September, at 12:30 pm AEST, as Tom Switzer interviews Sean Jacobs, a Papuan New Guinean-born writer and author of a new biography on Neville Bonner (published by Connnor Court).  d.

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ep. 68| Richard Alston | The EU and its flaws.

Salvatore Babones interviews Richard Alston on the recent paper and gets his take on the current issues facing a post-Brexit EU. . The EU has always been a patchwork of very different, proudly independent nations, so why do Brussels and its bureaucratic aristocrats ignore this, in the quest for enlargement and uniformity? Richard argues that Britain’s departure from the European Union was a potent reminder to the Continent’s complacent elites that the forces of local and nationalist sentiment could not indefinitely be suppressed.

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ep. 67| William Coleman| Was Federation a bad idea?

Guest host and CIS executive director, Tom Switzer interviews William Coleman on his recent book. William argues Federation was the accidental upshot of a contest for personal political supremacy. That the cause’s leadership was mediocre, its democracy superficial, motivations banal, ideals more imperial than patriotic, and its consequences injurious to Australia’s economic welfare, military security, industrial peace, and social harmony. So, was Federation a bad idea that’s burdened us with enduring consequences?

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ep. 66| Scott Prasser| Royal commissions and public inquiries in Australia

We welcomed Scott Prasser, senior policy advisor and CIS scholar. In his recent book, Scott argues that hardly a day passes in Australia without a public inquiry or royal commission being appointed, a report being released, or someone calling for an inquiry to be appointed. Since federation, the Commonwealth alone has appointed nearly 140 royal commissions and some 500 other public inquiries. Some inquiries last for years and cost over $300million – others are more focused and economical. So what do all these commissions really do? What are their powers, and importantly what are their impacts?

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ep. 65| Senator Bridget McKenzie | on John ‘Black Jack’ McEwen

On the show we welcomed Bridget McKenzie, Nationals Senator for Victoria since 2011. Senator McKenzie has held ministerial office in the Turnbull and Morrison Governments and has served as her party’s Senate leader since 2019. In late 2020, McKenzie authoredJohn McEwen: right man, right place, right time‘ (Connor Court), in this book she argues that his policies, known as ‘McEwenism,’ forged the nation’s post Second World War economic boom ushering in an era of unprecedented full employment and prosperity for all Australians. Does McEwenism, derided by the Right and dismantled by the Left have any relevance today.
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ep. 64| Stan Grant | On Identity, indigeneity and community

We welcomed Stan Grant, respected journalist and former ABC Global Affairs and Indigenous Affairs Analyst. In early 2020, Stan released On Identity (Hachette) a book that explores how identity is being hijacked to incite hate. So, why does identity demand a choice between black and white? Tribalism, nationalism and sectarianism are dividing the world into us and them. Stan argues that it is time to leave identity behind and to embrace cosmopolitanism.
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ep. 63| Jordan Williams| What lies ahead for an isolated New Zealand?

We welcome Jordan Williams, executive director and co-founder of the New Zealand Tax Payer’s Alliance. Buoyed by the support of the vast majority of voters, New Zealand had managed to shield itself from Covid-19, but what lies ahead for an isolated New Zealand? With a housing crisis playing out, an imminent interest rate rise and excessive government spending on vanity projects, how is the Ardern Government faring?

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ep. 62| Ehud Yaari | Israel

We welcomed Ehud Yaari. Israel’s status as the only liberal, democratic nation amidst a vast expanse of autocratic and illiberal states is remarkable. So, after Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 years as Prime Minister, what will the new coalition government bring? Can they really hold together with such a slim majority? and how will geopolitical pressures including the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action impact the State?

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ep. 61| William Maley | How a “peace process” went wrong

Salvatore Babones hosted Prof. Maley to discuss the thesis of Afghanistan on the brink of an abyss and the risks Afganistan faces. Whilst the United States is confident it can prevent the re-emergence of terrorism in Afghanistan, could the spectacle of the US abandoning a long-term moderate Muslim ally risks inspiring and reinvigorating anti-Western extremist groups in other nations?

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ep. 60| Stephan Liveria | Bitcoin Volcano

Watch  on YouTube when we welcome podcast host, Bitcoin maximalist and co-founder of Ministry of Nodes, Stephan Liveria. This episode focused on cryptocurrency and decentralised finance. Watch as Monica Wilkie asks Stephan what all this means for the future of Bitcoin?

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ep. 59| Armelle Rebuffe | Bastille Day: Franco-Australian relations

Host Salvatore Babones asks French Consul (Commercial), Armelle Rebuffet, how has covid impacted Franco-Australian business activity and strategy, and just how does an organisation such as BusinessFrance develop relations in the context of travel restrictions and border closures?

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ep. 58| Dr Anthony Dillon | Indigenous ‘truth-telling’ is a falsehood

We welcomed CIS contributor and Australian Catholic University academic, Dr Anthony Dillon. Writing in The Herald Sun recently, Anthony says proponents for truth-telling of Australia’s past selectively advance a sanitised version and are disinterested in inconvenient truths facing Indigenous Australians today. Join us as Glenn Fahey asks how we can promote genuine truth-telling on Indigenous affairs? Does political correctness and cancel culture silence genuine truth-tellers?

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ep. 57| Peter Baldwin | A new dark age? Identity politics and the threat to civilization

We talk to former ALP federal minister and serial social entrepreneur Peter Baldwin about his new online magazine: Politics & Civilization. This week we ask, if liberalism falls will that usher in a ‘new dark age’? If so, what, exactly, will go dark?

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ep. 56| Bob Graham | Can Australia succeed in commercialising science?

How important is basic science for medical research? Why does basic science have to be done here, in Australia? Why can’t we just rely on science done overseas for applications in Australia? What’s the difference between commercialisation and translational medicine? Join Salvatore Babones and Prof Bob Graham as we ask these questions and more as we hear the story of an incredible medical discovery and learn why basic science in the public interest.

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ep. 55| David Goodman | The Communist Party in Chinese society

With their sensationalist, public questioning of Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s private life, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has attracted renewed attention. Some may argue that ICAC must break a few eggs in order to obtain the proverbial, corruption-busting omelet. But, has ICAC gone too far?  Is the rule of law has now been undermined in NSW? Join us with Chris Merritt, vice-president of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia and commentator.

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Season 3 | 17 more episodes here

The third season of On Liberty continued from 15 October 2020. The 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 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 2 | 22 more episodes here

On Liberty Season 2 launched on Thursday 23 July 2020, with guest Janet Albrechtsen. Our weekly live-stream hosted by Salvatore Babones grew and was also hosted by other CIS team members including Monica Wilkie and Simon Cowan. The show was created to encourage our CIS members and other viewers to ask questions, challenge topical news and drive debate. 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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