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The Swanston Explainer

The Swanston Explainer

By The Swanston Gazette

An RMIT podcast investigating the people, topics and issues that will define the 2022 Australian Federal Election.

A collaboration with The Swanson Gazette, a student-run independent media organisation.

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Can AHPRA rein in the Cosmetic Cowboys?
Can AHPRA rein in the Cosmetic Cowboys?
Anecdotal stories of botched cosmetic procedures have periodically appeared in the news. Why is this issue coming to a head now? Tune in with Gabrielle Petracca and Jemina Nuredini to hear more. Series produced by Benita Miciulis and Rebecca Kazmierczak.
15:33
November 07, 2022
No tax for AFL - outdated or contemporary?
No tax for AFL - outdated or contemporary?
The AFL does not pay corporate tax under an exemption clause dating back to 1936. Is this outdated in our commercialised era of sport? Afraa Kori talks to reporter Casey McCarthy. Series produced by Benita Miciulis and Rebecca Kazmierczak.
13:46
November 03, 2022
The uncertain future of Myanmar
The uncertain future of Myanmar
Host Alana Fernandez speaks to reporter Cody Fowler about the uncertain future of Myanmar. Series produced by Benita Miciulis and Rebecca Kazmierczak. 
11:14
October 31, 2022
Who Will Save The Struggling Arts Sector?
Who Will Save The Struggling Arts Sector?
Before Covid-19, Australian music was experiencing an extraordinary growth with a pipeline of talent coming from across the nation. The 2022 federal election provides a unique opportunity for Australian music to pick up from where it left off. It is an opportunity to learn from the Pandemic and build a better, more sustainable, innovative cultural asset , supporting the local artists while fostering new waves of talent and driving the changes to global music industry. By Ben Astell and Yiran Xue Series Producer India Curtain
17:37
May 20, 2022
R WE OK?
R WE OK?
COVID-19 introduced widespread effects, including on Australia's mental health; its impact felt through the effectiveness of mental health services during the pandemic. In our podcast, we explore the support provided to Australians during and after the pandemic, and how each party propose to strengthen our mental health system. By Ethan Benedicto and Rochelle Putnikovic Series Producer Sienna Taylor-Gibson
14:45
May 18, 2022
The Impact of Aged Care on the Federal Election
The Impact of Aged Care on the Federal Election
In the third year of the pandemic, and with an election on the horizon, the safety of aged care services has grown increasingly polarising. With both major parties reacting to the findings of the Royal Commission, and the vulnerability of Australia's elderly under COVID-19, the safety of our seniors may decide the future of the state's leadership.  We talk with experts and analysts at the center of the crisis for their insight on how the partisan responses to aged care safety has rippled through the latest election period. By Tiarna Condren, Tom Cutbush and James Dowling Series Producer India Curtain
11:57
May 16, 2022
Religious Discrimination’s Election Resurrection
Religious Discrimination’s Election Resurrection
Originally a 2019 election commitment, passing a religious discrimination bill proved impossible for the last parliament.  Controversy and criticism from all sides ultimately saw the last attempt at a bill crucified in February this year.  Now, Scott Morrison has resurrected the bill in the last fortnight of the election campaign, making a renewed commitment to faith leaders.  But while Anthony Albanese also supports a bill, he says concerns remain around protections for LGBTQ youth. We spoke to Chris Duke, Convenor of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria’s Church & Nation Committee, and Cian McCulloch, a gay man who had to leave his church community after coming out last year. Both say they’re the victim of rising prejudice in Australia, and want different things from a religious discrimination bill.  So, how does Australia’s next government uphold the rights of all Australians with the next version of the bill?  The Swanston Explainer unpacks the debate. By Anthony Rossignuolo, Isabella Rayner and Mishelle Tongco Series Produer Loughlin Shannon
14:34
May 16, 2022
The Rural Vote
The Rural Vote
The floods, fires and droughts that are fuelled by climate change are affecting the livelihoods of farming families and damaging supply chains. On the other hand however, farming is a major contributor to fossil fuels in our atmosphere. Exploring what the future of climate-friendly farming looks like involves many moving factors and as the globe requires decisive action. As rural communities head to the polls, what can we do as a nation to expedite that outcome? By Bree Mcrae, Rafael Gerster and Ruby Littler Series Producer Alyssa Forato
14:55
May 12, 2022
Unpacking the Uluru Statement
Unpacking the Uluru Statement
The Uluru Statement was gifted to the Australian people as a way for them to vote on giving First Nations Australians a constitutionally enshrined voice in Parliament. That was in 2017 - half a decade on and we still haven't seen the Uluru Statement's goal achieved. We sat down with activist Thomas Mayor to discuss his role with the sacred canvas and what the post-election future might look like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Host: Zoe De Koning Reporter: Patrick Doyle Producer: Joshua Zawa Series Producer + Editor: Harper Pestinger
14:52
May 11, 2022
Covid Crossroads: Australia’s Economic Recovery
Covid Crossroads: Australia’s Economic Recovery
Like 2008’s GFC, the Covid pandemic has been a major economic challenge for the Morrison Government. They say it’s one they’ve overcome, hailing Australia’s incredibly low unemployment as a sign of a successful economic recovery. But Labor says that’s not the full story, with incredibly high inflation creating cost of living challenges for many. So how did we get here, what’s the real story, and what should happen next? We unpack the arguments and economic plans of both major parties with critical analysis from ANZ Bank’s Head of Australian Economics, David Plank & RMIT University Senior Lecturer in Economics, Leonora Risse. By Declan Bailey and Joshua Allen Series Producer & post production by Loughlin Patrick
15:55
May 10, 2022
 'No One Wants to Work These Days' - Aussies Disagree
'No One Wants to Work These Days' - Aussies Disagree
With the unemployment rate at the lowest it's been in 50 years, it seems as though jobs are a topic that's been somewhat pushed aside. However, an increasing number of Australians now find themselves underemployed in their work. It sounds confusing; how can someone be working, but not enough to get by? And isn’t being underemployed better than being unemployed? Tune into this episode to hear what the experts think, how underemployment affects workers today and how your vote in the federal election could influence the future employment landscape of Australia. By Sienna O'Kelly, Grace O'Shea and Jack O'Shea-Ayres Series Producer Alyssa Forato
16:00
May 09, 2022
Australia and Ukraine's Refugee Crisis
Australia and Ukraine's Refugee Crisis
The Federal Government's humanitarian response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine included offering Ukrainian refugees safety in Australia, with special priority given to victims of the conflict. However, critics suggest that Afghan refugees were not given similar priority after the Taliban regained power last August. Does Australia's treatment of Ukrainian refugees amount to a PR exercise in the lead-up to the Federal election? We explore the political frame of this contentious issue and examine its possible impact on election night. By Adam Miller, Tom Meaden and Pete Whelan Series Producer India Curtain
13:32
May 06, 2022
Minor Parties, Major Impact
Minor Parties, Major Impact
There are more than two parties to keep an eye on in the 2022 Federal Election. Many Australians are feeling disenfrachised with the two major parties, and minor parties are generating support through the promotion of specific policy agendas. In this episode, we talk to leader of the United Australia Party, Craig Kelly and leader of the Greens, Adam Bandt. We also speak to voters on why they chose to make the shift towards voting for Australia's minor parties. By Rachel Jackson and Gabriel Mills-Connolly.
13:55
May 04, 2022
Which Party Can Protect Us All?
Which Party Can Protect Us All?
National security has become a forefront topic in Australia due to the immense year of global security concerns that have appeared post-Covid. With mounting aggression toward Ukraine, tensions rising in the South China sea, and a slew of humanitarian issues both at home and abroad, National Security is an important topic leading toward the next election. Listen in to navigate National Security policies within the upcoming election and to form an understanding of which party you think will be best to protect Australia. By Nathan Singe, Amy Upton Stokes and Annelise Ireland. Series Producer Sienna Taylor-Gibson.
14:30
May 04, 2022
Independents: The Unexpected Threat
Independents: The Unexpected Threat
The 2022 Federal Election is predicted by many to be a hung parliament and a growing number of independents are major disrupstors of this once two-party system in Australia. Many of these underdogs are backed by the Climate 200, a group with the hopes of shaking up the status quo through a focus on integrity and climate change policies. We chat to the Independent candidate for Goldstein, Zoe Daniel, about her values, her relationship with Climate 200 and how independents are threatening the security of another Liberal victory. By Lulu Graham, Coco Williams and Jack Langdon Series Producer Harper Pestinger
15:10
May 03, 2022
Does Albo Have What It Takes?
Does Albo Have What It Takes?
Labor Party Leader Anthony Albenese first began his career as a politician 25 years ago but Albo admits that only in recent years, did he decide he wanted to be the next PM. With multiple election setbacks including getting COVID-19, a real threat from the independents and past failures from the Labor Party looming, is Albo’s personality and policy enough to get him over the line? With the election just 3 weeks away and this one being one of arguably high stakes for Australia and the world, who is Anthony Albenese really? Can his past help us to understand how he might act as the future PM? And does the opinions of those who know him reflect how the public know him? By Jackson Haddad, Eliza Freeman and Anthony Hibble. Series Producer Sienna Taylor-Gibson.
11:32
May 03, 2022
Who even is Scott Morrison?
Who even is Scott Morrison?
As this year's Federal Election draws closer, many Aussies are deciding where to place their vote and looking to the campaign trail to help them make this decision. In this podcast, we take a deep dive in to the election strategies Morrison is using to win those votes, unpacking the ways the coalition seeks to continue its term as Australia's Government. We expore the benefits of Morrison's charismatic personality and examine the ways the Federal Budget has been used to win votes. By Tess McCracken and Cloey Nash Series Producer Harper Pestinger
13:37
May 02, 2022
The Tricks and Traps of Marginal Seats
The Tricks and Traps of Marginal Seats
As this year’s election closes in, we take a deep dive into the understandings of the voting system with a direct focus on marginal seats and how effective they are in deciding elections. We discuss the tricks used by parties to help win these ‘Swing seats’ and are given insight by our experts on all the ins and outs of them. Make sure you tune in so you are up to date with all the lingo and hot takes surrounding this years upcoming election! By Olivia Sanders, Eiddwen Jeffery and Joseph Horrigan Series Producer Alyssa Forato
16:18
May 01, 2022
Melbourne's Live Music
Melbourne's Live Music
Since Melbourne has left harsh COVID-19 lock downs, live music venues have struggled to recover from the pandemic. Strict capacity restrictions have live music venues on the ropes struggling to make a profit as most venues cannot operate above 30% capacity due to density limits. Venues are calling to relax density restrictions to ensure their survival.
15:04
August 03, 2021
The Forestry Industry
The Forestry Industry
Worsening bushfires and habitat loss have further highlighted the importance of protecting our forests. In this podcast, we will explore two perspectives on forest management. We interview Patrick Baker, professor of silviculture at the University of Melbourne, on engaging with the land by changing the forest structure and Hailey from WOTCH, a citizen science group who survey the forests for endangered species and lobby against logging.
14:14
July 04, 2021
Unpacking single sex education
Unpacking single sex education
This year, important conversations surrounding mistreatment and abuse of women in Australian parliament and broader society have been the the forefront of media coverage and citizens minds. Various media commentators have attempted to find and pin point the exact causes of this behaviour. Today, Journalist Georgie Carroll speaks to Brigita Hare about the culture in the single sex education sector and gaps in Australian sex and relationships education, to attempt to understand what contributes to and breeds a culture of misogyny in a society.
11:41
June 29, 2021
Navigating Digital Love
Navigating Digital Love
Since the beginning of lockdown in 2020, Tinder’s swipe activity peaked and members’ matches rocketed. Dating apps’ users are willing to spend extra time and money to seek relationships. Is this the new normal for dating in Australia? What are the benefits and harms of this online dating culture? Dive in with journalist Keira Wright and Esther Cheah as they discuss the changing nature of dating in Australia and how to form healthy connections through online dating apps!
15:55
June 27, 2021
What's going on with JobSeeker?
What's going on with JobSeeker?
The ending of the Coronavirus Supplement on March 31 is predicted to significantly affect the lives of over a million Australians who currently receive the JobSeeker payment. The federal government has introduced a permanent fifty dollar per fortnight increase to the JobSeeker rate, but this has been criticised as being grossly inadequate and will still leave these people living well below the poverty line.
15:45
June 25, 2021
Paying for News
Paying for News
Paywalls. Online resources. Print. Radio. Video. The news has evolved and will continue to evolve as long as technology evolves, meaning the journalism and media industry will adapt in order to stay viable. One way this can be seen is paywalls online media outlets have in place, in order to make consumers pay for what they are about to read/see. In this podcast episode we discuss these paywalls and whether news should be paid for, or should be free for all.
12:57
June 15, 2021
Indigenous Representation in the Australian Fashion Industry
Indigenous Representation in the Australian Fashion Industry
Fashion has always played a vital role in indigenous and First Nations culture and heritage, they are however sorely underrepresented in Australia’s fashion industry. In this podcast we discuss the current Australian fashion industry, and have a chat with Indigenous designer Colleen Tighe Johnson and the work she is doing promoting indigenous fashion.
12:15
June 12, 2021
Sex Education for People Living with Disabilities
Sex Education for People Living with Disabilities
Sex education in schools has become recognized as a very important and relevant topic to students' lives as it helps develop a positive and consensual mindset to sex and relationships in that age. However, current education programs rarely or do not accommodate for people living with a disability. Join Akira Bhagawanta and Sara Lilley as they dive deeply into this topic.
12:18
June 08, 2021
Pandemic Student Research Findings
Pandemic Student Research Findings
In a study conducted by Chris Tisdell, an education researcher for the university of Sydney, results found that 1 in 3 students decided to discontinue their university studies in 2020. Tisdell had many interesting thoughts on the subject, and in a conversation between host Blake Gaffiero and Reporter John Thompson, we explore the various reasons why students chose not to study during the pandemic, and what the future of study could look like for students after COVID.
13:22
June 05, 2021
Mental health in lockdown
Mental health in lockdown
RMIT students have faced massive disruptions to their studies over the course of the past year due to Melbourne’s recurrent lockdowns. It’s no secret that the ongoing restrictions can have a detrimental impact on mental health, so exactly what resources are being made available to students seeking mental health support? Join Emma Fitzgerald and Carly Douglas as they look at the supply and demand problem surrounding RMIT’s student support services and question what more can be done in the face of the looming mental health crisis.
13:24
June 01, 2021
Farming for the Future
Farming for the Future
Agriculture is humankind’s oldest business; we’ve been ploughing fields and producing crops for thousands of years. But as the times change, so do the standards of our work. How will farming become sustainable and who has to make the change? ‘Farming for the Future’ takes a deep dive into one of the many alternatives to traditional agriculture. Join Maya and Zak as they discover farming’s next step. The trip will be steep, and the farms will be vertical.
15:19
May 29, 2021
Unpacking Indigenous Incarceration
Unpacking Indigenous Incarceration
Last month there were 4 indigenous deaths in custody within a three week period. Despite the royal commission's report, little has been done to improve the issue. Join in with journalist Mia Gardiner and Kendra Jewell’s discussion as they talk to Aunty Gracelyn Smallwood about the affect on the indigenous community.
12:16
May 25, 2021
Teachers Pest
Teachers Pest
Right now in Australia a national conversation is taking place surrounding sexual harassment and assault. In this episode, Ethan Dean investigates the realities of sexual harassment of teachers at elite private schools. He spoke to Monash's Dr George Variyan, an expert in educational leadership, to explore the processes in place and root causes of harassment by students. Produced by Lauren Formica, hosted by Joel Cripps. 
15:13
May 21, 2021
From Pasture to Petri Dish
From Pasture to Petri Dish
Cultured or 'synthetic' meats are a cutting edge field of agriculture, with lab-grown meat already starting to enter some markets in other parts of the world. In Australia the technology is still new, and in this podcast we discuss the environmental, technological and societal impacts of this burgeoning industry. Join journalists Ada Hall and Veli Donmez as they take a deep dive in to the Cellular Agriculture industry. 
15:55
May 17, 2021
Behind the Screen
Behind the Screen
Late last year, a new form of hacking was predicted to become the most popular form of cyber warfare in 2021. Less than five months into the year, RMIT, Channel 9 and Eastern Health became some of the many organisations to be targeted by cyber criminals who are after one thing: your personal data.  Take a deep-dive into the world of cyber crime with journalists Amelia Hirst and Carla Jaeger, as we learn from the experts how pervasive and damaging this new kind of crime really is.
15:34
May 14, 2021
Dial Up
Dial Up
A story about the resurgence of microcomputers in recent years and the implications this shift might have on the broader personal computing landscape. Exploring potential applications, areas of adoption and technology as a catalyst for change with expert opinion from industry veteran with over 10 years experience in computer engineering roles.
15:08
May 10, 2021
Melbourne Music Scene
Melbourne Music Scene
Since the beginning of the pandemic the arts and music industry has been hit hard. With multiple lockdowns and ongoing restrictions, it has been difficult for so many iconic Melbourne music venues to maintain the vibrant scene that Melbourne has to offer. Now, with COVID-19 being held at bay it appears that Melbourne is in a pretty position and possibly Melbourne is the live music capital of the world. So how are venues fairing now? What’s changed? And what needs to change moving forward? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @swan_explainer, new episodes released every Tuesday and Friday
12:01
May 07, 2021
Trailer
Trailer
RMIT Journalist’s new podcast The Swanston Explainer! Join us every Tuesday and Friday as we ask questions about Melbourne and surrounds. For updates follow us on socials @swan_explainer on Twitter and Instagram
01:30
May 04, 2021