Beyond Your Command: Youth Activism Today
On the streets, on the airwaves and online – a new generation of young Australian activists are speaking up and demanding action on climate change, Indigenous self-determination, queer rights and more.
In this conversation, we'll hear from leading young Australian voices across intersecting political movements. They’ll discuss the tide of youth activism sweeping many parts of the globe, and the…
11 We Lived as a Nation
The men demonstrate their improvised well — Photo: Michael Green
‘Twenty four days we lived as a nation … The only way I can describe [it] is that we were a nation.’– Abdul Aziz Muhamat
The detention centre on Manus Island might be closed, but Aziz – and the vast majority of the men who were held there – remain on the island, living in three different centres.
By early 2019, Aziz is well into his sixth year, waiting. In that time, he’s felt free for only a few weeks – those few weeks when the immigration detention system disintegrated around him.
In this episode, The Messenger returns to late 2017, and the crucial period when Australia shut down the Manus Regional Processing Centre and the men refused to leave. We take you inside the centre as the standoff unfolds. There are no guards, no caseworkers, no immigration officials – and no food, water, medicine or electricity.
Aziz and his friends are in charge. How did they survive? And why did they stay?Transcript
A transcript of this episode is coming soon.
• 'No Exit: The ongoing abuses of Australia’s refugee policy' by Michael Green, Harper's Magazine, July 2018
Abdul Aziz MuhamatMichael Green Behrouz Boochani Benham Satah Poli Boas Clarence Parisau Michael Kuweh
Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode includes 'Unrest' by Adrian Klumpes, 'La Mer' by Pivot, 'Southeast of Boston' by June of 44, 'Out with the Cold' by Kaffe Matthews, 'Rhodes Viola Multiple' by Keith Fullerton Whitman, '1.3'by Piano Magic, 'Passages' by Bowery Electric, 'Shine' by Klara Lewis and 'Iberia Eteria' by Biosphere.
The Messenger is a co-production of Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre. It’s produced by Michael Green, André Dao, Hannah Reich and Bec Fary, with Jon Tjhia and Sophie Black at the Wheeler Centre.
Narration by Michael Green. With reporting by Abdul Aziz Muhamat. Transcription by Claire McGregor, Carolyn Turner, Tiarne Cook, Julia Earley and many more. This episode was edited and mixed by Michael Green and Jon Tjhia.
Books and Ideas at Montalto
In previous Quarterly Essays, David Marr has turned his merciless pen to powerful men of the establishment: George Pell, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten. In his new biographical essay, however, Marr’s subject is a self-styled populist outlier and a woman: Pauline Hanson.
As Australian political figures go, they don’t come much more colourful than Hanson. Her divisive speeches and curious catchphrases are etched into the memories of many Australians, from the maiden speech to Parliament (‘we are in danger of being swamped by Asians’) to the famous response to the question of xenophobia on 60 Minutes (‘Please explain?’). Then there was the prison stint, the Dancing with the Stars stint, and the extraordinary recent comeback. The former fish-and-chips shop owner is both loved and loathed. And she’s a serious threat to both major parties, with climbing national approval figures.
Today, Hanson has much in common with other anti-immigration, protectionist and populist political figures gaining traction across the world. At Montalto, David Marr joins Sally Warhaft to discuss Pauline Hanson and the uniquely Australian strain of the politics of resentment.
Behrouz Boochani Wins the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature
The winners of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced tonight at a ceremony at MPavilion in Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne.
Only Human: 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
In December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, setting out a standard of basic rights and freedoms inherent and inalienable to all human beings across the globe.
Seventy years later, we look back on this revolutionary moment and reflect on the status and progress of human rights today. Our panel of experts, including Ruth Barson, Nyadol…
The Show of the Year 2018: Steph Tisdell
Each year – for our Show of the Year – we bring together a range of writers, performers, artists and comedians to help you reflect, review and revel in the year that was. And 2018 was no exception!
Recalling the leadership spill in September, Steph Tisdell takes on our political representatives: 'We're going to have cars that drive themselves, but…
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