“The Week on Wednesday” with Van Badham & Ben Davison
Episode 10: a jobless jobs plan, a new McCarthyism and Victoria is the place to be

Episode 10: a jobless jobs plan, a new McCarthyism and Victoria is the place to be

October 21, 2020

Ben breaks down the Morrison government's failure to create jobs while more jobs are destroyed but billions are go out the door in tax cuts... Van explores ugly attacks on Australians of Chinese heritage in a senate committee... and - after 100 days of lockdown - it turns out Victoria is a better place to be than Paris!

Also, our dog Germanicus bumps into stuff. A lot.

Episode 9: Daryl and Gladys go to ICAC,The Murdoch empire & Trump can’t stay at the YMCA

Episode 9: Daryl and Gladys go to ICAC,The Murdoch empire & Trump can’t stay at the YMCA

October 14, 2020

Van takes us through what is happening in NSW with the Premier, the former MP and a corruption inquiry that has shown us a whole different side of Gladys.  Ben looks at the civil war within the Murdoch Empire as well as the pressure building from outside.
The good news is that disco will never die even despite Trump's attempt to kill it.
And Germanicus is unsure about the casual nature of that passerby.....

Episode 8: The Budget, chaos in Trump World and the good news about mangroves

Episode 8: The Budget, chaos in Trump World and the good news about mangroves

October 7, 2020

Van gives us the scoop on the chaos in Trump World, Ben breaks down the what the federal budget REALLY means and theres good news about mangroves and justice.
Also Germanicus makes lots of weird noises....

Episode 7: The Trump vs Biden debate, cuts for 3.5 million Australians and is Morrison sending troops to the docks?

Episode 7: The Trump vs Biden debate, cuts for 3.5 million Australians and is Morrison sending troops to the docks?

September 30, 2020

Van Badham reviews the most strange Presidential debate in living memory, Ben takes us through the cuts facing 3.5 millions Australians on Jobkeeper and Jobseeker, Van & Ben are horrified at the Morrison government potentially sending troops to the docks while the workers are still negotiating and people in Tasmania save 109 whales!

Episode 6: Payday loans, an end to the drought and the Notorious RBG

Episode 6: Payday loans, an end to the drought and the Notorious RBG

September 23, 2020

Van explains just why the death of a single Supreme Court judge brings a powerful new dynamic to the American election, and Ben takes on the financial exploitation of pay-day lending in Australia.  All with some good news at the end.

Episode 5: Its a gas! Morrison’s “scam” plan, Victoria starts to reopen and are we making all the animals extinct?

Episode 5: Its a gas! Morrison’s “scam” plan, Victoria starts to reopen and are we making all the animals extinct?

September 16, 2020

Shadow Environment and Water Minister Terri Butler joins Van and Ben to discuss the Morrison government's attempts to undermine environmental protection while simultaneously making it harder to develop and create jobs.  Which leads to a startling revelation about Australia leading a race that no one wants to win.

Van and Ben discuss the "gas plan" and the good news is that Victoria is starting to reopen!

Episode 4: Of Workers, Kids, Sporting People - and Scenes from the War on Daniel Andrews

Episode 4: Of Workers, Kids, Sporting People - and Scenes from the War on Daniel Andrews

September 9, 2020

What's really happening in Victoria?

Why are Morrison and the Jims mowing guy attacking Dan Andrews?

Sports Rorts are heating up again

A look at the child protection situation in WA

Australian Unions have launched their new campaign : For the workers

And the good news is a bank won't be accepting climate denialism anymore.

This is The Week on Wednesday

Episode 3:The economy is in the toilet and Frydenburg ain’t got a plan

Episode 3:The economy is in the toilet and Frydenburg ain’t got a plan

September 2, 2020

We discuss the GDP figures, the Frydenberg tantrums, the Morrison government lack of a plan for the economy, some good news on renewable energy jobs and some more good news on early childhood education.
Plus Germanicus, our dog, sooks a lot.

Episode 2: Branch stacking, superannuation and Andrew Giles reports from Canberra

Episode 2: Branch stacking, superannuation and Andrew Giles reports from Canberra

August 26, 2020

Van Badham and Ben Davison discuss the Liberal Party branch stacking scandal, the economic threat to jobs and the Morrison government undermining people's retirement by making people empty their super to survive the COVID crisis.

Van and Ben are joined, from the parliament in Canberra, by Andrew Giles MP, Member for Scullin, Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Shadow Minister assisting for Immigration and Citizenship.

They discuss the economic impacts of the crisis, what's happening during this sitting and a possible cut to environmental protections by the Morrison government.

Episode 1: “Simps, privatisation and baby whales” (19/08/2020)

Episode 1: “Simps, privatisation and baby whales” (19/08/2020)

August 19, 2020

Van and Ben discuss whether Scott Morrison is a simp, how privatisation is undermining Australia and Van makes a squealy noise about cute baby whales.

Special guest: Germanicus, our dog.

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