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Episode 272 – The Archibald and other criticisms

In this episode we discuss:

  • The merits of the 2021 Archibald Prize winner;
  • Restrictions on ABC bias;
  • How the right and left agree on China;
  • How McKinsey consultants recommend controlling Covid-19 as a first step to saving the economy;

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Episode 271 – Lockdown Polls, Less Educated Voters and Hidden Agendas

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why Trump will not replace RBG before the election;
  • What the polls say about Australians reaction to the lockdowns;
  • Why the Chief Health Officer is in charge;
  • How education levels affect voter intention;
  • The hidden agendas of lobby groups;

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Episode 270 – Sky News, Rowan Dean and Hydroxychloroquine

In this episode, we briefly discuss shutdowns before moving on to discuss media bias at Sky News and The Spectator and the difficulty of finding trustworthy news sources.

Guess what?  – lockdowns work

You can argue they are not worth the economic cost, you can argue they are not worth the lifestyle cost,

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Episode 269 – Handcuffs and Roadmaps

In this episode we discuss the woman handcuffed in her pyjamas, the Victorian roadmap, the trade off between health and the economy and the inability of modern Labor to defend superannuation.

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Episode 268 – A Black Mass in Noosa

In this episode, we speak to Robin Bristow about the reaction to his proposed Black mass in Noosa

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Episode 267 – Clive Palmer, QAnon and The Commons

In this episode we discuss Clive Palmer, QAnon and The Commons.

Clive Palmer and WA

What is going on?

From Crikey

Will WA’s extraordinary measures against Clive Palmer pay off?

Western Australia has used its legislative power to get itself out of a very bad bargain.

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Episode 266 – Book Club with Peter

Peter and Trevor discuss a range of fiction and non-fiction books that  IFVG listeners might want to read.

 

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)
  2. The Canon of Scripture by FF Bruce (1988)
  3. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (160-180 CE)
  4. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig (1974)
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)
  6. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (1874)
  7. A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan (1989)
  8. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
  9. 1984 or Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945 &

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Episode 265 – Jim, Josh, Godfrey and Yanis

Who are Jim, Josh, Godfrey and Yanis and what did they do or say?

Presenter quits after BBC defends use of N-word in report

From The Guardian

BBC radio presenter has quit his job after the corporation defended its decision to broadcast the N-word in a television news broadcast.

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Episode 264 – Victorian Lockdown and Nursing Homes

We look at the Victorian lockdown and proposals for protecting the vulnerable in nursing homes.

If you are sick of Covid talk you can fast forward to the 38:44 mark.

Feedback from Episode 263

Waz annoyed and frustrated a few people.

From Craig

You did a valiant job on the Covid discussion in the last podcast in the face of the challenges of the Beer Sponsor and 12th Man.

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Episode 263 – Elimination or Suppression

In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of an elimination strategy for Covid-19 in Australia, the usefulness of masks, the special treatment of Danii Minogue, the cancellation of Martina Navratilova and a protestor in New York who wants to refund the police.

It’s bad, but not so bad

From the Reserve bank

Statement May 2020

The Australian economy is expected to record a contraction in GDP of around 10 per cent over the first half of 2020;

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Episode 262 – Cancel Culture

In this episode, we discuss Kanye, Elon Musk, Hong Kong, The Himalayas and Hillsong before eventually getting around to cancel culture and JK Rowling.

Let’s start with a positive story

From ABC news

I was unsure what we nurses would experience at Melbourne’s public housing towers,

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Episode 261 – Victorian Shutdown and Branch Stacking

Victoria

Back to square 1.

Soviet-style public housing.

What is it with hairdressers?

From The Conversation

States are shutting their borders to stop coronavirus. Is that actually allowed?

Movement of people and goods across state borders in Australia is guaranteed by the Constitution. 

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Episode 260 – 5 Years of Podcasting

Today we briefly celebrate 5 years of podcasting and then move on to discuss contemporary topics.

Who are we?

Paul, a bike riding music loving libertarian English Teacher, with a keen interest in Japan and China who is looking for love and as elder statesman of our group he represents the Baby Boomers.

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Episode 259 – The Jakarta Method

In this episode, Trevor does a solo review of a new book called The Jakarta Method by Vincent Bevins.

Intro

For 70 years we have been subjected to pro US propaganda. They won the war, they helped the countries they defeated, they defeated communism and they encouraged the world to pursue freedom and democracy.

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Episode 258 – Grassroots Censorship

In this episode, we discuss indigenous spokespersons, grassroots censorship and Scott Morrison’s latest cock-ups.

Feedback from Last Week

From Graeme (Who is a patron)

Disappointed that you indulged in a popular pastime of white fellas, of making sweeping generalisations about Australian Aboriginals without actually involving an Australian Aboriginal.

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Episode 257 – Black Lives Matter in Australia

In this episode, we look at indigenous incarceration in Australian and the recent protests.

Our Spiked Discussion

OK, Trevor was wrong to say Spiked is funded by the Koch brothers and should have said Spiked has received donations from the Koch brothers.

Prepare to be challenged

Dear Left leaning friends.

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Episode 256 – American Riots and Covid-19 Shutdowns

Intro

What’s Wrong with America by The Relatives live at The Bell House

George Floyd.

A summary

America is still lynching black men. Except now they use their knees and the people doing are police in broad daylight. Imagine what goes on behind closed doors.

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Episode 255 – China China China

Due to history and culture, the Chinese think differently to us. In this episode, we look at the background events and influences that have shaped the Chinese.

Why do a podcast on China?

From John Menadue blog

Recent articles in Pearls and Irritations,

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Episode 254 – Trade Sanctions and Forseeable Harm

This Morrison government knows nothing about business, diplomacy or democracy.

This is getting serious now

This hopeless Morrison government fucked up the Covid 19 economic rescue (money to companies without asking if they are in trouble, big money to job seeker which encouraged employers to sack employees and then big money to job keeper but too late (employees already sacked) and job keeper is paid in arrears so cashflow makes it unworkable),

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Episode 253 – Shaeleen interviews Trevor

In this episode, Shaeleen asks Trevor about his life, the podcast and the state of the world today.

 

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Episode 252 – Free Speech Limits, Murdoch Influence and China’s Democracy

In a series of debates Trevor tries unsuccessfully to convince Paul that free speech should be curtailed when it is dangerous, the ABC should not allow Murdoch journalists any more air time, Greg Sheridan is a fool, Murdoch journalists have to toe the party line or be sacked,

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Episode 251 – Both China and the USA threatened Australia

 

In the same week, we learned that China threatened us with economic sanctions for wanting a coronavirus inquiry and the USA threatened our alliance if we refused to sign the TPP.

Guess which threat got more publicity.

The Afghanistan War: Australia’s longest running deception

A well-researched article.

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Episode 250 – Anzac Day 2020

In this episode, I present a secular Anzac Day ceremony for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own driveway.

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Episode 249 – Freedom is just another word for – I need to eat

According to The Fist, many Americans are demanding the freedom to work because they are broke and they know that no-one is going to help them.

Why Does Trevor Bang on about America

Because it is more interesting. When an authoritarian regime like China fucks people it’s just plain obvious.

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Episode 248 – Does the Abrahamic God exist?

In this episode, Hugh Harris and Matthew Su debate the existence of the Abrahamic God.

 

After the podcast, Matthew kindly provided a transcript of his opening 10-minute address.

The ‘Cosmological Argument’- a non-technical presentation

Good evening!

Intro

I’d like to thank our host,

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Episode 247 – Secularism, Assisted Dying and China

Unfortunately, the audio quality of this episode is not up to our usual standard.

If you haven’t listened to us before, please check out the earlier episodes to get a feel for our normal standards.

In this episode, we speak to Peter Monk about secularism.

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Episode 246 – Dr Steven Hail explains currency and deficits

The Morrison government has announced a massive spending program and many Australians may be asking if we can afford it.

This podcast will answer that question.

We begin the podcast with an interview with Dr Steven Hail. Steven is a modern monetary theory (MMT) economist and in the interview we discuss:

  • Why the budget of our federal government (as an issuer of currency) should not be compared to a household or business budget.

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Episode 245 – COVID-19 revives the idea of the common good

Massive Changes in Society are coming because … we now know there is such a thing as society. The common good is important.

Left-wing socialist ideas are suddenly in vogue.

I previously said Australia won’t change till it feels some pain. Well, we will experience plenty of pain over the next 2 years.

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Episode 244 – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In this episode, we touch elbows on COVID-19.

Facts from the ABC

Morrison  his poll numbers are up

Politicians love a disaster that they can’t be blamed for. Newspoll shows Morrison is up 3% and Albanese is down 3%. This after a disastrous sports rorts affair.

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Episode 243 – Frank Jordan

In this episode, we speak to Frank Jordan about his campaign to become the next Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

Frank Jordan

Candidate for Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

Coronavirus and the Economy

After the 2019 election, we did say that it might have been a good election to lose.

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Episode 242 – Bettina Arndt and other Milkshake Ducks

In this episode, we catch up on news and political events from the last few weeks.

Coronavirus

It doesn’t look good.

From the Michael West blog.

Saudi Arabia stops Mecca pilgrimage, Japan shuts its schools, 80 per cent of Chinese exports are on lock down. 

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Episode 241- Corporate Power

In this episode, we discuss corporate power in Australia and debunk some myths about risk-taking and innovation in the private sector.

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Episode 240 – Noosa Satanist and Marketing the Messiah

In this episode, I speak to Robin about the Noosa Satanists and Cam about his new movie called Marketing The Messiah.

Here is the link where you can buy tickets to Cam’s film.

 

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Episode 239 – It’s the economy, stupid

The Left should promote progressive social policies but to win an election it must first convince voters that conservatives have ruined the economy.

PM’s Office says Auditor General is wrong

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Wake up, Australia: the government is shattering the rule of law

From Crikey

Whether Morrison and his gang are aware of the damage they are doing is unclear,

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Episode 238 – The Origins of Our Morals

Where do our morals come from?

Some conservatives say we owe a lot to the Judeo-Christian tradition. They say that without it we would not enjoy our wonderful civilisation.

In this episode, the panel examines the origins and merits of our moral codes.

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Episode 237 – “We Were Here First” is not a great argument.

According to Proudhon, all property is either claimed or seized and the argument ” We were here first” is no better than “We are taking this off you”.

Australia Day

See episode 213 for a full discussion of our thoughts on indigenous matters.

If you support the idea of Invasion Day,

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Episode 236 – Bible Study for Atheists

In this episode, we discuss the Bible as a historical document.

Throughout the episode, Trevor refers to a book called Nailed by David Fitzgerald.

Compare Jesus Vs Julius Caesar

The first century is considered one of the best documented periods in ancient history. This raises 2 issues.

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Episode 235 – Return Bushfire Donations and introduce a Wealth Tax

The Bushfire relief donations by the super-wealthy are a cheap alternative to a wealth-tax.

Anti-Scomo rallies

Thousands came out to protest.

The Weekend Australian and The Sunday Mail had nothing while Saturday’s The Courier Mail had a small article tucked away near page 7.

Your uncle Tony has forgiven Scomo and is now pissed that you keep complaining.

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Episode 234 – Bush Fires and Media Bias

 

In this episode: Bushfires, Media bias, Scomo or Smoko, Fireworks displays, Barnaby Joyce, Media Bias, the NZ volcano and Palace-chook.

The theme of this episode and this podcast for 2020.

Be aware of hidden agendas. Question your sources of information. A lot of people and a lot of media don’t care about the truth.

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Episode 233 – Brexit, the EU and domestic nutters

This is the second half of our discussion with Mark. We discussed Brexit, the EU and some recent Australian political events.

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Episode 232 – From Russia With Love

Mark joins us in the studio. We start by bemoaning the latest draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill and then delve into all things Russian.

The Religious Discrimination Act – 2nd Draft

The new Bill makes it clear the religious organisations may “preference” staff who share their faith,

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Episode 231 – Media Bias and Ridiculing Religion

Thanks to media bias and other factors, politicians can now get away with murder. Plus we look at Australian attitudes towards ridiculing religion.

Angus Taylor

Mr Taylor insisted in Parliament that he relied on a document downloaded from the City of Sydney website when he claimed the council spent $15.9 million on travel for its councillors when the real costs were less than $6,000.

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Episode 230 – Old thoughts rehashed

I am in Sydney and have no time to record a fresh podcast so here are some highlights from 2017.

There will be no Livestream this week.

Cheers

The Fist

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Episode 229 – Dark Emu and Labor Party Meetings

 

Does Dark Emu misrepresent early explorers and what is it like at local Labor Party branch meetings?

Today we will expand upon our Indigenous episode #213 from 30 July 2019 but before we do …

Qantas Hostie and Racism

Will.i.am accuses a Qantas hostie of racism.

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Episode 228 – The Left has a Wokeness problem

The Right is painting the Left as a bunch of woke idiots.

Bushfires

Politicians love disasters. It should be easy brownie points. That’s why that get really pissed when someone tries to interrupt with questions about policy.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack on Monday said the Greens were “inner-city raving lunatics”

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Episode 227 – Don’t trust Scomo, 4 Corners or Pinker

Our Orwellian Prime Minister has accused protesters of being … Orwellian. And in other news, we look at hidden agendas and BS artists.

2:29 The Melbourne Cup

A surprising number of people bet regularly on horse races.

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4:29 Mt Warning

Activists who’ve campaigned for years to end climbing at Mt Warning saying the recent closure of Uluru has given them the momentum they need to make it happen.

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Episode 226 – Uluru, Venezuela and China

In this episode, we are joined by Archer to discuss climbing Uluru, Venezuela and Chinese influence in Australian Universities.

Uluru
An ethical consistency test

Dear listener. We have a little test on your ethical positions.

Does religious nonsense annoy you? Are you sick of undeserved respect demanded by religious leaders for their superstitious beliefs?

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Episode 225 – The top 1% and the bottom 70% and Satanists march in Noosa

Satanists prepare to march in Noosa and Christians are worried. The top 1% of Australians own 70% of the wealth and no-one cares. The emissions of one cow equal driving the average car for 12,500 km.

1:21 Robin Bristow and the Noosa Satanists

What will happen on Hastings St?

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Episode 224 – Korea, Extinction Rebellion and Surveys

In this episode of the podcast, we delve into the Korean War and then discuss Extinction Rebellion, the Morrison theocracy, opinion surveys and corporate ethics.

2:30 Korea

Cam Reilly.

Here is his web site The Podcast Network.

Currently producing 5 weekly podcasts:

  1. The BS Filter,

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Episode 223 – Renewable Energy

In this episode we discuss the cost of renewable energy and whether Australia can have stable power supply relying 100% on renewable energy.

2:12 The Great Debate
14:45 Dean Stretton
17:30 Was the Climate Poll Too Binary?
19:30 Do we care?
30:41 Renewables or Coal
53:38 Lionel Shriver
1:04:59 Donald Trump threatens to ‘obliterate’

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Submission on the Draft Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 by Dean Stretton

Dean Stretton is a Sydney Barrister with an interest in Religious Discrimination Law.

Click here to access a pdf version of Dean Stretton’s submission regarding the draft Religious Discrimination Bill 2019.

 

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Episode 222 – China, Greta, Prorogue and Impeachment

The strange relationship between left and right and attitudes to climate change.

2:37 Happy 70th Anniversary to the Chinese Communists

It’s 70 years since Mao declared an end to the humiliation.

9:55 China USA Priorities

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From Newspoll

Coal-loving Morrison scolds China over emissions

From Jeff Sparrow in Crikey

If chutzpah was combustible,

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Episode 221 – Religion, Free Speech and Greta Thunberg

In this episode, we discuss religion, free speech and Greta Thunberg.

2:08 Morrison in America
Flexing

“The easiest thing for me to do is to say knock out 15 sites in Iran and that would be a very bad day for Iran,’ he said.

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Episode 220 – Smug Morrison, Riverfire and Support Clowns

Scott Morrison has realized he can get away with it. Riverfire should not be cancelled. And we offer an interesting option to consider should you face a tough meeting at work.

3:05 Jacinta Price

Scott, Paul and Craig went to see her at a public event.

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Episode 219 – Cashless Cards, Tamils, Penises and Brexit

No other podcast would attempt to explain cashless cards, Tamil refugee status, offensive penises and the history of Brexit going back to 6500 BC.

1:40 Deep Throat

William Mark Felt Sr. (August 17, 1913 – December 18, 2008) was an American law enforcement officer who worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1942 to 1973 and was known for his role in the Watergate scandal.

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Politicians Must Disclose Their Religion

Politicians Must Disclose Their Religion

“The Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 has the unintended consequence of requiring all federal MPs to disclose their religious belief” said Trevor Bell, retired lawyer and secular commentator.

“The proposed laws will grant significant privileges to religious bodies. If a politician is a member of a religion then that conflict of interest must be disclosed.”

At the moment,

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Episode 218 – The Religious Discrimination Bill 2019

In this episode, we examine the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019.

The Religious Discrimination Bill 2019

We start off with a quick look at the important sections.

20:12 The Iron Fist thoughts on how to argue against the Bill

We don’t need any Religious Discrimination Bill because:

  1. Religious People are not discriminated against.

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Episode 217 – From NSW Abortion Law to Ho Chi Minh

In this episode, we discuss NSW Abortion Law, Pell, Fascist laws, Iranian oil tankers , the US Empire and Ho Chi Minh. Our live stream worked perfectly and we were able to talk to Caitlin about NSW abortion law and Cam Reilly about Ho Chi Minh.

Berejiklian delays abortion vote to calm furious conservative MPs

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has given in to her conservative MPs and told them she wants the abortion vote in the upper house delayed for several more weeks.

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Episode 216 – The US Dollar and other myths

In this episode, we have a crack at explaining how the US dollar replaced gold as the default currency.

Religious Privilege Rally

Only about 200

We let them pick our fruit

Pacific island nations affected by the climate crisis will continue to survive “because many of their workers come here to pick our fruit”,

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Episode 215 – China and the looming NSW theocracy

Hopefully we won’t be swatted

Barely two weeks after winning $3m at the Fortnite World Cup, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf was “swatted” in the middle of a livestreaming session.

The 16-year-old was broadcasting to his legion of fans on streaming platform Twitch as he played Fortnite with friends when the incident occurred.

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Episode 214 – A Successful Livestream with Hugh Harris

In our first successful livestream we discuss 19 different topics and enjoy the contrary views of Hugh Harris. It’s a long one.

Falou – another twist in the saga
Josiah is sacked – by a private religious school

From The Australian

A cousin of sacked rugby international Israel Folau has been removed from his teaching job at a Catholic high school in Sydney’s south after calling the church’s mass a “paganistic ritual rooted in heresy,

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Episode 213 – A Podcast to Indigenous Australians

Hello

I am asking if any indigenous spokesperson would be willing to be interviewed for my podcast.

My co-hosts and I produce a weekly podcast looking at news, politics and current affairs and we occasionally discuss Indigenous issues.

Our views are usually left-wing. We support higher taxes,

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Episode 212 – Calombaris, Grandfathering and Forgotten Classes

Calombaris has done a Falou, Falou’s sect is bonkers, Section 44, Iranian tanker swap, inequality, grandfathering, class distinctions and our thoughts on Indigenous issues for next week’s special episode.

1:45 It’s 50 Years Since the Moon Walk

July 20, 1969. Two men walk on the moon. The Earth stands still.

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Episode 211- Live Streaming to a Brave New World

In this episode we attempted our first Livestream. We had a lot of problems with buffering but it worked very well once we switched over to tethering off our mobile phones so I’m declaring it a successful experiment.

2:06 Queensland – Cue banjo music

LNP state convention.

Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington says she would consider a resolution passed at the LNP state convention to establish an “Office of Science Quality Assurance”.

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Episode 210 – The Persecuted Are In Charge

Another week under the Morrison theocracy.

Following up from last week

When will Americans realize “We’re Not the Good Guys”? A good summary of US aggression and hypocrisy.

On Incarceration. The 12th Man was not happy with Iran incarcerating atheists. What about Alabama where they try to  incarcerate pregnant women for being shot?

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Episode 209 – Iran, China, the Morrison Theocracy and Falou 101

A planned brief discussion over Iran morphed into a heated discussion over Iran and China and nuclear weapons. We then get back on track with discussions over the budding Morrison Theocracy, Tax, Christopher Pyne, Accounting firms, Falou and Deep Throat.

4:43 Secular Drinks

It was a big success.

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Episode 208 – Loriana Luccioni and Universal Basic Income

In this episode, we talk to Loriana Luccioni about Universal Basic Income.

Loriana Luccioni is a PhD student at the University of Queensland. After completing degrees in Psychology and Sociology, Loriana has graduated with a Master of Science in European and Comparative Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science,

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Episode 207 – More Free Speech and Ethical Conundrums

Somehow we combine The Lord’s Prayer, Iran, New Zealand, Assange, Chelsea, Setka, Sinatra, Falou, De Belin, Mr Anderson, Gas Royalties and Workplace Fingerprinting into another compelling episode.

1:49 Led not into temptation: The Pope approves a change to the Lord’s Prayer

Now Pope Francis has risked the wrath of traditionalists by approving a change to the wording of the Lord’s Prayer.

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Episode 206 – Religion in Qld Schools and 1984 in 2019

Everything you need to know about religion in Queensland schools plus Orwellian AFP raids.

Alison Courtice from Queensland Parents for Secular State Schools

We last spoke to Alison on episode 104 on the 13th of July 2017.

Alison gave us a great explanation of the latest news and developments regarding religious instruction in Qld state schools?

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Episode 205 – Peter Monk from the NSL

Lots of secular and religious news in this episode.

2:27 The National Secular Lobby

We start off by interviewing  Peter Monk, the president of the National Secular Lobby.

31:59  Metcalfe’s Law

The secular community needs to apply Metcalfe’s Law.

Metcalfe’s law states the effect of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n2).

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Episode 204 – Secularism, Coal Mines and Death by Capitalism

Secularism, Coal Mines and Death by Capitalism.

2:45 Three Cheers for the NSL

NSL Ambassadors and executive met with the ABC Managing Director David Anderson, and Editorial Director Craig McMurtrie, to discuss the need for a “secular voice.” 

Jane Caro,

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Episode 203 – It’s Not The End of The World

Left-leaning public intellectuals cannot empathise with “white working class trash”. They have taken a leaf from Hilary’s playbook and think of them as a basket of deplorables. That is not going to work.

Don’t they know, it’s the end of the world?

WTF happened?

Saturday night I recorded myself –

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Episode 202 – Election thoughts and ethical conundrums

After a slow start, this episode warms up nicely.

4:42  Both parties to provide bank guarantees for first home buyers

Oh FFS. More money for baby boomers and Millennials get screwed again. Locking millennials into impossible loans is not the way to go.

11:39  Senate Ballot Paper

It’s hard to find 6 worthy parties.

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Episode 201 – Harris Sultan – Founder of Ex Muslim Atheist

In this episode of the podcast, we speak to Harris Sultan.

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Harris was born on December 26, 1983 in Lahore, Pakistan. He is an actor and talent agent, known for Sea Patrol (2007), Neighbours (1985) and Utopia (2014).

He has written a book – The Curse of God – Why I left Islam.

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Episode 200 – Justin Murray the Humanist Chaplain

In this episode, we speak to Justin Murray, the Humanist Chaplain who has been rejected by the Defence Force because he is not from an approved religion.

2:25 Pre-poll Voting
5:16 Anzac Day Review

Hello Trevor,

Can I present my nominee for ‘Most Religious Dawn Service?’

2 hymns,

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Episode 199 – Pentecostals, Pirate Party and Political Donations

We discuss Scott Morrison’s Pentecostal beliefs, Pirate Party policies and Political Donations.

2:28   Scott Morrison invites media into Pentecostal church amid election campaign ‘truce’

That could backfire.

From James Boyce in The Monthly.

Pentecostalism is, in fact, the perfect faith for a conviction politician without convictions.

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Episode 198 – Samford Atheists, Falou and Assange

A big welcome to all of the Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists and Idolaters.

2:31 Anzac Day

It’s coming up on the 25th of April.

Paul from Samford Atheists had trouble getting permission to lay a wreath.

He received this email.

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Episode 197 – Scare Campaigns, Batteries and Harry

According to conservatives, a Labor victory will be the end of the world or at least the end of the weekend. Meanwhile, Morrison burns cash and we discuss Taiwan and car batteries.

3:33 It will be the end of the world, don’t they know?

Terry McCrann says Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen have made it official and fully public: Labor has a two-stage strategy to destroy Australia.

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Episode 196 – Whispering Beta Males and Alpha Billionaires

It’s time for females and whispering beta males to get together and deal with alpha billionaires.

o:01 Back in Black?
2:03 Kenan Malik was in Brisbane

But he was a bit flat and lacking energy.

4:04 Landon Hardbottom

Landon sent us a message.

5:11 The Goodness paradox by Richard Wrangham

In this “Budget Special”

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Episode 195a – The mp4a version

Ok, bear with me. This is episode 195 but using a mp4a file which hopefully enables the chapter marks that I refer to in the podcast. Fingers crossed.

Fist.

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Episode 195 – NRA and DNA and MLAs

Cue the banjo music. NSW to exhume Joh Bjelke-Peterson and offer him a place in the Upper House where he will feel right at home.

NSW falls in love with the Shooters Party. Mark Latham gets a seat in the Legislative Council. All this in a State with the highest proportion of “NO”

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Episode 194 – Christchurch and Egg Boy

Christchurch and the issues of Identity, Incels, Jacinda Ardern, 8chan and Egg Boy.
White Terrorism in Christchurch

His manifesto:

Claiming to represent “millions of European and other ethno-nationalist peoples”, he said “we must ensure the existence of our people, and a future for white children”.

The gunman described the attack as an act of “revenge on the invaders for the hundreds of thousands of death caused by foreign invaders in European lands throughout history … for the enslavement of millions of Europeans taken from their lands by the Islamic slavers … (and) for the thousands of European lives lost to terror attacks throughout European lands.”

He said the attack was also inspired by a trip he took to France in 2017.

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Episode 193 – Hugh Harris on Politics, Religion and Sex

Hugh Harris joins the podcast to discuss Politics, Religion and Sex in Australia.

0:56 The 8th of March was International Women’s Day

What better way to celebrate than to get the opinion of another white privileged heterosexual male … Hugh Harris.

1:58 Celia Hammond

It could be worse.

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Episode 192 – Catholics, Human Rights, Evolution and Ita

The Catholic Church and the Morrison Government compete to produce more scandals than we can handle.

2:28 Voluntary Assisted Dying

From DWDQ:

Just two Labor MPs decided against supporting the abortion decriminalisation bill in the end with one choosing to abstain.

It meant Labor did not need the LNP to pass its bill.

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Episode 191 – Voluntary Assisted Dying in Qld

The Queensland Parliament is considering introducing Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation and has set up an inquiry into End of Life choices.

Dying With Dignity Queensland Inc (DWDQ) wants you to understand the issues and hopefully make a submission requesting that VAD laws be introduced.

In this episode of the podcast we interview Phil Browne,

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Episode 190 – Erik Mostert

An interview with Erik Mostert about the source of moral belief and Erik’s theory that we need to keep in mind our animal nature.

Here is a link to Erik’s article in Areo Magazine.

Here is a link to David Gillespie’s book Taming Toxic People

You can follow Erik on twitter @erik_mostert

Here is the graph about spindle neurons:

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Below are my notes of Erik’s article:

  • Science caused change in religious beliefs once they became undeniable.

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Episode 189 – Left, Right, Black Face, Colourism and Universal Morals

Plenty of humour in this episode as we debate a breadth of topics that no other podcast would be game to attempt.

Generally in this podcast:

We criticise the left for obsessing over identity politics while ignoring the poor, for using offensive speech as a reason to restrain free speech and for being duped by Steven Pinker.

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Episode 188 – Peterson, Pinker and Peckers

The only podcast to discuss Mortgage Brokers, Jordan Peterson, Steven Pinker, franking credits and restoring a circumcised penis. And people say we are too blokey?

Review of The Secular Party event in Melbourne.

Review of Episode 187

Brian Morris wants to pitch a secular programme to the ABC.

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Episode 187A- God Forbid

There was a problem with the first post so here is a second attempt.

In this episode, The Iron Fist reviews a recent God Forbid podcast. That podcast purported to provide a balanced discussion of religious freedom in Australia but, in fact, failed miserably to shed light on many compelling secular arguments.

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Episode 187 – God Forbid

In this episode, The Iron Fist reviews a recent God Forbid podcast. That podcast purported to provide a balanced discussion of religious freedom in Australia but, in fact, failed miserably to shed light on many compelling secular arguments.

So sit back and relax as The Iron Fist tries to live up to his name.

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Episode 186 – Venezuela, Davos and claims of racism

The Velvet Glove and The 12th Man will be in Melbourne on the 9th and 10th of February. The boys would love to catch up with listeners on Sunday morning for breakfast. Email trevor@ironfistvelvetglove.com.au and we will let you know the details.

4:52 A Podcast Prayer

Let us pray.

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Episode 185 – Gillette, Gender, Race and Class

It’s the class war, Stupid!

Left-wing commentators miss the point. They are willing to talk endlessly about gender wars and racial privilege while ignoring the plight of the working class.

1:46 Our pre-match pep talk for Waz.

The best a man can be

Who better to critique #MeToo than 4 white men like us.

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Episode 184 – Nazis, Foreign Fighters and Whitehouse Hamburgers

It’s been quiet in Australia. Everyone is still on holidays or on the “go slow” except for Fraser Anning and the Nazis.

Jonathon Pie: We’ve reached peak Nazi (language warning)

Fascist Vs Nazi

Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power,

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Episode 183 – Vetoes, walls and fishing for whales

No other podcast would be game enough to tackle in one episode an explanation or debate over the Trump wall, presidential veto powers, presidential transition arrangements, EU funding of the wall between Turkey and Syria, US foreign policy in Latin America, the history of capital gains tax and dodgy bank lending in Australia,

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Episode 181 – Highlights from February 2018

Here are the highlights from February 2018.

0:40 Should vaccinations be compulsory

13:43 Further discussion about government compulsion

28:54 Kenan Malik on philosophers

35:45 USA assholes

39:12 Han Tu on Indonesia and China and our ability to repel an invasion.

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Episode 180B – Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas from Fist, Glove and 12th.

This bonus Christmas day episode has nothing to do with Christmas and simply includes our discussions from episode 135 with Brett and Matt.

We really enjoyed these discussions so if you would like to record a podcast with us,

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Episode 180 – Highlights from January 2018

We present the highlights of the Iron Fist Velvet Glove Podcast from January 2018.

1:38 Pirate Theory

9:17 Our economy is a house of cards

31:38 Command and Control

38:22 Flo is dead

43:40 GST causes a split in Aboriginal people

46:41 Singaporean organ donation scheme

50:22 Malik on the working class as a descriptor

53:50 The Greens ignore workers

59:46 An open letter to Stan Grant

1:05:42 Morgan Freeman on Black History Month

1:11:26 Indian submariners

1:13:25 Milkshake Duck

1:15:51 National days

1:21:17 Marion Maddox

1:23:25 Raju Singh wants to feel the wind in his hair

1:26:05 Adam Smith on the corruption of the market

1:28:29 Psycho Chicken

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Episode 179 – An ill-tempered mule that kicks innocent children

The Ruddock Report is morally and ethically flawed from beginning to end. It was conceived the bastard offspring of two different animals, the father being the Right Wing horse of the Liberal Party and which forced itself on the weakened mother, the moderate donkey in the same herd. It was then nurtured on a steady diet of religious freedom propaganda by a panel stacked with theists.

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Episode 178 – Forget boats, they come by plane now.

It was Rudd not Morrison who stopped the boats and the big problem now is arrivals by plane. And we discuss “consent” in the context of sub-incision, virgin births and Noam Chomsky.

1:45 The Fist Was Wrong

Hi Trevor,

Thanks for the excellent episodes recently. The lively discussions and sensible centrism send you to the top of my playlist each week!

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Episode 177 – A Pandora’s Box of Religious Privilege

The Ruddock Inquiry has opened up a Pandora’s box of religious privilege.

The debate about expelling gay students has now widened to include criticism of teaching anti-gay religious doctrine.

1:24 We Won A Podcast Award

It was a small field but a win is a win.

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Episode 176 – A parasite is feeding on the Liberal Party

It’s too late for the Liberal Party.  The religious right is a parasite which has taken over the Liberal Party and will feed on the host until they both die.

1:33 A Big Win for the Andrews Government

What have we learned from the result?

Andrews wants to build infrastructure,

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Episode 175 – Brexit, Amazon and Unusual Characters

In this episode, we discuss Brexit, Baby Boomers, delivery methods for Corporate Fascism, a limbless preacher, an atheist preacher, the lucky country, Scomo nonsense, a cybersecurity minister who has never used a computer, a 69 year old man who identifies as 49 and a man who identified as Native American only to find out he is Chinese.

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Episode 174 – Freedom For Faith

If there is a lesson to be learned from this episode it is “Don’t record a podcast in the kitchen of a Mexican restaurant”. Particularly when they are closing up for the night.

Seriously, the audio is bad and you should not listen to this episode but if you do,

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Episode 173 – Morrison is a fair dinkum drongo

Our fair dinkum Aussie podcast would like to swap the blithering idiot Scomo for an evil genius.

Qantas is facing calls to match Virgin’s decision to give priority boarding to war veterans and salute them before take-off.

3:05 Oh FFS!

Qantas is facing calls to match Virgin’s decision to give priority boarding to war veterans and salute them before take-off.

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Episode 172 – Certificates for Birth and Consensual Sex

A birth certificate without gender. A confirmation certificate without religion. A competency certificate for sexual consent. All will be revealed in episode 172.

Bible Lessons are back on the agenda in Victoria

2:59 From The Age:

Religious instruction classes will be reintroduced into the Victorian state school curriculum if the Coalition wins next month’s election.

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Episode 171 – An Australian Ex-Mormon

In this episode, we interview Brother Joseph who describes his experience as an Australian Mormon.

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Episode 170 – The Ruddock Report in a Nutshell

Finally, a good week for secularism.

It’s fair to say that the playing out of the Ruddock Inquiry saga is irony at it’s best.

Ironic – happening in a way contrary to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this.

So, in summary,

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Episode 169 – David Gillespie

If you are considering what school to send your children to then this podcast is essential listening.

In this episode, Trevor interviews David Gillespie, the author of “Free Schools – How to get a great education for your kids without spending a fortune.”

As many of you know,

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Episode 168 – Mormon Bonus

A few people enjoyed our recent discussion about Mormons so I’ve cobbled together some extracts from episodes 28, 29 and 30 to create a little bonus episode.

Cheers

Fist

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Episode 167 – Ignorant politicians and an honourable thief

Our Australian podcast gives Education Minister Dan Tehan the Dan Quayle Award and we introduce an honourable thief.

5:33 David Gillespie gives some more analogies regarding our government’s funding of private schools. He says that it is the equivalent of an avid reader suggesting he is saving the local library by buying his own books and then expecting his collection to be paid for by the taxpayer. 

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Episode 166 – Needy Private Schools, Free Will and Other Myths – an Australian Podcast

We start out with a shout out to Wilks and Tim and then launch into a discussion about government funding of private schools in Australia. If you want a private system, then you should fund 100% yourself. It is no surprise that Scott Morrison has thrown money at the private school sector.

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Letters to The Editor – September 2018

In episode 165 we called on our listeners to write letters to the editors of major Australian newspapers to let Scott Morrison know we reject his call for laws to allow even more religious privilege.

Here are some of the letters that were submitted and we have added a notation if they were published.

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Episode 165 – Morrison is testing the waters of religious privilege

Scott Morrison has tested his religious agenda on Sky News, The 7:30 Report, 2GB and The New York Times. We should all be worried.

3:17 Morrison on Sky News

So a school should be able to sack a teacher for immoral un-Christian behaviour but a Board or a professional partnership should not be able to sack a member for Christian bigotry.

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Episode 164 – The crazy left attacks Bandt but supports Serena

The Left has no moral compass. It attacked Adam Bandt for admiring his hot wife but supported the disgraceful behaviour of Serena Williams.

3:08 His hot wife gets Adam Bandt into hot water

Here are some of the comments:

Katred Stave –

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Episode 163 – The Demise of the Nation State

Money shuffling by multi-nationals has left sovereign states powerless.

2:38 The Fist appeared on The Bullshit Filter

6:13 Apparently, we are not allowed to poke fun at the religious belief of our Prime Minister

10:11 Gay conversion therapy is on the nose

14:30 Reason Party meeting –

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Episode 162 – Who is Scott Morrison?

Everything you need to know about our new Prime Minister.

We review our predictions from episode 54

Scott Morrison is the fifth prime minister in five years. 

Leadership changes in summary

The Liberal Party seems to be falling for “Balmain basket weavers” syndrome.

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Episode 161 – The Liberal Party Suffers The Final Solution

1:00 Turnbull Vs Dutton. The conservative religious nutters can’t stand having a progressive in charge of their “Conservative” Party. Welcome to the future of the Liberal Party as it lurches into a Tea Party abyss of conservative ideology.

10:00 A study shows that endorsement of free-market economics predicted rejection of climate science

12:24 Is Dutton in breach of S.44?

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Episode 160 – Aboriginal Culture Must Take Some Blame

We gird our loins and question high rates of sexual harassment in Universities and then put on our asbestos suits and argue that Aboriginal culture must take some blame for the sorry state of Aboriginal people.

1:02 Sexual assault in our Universities. A tale of two stories depending on which newspaper you read.

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Episode 159 – Freedom of Speech and Alex Jones

The Iron Fist provides 3 simple rules for Freedom of Speech conundrums.

2:21 Right Wing Tony – If you ignore tax, we agreed on a lot. Listener feedback was mixed.

8:52 Swedish Police confirmed to Fox News the man whose deportation Ms Ersson prevented had received a prison sentence in Sweden for assault.

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Episode 158A – Better Audio Version – The Return of Right Wing Tony

Right Wing Tony reflects on the by-election results and we discuss the issues of the week including Lauren Southern, Donor Sperm,  protesting in a plane, Nine buying Fairfax, an Angry Buddhist and a Government Relations Officer who criticised the government on her private twitter feed and was sacked by Cricket Australia.

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Episode 158 – The Return of Right Wing Tony

Right Wing Tony reflects on the by-election results and we discuss the issues of the week including Lauren Southern, Donor Sperm,  protesting in a plane, Nine buying Fairfax, an Angry Buddhist and a Government Relations Officer who criticised the government on her private twitter feed and was sacked by Cricket Australia.

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Episode 157 – A Bunch of Losers Debunk Some Myths

To change minds, offer an alternative instead of a vacuum.

2:10 The Unions want to indoctrinate children

9:25 Bill of Rights clarification. I’m not trying to con people.

15:35 Identity Politics – why we are not guilty

16:43 Greens Policies

26:46 “Why shouldn’t a Christian school insist that all its staff are Christian?” He added: “You can do whatever you like in private. 

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Episode 156 – Reason, Rights, Catholics and Angry Virgins

The only podcast which combines Constitutional Law, Sex Dolls, Gun Control, Selfish Catholics, Angry Consecrated Virgins, State of Origin and Branch Stacking into a compelling 90-minute discussion.

2:01 Robin Bristow discusses the Reason Party and a petition

9:15 Robin Bristow defends the benefits of a Bill of Rights.

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Episode 155 – The Double Standards of Christian Crybabies

Senator Dan Tehan is the latest Christian Crybaby to lament over a false picture of declining Christian power and James Paterson abandons his free speech principles to appease Mormon powerbrokers in the Victorian Liberal Party.

2:06 Reason meeting at a Grill’d restaurant in Brisbane

6:30 We need to copy Christian dominionists and effect a rationalist takeover of the Liberal Party.

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Episode 154 – Senate Prayers, Paedophilic Employees and Danish Assimilation

Why Suncorp should have hired a paedophile plus Senate prayers and incredible new assimilation laws in Denmark.

2:10 Greens move to scrap ‘archaic’ Lord’s prayer in Senate sittings

7:38 According to Lyle Shelton, The Greens attack on Lord’s Prayer is an act of cultural vandalism

12:20 You can make a submission here

12:30 Follow the NSL campaign

12:48 Speaking of submissions –

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Episode 153 – Death, Taxes and Deep Throat

Our very own Deep Throat joins us to discuss Assisted Dying, Average Incomes, Discrimination, The United Nations, Mother Theresa and Private Health Insurance.

3:10 Dying with Dignity in Qld

16:05 The Hippocratic Oath

19:40 The Courier Mail has a strange idea of average jobs and what does the average Aussie earn and who benefits from the tax cuts?

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Episode 152 – Confessions, Christians and Treadmills

Catholic Priests consider themselves above the law and Christians continue their takeover of the Liberal Party.

1:15 The Fist bags soccer

4:50 Trump and child concentration camps.

19:53 Meredith should thank us for improved fitness levels

20:40 Sniff Off to the rescue

28:32 Church to uphold the sanctity of confession but the Greens want the Catholic Church taxed if it ignores the law.

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Episode 151 – Science will undermine Liberal Humanism

Science has undermined religion and is about to do the same to Liberal Humanism. If your version of Humanism prioritises individual freedom of choice but science reveals that freedom of choice is a myth, then it might be time to choose a different branch of Humanism.

Apologies to Mrs Fist and Meredith.

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Episode 150 – An interview with Meredith Doig

Episode 150 features an interview with Meredith Doig.

We started with a brief overview of Meredith’s career and then had a discussion about The Rationalists and what they do and their objectives.

Questions for Meredith included:

Has there been an increased focus on opposing religious privilege in the last few years as opposed to debunking pseudoscience?

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Episode 149 – The N Word, Pirates and The Noble Savage

We discuss the N word, the surprisingly civilised nature of pirate society, the dangers posed by robots and we and examine the interaction between discrimination and culture.

Topics:

1:06 The number of Canberrans choosing to end their lives with voluntary euthanasia could grow to 65 a year in the next decade if assisted dying is legalised,

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Episode 148 – English Weddings and English Signs

We discuss the test case against School Chaplains and The Fist identifies a possible problem. We give you a different take on the Royal Wedding ceremony and Hugh and The 12th Man gang up against The Fist over English signs and banning books that incite violence.

A legal challenge to School Chaplains

Ruddock review delivers final report to government,

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Episode 147 – Was Karl Marx Right?

We continue on from episode 146 with a discussion on courtroom attire, migration numbers in Europe and the prescience of Karl Marx.

Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out

 

 

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Episode 146 – Young People Should Be Protesting

The 2018 Budget is the latest example of Baby Boomers screwing the younger generations.

Churches exempted from apprentice fund payments

Only 6 per cent of taxpayers face the top rate

Mormons are getting involved in the Liberal Party

People who don’t believe in God,

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Episode 145 – Cameron Reilly on Culture, Immigration and Free Will.

This episode features a lively discussion with podcast legend Cameron Reilly as we discuss culture, immigration and free will.

The links:

Was Scott Intolerant or Culturally Insensitive when talking about “no handshake no citizenship“?

Cultural Imperialism nonsense from our last show when we discussed this article from Spiked

Free Will and Luck

Here is a link to Cameron’s podcasts

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Episode 144 – Anzac Day Review and Breastfeeding Advice From a Male.

Topics include Anzac Day, Syrian chemical attacks, strange names, how to buy a gun, citizenship handshakes, Halal, Kosher and breastfeeding advice from a privileged white male.

1:03 How was your Anzac Day?

10:20 According to some ‘Anzac Day is bullshit. It’s a Trojan Horse for racism,

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Episode 143 – Trump, Falou, Martin Luther King Junior, Malcolm X and Hardbottom

This week we discuss the ethics of bombing Syria, transgender weightlifting, a divisive footballer seeking inclusive treatment, Anzac Day, an Orwellian future has arrived in China, secret religious business, Martin Luther King Junior, Malcolm X and Landon Hardbottom.

1:18 Our views on Syria plus Trump’s opinion on Syria from 2013. 

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Episode 142 – Rehashing some old ideas

This podcast is a waste of time if you already know about asabiyya, Islamic retconning, how democracy fails, Malik’s theories of multiculturalism, Lebanon, the problems with a Bill of Rights and who gets into Heaven.

1:09 Asabiyya

11:11 Retcon

14:24 Does democracy work?

23:07 Our Hillsong excursion

35:12 What is Multiculturalism

45:20 Who gets into Heaven?

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Episode 141 – Feedback from Hardbottom and Janelle

The usual collection of religious news stories plus some great listener feedback.

1:50 Good news- there is no Hell

5:11 Maybe that is why there is a need for more exorcisms

7:15 A Good Friday stunt that was not good

12:55 Bible Society text messages

14:10 The apostle Paul even admitted this,

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Episode 140 – Unequal Fines, Aboriginal Witch Doctors and a Text Message from Judas Iscariot

Unequal Fines, Aboriginal Witch Doctors and a Text Message from Judas Iscariot.

1:49 We catch up with Caitlin to discuss her rally calling for an exclusion zone for an Albury fertility clinic.

14:20 We review my interview with Chris Lambe of the New Creation Church.

23:23 Stephen Hawking had a sense of humour and many Christians are gloating that he is now burning in the fires of Hell.

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Episode 139 – Chris Lambe of New Creation Church

The Iron Fist talks to Chris Lambe of the New Creation Church about faith and Jesus Christ.

In the podcast, Trevor refers to a study proving that prayer is harmful rather than beneficial. Here is the link.

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Episode 138 – The Chaplaincy Program Could be Illegal

5:50 So it turns out you can pray in Canberra without being convicted of a criminal offence.

9:07 The TPP is back. Get Up campaigning. The URL says zombie, Meanwhile Trump will exempt the great country of Australia from steel tariffs.

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Episode 137 – Thinking Fast and Slow

A repeat of episode 112. Sorry about the audio quality.

In this episode, The Fist and Simon do a book review of Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

The phenomenal New York Times Bestseller by Nobel Prize-winner Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow offers a whole new look at the way our minds work,

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Episode 136 – Venerable Alex

With The Fist away we present a repeat of episode 89 which was a discussion with Venerable Alex about Buddhism.

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Episode 135 – Conquered People could be a compliment

A listener has suggested that The Velvet Glove used insensitive language towards Indigenous Australians and The Fist provides a different perspective. We also look at tribalism, online arguments, protest-free zones for abortion clinics, gun control in America, circumcisions in Iceland, the cowardice of the current ABC leadership, judges with jobs on the side and divorcing yourself from the Catholic Church.

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Episode 134 – Albury, Indonesia, ABC Bias and Peter Rabbit

It only takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to describe Christian protesters of a fertility clinic in Albury, the ethics of mandatory safety measures, the Barnaby Joyce saga, ABC bias in favour of religions, the Indonesian Military’s capacity to invade Australia, a fire levy which exposes the Catholic Church, an example of bike shedding on the Hugh Harris Facebook page,

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Dean Stretton – The final version of his submission to the Religious Freedom Review Panel

In our previous post, we linked to Dean’s draft submission.

Click here to view the final version which Dean submitted.

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Episode 133 – The Good, the Bad and Dexter the Peacock

The only podcast to discuss the ACL, corporate tax, Oliver North, Socrates, Plato, Trump, Mohammed and Dexter the peacock and somehow inspire a Sydney barrister to write a brilliant opinion on “Religious Freedom”.

1:54 Dean Stretton’s submission

10:08 The ACL has 14 points and 12 deal with marriage.

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Submission to the Religious Freedom Review by Dean Stretton

Please click on the link below to access a PDF version of Dean Stretton’s submission to the Expert Panel on Religious Freedom.

Religious Freedom Review Submission by Dean Stretton

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We have a request.

The Expert Panel will no doubt receive many submissions from religious groups calling for more religious privileges under the name of “Religious Freedom”.

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Episode 132 – Satirical Satanists, Humanism, Sugar and Historical Context

We discuss a satirical satanist, humanism, the merits of a sugar tax and ancient Australian history in 92 minutes of podcast commentary.

1:10 Regarding the Ruddock Panel, we discuss a submission by Bernard Gaynor and the satirical submission of The Fist

15:07 Do we need Australia Day honours?

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The Iron Fist Submission to the Ruddock Panel

To the Ruddock Panel

Thank you for the opportunity to make this submission.

As a member of the Satan Worshippers of Australia (SWA) I have for a long time been very concerned by the lack of protection for my religious freedom.

As Satanists, we follow a code of rebellion against undeserved authority.

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Episode 131 – Australia Day, Finland and Raju Singh

Somehow this podcast combines Australia Day, constitutional law, an apology to Finland, religion bashing, an Indian submariner, Adam Smith, Scientology, red frogs, milkshake duck and the Human Development Indicator into a compelling 79 minutes of Australian Podcast Gold.

1:06 Australia Day – A potted history presented by the 12th Man.

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Episode 130 – Racism, The Urban Elite and MeToo

The 12th Man joins the podcast so 3 white men can discuss racism, #MeToo, immigration and cervixes.

1:35 The Greens want to change the date for Australia Day but they haven’t offered an alternative date. The Fist says it will all be fixed when we become a Republic but that will probably offend monarchists.

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Episode 129 – Cruel schools, betting against Trump and a cow called Freezer

The only Australian podcast to expose unconscionable religious schools, speak ill of Flo Bjelke-Petersen and explore gambling options involving Donald Trump.

1:36 Public submissions to the Ruddock panel may be kept secret from the public. There is no good reason for this. We need to know what information may have have influenced the panel and we need to know if such statements were true,

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Episode 128 – Book Burning, Pirates and Dangerous Bubbles

The only Australian podcast to successfully combine book burning, wind farm safety, pirates and bubbles into a compelling 80 minute explanation of recent events in Australia and the direction we are heading.

2:46 Scott Morrison is as mad as hell about the mocking of Christians and he is not going to take it anymore.

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Episode 127 – Religious Belief Vs Religious Practice

2:38 The final recommendations from the Royal Commission.

10:31 Hugh Harris on “Religious Freedom”. Practice Vs Belief.

34:36 Street Walker

36:29 The Ruddock panel. Prof Nicholas Aroney, who has said religious freedom should include right to practise sharia law within limits,

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Episode 126 – Tax, Kebab Shops and Sex with a Ghost

Sit back and relax as we weave tax theory, kebab shops and sex with a ghost into a compelling review of the last 7 days.
0:59 There are a lot of big companies paying little or no tax. Multinational companies shift income overseas to tax havens.

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Episode 125 – Chicken breeding, tattoos and cake shops

The only podcast that can successfully combine chicken breeding, tattoos, cakeshops and politics in one compelling episode.

1:11 The IFVG Secular Index ranks our Federal politicians according to their commitment to secular policies. The same-sex marriage debate has flushed out the non-secular opinions of some of our political leaders.

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Episode 124 – Preferences, Panels and Princes

Our Australian Podcast discusses One Nation Preferences, Lopsided Panels, Dying Patients, Religious Privileges, Bogus Persecution, Marauding Princes, Jackie’s Pain and Bob Katter’s Proclivities.

1:50 The result of the Queensland election has not been formally announced
but it appears that the Labor Government has been returned thanks in
part to the strange preference arrangement of the One Nation Party.

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Episode 123 – Nasty Prejudices or Conscientious Beliefs?

3:06 We look at the marriage equality survey and examine what correlation there was between the No vote and religious affiliation, immigration status, education and ethnicity.

12:37 The factor that correlated most strongly with a No vote was religious affiliation. Being born overseas had only a slightly positive relationship with voting No.

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Episode 122 – Yes, let’s talk about so called “Religious Freedom”

No surprises for guessing that we kick off with a discussion over the
result of the marriage equality survey. Interestingly, the No vote
was strongest in the western suburbs of Sydney that feature a large
immigrant population.

10:21 We talk about the draft bill presented by James Paterson and the
nature of the exemptions that he is seeking and we also look at the
attitude of the Sydney Anglican Church and the Catholic Church to these
exemptions.

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Episode 121 – Want something banned in Qld? – Get Palaszczuk’s boyfriend to lobby for it.

1:14 It seems that there is legislation to allow at least one person to
sue politicians who have fallen foul of the citizenship
requirements. A man from Wagga Wagga is showing us how it is done.

7:05 Australian attitudes to private schools are like American attitudes to
gun control.

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Episode 120 – A bad week for Malcolm

1:20 Malcolm Turnbull has had a bad week and we start off by looking at the
citizenship fiasco and his poor political skills. When the issue arose
he should have told the members in question to stand down while
waiting for the High Court to resolve the matter.

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Episode 119 – Keating swims in the swill and our systems encourage Fake News

We have banged on about marriage equality for months. This episode will be a marriage equality free zone.

4:59 We start off with the assisted dying debate and the fact that the debate is not happening in Queensland despite the recent Labor conference passing a motion in favour of introducing voluntary euthanasia laws.

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Episode 118 – The Pots are calling The Kettles Black

2:10 We start with the extraordinary homily
from Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher in which he advised Governments
that they should, in general, keep out of the friendship business and
out of the bedroom. In an extraordinary display of self-control he
managed to say this with a straight face.

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Episode 117 – What were we saying back in October 2016?

blankHighlights from October 2016

2:45 Exorcisms and Islam’s view of The Devil and 5 things prophets have in common.

5:49 Embryos and medical research and how ISIS is more progressive than the Catholics

8:52 Scary Clowns, Ronald McDonald and The Hijab wrapped up into a lively discussion.

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Episode 116 – Guns, Freedom and … Sodomites

01:06 The Fist and The 12th Man discuss the shooting in Las Vegas and refer you
to the Bill before Congress called the Sportsmen’s Heritage and
Recreational Enhancement Act. This diabolical piece of legislation
proposes to allow US citizens to purchase silencers without background
checks and forces the government to destroy records of
transactions regarding silencers.

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Episode 115 – 27 September 2017

2:31 In this episode of the podcast, we note that Tim Nicholls arrived at the correct answer on marriage equality but he scores no marks for his calculations. In our view, deciding the marriage equality question based on St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is poor practice for a State Opposition Leader.

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Episode 114 – The Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Fist talks to Tanya, the Captain of the Australian chapter of The Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

21:57 Should a priest be allowed to deny marriage for a couple who supported marriage equality via a Facebook post?

24:22 The Fist theory on marriage and the delegation of a civil function.

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Episode 113 – 13 September 2017

We have a new feature. if you listen to the podcast directly from the post on our website, you will be able to jump directly to different topics by clicking on the relevant time stamp. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to share your favourite parts of our podcast.

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Free Speech – Where to draw the line?

This is a summary of the argument put forth in episode 113

At some point, free speech should be restrained, I have previously drawn the line at “inciting violence”

Why?

Because violence causes real physical injury measurable by objective evidence

Whereas

Offence,

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Episode 112 – 6 September 2017

In this episode The Fist and Simon do a book review of Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

The phenomenal New York Times Bestseller by Nobel Prize-winner Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow offers a whole new look at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions.

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Episode 111 – 29 August 2017

In episode 111 the Fist is joined by the 12th Man.

01:02 We discuss:

  • What is the best date for Australia Day,
  • 10:51 Stan Grant and Cook’s statue,
  • 15:30 Trans-generational trauma,
  • Aborigines who elect to identify with part of their ancestry and after dividing their own identity complain about inclusion of that identity in society.

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Episode 110 – 22 August 2017

1:21 In episode 110 we kick off with a survey of expected participation rates in the upcoming postal vote.

8:15 The Fist then launches into Part A of a theoretical discussion of the difference between ideological identities and non-ideological identities and how this needs to be determined as part of deciding what level of criticism is acceptable.

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Freedom

Freedom

It is personal to the person claiming it. Freedom is the notion that you are free to do things without being stopped by other persons or things.For example, I am free to walk down the street and smell the flowers.

Freedom does not mean I am free to stop you from smelling the flowers.

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Episode 109 – 16 August 2017

1:55 In episode 109 we look at the arguments put forward by religious groups opposing marriage equality and note that they have not been honest enough to admit that scripture is their primary reason. It is dishonest and disingenuous of them to put forward arguments of religious freedom, freedom of speech and the danger of the safe schools program.

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Episode 108 – 9 August 2017

In episode 108 at 1:32 we look at the marriage equality postal vote and the plebiscite fiasco and we ask who is Andrew Broad and what are the Christian Values Awards?

The Queensland Labour conference votes to support the introduction of voluntary euthanasia legislation

34:50 The religious lobby will complain that the proposed legislation infringes on freedom of religion for clerks working in marriage registries and also wedding cake providers.

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Episode 107 – 1 August 2017

In this episode of the podcast, the Fist is joined by The Squeaky Wheel.

4:56 The Fist offers a dinner party tip for men

6:22 We kick off with a Sikh family who want their son to wear a patka when attending school and we debate the merits of their case.

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Episode 106 – Non-Religious Roundtable 2 – 25 July 2017

Topics include:

Who are The Rationalists?

Co-operation between secular groups

Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne in February 2018 – “Reason to Hope”

Clementine Ford

Lyle Shelton on Sky

41:40  QandA on furniture and terrorism and GREG AUSTIN.

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Episode 105 – 19 July 2017 – Solo Rant by The Fist

The Religious Right is blocking progressive reform of assisted dying, religious instruction and abortion law. They are taking over the Liberal party in a Tea Party like takeover and will push neo-liberalism as well as it fits their dominionist worldview. Unfortunately, the Left is consumed by Identity Politics and we have lost our ability to decide moral issues with consistent moral rules.

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Episode 104 – 13 July 2017

In this episode, Trevor speaks with Alison and Julia from Qld Parents For Secular State Schools.

Here is the link to their Facebook page

 

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Episode 103 – 4 July 2017

00:46 In this episode of the podcast we discuss a crazy Catholic nun who terrorised young children into thinking that they were being permanently removed from their parents. The ordeal lasted for 5 1/2 hours and is a fine example of the sensitivities of the Catholic Church.

05:25 We discuss why we cannot discuss Cardinal Pell because of the sub judice rules.

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Episode 102 – 28 June 2017

01:20 The census result

06:40 The Fist says the result is a disgrace.

10:15 The Fist explains why we must get a different religion question in the next Census and he also takes aim at cultural Christians.

12:32 What will it take for people to get interested in religious interference.

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Episode 101 – 20 June 2017

1:08 We look at a hard-line Christian hoping to replace Gillian Triggs as head of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Augusto Zimmerman is backed by Margaret Court and does not believe in evolution. What could possibly go wrong?

7:08 We explain why three government ministers are facing contempt of court charges.

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Episode 100a – better audio

Sorry about the audio on episode 100.

Scott’s voice was too loud (or mine was too soft) and there was a lot of background noise.

Here is a better version.

Trevor

In this episode, we look at the UK election and discuss the Democratic Unionist Party,

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Episode 100 – 14 June 2017

In this episode, we look at the UK election and discuss the Democratic Unionist Party, Sinn Fein, Elmo and Lord Buckethead as well as a new theory called the median legislator theorem.

 

We shake our head at the request by The Islamic Council of Victoria for safe spaces so that their troubled youth can rage against Western civilisation without fear of being labelled radical.

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Episode 99 – 7 June 2017

2:56 In episode 99 we look at the latest terrorist attack in the United Kingdom.
3:05 We discuss the statement by the British Prime Minister and the responses around the world.
5:21 An article from The Guardian proves that The Guardian has lost touch with reality.

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Episode 98 – The Fist and Right Wing Tony discuss Islam

In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Right Wing Tony.
1:03 We look at the aftermath of the Manchester bombing
1:17 Jonathon Pie on the attack. Carrying on as normal achieves nothing. Apparently, if I get angry, the Terrorists win.

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Episode 97 – 24 May 2017

0:57 Manchester bombing. It is often the successful sons and daughters of refugees who commit terrorist acts.

5:58 We criticise the government for paying money to the Catholic hierarchy rather than to individual Catholic schools because the Catholic hierarchy cannot be trusted to distribute the money correctly. In the article we have linked to it is clear that the National Catholic Education Commission has been taking money from poor schools and giving it to rich schools.

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Episode 96 – 12 May 2017

In this episode, The Fist talks with Brian Morris the author of Sacred to Secular.

Here is a link to his petition.

and here is a link to his website Plain Reason where you can get a copy of his book Sacred to Secular.

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Episode 95 – 10 May 2017

1:28 We take a quick look at the federal budget and ask why Labor is not supporting the coalition’s policy to reduce funding for elite private schools.

8:20 We briefly remind listeners of the history of government funding of private schools and pay homage to Mother Celestine who pulled off a true miracle by converting a toilet block into a gold mine.

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Episode 94 – 4 May 2017

1:13 The Iron Fist and Hugh Harris discuss the NSW SRE decision. Here is one opinion and here is the alternative

10:38 A discussion on the role and importance of Christianity and Judeo-Christian ethics in our Australian culture including references to  Kevin Donnelly’s article on celebrating Christianity’s role in our society and Hugh’s response and another Kevin Donnelly article claiming Barnaby Joyce is right about Judeo-Christian principles.

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Episode 93 – 27th April 2017

0:46 Yassmin and Anzac Day

6:02 The interplay of S.18C and S.18D. Yassmin’s comments on Anzac Day may have breached 18C and arguably failed to met the elements of S.18D

16:30  Hugh Harris paints a picture where atheists are in control and turn the tables on theists

21:40  No more Eagle Rock

24:55  Russia has banned the JWs

28:35  Religion is dragging us down says a famous biologist

30:11  The Dalai Lama is running rings around the Pope

33:30  Trump is a lot like the God of the Old Testament

36:40  Is anyone else worried about Indonesia?

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Episode 92 – 20 April 2017

1:23 Partisan bias and public opinion on Trump’s Syria strike

8:50 A Washington Post poll reveals Republicans disapproved of bombing when Obama was considering it but approved when Trump did it.

16:45  Trump can remember dessert but not the name of the country he bombed

Attacking North Korea: surely Donald Trump couldn’t be that foolish

21:37  JFK and the military

ACT government defends abortion clinic prayer ban as ‘rights balancing’

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Episode 91 – 13 April 2017

The return of Right Wing Tony

1:05 Our review of the conflict in Syria. RWT on The “Muddle” East. The various groups seem to line up according to their interest in two competing gas pipelines. RWT argues the conflicts would occur even without a pipeline and we should stay out of it.

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Episode 90 – 5 April 2017

3:03 The Ayaan Hirsi Ali fiasco where she was vilified by feminist Muslims via a petition and a viral video. Hirsi Ali is accused of Islamophobia.

35:01 Criticism of identity is the new blasphemy.

38:09 Anne Aly and 18C and including religion.

41:31 Gillian Triggs “sadly you can say what you like around the kitchen table at home”

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Episode 89 – 28 March 2017

A special episode where The Iron Fist chats with Venerable Alex.

You can check out his bio at https://law.anu.edu.au/people/alex-bruce

 

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Feel Free To Insult Me

(This is a piece I wrote in January 2015 in preparation for a submission to The Secular Party)

A Proposed Policy for Freedom of Speech

My intention is to explore:

  1. A rational philosophical approach to Freedom of Speech laws
  2. The current Freedom of Speech laws in Australia and Queensland
  3. Whether amendments are warranted;

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Episode 88 – 22 March 2017

0:52 There is renewed discussion over S.18c. A plan to replace “insult, offend or humiliate” with “harass”.

10:11 Pakistan is not happy with the amount of blasphemy on Facebook and have asked Facebook for names and details of blaspheming Pakistanis.

11:43 The BBC asked what is the right punishment for blasphemy.

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Episode 87 – 16 March 2017

Hugh Harris joins the podcast.

00:51 Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer

5:38 Mormon church baptising thousands of dead Victorians – atheist or not

8:15 By promoting diversity over fighting ability the Army is alienating its warriors

18:08 Vatican releases updated guidelines for bioethical questions

24:36 What do Coopers beer,

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Identity Politics

We should thank Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

We were uneasy about identity politics but we were reluctant to criticise it. Somewhere in the recesses of our minds we worried that perhaps our doubts were evidence of a suppressed racism we reluctantly still harboured.

But her notions of culture and identity are so misguided that we can now see them for what they are and more importantly,

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Religious Instruction Classes – Tell us your war stories

Have you had a bad experience with religious instruction classes? Was your child enrolled without your consent or was your child shuffled off to a broom closet and ostracised for not joining the religious instruction class?

Have you attended a P&C meeting to question the extra funding paid to the school chaplain only to find that you are ostracised for daring to question the value of the “chappy”?

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Episode 86 – 8 March 2017

1:12 A tool to force people to read an article before they can comment on an article.

2:42 Some pharmacies in the UK want to be able to refuse to supply contraceptives. The 12th Man’s friend asked for extra large condoms in Japan.

6:20 Pauline Hanson thinks Putin is a great guy and vaccinations should be optional.

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Episode 85 – 1 March 2017

 

Hugh Harris is back.

 

Indigenous football teams such as the NRL Indigenous All Stars – are they a good or a bad thing?

The Royal Commission into child abuse. What will they recommend? What won’t they recommend? Will anything change?

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Episode 84 – 22 February 2017

Organ donation Two issues. mandatory and family consent.

Archbishop offers to counsel Palaszczuk, Trad on abortion

The Vatican, child sex crimes and how Australia is the great facilitator

Australians believe 18C protections should stay

Essential Report

Terrorism Denial on the Left

AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN LOBBY SAYS REMOVING THE ‘GAY PANIC’ DEFENCE IN QUEENSLAND WILL PLACE WOMEN IN DANGER

The close ties between Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch worries more than reporters

Q&A activist asked radical Islamic group for advice after spat with Jacqui Lambie

Change.org petitions for and against Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Ayaan Hirsi Ali poster is banned.

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Episode 83 – 15 February 2017

The Iron Fist and Hugh Harris start off by discussing how politicians should speak about Islam and then we move on to ethics generally and how they might be refined by thought experiments and then applied to our immigration debate.

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Episode 82 – 8 February 2017

4,444 victims: extent of abuse in Catholic church in Australia revealed

Royal commission into child sexual abuse: 1,880 alleged perpetrators identified in Catholic Church

Catholic use of confession to be scrutinised by child abuse royal commission

Trump and Australia.

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Episode 81 – 2 February 2017

The Iron Fist is joined by Hugh Harris to discuss the Religious Freedom Round Table, Scientology, Indigenous issues and President Trump’s executive order.

Hugh’s blog

Here are links to some of the articles that were mentioned.

I question the motives and sincerity of those claiming to be upset because of injustices committed in the past by what boils down to what one set of my ancestors did to another set of my ancestors.

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Episode 80 – 1 February 2017

Trump and his executive order on immigration.

The Roots of a Counterproductive Immigration Policy

US could resettle zero refugees from Manus and Nauru and still ‘honour’ deal

Finding the Middle Ground on Islamic Terror and Civil Rights

Fact,

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Episode 79 – 25 January 2017

GUPride hosting post-Inauguration ‘self-care’ event

‘I think it’s great’: Peter Dutton praises Australia Day billboard featuring Muslim girls

In praise of ignorance

People who swear are more honest

The TPP is a fucking zombie that cannot be killed

The Abdication of the Left

Trump and the Batman effect

Stephen Hawking uses big words on Trump

Rundle: the double-whammy of the Liberal Party’s inevitable decay

A conservatives split from the Liberals would free the party to be truly liberal

You cannot be Kyrgios

More from Lionel Shriver

The reality of religiously-motivated terrorism in Australia

Muslim girl refuses to shake German president’s hand as he visits a school to praise it… for integrating migrants so well

Could those who opt out also be registered

Queering the Undead

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Episode 78 – 7 January 2017

We are still on holidays.

Here is a repeat of episode 40 from the 13th of April 2016.

I have read some interesting books and will come back bright eyed and bushy tailed very soon.

The Fist

 

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Episode 77 – 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas.

Here is a repeat of last year’s Christmas episode.

The Fist

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Episode 76 – 22 December 2016

A hastily cobbled together package which includes a few of my favourite moments.

Patreon supporters fear not, you will not be charged for repeat episodes like this.

Cheers

The Fist

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Episode 75 – 14 December 2016

Barakah Hills – Cartoon series for children

Muslim woman clashes with judge after refusing to stand in court

The Hijab and the Regressive Left’s Absurd Campaign to Betray Freethinking Women

Indonesia’s justice system is opaque and confusing,

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Episode 74 – 7 December 2016

Woman cannot give evidence in a niqab, Australian court rules

TJH Council calls for law to protect the confessional

If a law is introduced to say that a priest should reveal a confession, I will disobey the law,” writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ.

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Episode 73 – 30 November 2016

Greens and One Nation in push for Parliament to approve war deployments

Is war in the American DNA?

The four charts that show Australia is a better society than America

Noel Pearson lambasts ‘racist’ ABC at Paul Keating biography launch in Sydney

Noel Pearson and white masochism

What is critical thinking?

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Episode 72 – 23 November 2016

Letting Catholic Priests into Australia was a mistake click here

A Qld Bill of Rights  click here

British woman charged with ‘extramarital sex’ in Dubai after telling police she was gang-raped click here

Christians sentenced to 80 lashes by Sharia court for drinking communion wine click here

Assisted dying in WA click here

Post Truth click here

Swedish work hours sound good click here

Waleed Aly on Trump click here

ABC protest.

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Episode 71a – 21 November 2016

A special bonus episode where we introduce Right Wing Tony for an in-depth discussion of S.18c

He points out that truth is no defence and he makes the argument that PC speech and 18c are the enforcement arms of the identity politics and victimhood movements.

For our Patreon supporters please note this is a free episode and no Patreon charge will be levied for this episode.

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Episode 71 – 16 November 2016

We are now on internet radio station “The Gist”

Royal Commission

Mike Baird click here

India’s shock currency swap click here

We give up hopes of representing Brittain in gymnastics click here and click here

Islamic identity used to push Indonesia into becoming more conservative society click here

Sex in Indonesia click here

Blasphemy in Indonesia click here

5 bad signs for Indonesia click here

Lyle Shelton should visit Iceland click here

Gender Equality Rankings click here

Submarines for Australia web site click here

Hawking on inequality click here

You can’t build walls around culture click here

A good summary of problems with Christianity click here

Gates foundation and birth control click here

Good news –

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Episode 70 – 9 November 2016

 

Donald Trump, oh dear …

Make that 4 Rs – add R for Rupert click here and click here

The Quiz click here

Section 18c, QUT students etc etc click here

Brexit and the Royal prerogative click here and here and our own S.61 click here

Canada and the TPP. 

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Episode 69 – 2 November 2016

Trump causes schism in religious right click here

See religious vote trend click here

Trump explained – the three Rs Race, Religion and Redneck

Coloured people will save America click here and click here

Court finds ‘f—

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Episode 68 – 26 October 2016

Exemptions and discrimination

Northern Ireland Christian bakers lose ‘gay cake’ appeal click here

The Nationals and their fringe views are holding Australia to ransom click here

When Chess Grandmaster Nazi Paikidze Said No To The Hijab, She Also Unveiled Liberal Hypocrisy click here

Trump claims the election is rigged – is it?

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Episode 67 – 19 October 2016

1:39 Hillsong review

12:29 Deep throat update

13:54 Apple, photo scandal, Samsung fire and tax. We need a bond.

16:20 Parks and Wildlife needs a Chaplain click here

21:14 Religious exemptions and the 12th Man

29:09 Sounds like FIFO click here

33:53 The Royal Commission and religious liberty click here

43:33 The hijab and sexual harassment in Iran click here

47:15 Even ISIS has banned the Burqa click here

49:17 Natural Gas and Syria click here

56:20 Post modernism and multiculturalism click here

1:06:02 More on culture wars click here and Gad Saad click here

1:12:01 Healing from toxic whiteness click here

1:12:50 The social construction of sport landscapes shapes gendered power relations click here

1:16:25 ‘Tsunami’

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Episode 66 – 12 October 2016

1:19 Polish women successfully protest proposed new abortion laws. click here

2:50 Iranian women were not so successful in Tehran in 1979

7:07 The appearance of scary clowns in 2016 and the connection to the Muslim veil click here

11:41 The lexicographic preferences and Donald Trump (abortion,

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Episode 65 – 5 October 2016

Satanic Temple – why we need an Australian chapter

Emergency need for exorcists after surge in people dabbling in Satanism and black magic click here

A new abortion law bill for Queensland click here meanwhile Poland goes backwards click here

Meanwhile here is the Islamic view click here

Over funded schools click here and click here

A problem for female chess players click here

Cardinal Pell on carbon tax click here

Donald Trump 9 digit loss click here

Let’s learn from the mistakes that created US poverty,

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Episode 64 – 29 September 2016

The Velvet Glove and the Twelfth Man discuss  the David van Gend book launch, Essential Report, non-theist voting blocs, religious discrimination laws and a scripture class review.

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Episode 63 – 20 September 2016

George Christensen on anal sex click here

Mosque open day with free sausage sizzle

UK government treats religion as imaginary friends click here

Black Americans are appropriating African culture click here

More on cultural appropriation in the UK click here

Atheists no longer the most unpopular in the USA click here

Key facts on refugees click here

The Pope defames Satan click here

Death of an exorcist click here

Liberalism’s great challenge click here

Canada has approved prescription heroin click here

Lionel Shriver responds click here

French Muslims click here

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Episode 62 – 14 September 2016

Funding the plebiscite click here

Christian jobs click here

Deep throat is not a porno name

Let’s talk submarines … again click here

Underage married refugees in Germany click here

Lionel Shriver full transcript click here and why Yassmin Abdel-Magied walked out click here  and for more comments click here and a Michael Thomson opinion here

Obese woman and moral relativism click here

Venezuela click here

Drug testing click here

Essential report click here

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Episode 61 – 7 September 2016

Mother Theresa click here

How good is the Andrews Government? click here

Essential Report click here

Militant Islam is a threat to liberty click here

Birth control and climate change click here

Dear ISIS,

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Episode 60 -31 August 2016

No plebiscite? Essential Report click here

QUT lecture – recognise traditional owners?

Abortion Law in Queensland click here

Conscientious objection in Sweden and Finland

Conscientious objections can be systemic click here

An email from the ACL and The Knights of the Southern Cross click here and Australian Marriage Forum click here

RI in Queensland click here

Muslim only Boy Scouts click here

Fremantle cancels ‘culturally insensitive’

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Episode 59 – 24 August 2016

A Chinese view of Safe Schools click here

Qld Schools to retain religious indoctrination classes click here

Boardroom pay click here

Tony Burke, HIV and Euthanasia click here

Assisted suicide in California click here

Euthanasia tourism click here

The quality of intelligence advice click here

Tony Abbott admits he was wrong about the Malaysia agreement click here

Sunday penalty rates click here

Ban the burqa ?

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Episode 58 – 17 August 2016

Andrew Denton blames Catholics click here

Angry white male highlights S.18c click here

Management gobbledegook click here

A $1000 parking ticket at a hospital click here

Think of it like a movie click here

A hijab wearing athlete click here

A bruised athlete click here

Anti-Semitism and the Olympics click here

Theories on Trump click here

Segregated housing in Toronto click here

The Satanic Temple likes to provoke click here

Qld government hands out money to taxi licence owners click here

The Vatican Exposed click here

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Rival Organisations

Regular listeners will know that The Fist has an issue with the sheer number of religious subgroups masquerading as legitimate voices. We have decided to start our own subgroups.

From episode 49 to counter “Life Death and Marriage” we have started “Death Divorce and Unrelated”. Scott is Episcopal Vicar.

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Episode 57 – 10 August 2016

The Census and the religion question click here

Saint Sebastion click here

Health care and privatisation  click here

Islam eventually takes over click here

The Hammond theory click here

Segregated pools in the UK click here

Asabiya click here

Did someone say …

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Episode 56 – 3 August 2016

Census and religion (thanks Ryan for the link)  click here

Kevin Rudd and the UN job click here but what about Ruddovich claims click here

England allows Pakistani extremists preachers click here

Atheists confirmations click here

Mike Pence click here and click here

Pope Francis –

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Episode 55 – 27 July 2016

Waleed Aly – let’s sit by the fire, hold hands and sing Kumbaya click here

Fake bomb detectors click here

Lipstick on a pig click here

Trump could win if Clinton is hit by a scandal click here

Essential report on Australian views on USA-Australia relations click here

Hillsong click here

Plebiscite poll click here

The ACL wants lots of money click here

Daniel Andrews sends a letter to Malcolm click here

More statistics click here

Baptism in Gibraltar click here

North Shore schools face less government funding click here

Easier to buy a gun than a happy meal click here

Religion causes social dysfunction click here

Real time disclosure of political donations click here

QandA is such a broken format click here

What is racism click here and click here

Trouble in Germany click here

 

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Episode 54 – 20 July 2016

Black lives matter. A prediction by The Fist.

Oh No, The Fist agrees with Cory Bernardi click here

Churchill click here

We need new definitions for Muslims

Pauline Hanson on QANDA

Sonia Kruger

The Fist and The Glove peer into a crystal ball and make their predictions for the federal parliament.

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Episode 53 – 13 July 2016

Latest count click here

Some parties have no staying power click here

Chilcot click here

News Corp and the Iraq war click here

Paul Keating on Howard and Iraq click here

Spying on churches click here

Homosexuality will send you to hell click here

We need to recognise “bike-shedding”

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Episode 52 – 6 July 2016

Election wrap up

Essential report click here

Malcolm Turnbull is just a poor politician click here

Pauline Hanson click here

The Fist doesn’t get “Get Up” click here

At least the TPP is dead click here

The Baptism story –

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Episode 51 – 29 June 2016

Senate count part 2

Liberal National how to vote card

P&C Qld asking for opinions click here

Mike Baird is building prisons click here

Liberal Senator opposes abortion clinic protest exclusion zones click here

Abortion law reform click here

And abortion law information paper click here

Where religions stand on abortion law click here

Religious groups in Victorian state schools click here

Have we mentioned vampires click here

Lyle Shelton thinks Brexit is great click here

Catholic schools urge parents not to vote for the Greens click here

Obligations on religions to provide financial accounts click here

Footballers praying click here

Doctors against euthanasia click here

Strike Kenya off the list click here

Paul Keating on tax cuts click here

The Ellis defence click here

Montreal priests cannot be alone with children click here

Vietnamese fishermen click here

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Episode 50 – 22 June 2016

RI is now racist click here

A nutter comments on RI lessons click here

Medicare and outsourcing

Firearms correspondence

Qld abortion law click here

Tom Elliott on 3AW click here

Malcolm Turnbull thinks demonising homosexuals is unacceptable click here

Catholic schools breaching human rights click here

Senate count 101 click here

ACL election guide click here and fundraising click here

Catholic schools click here

Islam and homosexuality click here

Middle East reaction to Orlando click here

Orlando transcripts edited click here

Exclusive Brethren click here

Hilary Clinton on Saudi Arabia click here and on guns “Let’s get this straight: We’ve reached the point where people can’t board planes with full bottles of shampoo,

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Episode 49 – 15 June 2016

Ballot position click here

A phone call from the ACL

Caps for sale click here

The Greens and Fred Nile click here

Health Party click here

Orlando click here and mass shootings click here

Muslim leaders condemn Massacre click here but they are hypocrites click here

Bleach in your cordial click here

Bega Valley Atheists click here

Senate candidates increasing click here

The government should not have gone to Specsavers click here

Queer Radio interview

Victoria takes a step forward on voluntary euthanasia click here

Australia’s relationship with China and the USA click here

More gender identities click here (thanks Janelle)

An Indian skeptic click here

 

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Episode 48 – 8 June 2016

Winsor State School disconnects click here and RI under review click here

Naughty Nuns deface poster click here

Presbyterians could withdraw from marriage business over gay marriage click here

A refugee takes on News Corp click here

Australia trails other nations in regulating political donations click here

Chafta opens door to unqualified workers click here

A 1 minute stump speech by the Velvet Glove

The case for a company tax cut is rock solid …

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Episode 47 – 1 June 2016

News from the hustings

Victorian abortion law under attack click here

NSW Government uses a water diviner click here

Religious belief in Australia – the latest poll click here

A campaign by the Atheists Foundation click here

Bye Rupert extension click here

Leaders debate click here

The churches will block voluntary assisted dying click here

A twist in the gorilla story click here

Political donations click here

Stats on Immigration detention click here

The full story on Company tax reductions click here

Don’t mock Muslims in Malaysia click here and Malaysia backs Islamic law click here

Marry your rapist click here

Islamists are sex obsessed click here

Muslim states behaving like the Vatican click here

 

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Episode 46 – 25 May 2016

School funding is a mess click here

Andrew Bolt on Christianity click here

Jesus didn’t say anything new click here

Bill Shorten supports religion’s ability to discriminate click here

Islamic housing estate in Victoria click here

Public school prayer is OK with many facebook commentators click here

A statement by Catholic Bishops click here

A preacher sneaks into Victorian schools click here

Czech politician on Islam click here

Saudi solution to refugees click here

The USA is going crazy of transgender toilets click here and click here

Samoan constitution click here

More disturbing indicators of a psychopath click here

Woman with expensive hat tells people to live within their means click here

Want to be an ACL intern click here

 

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Episode 45 – 18 May 2016

In this episode we do some “back of an envelope” calculations and here are the figures we used.

  • The government announced an extra $1.2b for education but Gonski needs $4.5b so we have to find $3.3b to achieve the same budget deficit.
  • Taxing religions could generate somewhere between $5b and $10b
  • Negative Gearing costs the budget about $4b-$5b each year
  • The “small”

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Episode 44 – 11 May 2016

Scott Morrison and voodoo economics click here

Religions should pay tax click here and the USA figures click here

More on submarines click here and an Indonesian story.

Syria. Let’s get out of there.

ABC vote compass

Scott Morrison in trouble over negative gearing

Inflation is low.

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Episode 43 – 4 May 2016

Our budget reply speech click here

Chaplains are Gonski

Grattan Institute infographic click here

A Bill of Rights click here and click here

12 submarines is a lot of submarines click here

Is Ted Cruz Lucifer? 

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Episode 42 – 27 April 2016

How many votes do we need? 3,014,085 enrolled voters/12 places =251,173

Thanks Craig and Brett for the donations.

QANDA and bias

5 budget myths that refuse to die click here

Deloitte – the deficit is a revenue problem click here

Negative gearing click here

Inequality in Australia click here

Pesky facts click here

ACL conference wrap up click here

It’s religion not race that worries Australians click here

Youthworks response click here

Politicians should be psychologically tested click here

Catholics will oppose voluntary euthanasia just like gay marriage click here

The Holy See at the UN click here

Gods who predate but sound a lot like Jesus click here

Saudi Arabia says atheists are terrorists click here

The Holy See opposes drug legalisation click here

The CSIRO click here

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Episode 41 – 20 April 2016

The Secular Party must be crazy or desperate or both.

Telstra is gutless click here

The IPA click here and click here

Glenview State School click here

Goodbye Bronwyn click here

A new twist on safe spaces click here

FSM is not a religion click here

Ted Cruz said Americans have no right to masturbate click here

A Catholic priest makes a poor comparison click here

The Quiz click here

The Pope says it is aggressive narcissism to teach children about sex click here

A 60 year old Christian woman was caned in Indonesia click here

Operation 513 click here

The Fist goes in to bat for Scott Morrison ! 

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Episode 40 – 13 April 2016

1:27 A Catholic school forces students to tear pages out of a book click here

5:10 Gay white men are not oppressed enough click here

11:25 Handshakes in Switzerland click here

14:15 State School funding – a comparison of the various States click here

17:52 The history of funding private schools

20:22 The Fist’s experience at St James’s

23:46 Dowry related abuse click here

30:49 Business leaders worrying about religious right in WA liberal party click here

32:50 Conference of bigotry click here

37:48 The Christian Right’s roots in rural Queensland click here

38:25 What is Dominionism click here

44:19 Abortion law click here and statistics click here

A high IQ doesn’t mean you are smart click here

Religious astronauts really annoy The Fist click here

A survey of British Muslims click here

Pakistanis behaving badly …

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Episode 39 – 6 April 2016

A petition against the ACL click here

Car crash on Easter Sunday. It’s a miracle!  click here

Career politicians click here

Hopoate you cannot be Kyrgios click here and click here

Air France stewardesses refuse the veil click here

Pakistan government bows to extremists click here but are they extremists? 

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Episode 38 – 30 March 2016

We must stop blaming ourselves for Islamic terrorism click here

Judge bans British father from taking his son to church click here

Has your favourite Saint disappeared? click here

Gender gaps in religious belief click here

God Under Howard by Marion Maddox

 

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Episode 37 – 23 March 2016

A creationist astronaut click here

More on James Paterson click here and click here

Abortion protest zones click here

Martyrbation click here

The ACL compares its cause to the fight against Nazism and slavery click here

The Sex Party and the ACL click here

Victoria and the ACT to continue with Safe Schools click here

Need an exorcism? 

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Episode 36 – 17 March 2016

welcome saudi

Stopping religious instruction in Qld. The union is on-side but we are worried about the Principals Association click here and click here

Mel Gibson and Ken Duncan are putting a giant cross on an outback hill click here and click here

James Paterson.

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Episode 35 – 10 March 2016

2016-03-10 06.09.23

Good on you Amy Remeikis click here

Timing of the plebiscite click here

Islamic group can no longer segregate women click here

John Howard says the Christian right feels silenced click here

ACL anti-float (spoof article) click here

Statistics on morality click here

Secular Party survey

Political donations click here

Scott Morrison on negative gearing click here and gay marriage click here

Blunt talk on Islam click here

Abortion law summary click here

Law reform report click here

The Pope will meet almost anyone click here

4 reasons the Christian right’s claim of moral superiority is absurd click here

Pakistanis support a murderer click here

Moscow nanny and the virtue of faith click here

The Church of Scientology found to be misleading click here

How to be a catholic priest,

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Episode 34 – 3 March 2016

QANDA and Lyle Shelton and the ACL generally click here

Safe Schools press release click here

How religious is your Queensland school? click here

The Sunshine Coast has The Fist worried click here

Canada and Australia on Aborigines click here

Secular Party survey click here

Primary Ethics classes click here

Poor countries have the highest population increases click here and click here

A new definition of refugees click here

Wasted food in France and a Chinese buffet story click here

Negative gearing click here

The quiz

The caste system click here

More on the flying spaghetti monster click here

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Episode 33 – 24 February 2016

Donald Trump Vs The Pope click here

The dishonesty of religious lobbying click here

Who are the ACL? click here

Emails from ACL

What is the Safe Schools programme click here and why is it under threat? 

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Episode 32 – 17 February 2016

Assistance for Cardinal Pell click here and Kristina Kinneally on Tim Minchin’s song click here

The ACL on marriage equality and hate speech click here and their friends attack a school formal click here

Anglican Archbishop of Sydney on gender equality click here

School teachers struggle to get rent assistance if “living in sin”.

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Episode 31- 10 February 2016

Christian right in WA click here

Church sanctuary for refugees click here and click here

ACL and Playschool click here

FGM click here and click here

Is your pastor a psychopath? 

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Episode 30 – 3 February 2016

beg forgiveness

National day of prayer click here

Abortion prayer vigil click here

MP’s go to church click here

A new IPSOS  click here

Be like Bill click here

Religious oath in SA click here

Got something secular to get off your chest?

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Episode 29 – 27 January 2016

Australia Day. Stan Grant is no Martin Luther King  click here and click here

Australian of the Year click here

Catholic News. When a saints body does not decompose click here but maybe it does click here

A podcast listener proves there is no God.

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Episode 28 – 20 January 2016

Clive Palmer – goodbye click here but there is a cleanup issue click here

The Immigration department is buying lots of medals click here

Tim Mander to take over Qld LNP click here

15 year old Pakistani boy chops off his own hand click here and it is a true story click here

Dominos minimum wage petition click here

January 23 is the International Day of Protest of Hereditory Religion click here

Iceland click here and note Germany and tithing click here

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster seeks recognition in Australia click here but note the Russian response click here

The TPP is not worth the risk click here

Gender imbalance in Europe click here

Is it possible to wear a headscarf in solidarity with Muslim women? 

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Episode 27 – 13 January 2016

The Velvet Glove and the Twelfth Man hold the fort in the absence of the Iron Fist.

Germany
Fierravanti- Wells

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Episode 26 – 5 January 2016

ASIO chief tells politicians to tone down remarks about Islam click here

Penalty rates  click here

We still don’t get a seat at peace talks click here

A Mother Theresa miracle click here and click here and for Christopher Hitchen’s opinion on MT  click here.

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Episode 25 – 16 December 2015

Special Christmas Edition

Atheist Christmas Carols Click here and here

Drinking white wine in the sun Click here and here and here

Let’s talk about “tolerance” Click here and here

The Gideons are visiting Queensland schools

It is too easy for Australia to declare war Click here and here

The Nativity Quiz  Click here

Religious psychosis Click here

Syria in 5 minutes

Easy or hard asylum integration Click here

David Marr lets loose Click here

Global warming is caused by sin Click here

Kristina Kineally reminds Tony Abbott that the Catholic Church skipped the reformation Click here

Bronwyn Bishop to stay to fight terrorism Click here

Relationship advice Click here

Moderate Muslims have hit the wall Click here

Our positive story of the week Click here

The majority of Muslims are appalled by extremism says Malcolm Turnbull Click here and he cites Indonesia as an example but let’s look at the statistics Click here

 

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Episode 24 – 9 December 2015

God isn’t fixing this. Click here

But Fox News is shocked that someone would say such a thing. Click here

And what does the Dalai Lama say? Click here

Atheist 10 commandments Click here

Malcolm Turnbull and the innovation statement

Muslim reform movement Click here

Letters to the editor

School funding and inequality Click here

The Pope should rescind the ban on contraception. 

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Episode 23 – 2 December 2015

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Episode 22 – 25 November 2015

The meaning of “bigotry”.

The ACL wants people to stop calling them bigots click here while they ask for a war chest to campaign against gay rights click here

A Monty Python like conversation between an Isis terrorist and a progressive left winger click here

Is the liberal left bigoted for not recognising Isil’s claim to be Islamic?

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Hey everyone.
We encourage you to go on to iTunes and leave some positive reviews for our Podcast. Here is what we would like you to do.

From your mobile phone
1. Launch Apple’s Podcast app.
2. Tap the Search tab.
3. Enter the name of the podcast (iron fist velvet glove).

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Episode 21- 18 November 2015

Paris

Malcolm Turnbull says it is the blank work of the Devil“.

The Grand Mufti is not so grand Click here and  Click here

9 conclusions not to draw Click here

#prayforparis Click here

An example of Islamic terrorism dating back to 1786 Click here

Islam’s internal battle Click here

Danish research on Muslim attitudes Click here

The difficulty in changing Islam Click here

Australia is considering sending “peacekeepers”

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Episode 20 – 11 November 2015

Australian Christian Lobby slams safe schools anti-bullying message. Click here. and click here

Banned from schools, Bible bashers are now abusing pre-school children.  Click here

More on the school which invited Muslim schoolchildren to leave during the national anthem Click here

Religious groups are involved in adoption and are blocking same sex parents. 

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Episode 19 – 3 November 2015

Students excused from Anthem.

Religion gives comfort argument. Paul’s argues that if you teach
people to pray for solutions they are less likely to work for
solutions.

Bill Shorten on lowering the voting age.

Julie Bishop is now pro same sex marriage

Bligh government civil unions will be renamed.

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Episode 18 – 29 October 2015

HRC religious freedom round table

The Fist meets with Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones.

Wales agrees with our de-radicalisation theory Click here

With friends like these, who needs enemies. A UN expert abandons children. Click here

Abortion law needs reform, 

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Episode 17 – 21 October 2015

Entry into schools for Christians allows entry by all denominations click here and click here

Electoral Law Reform Commission click here

The Human Rights Commission round table on religious freedom click here and the poor response of the Rationalist Society click here

The Acton Lecture on religion and freedom click here and the predictions of a Catholic Archbishop click here

More on the TPP click here and the China FTA click here

QandA –

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Episode 16 – 14 October 2015

1:28 The Anglican Church wants to import the crazy USA bakery gay marriage argument into Australia. The Anglican Bishop calls it justifiable discrimination. Perhaps he has been radicalised. It is another example of the appalling morality of religious people.

6:58 What do India and Australia have in common?

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Episode 15 – 7 October 2015

  1. The Iron Fist returns full of secular energy.
  2. We have a big discussion about the Islamic terrorist in Sydney and include references to gun control, censorship for inciting violence and provide the ultimate de-radicalisation solution.
  3. This Pope is not a nice guy.
  4. Gun control.

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Episode 14 – 30 September 2015

A fairyologist speaks

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-24/jensen-if-you-want-kids-to-be-happy-try-religion/6797634

Hajj pilgrim deaths

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-25/pilgrims-spent-life-savings-to-attend-hajj-leader-says/6804186

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-26/hajj-stampede-beyond-human-control-says-top-saudi-cleric/6807368

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-24/pilgrims-killed-in-crush-at-hajj-pilgrimage-near-mecca/6803178

http://theconversation.com/hajj-2015-the-precarious-balance-between-pilgrimage-and-consumerism-46970

Senate voting reform

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/mal-broughs-attack-on-crossbench-could-cost-malcolm-turnbull-senate-success-20150922-gjsdji.html

Artwork and terrorism

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/sep/26/sylvanian-families-isis-freedom-of-expression-exhibition

Turnbull takes coalition into poll lead

blankhttp://theconversation.com/turnbull-takes-coalition-into-lead-and-trounces-shorten-in-newspoll-47880

Turnbull boosts domestic violence funding

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-boosts-domestic-violence-funding-but-aid-groups-say-more-needed-20150924-gju1we.html

More Turnbull…

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Episode 12 – 20 September 2015

Andrew Daniels gets another big tick,  secular education, Syrian refugees, religious impacts on vote, trans gender can’t be god parents and voluntary euthanasia.

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Episode 1 Resurrected – 9 September 2015

In this episode we resurrect episode 1 from the cutting room floor.

We sort out who is the Fist and who is the Glove

The Fist reveals his indoctrination ambitions

The Fist has his first Q&A gripe

The return of foreign fighters

Poverty in America

Renunciation certificate.

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Episode 11 – 2 September 2015

Tony Abbott and the Christian right and Tea Party connections

Border Force

Julie Bishop encourages European nations to bomb Syria

Robert Menzies didn’t need a plebiscite on marriage

The Republic

The Flag

Commissioning of Chaplains

NB.

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Episode 10 – 26 August 2015

A great week for secularism.

Victoria pushes SRI aside.

The Bureau of Statistics announces changes to the religious affiliation question in the next census.

Joe Hockey – is he mad?

Australia to bomb Syria.

The BBC and religious programmes.

Survey Results from Essential Report.

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Episode 9 – 19 August 2015

  1. Dyson Heydon – not looking good. Comparisons to Gillian Triggs and Tim Carmody.
  2. FIRIS – gets media time and … stuffs it.
  3. Nick Kyrgios syndrome – no shame anymore, The big tent is now a bunch of little tents and you will always find someone to agree with you.

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Umm, can anyone else see the elephant in the room?

It’s a particularly big elephant. It appears whenever discussion turns to IS, Iran, Iraq, Syria, terrorism and any number of international conflicts.

Commentators often talk about compromise, tolerance, education and humanitarian assistance. There are calls for punishment of the truly evil and protection of the innocent. Discussions often centre around how far our aid should extend and in what circumstances we should act.

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Episode 8 – 12 August 2015

  1. Tony Abbott works the system to avoid a conscience vote on Gay Marriage
  2. Malcolm Fraser on power.
  3. Peter Kentley the executive director of the Pentacostal group Christian Federation presents flowers and warns of Lucifer
  4. Facebook argument re ABC religious programs
  5. Noel Pearson says living languages need the Bible
  6. Parents push back against religion in public schools
  7. Weekend penalty rates

Tony Abbott works the system to avoid a conscience vote on Gay Marriage

https://theconversation.com/abbott-delivers-to-the-conservatives-on-same-sex-marriage-but-at-what-cost-45977

Tony Abbott video

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2015/aug/12/tony-abbott-same-sex-marriage-plebiscite-vote-video

Malcolm Fraser.

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Episode 7 – 5 August 2015

We discuss:

Adam Goodes, Patrick Dodson, Noel Pearson, Nova Peris and Aboriginal affairs generally;

Mike Baird and his idea for prayer groups;

The Trans Pacific Partnership;

Cecil the Lion speaks from the dead;

A new book on secularism; and

The need to counter the Australian Christian Lobby.

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Episode 6 – 29 July 2015

In NSW,  the current school enrolment form asks parents whether they prefer their child to attend scripture lessons, ethics lessons or other supervised activity. Who would believe that the Premier of NSW would rule that this form must be changed so that parents will no longer be able to select ethics lessons for their children? 

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Episode 5 – 21 July 2015

 

The Iron Fist accuses the Velvet glove of misuse of the podcast helicopter to attend Secular party meeting.

Helicopter-gate generally including a lesson in Latin and Roman history.

https://newmatilda.com/2015/07/18/transcript-abbotts-assault-slipper-over-parly-expenses-removed-liberal-party-website

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bronwyn-bishops-5000-helicopter-ride-to-liberal-fundraiser-fails-the-sniff-test-joe-hockey-20150716-gidee9.html

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bronwyn-bishop-digs-in-as-office-confirms-she-signed-her-expense-report-without-checking-it-20150719-gifm9b.html

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bronwyn-bishop-helicopter-scandal-tony-abbotts-blunt-warning-to-speaker-20150721-gih014.html

Mike Baird and the GST.

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Episode 4 – 15 July 2015

Bill Shorten and the Royal Commission, conflicts of interest, political donations, the ultimate vote winning policy, Barnaby and the coal mine, Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Novak Djokovic.

Show notes for Episode 4

Political donations https://theconversation.com/follow-the-money-the-difficult-path-to-political-donation-reform-44138

The Royal Commissioner on Julia Gillard http://johnmenadue.com/blog/?p=3012

Wind power https://theconversation.com/the-australians-campaign-against-wind-farms-continues-but-the-research-doesnt-stack-up-44774

https://theconversation.com/the-australians-campaign-against-wind-farms-continues-but-the-research-doesnt-stack-up-44774

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/10/denmark-wind-windfarm-power-exceed-electricity-demand

Bill Shorten smear campaign http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2015/jul/10/bill-shorten-smear-royal-commission-turc-trade-union-video

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Episode 3 – 9 July 2015

A quick tally of who we may have offended.

Tony Abbott blesses the podcast.

Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison are wrong.

Our new segment “You can not be Kyrgios”.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney attacks gay marriage friendly businesses.

Noel Pearson presents a muddied argument.

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Episode 2 – 4 July 2015

Islam, Gay marriage, SRE teachers, Tony Abbott, George Brandis, Nick Krygios, people smuggling and Greek crisis.

Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the podcast

Islam related opinion polls http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Pages/Opinion-Polls.htm

Nasty stuff in the Qur’an http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Top_10_Controversial_Verses_in_the_Qur’an

George Brandis says killing ISIS fighters only adds to suffering in Syria http://m.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/brisbane-anti-isis-fighter-to-die-on-battlefield-or-face-jail-back-home-minister/story-fnn8dlfs-1227420689710?sv=ba5880ddc87377c7107aaa1ca9089906

Sarah Haider on the need for liberal criticism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0plC24YuoJk

SRE teachers https://vimeo.com/118767261?utm_source=Youthworks+Communications&utm_campaign=9cea4a9087-Conversion_Series2_24_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8db08578d5-9cea4a9087-204718017

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