Left, Right and Centre Episode 2: Calling the God Phone (10/03/09)


Did you miss the action packed second episode of Left, Right and Centre? Shame on you. However, you can redeem yourself! Subscribe to the podcast of the show via iTunes, or directly by copying the RSS feed into your podcast downloader.

Or, download the show directly from this page, as well as Casey’s full interview with Edwin Kemp-Attrill, Director of “The Revolution Starts Here.”

On Episode 2, Mateo, Timothy, Casey and Christopher discussed stories including:

Peter Costello makes no announcement about his leadership ambitions
Peter Costello is ahead of current opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull 45% to 38% as the preferred man to lead the federal opposition, according to the latest Newspoll survey in The Australian. Following its release, Peter Costello refused to comment on “the leadership question”, but the cover of The Australian on the 10th of March, 2009 features a photograph of Costello smiling rather than smirking.

This stands in stark contrast to the support for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose satisfaction rating stands at 63%, and who has a 40 point lead as preferred Prime Minister over Mr. Turnbull, with 61% against 21%. While Costello’s coyness on the subject of the leadership continues, the longer Turnbull struggles against a government that is operating in a time of economic crisis, and the closer we are to an election, the stronger Costello’s position will be.

Peter Costello, apparently demonstrating his love for the Hungry Jacks "Whopper"

Peter Costello, apparently demonstrating his love for the Hungry Jacks "Whopper"

Policeman killed in Northern Ireland shooting
Two men, aged 17 and 37, have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Northern Ireland police officer. Republican splinter group, the Continuity IRA, have claimed responsibility for the shooting which ended the life of 48 year-old Constable Stephen Paul Carroll. The shooting came less than a week after another Republican group, the Real IRA, claimed responsibility for a shooting outside a military barracks, which killed 2 British soldiers, and injured 4 other people. These incidents, which are the first fatal attacks on British officers by Republican groups in a decade, raise serious questions about the future of the Northern Ireland peace accords.

The Revolution Starts Here

Casey spoke to director of The Revolution Starts Here (performed as part of the Adelaide Fringe) and Artistic Director of ActNow Theatre for Social Change Edwin Kemp-Attrill. They chatted about the play and it’s development, and about ActNow’s inception and direction. Listen to the full unedited interview.

Protectionism presents a threat in hard economic times

Protectionism, an economy policy which employs tariffs and trade barriers to protect local industry and jobs regardless of their effectiveness, may present a threat to continued global prosperity. In a speech to the combined houses of the US legislature, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged nations, particularly the United States, not to “succumb” to a concept “which protects no one.”

The 2050 Report

In this edition of The 2050 Report, Left, Right and Centre contributors Tristan and Yesha discussed the Lower Lakes of the River Murray and The Coorong. The CSIRO’s most recent climate report shows that along most of our coast, where over ninety per cent of the population lives, rainfall has substantially declined. It reported that this decline in rainfall has severe results for the Murray-Darling River system adding to on top of the widely publicized hardships suffered by farmers, townships and industry alike.

Tristan and Yesha spoke to Dr David Paton, Head of the School of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Adelaide about the environmental problems in the region, the consequences, and the efforts underway to help the Murray recover.

In Rapid Fire News:

The washing machine.... more liberating for women than the pill.

The washing machine.... more liberating for women than the pill.

  • Washing machine more liberating than pill, says Pope: In an International Women’s day commentary, the official Vatican daily has said that the washing machine has had a greater liberating role for women than the pill. The headline read “The washing machine and the emancipation of women: put in the powder, close the lid and relax.” “The debate is still open. Some say it was the pill, others the liberalisation of abortion, or being able to work outside the home. Others go even further: the washing machine,” it added.
  • ACTU to take LNP to court over ad: The ACTU is taking legal action against the Queensland Liberal National Party over its use of a union slogan in its current election campaign. Last Thursday, the LNP placed a full page ad in Queensland newspapers featuring the tagline “Your Rights at Work – Worth Knowing the Truth.” The Union movement, who used the slogan “Your Rights at Work – Worth Fighting For” in the lead-up to the last federal election, have reacted angrily to the ads, with ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence labelling it a “Cheap political trick,” saying that “it is designed to mislead the public and misrepresents the well-known union campaign to protect workers’ rights.”
  • America becoming less Christian, survey finds: A survey published on Monday has found that America is a less Christian nation than it was 20 years ago. According to the American Religious Identification Survey from Trinity College in Connecticut, 75% of Americans call themselves Christian. In 1990, the figure was 86%. However, Christianity is not losing out to other religions, but primarily to a rejection of religion altogether. One in five Americans said they have no religious identity or did not answer the question.
  • Smugglers built vodka pipeline: A group of suspected smugglers are to go on trial for pumping thousands of litres of cheap Russian vodka into the European Union through an underwater pipeline. A spokesman for Estonian prosecutors said “It might sound weird and unbelievable but it’s a very real criminal case.” The accused built a 2-kilometre pipeline through a reservoir that marks the Russian-Estonian border, and managed to pump 6,200 litres of spirits across before getting caught. They were caught after Estonian tax officials found 1,159 litres of untaxed alcohol hidden in a truck in the capital of Estonia. The smugglers managed to avoid paying almost 123,000 dollars in taxes.
  • Smuggler has broken leg cast in cocaine: Spanish police have reportedly arrested a 66 year old Chilean man at Barcelona airport after they discovered that his leg was supported by a cast made entirely from cocaine. In total, the man was carrying 4.85kg of cocaine, which was hidden in fake beer cans and hollowed out stools in addition to the cast. For what it’s worth, at least the man’s injuries were genuine. He has reportedly been transferred to a clinic for an operation on his tibia and his fibula.
  • Man uses debit card, leading to arrest: Shawn Thomas Lester, a 33 year-old West Virginian, has been arrested after using his debit card to buy a soft drink during an attempted robbery. Lester, who walked into a convenience store and told the clerk he had a gun, reportedly became flustered when a customer entered the store. The clerk then told Lester to pay for his soft drink, and Lester handed over his debit card, signed the receipt “John Doe”, and left the store without any cash. The police, of course, traced the debit card.
  • 65-year-old appears for class 10 exams for 44th time: A 65-year-old grocery shop owner from India is attempting to take the class 10 exams for the 44th time, according to the Times of India. The man, Jabbar, claims that his “experience” means he can now predict the exam trends, despite having failed to do just that 43 times previously. Speaking to the media, he said “Last year, I committed some silly mistakes and failed by a few marks. But this time I will not repeat them (mistakes) and pass the exam.”
  • Dutch leave messages on God phone: A Netherlands art exhibition will allow people to call a phone number designated for God, but will have to leave a message. Called “God’s hotline”, callers will hear a voicemail message which says “This is the voice of God, I am not able to speak to you at the moment, but please leave a message.” The artist, Johan van der Dong, says that he will not listen to the messages, that they will remain strictly between the callers and “God.”
  • Button gaffe embarrasses Clinton: The Russian media have made fun of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she gave Sergei Lavrov, her Russian counterpart, a button with an incorrect translation. Clinton had meant to give Lavrov a mock red “reset” button, symbolising US hopes to repair ties with Russia, but the button read “overloaded” or “overcharged” instead. A Russian daily made light of the issue, saying “Sergei Lavrov and Hillary Clinton push the wrong button.”
  • Hindley St just a boxing ring: According to traders and security guards, late-night closures have turned Hindley st crowds into “gladiators in an arena”. Last Saturday alone, there were more than 14 violent incidents in what The Advertiser termed the “entertainment precinct”, including bashings, a sexual assault, and an “alleged assault” which left a police officer unconscious.

Music was also played!

  • Jackie Cooper, by Little Red (playing this Saturday at O’ Ball)
  • I Make Hamburgers, by The Whitlams
  • Eraser, by No Age
  • Dancing Choose, by TV on the Radio

Congratulations go out to Michael, who picked himself up two tickets to O’ Ball just for calling in! And there are two more chances to win O’ Ball tickets if you listen in to Blue Monkey Jazz on Wednesday this week, and Illuminati on Thursday, both at midnight.

And that’s it for another week! Don’t forget the podcast, the facebook group (Left, Right and Centre), the email address (leftrightandcentre@live.com.au). If you can think of a better caption for that picture of Peter Costello or the Washing Machine, post a comment in the blog.

And don’t forget Left, Right and Centre again next week: Tuesday at midnight.

~ The Left, Right and Centre Team


2 Responses to “Left, Right and Centre Episode 2: Calling the God Phone (10/03/09)”

  1. Hello,
    I would like to use the photo of the women standing next to the washing machine in a poetry video. Do you know how I might get permission?

    Thank you.

    Raven Garland

  2. 2 kalendarze

    nice and really interesting. Thank you for this post.

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