Brazil’s lower house has passed a vote to begin the impeachment processes of their President Dilma Rousseff. The case now passes to the senate, who will also vote on whether the president used money from state-owned banks to cover a budget deficit during her re-election campaign. However the turmoil goes deeper than this issue, as Dr Tom Chodor explains.
http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/sites/default/files/alp-greens_enoggera_kara_080316.mp3 Local council elections are coming up in just a few weeks, on March 19. The Enoggera Ward is part of Brisbane City Council, encompassing many of the North Western Suburbs. At 14%, it’s a very safe LNP seat. This election, there are three candidates running for the ward, LNP incumbent Andrew Wines; ALP candidate Amanda Ronan-Hearn; and Greens candidate Kirsty Ksiazek. I spoke to Amanda, and Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Ben Pennings, who stood in for Kirsty, about what they’re running for, and how they’re different. Councillor Andrew Wines was contacted, but was unavailable for interview.
The Greens have welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party. Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Bill will end the era of back room party preference deals.
The Lock the Gate alliance is calling on the Liberal Party to return what it’s calling ‘tainted donations’ from resources company Linc Energy, which is currently facing legal action from the Queensland Government for one of the largest contamination events in Queensland’s history. Carmel Flint is Lock the Gate Alliance’s National Campaign Coordinator, and she spoke to us about the details of this issue.
The US Ambassador to Australia has asked Prime Minister Turnbull to lobby members of Congress in support of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) legislation to be considered by Congress later this year. Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network says if this surprising advice is followed, the PM will face an uphill battle to convince members of Congress to support the TPP.
Mr Briggs resigned as cities minister after acting inappropriately towards a young woman while drinking in a Hong Kong bar during a ministerial visit in late November. Since then, Peter Dutton sent an insulting and misogynistic text, about a journalist who published details of the event, not to his college Jamie Briggs, but to the journalist herself. I spoke to Melbourne University’s Dr Lauren Rosewarne about this event, and what it demonstrates about Australian politics.