Episode 107: Sally McManus calls for end to war on workers, Labor federal ICAC is NACC and Queensland to end reliance on coal by 2035


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Van Badham and Ben Davison are relieved by the huge agenda of the Labor commonwealth government and do a deep dive on the National Press Club speech by ACTU Secretary Sally McManus. Sally's speech explores how we came to the economic situation we are in, what we can do about it and why unions are naturally inclined to work with others to solve our shared problems. Van and Ben discuss the historical context, the values that drive economic justice or inequality and just what might happen next for Australia. You can join your union at australianunions.org.au/wow

In Queensland the union movement has worked with the state Labor government to develop a ten year energy plan that includes a charter of worker's rights, moving to renewables and guarantees both jobs and lower carbon emissions! Van and Ben discuss how environmental outcomes and social outcomes align.

The Albanese government has introduced a federal ICAC, known as the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), with Peter Dutton having to accept that it will become law. Van and Ben discuss why the NACC is important to democracy and what happens when we don't maintain our democratic institutions.

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