D'oh! Kapital

Ben and Jacob

From the Australian Kapital Territory, Ben and Jacob (plus guests) discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of the international class struggle at home and abroad. Become a supporter at https://www.patreon.com/dohkapital read less
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It's a wrap? - Show up date
Mar 4 2024
It's a wrap? - Show up date
It’s a Wrap? In which Ben provides an update what’s on he’s mind and thoughts on the future of the show.   You can access D’Oh! Kapital’s back capital hereon your favorite app or at D'oh! Kapital | RSS.com Thank you to guests that have provided their contributions to D’Oh! for nearly 4 years.  To our Patreon’s your support has meant that this show has been able to make a contribution to discussions about Labor and union activism, democratic socialism, Australian elections (its Dan’s fault), recent activist history, struggle in Chile and beyond.   We initially intended this show as a way to engage with ACT Labor activists during the COVID years we did that and have been able to provide content to an audience many, many times larger then the dozens of Labor activists we were talking with. We’re especially proud to have supported the successful campaign for the introduction of a four-day work into ACT Labor’s platform (an ACT Government trail is coming). We’ve used this platform to promote struggle inside and outside Labor on issues such as empowered-democratic unions, ending Australia’s brutal treatment the poor, getting the market out of education and solidarity for justice internationally. Ben is working on a project to provide more political education content for activists grappling with how to make Australian Labor governments deliver the transformative agenda we urgently need for people and planet. So stay tuned. Amnesty International petitions on Australian arms trade to Israel and campaigns hereDefence hides Australia’s weapon sales to Israel amid war crimes investigation into Palestine, Michelle Fahy, Michael West Media, 16 August 2021 Struggle continues, solidarity for the win.
Can there be members power in a union? CPSU elections with Jordana Colvin and Chris Warren
Jan 7 2024
Can there be members power in a union? CPSU elections with Jordana Colvin and Chris Warren
In which we hear about how members can have power in in their union by contesting the rare thing that is a genuine union election in Australia. Benno chats with union activists Jordana Colvin and Chris Warren from Democracy4CPSU a rank and file union group. Who organised a serious challenge to the leadership in the recent Community and Public Sector Union (PSU Group) national elections with it Members United ticket. We learn how Members United pulled off an incredible challenge in less than three months created a national rank and file network of hundreds of union activists and what initial thoughts and lessons union activists can learn from in 2024. Data on Australia’s miserable wage increases can be found here Wage Price Index and here Consumer Price Index at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.Jordana Colvin, Members United, quoted in Rate rise adds fuel to public servants' claim for a better pay deal, 8 November 2023 Chris JohnsonAPS pay deal labelled a betrayal, CPSU challenger group urges rejection, 25 November 2023, Julian Bajkowski CPSU leadership in fight for APS wages and its own survival, 3 November 2023, Chris JohnsonMembers United - Members United Team - HomeAustralia’s Public Sector Union Is in Decline Thanks to Its Labor-Aligned Leadership, Adam Mayers and Adriana Boisen, Jacobin, 31 August 2023Cease Fire Now! Free Palestine. Show solidarity for peace wherever you are.Thank you to our listeners and supporters that have kept this this show running. It means a lot. You can find our link tree and patreon supporter page here https://linktr.ee/dohkapital Please subscribe, like, share or leave a review on your preferred platform.Keep on, keeping on. Benno
A good start but we need a strategy and activism to get more from Labor. With Mathew Byrne
Jun 9 2023
A good start but we need a strategy and activism to get more from Labor. With Mathew Byrne
In which we hear its possible to push for more from the federal Labor party a year on from forming a government without being a silly stooge or sectarian simp. Ben catches up in person with the sharp socialist mind of Mathew Byrne and explore the positives of the past 12 months of the Albanese lead federal government. They talk progress on the campaign for a four-day work week in the ACT and explore how a strategy to organise both in and outside of Labor is delivering more from the federal parliamentary Labor party (PLP) then they’d otherwise give.The Federal PLP has not done enough to deal with the cost-of-living crisis, rampant inequality and climate catastrophe. Mathew and Ben explore a strategy to demand and push for more from federal Labor. Mathew Secretary of ACT Branch for over 5 years where big inroads were made into making Labor more democratic, accessible and community campaigned focused. The ACT Branch still remains one of if not the most democratic and progressive in Australia. The success of he’s tenure & leadership during the 2016 ACT election saw the Labor returned to government and growth of membership into thousands of members when he left. Please note the volume level for the first part of the chat is a tad low so please adjust for the first 20mins. So, sincere apologies. NotesWe recorded on 2 June 2023. The actual Fair Work Commission wage rises for minimum wage was increased by 8.6% and for millions of workers covered by industrial awards were raised by 5.75% as mentioned by Matthew.Australia's minimum wage increased by 5.75 per cent | SBS News Subscribe to this podcast and become a patreon www.patreon.com/dohkapital We are on Facebook and active on Twitter handle @dohkapital or email dohkapital@gmail.com
E 30 - Benno's Brief: Its OK not to like Julia
Mar 31 2023
E 30 - Benno's Brief: Its OK not to like Julia
Benno’s Brief is an occasionally op-ed episode of D’oh Kapital. On this episode Ben takes us on a not well-known path for some in the Australian Left called: “It’s OK to not like Julia”.Ben looks at why it totally OK not to like former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, (and Kevin Rudd PM) legacy to Australian politics and working-class people when Prime Minister and deputy leader during federal Labor’s last stint from 2007 – 2013. And as usual urges listeners to get rowdy engaged in grass roots politics and movements.You can support D’oh Kapital here https://linktr.ee/dohkapitalDon’t forget to like, share and leave a review on your favorite Application.Thanks to our comrade subscribers and patreons who keep the show chugging along in 2023.Useful links from this episodehttps://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2023/juliahttps://ministers.dese.gov.au/gillard/end-work-choices-marks-start-fair-workhttps://www.smh.com.au/national/gillard-rejects-wider-strike-provisions-20110916-1kdeh.htmlhttps://futurework.org.au/post/enterprise-bargaining-system-no-longer-fit-for-purpose/https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/gillard-defends-welfare-cuts-to-mums/xiwfrqnrjhttps://theconversation.com/australias-asylum-seeker-policy-history-a-story-of-blunders-and-shame-118396And check out Alison Pennington’s book, Gen F’d, at good bookstore everywhere https://www.hardiegrant.com/au/publishing/bookfinder/book/gen-f_d_-by-alison-pennington/9781743799215