The 9pm Doom before the Revolution with Claire Connelly

Claire Connelly tries to ignore the entire economy collapsing right in front of her eyes. (Photo: Supplied)

The winter series of The 9pm Edict continues with a sunshine and rainbows-filled chat with special guest Claire Connelly. She’s a researcher, freelance journalist, and Policy Fellow at the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney.

In this episode we talk about so many horrible things: inflation, the housing crisis, rising inequality, avocados, and surveillance capitalism — but we definitely do not call for a revolution.

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  • Claire Connelly is a researcher, freelance journalist, and Policy Fellow at the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney. She is currently pursuing research investigating the future of democracy, economic inequality and an agenda for post-pandemic rebuilding in Australia.
  • Australian researcher & journalist. Views are strictly my own. Wash your hands.
  • Produced in the early sixties by the South Australian Housing Trust, "Elizabeth, A Place To Grow" was meant as a calling card for prospective new residents aimed primarily at attracting suitable white English stock.
  • Before the 1950s, most of the area surrounding today's suburb of Elizabeth was farming land. After the end of the Second World War with its shortage of materials, the state government decided that South Australia needed to grow and become industrialised. A satellite city was planned for northern metropolitan fringe of Adelaide between the existing townships of Salisbury and Smithfield. The South Australian Housing Trust initiated a housing development program in the area, with a purchase of 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) at the site of the present suburb. The township (now suburb) of Elizabeth was established on 16 November 1955, being named after Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia.
  • [9 April 2022] Housing initiatives purporting to create a ‘social mix’ are a convenient way for governments to avoid building new social housing or to neglect existing stock while shifting public land into private ownership. By Claire Connelly.
  • [5 May 2022] In this slightly arithmetic-heavy episode we talk about Tim Wilson’s derangement, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, housing affordability, interests rates, that goddam chicken curry, and the supposed chaos of so-called hung parliaments. Again. [The segment on housing affordability starts at around 21m43s.]
  • [2 May 2022] Thousands of Australians who have already given up on buying a home are also facing the prospect of being priced out of the rental market, leading experts have warned. 
  • [6 July 2022] Co-housing involves the construction of several dwellings on a single block, where some amenities are shared.
  • Five Bedrooms is an Australian comedy-drama television series, which first screened on Network 10. The eight part series premiered on 15 May 2019, at 8:40 pm. In the United States, the series started streaming on Peacock on April 15, 2020.
  • Labor will create the $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund which will build 30,000 new social and affordable housing properties in its first five years, and create thousands of jobs. Each year investment returns from the Housing Australia Future Fund will be transferred to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) to pay for social and affordable housing projects.
  • [5 July 2022] There are no shortages of challenges in the Australian economy right now and today's decision by the RBA to raise interest rates will put even more pressure on families. I am confident we can emerge stronger from the difficulties that we are facing if we work together. #auspol
  • [2 July 2022] As Australia attempts to control inflation, it is ignoring the impacts of monopoly ownership and price gouging. By Claire Connelly.
  • [23 June 2022] Prices are rising by 9.1% a year in the UK - the highest rate for 40 years.
  • [7 July 2022] In an increasingly expensive world, money is on everyone’s mind. But talking about money is often taboo. So, we asked people for you.
  • [23 June 2022] New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet says a government plan to slap striking unions with hefty fines was meant to encourage "fair and reasonable" behaviour.
  • What Are The NSW Laws? Under tough, new anti-protest laws passed through the NSW Parliament back in April, protesters can face up to two years in prison and fines of up to $22,000.
  • The eight-hour day movement or 40-hour week movement, also known as the short-time movement, was a social movement to regulate the length of a working day, preventing excesses and abuses.
  • National railway strike of 1911 was the first national strike of railway workers in Britain. It arose from longstanding disputes between workers and railway companies, combined with the desire of the unions to assert their unity and strength. The strike lasted only two days, but the show of strength succeeded in forcing the Liberal Government to set up a royal commission to examine the workings of the 1907 Conciliation Board. The strike also led to the Llanelli Riots of 1911, in which two people died in clashes between railway workers and troops, which had been sent in to stop the blockade of the line by strikers.
  • [31 May 2022] Prime Minister Anthony Albanese unveils Labor's new frontbench, including Richard Marles as Deputy PM and Minister for Defence and Linda Burney as Minister for Indigenous Australians.
  • TRANSCRIPT 31 May 2022 Parliament House, Canberra. Prime Minister. Gilmore; majority government; Ministry list, representation of women; gas prices; energy prices; cost of living; Julian Assange; policy agenda
  • [6 July 2022] The Prime Minister has hit out at critics for playing politics as parts of NSW face the worse flooding event in decades.
  • [12 May 2020] In "Capital is Dead", McKenzie Wark asks: What if we’re not in capitalism anymore but something worse? The question is provocative, sacrilegious, unsettling as it forces anti-capitalists to confront an unacknowledged attachment to capitalism. Communism was supposed to come after capitalism and it’s not here, so doesn’t that mean we are still in capitalism? Left unquestioned, this assumption hinders political analysis. If we’ve rejected strict historical determinism, we should be able to consider the possibility that capitalism has mutated into something qualitatively different. Wark’s question invites a thought experiment: what tendencies in the present indicate that capitalism is transforming itself into something worse?
  • McKenzie Wark (born 1961) is an Australian-born writer and scholar. Wark is known for her writings on media theory, critical theory, new media, and the Situationist International. Her best known works are A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory. She is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at The New School in New York City.
  • Surveillance capitalism is a term first introduced by John Bellamy Foster and Robert McChesney in Monthly Review in 2014 and later popularized by academic Shoshana Zuboff that denotes a new genus of capitalism that monetizes data acquired through surveillance.

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