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Writer | Warrior Monk | Comedian "The Laughing Owl Wednesday Weekly Podcast is a magnificently fresh 'radio' show broadcasting colorful, and oftentimes outrageously offensive, bits of careless rambling from the mind of a young man that uses the english language so irresponsibly; yet, somehow always laced with delightfully forgivable poetics, Wolfgang's weekly musings frequently leave his listeners fully entertained until the very end. Pure genius." - a potential review from The New York Time ...
 
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Van Badham and Ben Davison try to unpack the Morrison secret shadow government as the full extent of his additional portfolios is exposed. While Morrison flatly denies any wrong doing most of the country thinks he should resign from parliament and that he has undermined democratic processes. Van and Ben breakdown what happened, why it is a problem …
 
Ben Davison reviews how Insiders failed to discuss one of the biggest political stories of the week; Scott Morrison SECRETLY making himself health and finance minister during the early stages of the COVID pandemic. Ben breaks down why Morrison might have done it, asks who knew and would Peter Dutton do the same if he gets the chance? Chris Bowen ga…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison breakdown why Peter Dutton has refused the invitation to attend the Jobs and Skills Summit at the same time his junior coalition partner and own shadow Treasurer are demanding an invitation. While the Liberals seem determined to call everything a "stunt" Labor's ministers are consulting with stakeholders from business and…
 
Ben Davison gives a wrap up of the "end of the climate wars" (its not really), the culture war being built to oppose the Voice, Dutton's union bashing and his nuclear folly. Don't forget to join your union at australianunions.org.au/wow (you know Dutton will hate it) With Paul Karp's Guardian piece exposing the "Pay to get paid" Uber platforms in t…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison give a quick update on the goings on at parliament (Aged care reforms, workers in the halls, cultural policy, a review of defence and attempts to claw back the "Workforce Australia" program) before jumping into how the economic establishment has gotten things so very wrong during the cost of living & inflation crisis. Wit…
 
Ben Davison looks at Prime Minister Albanese's Insiders interview from Garma where he outlined his plan for the constitutional referendum and the enshrinement of the indigenous Voice to parliament. How the Voice comes into being will depend on winning the referendum and Ben analyses the approach Albo is taking to make sure he wins the debate. The 1…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison take a look at why Anthony Albanese's government faces some significant challenges as the new parliament sits for the first time. Van and Ben discuss the emotional opening of parliament and why Labor's time in government, particularly under the current circumstances, is so important. With neo-liberal economic ideologues d…
 
Ben Davison examines Tony Burke's Insider's interview where he announced the end of the ABCC misusing taxpayer funds to persecute workers over union stickers, logos and flags. Minister Burke also discussed how some corporations are using "loopholes" to lower wages as an Age/SMH piece finds workers in union agreements are winning higher pay rises th…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at how John Barliaro has come totally unstuck as his former chief of staff testifies that the former NSW Nationals Deputy Premier created the New York trade position with every intention of taking the job himself. Tanya Plibersek has released the previous Morrison government's environment report which has some dammin…
 
Van Badham joins Ben Davison for a very special weekend wrap. Our hosts got married yesterday! In a small family ceremony at the beach where Van's father's ashes were put into Botany Bay, Van and Ben have tied the knot. But the news waits for no one. Albo's decision to reinstate paid pandemic leave payments for worker's who have to isolate shows th…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at the Albanese Government's announcement of a jobs and skills summit, who might be going, who thinks they are going, what it is supposed to achieve and why the Liberal Party is totally confused about what is happening. Australian Unions are positioning to have the summit fix our broken workplace laws, improve wages,…
 
If you like our show and think, you know what? Those lads deserve an award, then you're in luck. You can vote for us in the British Podcast Awards for the people's choice award This is it folks, then end of season 3. We've had a blast and we hope you have to. Thank you so much for continuing to listen to our consistently chaotic approach to podcast…
 
In 20 minutes Ben looks at the resignation of Boris Johnson, who remains Prime Minister but is no longer the leader of the Tory party, the political upheaval in Sri Lanka as the President and Prime Minister resign following the citizens taking over the Presidential palace and the assassination of former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe by a suspe…
 
If you like our show and think, you know what? Those lads deserve an award, then you're in luck. You can vote for us in the British Podcast Awards for the people's choice award This week, Ben and Dan wax lyrical about just how good the British GP was. Played out in front of 140,000 string crowd, it had everything, not least a thrilling 5 way battle…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison break down how the Liberal Party and their right wing media allies have attacked Albo doing his job promoting Australia's interests in Europe while they simultaneously forgot that Dutton is literally on holiday. Even NSW Liberal state Premier Dominic Perrottet has defended Albo saying the state and federal government had …
 
Van Badham joins Ben Davison for a special Weekend Wrap to discuss the rapid rebuilding of Australia's international reputation, the latest Per Capita report on systemic risks of contracting in the NDIS and Australia suffering our 10,000th COVID death. Albo and the Labor government have rapidly rebuilt Australia's international reputation with alli…
 
AN ASK: If you like our show and think, you know what? Those lads deserve an award, then you're in luck. You can vote for us in the British Podcast Awards for the listener's choice award. You never know. Living up to our multi sports name, this week we talk about the... English Premier League, American Football, Tennis, Major League Soccer, Formula…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison emerge from their COVID isolation to breakdown the real story behind the wages debate in Australia. The reality doesn't match the ideological chest beating from the business lobby who were quick to claim a Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) mandate for a wages cap (their isn't one) to stop a "wages spiral" and that Sally McM…
 
Simon missed the Golf! His on off relationship is off again, but for what reason? Ben talks about Manchester United Chief Exec's uber-viral video; what are the ramifications for Richard Arnold? Without Dan we get free rein to talk LIV Golf, WWE, Cricket, Football and Jacky Grealish's Las Vegas adventure. The Last Wednesday of the Week is the multi …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison have COVID! But that doesn't stop them from examining how a decade of Liberal/National government gave Morrison the chance to stack out various Australian institutions, ranging from the ABC to the Reserve Bank. While many appointments across government may have been on merit the uniform ideological background of people on…
 
Van Badham joins Ben Davison for the Weekend Wrap and a look under the hood at the Victorian and New South Wales early childhood education announcements this week. While it was a joint announcement the details highlight the public sector vs private sector approaches of the respective Labor and Liberal governments. NSW has also announced "reforms" i…
 
Simon's relationship with Golf gets complicated as LIV Golf kicks off with what can only be described a successful tournament, but at what cost? Ben gives us the latest and standout stories from the transfer news in Football, and Dan needs new internet. The Last Wednesday of the Week is the multi tool of sports podcasts. We bring you highlights of …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison celebrate Minimum Wage day as 2.7 Million low paid workers in Australia are set to receive at least a 4.6% and up to 5.2% increase in wages. We look at who will get what and when. As well as the dollars and cents, Van and Ben break down the economic and socio-political realities of the minimum wage decision, what we need …
 
Ben Davison looks at Bill Shorten's Insider's interview and his push to fix the NDIS. With 90% of NDIS providers now unregistered, organised crime infiltrated into the system & foreign private equity extracting profits Shorten has promised that if "you are delivering personal care you have to be registered" that people will be "paid the proper awar…
 
Ben and Si get all nostalgic after a heavy Platinum Jubilee weekend. From 1952 to 2022, there have been many, many notable sporting moments and even more notable athletes and sports personalities. So we pick a handful of our favourites. The Last Wednesday of the Week is the multi tool of sports podcasts. We bring you highlights of the week in sport…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison look at what's happening in our economy as the Reserve Bank raises rates, inflation spikes and wages continue to go backwards in real terms. Van and Ben get underneath the headline figures to look at what's really driving inflation, who's profiting and why wage increases are exactly what we need to get the economy humming…
 
Ben Davison looks at Labor's moves to scrap the cashless debit card, end the outsourcing of Centrelink call centres and lift the minimum wage while acknowledging National reconciliation week and Mabo Day. Insider's had National Party leader David Littleproud on who expressed "no regrets" over the policies of the last decade of Liberal-National misr…
 
Simon is on his travels again, so this week Ben takes charge with a summary of our thoughts about the Monaco Grand Prix, why do we get sucked in every year? He also talks about the headlines made on and off the pitch by the weekends Champions League final. The Last Wednesday of the Week is the multi tool of sports podcasts. We bring you highlights …
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison dive into the new Albanese Government Ministry with a look at some of the key changes as well as an explainer on how "factions" work and directly answer some direct listener questions. Big appointments in defence, skills, education, environment, climate change, NDIS, government services, aged care, housing, Indigenous Aus…
 
Ben Davison looks at a huge first week for the Albanese Labor government as five ministers bring the Muragappan family home to Bilo, push to lift wages, rebuild our relationships in the Pacific, ensure our role in the Quad and commit to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a Voice to parliament. Ben also reviews the latest episode of Insider's wh…
 
This week's show has a one track mind, the English Premier League. With the final games played last weekend where battles still raged at the top and bottom of the table, Ben and Si dig in to all the stories from this season's league. Or at least that was the plan. Our internet had better ideas. Plagued by technical issues and quickly running out of…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison examine the first few days of the Albanese Labor government as Albo and his gang of four are sworn in to start the transition after a decade of Liberal-National rule and so Albo can attend the regional security pact meeting known as "The Quad". Van and Ben look at Labor's policy priorities between now and the end of the y…
 
Van Badham and Ben Davison talk about election night 2022, the first openly left/centre left LIVE Election night broadcast and the current state of play for the Australian parliament. With Albo's Labor Party winning a majority but the most independant MPs elected into parliament since before WWII Van and Ben look at what has happened from a macro p…
 
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