The politics of everything that matters to mankind in the 20th century

The Politics of Everything

Hosted by Amber Daines, The Politics of Everything launched in May 2017 as a weekly podcast series asking newsworthy experts and leaders the tricky questions about the politics of everything that matters to mankind in the 21st century. 

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Future guests are welcome to contact me with your big idea and include the subject line 'POE idea', your chosen topic and a brief biography. 

April 13th 2021
86: The Politics of Family Law - Stephen Page
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My guest is Stephen Page, an award-winning family lawyer from Brisbane. Admitted in 1987, Stephen has been an accredited family law specialist since 1996. He has presented at conferences around the world about family law. Stephen is a Fellow of both the International Academy of Family Lawyers and the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. He holds several committee positions, including with the American Bar Association and the Queensland Law Society.

Stephen is an international expert for the World Bank in its Women, Business and the Law survey, and he lectures in Law and Ethics in Reproductive Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

He has written and presented about family law and surrogacy around the world including for the International Bar Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Stephen has received a number of awards, including the inaugural Pride in Law Award (2020). When he left uni in the '80s, he like other students wondered how the law might deal with reality when life began.

To his amazement, in 2012 he acted in the first case in the world that said what it was to conceive a child. He never expected to be a pioneer in his field, but he was not prepared to accept the world as it was. In his spare time, Stephen chairs his daughter's daycare committee.

Hear from Stephen on:

  1. How has family law changed in the time you have practiced it? What are the most significant legal changes that stand out in your professional experience, and what have they meant for families?
  2. Surrogacy laws are complex and have perhaps changed over time with a rise in people seeking legal advice upfront, perhaps where there are health or fertility risks for women to bear a child or same-sex couples wanting to have children with their own genetics from one or more partners.
  3. Is it simpler to have a surrogate overseas and bring a child home to Australia than locally? Why or why not?
  4. You have your own personal experience of family law with the legal recognition in 2019 that your daughter Elizabeth, born via a surrogate mother and your husband's sperm, and in QLD you set about closing a loophole prior where you could have up to 4 persons named on her birth certificate. Tell us more.
  5. The family court merger announced earlier this year has had a mix of reactions, many of them hostile by your peers. What is the reality of this for families going through the system now?

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April 6th 2021
85: The Politics of Growth - Justin Herald
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The Politics of Business Growth is what we are examining today, with an entrepreneur who has experienced that in spades. At the age of 25 with only $50 to his name, Justin Herald set about changing the course of his life. Justin created Attitude Inc, a clothing brand that became an international licensing success that turned over in excess of $20 million. In 2005, he was named "INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR". Justin has also received the Future Leaders Award, which recognizes him as being one of the 50 most influential leaders of the next generation in Australia.

Today, Justin Herald is Managing Director of Customer Culture, one of Australia's leading customer service and customer engagement training companies, that not only teaches staff the "how" to give great service, but more importantly, "why" it is needed.

Justin recently launched which is an online resource that teaches kids how to take an idea and turn it into a business. That program has had massive International success

He also is the author of eight international bestselling books, personally, mentors over 100 business owners each year, and is regarded as one of Australia's most sought-after speakers, with an audience of over 150,000 per annum.

Justin Herald is a man who has done so much with his life and in his own way.

In this podcast you will learn:

  1. What does growth really mean? Is it about making great money or more than that?
  2. How Justin advises newbie leaders to approach their entrepreneurial life if they are new to it?
  3. How you scale a business fast?
  4. **Is there ever a time to walk away from a business and how can you know when that is?
  5. Take away: What is your best tip to everyone keen to master The Politics of Growth?

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March 23rd 2021
83: The Politics of Policymaking - Michael Buckland
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Today I am in conversation with Michael Buckland, the new CEO of the McKell Institute, Australia's leading think tank in areas of housing affordability, taxation, wage theft, wage growth, superannuation, childcare, and more.  The McKell Institute works with all major political parties to pursue pragmatistic progressive solutions to our most pressing policy challenges.

Michael joined the Institute from Australia's largest philanthropic fund, the Paul Ramsay Foundation, where he led policy programs and public affairs to help achieve their mission to break cycles of disadvantage in Australia.  His passion while working for the Foundation was seeking ways to disrupt the stubborn cycle of disadvantage caused by our criminal justice system.

Michael's earliest political memory was of students wearing protest shirts to Balmain Primary School during the waterfront dispute. Watching people suffer for a cause, and for others, shaped the way he views policy challenges.

Michael went on to serve as Chief of Staff and Policy Director to NSW Opposition Leaders, giving him extensive experience at the highest levels in policy development and government. His diverse background includes work for derivatives trading firm, First Prudential Markets, trade unions, and advocacy campaigns.

In this show, Michael unpacks:

  1. How does one prepare for a career in policy advising and policymaking?
  2. What makes a good policymaker?
  3. In your experience is there a fail-proof or best practice way to get a policy accepted or mandated?
  4. Why does seemingly good policy sometimes fail?
  5. Take away: What is your overarching message for anyone facing The Politics of Policymaking

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