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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November 9th 2021
116: The Politics of Affordable Housing- Ashley Peverett
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Ashley Peverett is the Co-founder & CEO of the Building Communities Initiative (BCI).

A self-proclaimed entrepreneur, he grew up in a family business so had a good start. While working, Ashley studied business part-time and completed an MBA from the University of New England. He climbed the corporate ladder across several organizations to eventually hold an Asia-Pacific-wide management role. Along this journey, he moved from Perth to North Queensland, to NSW then Mumbai. Then the GFC of 2008 hit and his life path and career were suddenly changed forever.

Later, Ashley completed a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Western Australia and reveled in the history of architecture. In a new career cycle, Ashley was known as a talented designer working for the most part from repeat business or referrals from existing clients. He then became focused on the growing housing crisis in emerging nations, and he set about to create an organization dedicated to meeting this need. The Building Communities Initiative was born.

Ashley used global professional networks to bring together a group of multidisciplinary consultants who shared his passion for this cause. After two years of research and development, they had a design and construction model which can construct a community of 5,000 quality affordable homes in less than six months and within a cost that meets the expectations of these governments. BCI is about to commence our first project in India using this technology and is in negotiations with several countries to construct hundreds of communities within the next five years.

The Initiative's long-term vision is to drive construction costs to the bare minimum and to create a financial instrument that will enable 1 million of the world's poorest people every year to own their own homes.

Ashley discusses in this podcast:

  1. How the Building Communities Initiative (BCI) was born, and how Ashley led a dialogue with governments and private developers across Africa and India to understand the key performance indicators we needed to achieve.
  2. How these sustainable housing designs are rolled out in a way that may be different from what traditional aid organizations or even other governments offer these nations?
  3. How can developed nations address housing inequity and improve affordability? And why apartment living is not necessarily the answer!
  4. Takeaway: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Affordable Housing?

To connect with Ashley Peverett:



November 2nd 2021
115: The Politics of Financial Literacy Julia Newbould
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Financial literacy is a term that excites some, but many people are hard-pressed to get excited about it, despite its importance in how we all view, manage and maximize our money, from our first pocket money as a kid to making retirement savings last these days for up to 30 years after we no longer earn a wage.

My guest Julia Newbould is Managing Editor of Money magazine, Australia's most-read personal finance magazine. In this role, she oversees all content for the magazine, website, and podcast.  In June she started the Friends with Money podcast. Prior to that, she had been Editor at Large for the magazine, where she started as the public face of the publication through podcasts, has led webcasts for corporates such as Westpac and Aware Super, as well as TV and radio segments.

Through her various positions in financial media, it has been her overarching goal to demystify finance for more people and allow those who want to do more with their money to have greater opportunities to access the best information. Julia has spent the majority of her career in media, combining her academic background in economics and practical experience in journalism, she has contributed and led editorial and content teams for financial services publications and Top 20 ASX listed companies for the past 20 years. Since 2000, she has worked extensively with financial planners where she has gained much knowledge about personal finance and an understanding of the role professionals can play in helping people reach their personal and financial goals. In 2013, driven by a desire to see greater inroads in financial independence for women, Julia established and managed the Stella Network, an initiative supported by BT Financial Group to support women in financial planning with the belief financial planners should be more like the people they hope to serve.

Julia is an Advisory Board Member for 1Million Women and a Member of the University of Sydney Alumni Council. From 2016 to 2018, Julia served as Treasurer for Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS) and was a Women of Westpac - Global Trends Committee member.

In March 2020, her first book The Joy of Money was published. The book was written to help women become more confident around money and understand how to structure theirs better to reach life's goals.

Julia Newbould has a passion for writing, equality, theatre, 70s music, and classic film and in her spare time, when not locked down, she attends red carpet events, reads voraciously, acts as a mentor for women in business, and has been known to write reviews under a pseudonym or two.

In the podcast hear from Julia on:

Financial literacy is a term many of us never knew when we started work or had to make decisions about money we have earned - what is it and why does it matter?

What makes financial literacy work best? Is it a school subject we miss out on or is there an ongoing way we can become better at our own financial understanding all the way from first job to retirement and beyond?

The GFC and the 2018 Banking Royal Commission showed many people that trusting the so-called "smartest people in the room" with our money is not always wise. What role do advisors play and what do we as consumers need to understand as well?

Are women needing different financial literacy supports or is it not a gender-led issue? Explain and give some ideas on what financial literacy looks like for us?

Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Financial Literacy?

To connect with Julia:

Linkedin: Julia Newbould | LinkedIn

October 27th 2021
114: The Politics of Water Management - Corinne Cheeseman
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Water management and the policies behind it is something we all need to get our heads around, whether you live in a big city, small town, a coastal region or a remote community. I am deeply passionate about the water sector having worked closely within the NSW state government during the recent drought of 2018-2020, leading communications in areas such as community engagement and stakeholder management, which set off my thinking about how we approach water policy in the 21st century. A basic human right, access to clean, safe water for drinking and daily use, remains not something many people worldwide lack. Recent droughts in Australia seem to be intensifying as the impacts of climate change make extreme weather events more common.

Today's guest is the CEO of the Australian Water Association, Corinne Cheeseman discussing The Politics of Water Management. The AWA is Australia's largest water network of professionals and practitioners who manage our most precious resource - water. It offers a platform where members - companies and individuals -share, connect and inspire to drive and inspire a sustainable water future.

Corinne has spent most of her career working in water, including many years at Australia's largest water utility Sydney Water in roles ranging from environmental management to water quality to community education, and in recent years she led data and analytics teams to build new capabilities, solve problems and create value through data. She has helped develop data strategies and capabilities in large organizations including the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) as well as Not for Profits such as Amnesty International Australia and The Smith Family.

From a young age, Corinne has been curious about health and the environment, and she particularly loved science at school which led to her first degree in Biology and after a few years working in a water laboratory, she completed her Masters in Environmental Management. It was however her passion for working with people who shared a strong sense of purpose that has been a constant thread throughout her career.

We discuss:


  1. What are the biggest issues facing water policy at this time and what would you like to see happen while you are CEO to improve this?
  2. What attention does climate change get in the water management debate and how can that be better managed?
  1. How can water access become more equitable and is it up to wealthier countries to help other nations get that basic human right of clean water access happening faster?
  1. What about regional communities who by and large have become accustomed to seasonal changes such as droughts, floods, and bushfires impacting their livelihoods and communities' access to water. How can they be better catered for?
  2. Take away: What is your final takeaway message on The Politics of Water Management?



To connect with Corinne and the AWA:

LinkedIn: (14) Corinne Cheeseman | LinkedIn

Website: Australian Water Association | AWA | Australia's Leading Water Authority