Jul
11
2018

Taking Liberties Radio S5 Episode 24

Vikas and Lee are joined by Clinton Mead, former Liberal Democrats mayor of Campbelltown, to talk about Mark Latham and the Liberal Democrats, before moving into a discussion about free speech and judicial restraint at the High Court. Mark Latham targets voters before Longman by-election: https://goo.gl/fXAdK2

Jul
6
2018

Taking Liberties Radio S5 Episode 23

Vikas and Lee are joined by Nicola Wright, Managing Editor of LibertyWorks, to talk about the ongoing controversy around David Leyonhjelm’s attacks on Sarah Hanson-Young in the Senate. David Leyonhjelm’s comments: https://goo.gl/Nem7Er Sarah Hanson-Young’s travel expenses scandal: https://goo.gl/ZHZ8oZ

Jun
13
2018

Taking Liberties Radio S5 Episode 20

On this week’s show, Lee, Vikas and Zeev talk about the Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore, and about the use of sniffer dogs to keep out punters at music festivals in NSW. Trump and Kim meet in Singapore: https://goo.gl/AEmNT5 Tyler Cowan on the Trump-Kim meeting: https://goo.gl/nNWPzE Drug dogs at music festivals: https://goo.gl/e5KFKZ The Conversation on drug dog effectiveness: https://goo.gl/wmhjxd Jacob […]

Jun
13
2018

Taking Liberties Radio S5 Episode 19 – Domestic

In the domestic side of this week’s episode, Vikas and Lee talk about Pauline Hanson and corporate tax cuts, Barnaby Joyce’s big media payday, and Victoria Police faking breathalyser tests. Pauline Hanson flip flopping on corporate tax cuts: https://goo.gl/C9V6R Barnaby Joyce’s big media payout: https://goo.gl/C9V6RA Victoria Police faking breath tests: https://goo.gl/rV79Gp

May
17
2018

Taking Liberties Radio S5 Episode 17

This week, Lee and Vikas talk about the lacklustre 2018 Federal budget, and also debate the fairness of the ongoing citizenship scandal in Federal Parliament. ABC on budget winners and losers: https://goo.gl/ibWHUX Planet Money on scrapping cash in India: https://goo.gl/L9qysq (Part 1) and https://goo.gl/HgYiHy (Part 2)

Apr
19
2018

Taking Liberties Radio S5 Episode 15

The guys talk about the Greens’ plan for the legalisation of weed, as well as discuss Zeev’s article about solving road congestion. The Greens on legal weed: https://goo.gl/RvKsMC Zeev’s article on road congestion at the Spectator Australia: https://goo.gl/WKqvr9 Mike Munger talking about road taxes on the EconTalk podcast: https://goo.gl/oufWeC

Apr
9
2018

Taking Liberties Radio S5 Episode 14

Lee and Vikas talk about the Sex Discrimination Act and a barber facing a complaint over refusing to cut a girl’s hair, and about the challenge 5G poses to the NBN, and how the NBN remains a massive millstone around the necks of taxpayers and internet consumers. Sydney barbershop facing HREOC complaint: https://goo.gl/cFRNd1 Rod Simms on […]

Apr
7
2018

Taking Liberties Radio S5 Episode 13

Vikas and Lee talk about the spate of recent police brutality cases, and the Greens’ plans for a “People’s Bank”. Disability pensioner case: https://goo.gl/7cSFtL Acquittal of Gold Coast brutality whistleblower: https://goo.gl/ekAnhE Greens’ plan for a “People’s Bank”: https://goo.gl/zswqbb Cato Institute on requiring cops to get public liability insurance: https://goo.gl/DNqurM  

Mar
20
2018

Taking Liberties Radio S5 Episode 11

This week, we look at Facebook and YouTube trying to squash ‘fake news’, and discuss the legacy of the Iraq War, which began March 20, 2003. Western Journal on Facebook is crushing conservatives, boosting liberals: https://goo.gl/U2iuos News article on state of Iraq War: https://goo.gl/Yhg5JR

Mar
15
2018

Taking Liberties S5 Episode 10

This week, the guys talk about Bill Shorten’s current harebrain idea to go after retirees, and what is the libertarian response to Russian belligerence. Bill Shorten goes after dividend imputation refunds: https://goo.gl/c195Lx Shorten promises that pensioners will feel no pain: https://goo.gl/KCHAno Britain issues demand for explanation over assassination attempt: https://goo.gl/Tz3Zxc

Mar
5
2018

Taking Liberties S5 Episode 9

Lee and Zeev discuss property rights and the South African government’s decision to take and redistribute the land of South African farmers, with Lee offering an unorthodox opinion amongst libertarians. News article: https://goo.gl/r1avnE Bryan Caplan on native Americans and property rights: https://goo.gl/bfeBNx    

Mar
1
2018

Taking Liberties S5 Episode 8

Lee and Zeev talk about the latest attempt to extend the overreach of national security legislation, and the Victorian government screwing anyone who contracts out labour. MEAA’s submission on the Espionage and Foreign Interference Amendment: https://goo.gl/K5U9vY National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017: https://goo.gl/9kQh7E Robert Gottliebsen on the current labour hire Bill: […]

Feb
12
2018

Taking Liberties S5 Episode 5

We talk about compulsary super and the pension, and calls to crack down on car loan practices at the banking royal commission. Jessica Irvine in the SMH on super: http://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-funds/scrap-super-guarantee-increase-to-boost-wages-save-2b-grattan-institute-20180208-h0vs81.html AFR on banking royal commission: http://www.afr.com/news/policy/hayne-royal-commission-to-scrutinise-dodgy-car-loans-20180212-h0vyj6

Feb
5
2018

Taking Liberties S5 Episode 3

This week, we discuss if Elon Musk has become a Bond villain, and Vikas gets very excited by hermit crab adoptions, though we’re less impressed about crappy export subsidies.   SMH article on the Tesla battery plan: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-04/how-tesla-sa-labor-free-battery-scheme-would-work/9394728 SMH article on EFIC: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/obscure-agency-handed-3-8b-boost-to-fund-australian-arms-exports-20180130-p4yz3o.html Extra EFIC hilarity: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/hypnotic-makeup-and-hermit-crab-adoption-schemes-the-weird-exports-taxpayers-are-funding-20170215-gudypk.html BONUS – Don Boudreaux on the folly of the ‘balance of trade’: https://fee.org/articles/the-utter-irrelevance-of-the-balance-of-trade/

Jan
30
2018

Taking Liberties S5 Episode 2

On this week’s Taking Liberties, we review the first year of the Trumpenreich, and discuss Mabo, the Constitution and the vibe. Sherry Sufi’s article: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/inconvenient-fact-native-title-can-only-exist-if-australia-was-settled-not-invaded-20180119-h0l9hb.html The Conversation FactCheck: http://theconversation.com/factcheck-can-native-title-only-exist-if-australia-was-settled-not-invaded-90540    

Mar
21
2016

Taking Liberties S3 Episode 10

This week, we share our thoughts about prominent libertarians being elected to political office, as well as discuss the Australian Building and Construction Commission legislation before parliament and its use as a trigger for a double dissolution election, and we have another look at the changes to Senate voting.

Feb
15
2016

Taking Liberties S2 Episode 5

On this week’s show, we discuss Tim Wilson’s attempt to get preselected for the Liberal Party, going back to the age old discussion of ‘changing the system from within’; we talk about anti-discrimination legislation and the upcoming gay marriage plebiscite; and we go over the attitude of cops, pols and the FFA towards soccer fans.

Dec
31
2015

In Defence of Junkets

Junkets for the boys

Political junkets are almost universally derided in just about every democracy on earth. They are seen as elitist, wasteful, and contemptuous to the common man. Whether you’re a conservative, leftist, or libertarian, political junkets are the pinnacle of government waste, and we must do whatever is in our power to reign in the waste. Even […]

Dec
23
2015

You PC bro?

PC

Recently the productivity commission came out with its workplace place relations draft overview (seen here) and the media has been in a huge spin around one of its key recommendations around Sunday penalty rates. Before making any further comments, lets actually look at the PC’s recommendation. “Penalty rates have a legitimate role in compensating employees […]

Dec
3
2015

Credit where credit is due?

creditcards1

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard that the government (the Liberal National Coalition) have introduced legislation that restricts the ability of merchants to charge surcharge fees on cards to just what covers merchant costs. As a serial credit card user, I’m understandably happy to reduce my surcharges by as much as possible, which would probably make everyone […]

Mar
2
2014

Taking Liberties Episode 2

Thanks for all your patience fans. Due to technical difficulties, it took us a while to edit and launch this episode. We’ve decided to split this into two episodes to make it easier to digest. Season 1, Episode 2 of the Taking Liberties podcast. Panelists Vikas, Lara and Austen discuss the NSA, the nanny state […]

Feb
15
2014

Taking Liberties Podcast Launched

Taking Liberties S01E01 Recording date : 08/02/2014 Launched : 15/08/2014 Episode 1 of the Taking Liberties Podcast Host : Lara Jeffrey Panelists : – Austen Erickson – Kieran MacGillicuddy – Vikas Nayak This week we discuss: Food rating website taken down ( Original Article : News Article ) Pinocchio turned 74, it’s still protected by copyright, […]

Feb
15
2014

First!

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the Taking Liberties Radio webpage. We’re a weekly podcast that is uploaded on sundays on Youtube and on this website where a panel of Australian Libertarians get together and discuss the latest news and issues hovering around the Australian and World Political scene. We hope you enjoy hearing about the world […]