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All episodes by Kieran Pender

May 4, 2022 • 19m 35s

A Russian oligarch and a British publisher walk into an Australian court

Lawyers and bankers in London have been warned by the British prime minister not to defend the wealth and reputations of Russian oligarchs who have ties to Vladimir Putin’s government. And one of those oligarchs actually has a connection to Australia as well. Today, Kieran Pender on why a Russian oligarch launched a lawsuit in an Australian court.

Apr 19, 2022 • 16m 15s

Love and politics put the High Court in a tricky position

Two years ago, the High Court made a landmark decision that prevented the deportation of non-citizen Aboriginal Australians. Now, the federal government is seeking to overturn that decision. Today, Kieran Pender, on the case of Shayne Montgomery, and concerns around the potential politicisation of the High Court.

Mar 2, 2022 • 17m 55s

The bill that could end class actions

Class action lawsuits are one of the only ways ordinary people can get justice and compensation if they’ve been mistreated by powerful corporations and institutions. But now, their future is under threat. Today, journalist and lawyer Kieran Pender on the new government legislation that could spell the end of class actions in Australia, and what that would mean for access to justice.

Feb 16, 2022 • 15m 00s

The High Court case that could change your job

Uber and Airtasker have transformed the ‘gig economy’ by hiring workers as independent contractors, which denies them basic rights like a minimum wage, superannuation or leave. Recently, two workers pushed back against this model of employment and took their case all the way to the High Court. Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Kieran Pender on how the court’s decision could fundamentally change the nature of work.

Dec 6, 2021 • 16m 35s

A spy scandal and a secret trial

The former attorney-general for the ACT, Bernard Collaery, has been charged with conspiracy, but the details of the case have been hidden from journalists and the public. Today, senior lawyer for the Human Rights Law Centre, Kieran Pender, on the trial of Bernard Collaery, and why the government is trying so hard to keep it as secret as possible.

Jul 23, 2021 • 16m 22s

Front row seats to the world’s biggest experiment

After being postponed last year, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially begin tonight in the middle of Japan’s third wave of Covid-19 and amidst a pandemic that is still raging across the world. But, with athletes pulling out and more and more participants testing positive for Covid-19, are the games worth it? Today, Kieran Pender on what it’s like to have front row seats to the biggest experiment in the world right now.

Jul 5, 2021 • 14m 25s

The judgement that changed climate law in Australia

In a recent landmark judgement, the federal court has found that the government owes children a duty of care in preventing harm from the impacts of climate change. The case, which centred around the proposed expansion of a NSW coal mine, could have far reaching legal implications in Australia. Today, Kieran Pender on the case that saw a group of teenagers take on the Minister for the Environment.

Jun 29, 2021 • 18m 05s

Cancel culture hits the High Court

Physicist Peter Ridd was fired after he publicly criticised his colleague’s research on the Great Barrier Reef, but what started as an employment dispute has become a test case on climate denial and cancel culture. Today, Kieran Pender on Peter Ridd’s day in court and what the outcome could mean for academic freedom.

Jun 23, 2021 • 16m 30s

The world’s first pandemic games

Tens of thousands of athletes and officials are about to descend on Tokyo as the city prepares to host the 32nd Olympic games. But with Covid-19 cases surging in Japan, health experts and the majority of the Japanese public are opposed to the event being held at all. Today, Kieran Pender on the vested interests behind this pandemic Olympics.

Aug 11, 2020 • 15m 14s

The young Australians suing for climate action

Two Australians have launched court cases in an attempt to radically overhaul the way our government and big corporations are responding to climate change. Today, lawyer Kieran Pender on the story of climate litigation in Australia and what’s at stake.

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