In an era of political disengagement

and media fragmentation

your story is our strength. 

 

A LABOR VOICE

The Community Action Network is empowering thousands of Victorians to speak up and share their inspiring Labor story online and offline.

 

POD ON THE HILL

Keeping the light on the hill one podcast at a time. Pod On The Hill is the official weekly podcast of Victorian Labor that give voice to our MPs and supporters. Join us every Thursday for an in depth conversation. Available on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and your favourite podcast app.

 

CAN TV 

See how our volunteers are bringing positive change to our communities, one house at a time through CANtv. It’s the Community Action Network YouTube channel for our CAN volunteers.  

 



This week Conrad French unpacks Sinn Féin's amazing performance in the Irish election with Justin Cartwright, former Victorian Labor Member and NUW organiser who has lived in Northern Ireland for the past 13 years.

Marcus Stewart, co-chair of the First People's Assembly, and Gavin Jennings, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, joined Nicola Castleman on this week's podcast to discuss the treaty story in detail.

To see footage from the First People's Assembly, their YouTube channel (bit.ly/2RxEgxw) is a great resource for viewing the incredible speeches from last year's historic event.

With Ministerial portfolios that cover Youth, Women and the Prevention of Family Violence, Gabrielle Williams has plenty on her plate, but she took some time our of her busy schedule to join us this week on Pod On The Hill.

Toby Halligan spoke to the Minister about why she decided to quit studying creative writing to focus on the law, what speaking to ex-IRA prisoners taught her about how societies recover from violent conflict, and the progress the Andrews Government has made in helping survivors of family violence.

This week our guest is Martin Pakula, the Minister for Racing, Jobs, Innovation & Trade, Tourism, Sport & Major Events.

We talk about why so many children of immigrants join the Labor Party, what he won when he appeared on Sale of the Century and why he loves gangster films.

2019 has been a busy year across Minister Martin Foley portfolio's of Equality, Mental Health and Creative Industries.

Toby Halligan sits down with the Minister to talk through the Andrews Government's iconic changes to Victoria's birth certificate laws, the stories from the mental health Royal Commission, and why it's important to have a portfolio dedicated to the arts.

Fresh from the latest battle in the Coalition's War on Workers Sally McManus joins us to talk about the defeat of the "Ensuring Integrity Bill".

The Parliament has wrapped up for the year. Conrad French and Nicola Castleman caught up with Member for Essendon Danny Pearson and Member of the Legislative Council representing the Western Metropolitan Region Ingrid Stitt for the 2019 Parliamentary Wrap.

Andrew Leigh is the member for Fenner in the Federal Parliament. He joined Pod on the Hill as he launches just this week his new book "Innovation + Equality", which he co-wrote with economist Joshua Gans.

The book explores the tensions between these two critical ideals. Andrew argues that equality can stay at the forefront of our movement even while we embrace innovation. We ask him how.

Australia is a successful multicultural society with monocultural institutions and symbols. Tim Watts' family personifies this contradiction.

He joins Toby Halligan to discuss his new book which investigates why Australia's imagined community is so far behind its lived community and what can be done.