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Podcast Special: Interview with Kcasey McLoughlin

A full length interview with Dr Kcasey McLoughlin (University of Newcastle), recorded at the 2016 Australian Political Studies Association conference at UNSW Australia.

The subject of the interview was his paper, titled “Offensive intrusions and protected spaces: The personal, the public and the political” with Jim Jose (University of Newcastle).

The abstract for the paper is:

    In 2013 the High Court ruled on whether the application of s.471.12 of the Criminal Code 1995 to prosecute Man Haron Monis (and his partner, Ms Amirah Droudis) for sending offensive material through the postal services contravened their right to free speech. All members of the High Court agreed the material was offensive but in an historic first the Court split on gender lines—the three women judges upheld the constitutional validity of the Criminal Code, whereas the three men judges found for Monis and Droudis. The divergent opinions adopted by the men and women judges in Monis are revealing about contemporary judicial understandings of the public and private spheres, and perhaps the political nature of the personal. We argue that these judicial opinions signal a seismic shift in how at least half the court thought about what properly belonged in which sphere. When these judgments are interpreted in the context of the political discourses which permeated the decision, both within and beyond the High Court, these judicial understandings of the contours of freedom of communication and notions of ‘harm’, ‘home’, ‘private’ and ‘public’ mean that offensive intrusions are protected, the private space of one’s home is not. Further, we argue that the judgments in Monis reveal a propensity to embed linguistic violence within judicial language and in effect give licence to antisocial, violent behaviour. In consequence, the judgments endorse a return to masculinist understandings of political behaviour and democratic practice.

Environmental Big Picture Show

In which the Nerds talk to environmental experts about the current state of the “big picture” aspects of environmental policy: climate change. They consider how far we’ve come in recent international negotiation rounds, what we can really expect from these agreements, and issues of democratic participation and justice in the debates.  In the second half of the show, Dr Anna Boucher joins the panel to talk about her new book on migration policy and gender.

Please note: due to a technical problem, this is a low-quality recording.


  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government, University of Sydney
  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney


  • Professor David Schlosberg, Government and IR, Sydney
  • Dr Ian McGregor, Management, UTS
  • Dr Anna Boucher, author of Gender, Migration and the Global Race For Talent (Manchester University Press, 2016), Department of Government, University of Sydney

Happy International Women’s Day!

The Election Nerds celebrates International Women’s Day today, 8th March 2016. The theme of which is the Pledge for Parity in women’s social, economic, and political representation (#PledgeforParity).

In the spirit of the Pledge, we’ve crunched our numbers to ask: how well does the Election Nerds include and represent women’s voices.

On the surface, our performance looks good.  We have equal representation of men and women as show hosts.  That’s great!

Since 2013 we have had 17 unique female guests and 24 male guests (41.5% to 58.5%), which is less great.

Continue reading Happy International Women’s Day!

Eurovision 2015

The Nerds finally tackle one of the big issues in international relations: The Eurovision Song Contest


  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Anika Gauja, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Live Tweeted by:

  • Ms Erika Nguyen


  • Mr Lukasz Swiatek, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney
  • Dr Chris Neff, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia
  • Ms Cindy Chen, Former Honours student, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Mr Daniel Skold, ‘from Sweden’
  • Dr Mark Rolfe, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia


This podcast excludes three songs originally included the the broadcast version of the show.