Chatting with Jo-Anne McArthur, photographer and author

22 June  2020

Animal advocacy comes in so many forms, all of them playing an important role in protecting animals. Tonight I’m chatting with Jo-Anne McArthur who is an award-winning photographer  and author. Through her long-term body of work, We Animals, she has documented our complex relationship with animals around the globe. Jo-Anne was the subject of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, which followed her as she documented the plight of abused and exploited animals and advocated for their rights as sentient beings. Jo-Anne who lives in Canada also travelled to Australia to photograph wildlife during the recent bushfires. I’m also very excited to let you know about her forthcoming book which she co-edited with Keith Wilson called HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene. It should be landing in Australia at the end of the year.

Chatting with Helen and Manfred, Five Freedoms Animal Rescue

21 June  2020

This evening I’m chatting with Helen and Manfred from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue. Helen and Manfred play such a critical role in wildlife rescue and care in Victoria, both dedicating their lives to ensuring they provide around the clock assistance to wildlife in need. As you know, last week we took some really positive steps forward for wildlife with the government supporting my Private Members Bill to establish a new authority for wildlife rescue, modelled off other emergency services like the SES and CFA. Helen and Manfred will share their thoughts on this new authority we’ve named Wildlife Rescue Victoria. They’ll also explain the issue of mineshafts that exist throughout Western Victoria – something many people aren’t aware of, but often result in wildlife injury. Listen in to learn what you can do if you come across a mineshaft with wildlife trapped inside.

Chatting with Katja, Mange Management

15 June  2020

My sixth interview is with Katja from Mange Management. Mange Management is a volunteer run organisation committed to treating and reducing the impact of mange in “Free Living Wombats”. Wombats are incredible creatures, often described as eco engineers. Sadly, they’re often seen by the farming community as pests, something that is destructive and in the way. Wombats can’t adapt to the way humans live their lives, and the changes we make to their environment with fencing and turning land into farms makes life really tough for them. Katja will be explaining what mange actually is and how it affects wombats, and what you can do in your own life to protect these animals.

Chatting with Tamsyn, Fly By Night

14 June  2020

The fifth interview in my online chat interview series is with Tamsyn from Fly By Night. Fly By Night is an entirely volunteer run Wildlife Shelter in Melbourne dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of the threatened Grey Headed Flying Fox, as well as other native bats and wildlife. In early 2014, the bats of Melbourne suffered terribly, with a week of sweltering temperatures over 40 degrees killing thousands of these precious animals. Tamsyn knew she couldn’t just stand by and let this happen and this is what led to her establishing Fly by Night. Bats or ‘sky puppies’ as I like to call them are incredible creatures, who unfortunately have so many misconceptions around them. Tamsyn will share just how amazing these animals are, the critical role they play in our ecosystem, and what you can do in your own lives to help protect them and keep them safe.

Chatting with Tracey, Mosswood Wildlife

13 June  2020

As you know, over the next few months I’ll be chatting with a number of people and organisations who do incredible work for animals, rescuing and caring for them, and advocating for them within the community. My fourth interview is with Tracey who is a wildlife rescuer and carer and runs Mosswood Wildlife. Tracey and her team of volunteers were also responsible for rescuing many koalas from Cape Bridgewater Koala Massacre, and today Tracey will provide an update on how those koalas are going.

Chatting with Lisa Palma, Aurora Wildlife Shelter

6 June  2020

I’m chatting with Lisa Palma, who began working in wildlife rescue in 2012 and since then has been a dedicated advocate, particularly in emergency responses. I recently introduced a Private Members Bill to establish a new authority for wildlife, and Lisa played a vital role in its development. Lisa has great insight into why it is so critical to improve wildlife rescue systems and ensuring wildlife receive the care they so desperately need.

Chatting with Megan Davidson, CEO of Wildlife Victoria

27 May 2020

The media may have moved on to other topics, but the aftermath of the bushfires continues, with thousands of wildlife still requiring care and rehabilitation. Wildlife Victoria was one of the organisations on the frontline of wildlife rescue during the recent bushfires. With their mission to help and protect wildlife through our rescue, education, and advocacy activities, this incredible organisation provides a critical service around the clock to wildlife in need here in Victoria. The recent devastating bushfires highlighted just how critical organisations like Wildlife Victoria are and the current gaps in Victoria’s wildlife rescue systems. Today I chatted with Megan, the CEO of Wildlife Victoria. Megan provides an update on the continued work by wildlife rescuers and carers since the bushfires and shares her thoughts on the urgent changes needed to improve wildlife rescue systems here in Victoria.

Chatting with Pam Ahern from Edgar’s Mission

7 May 2020

Ahead of Mother’s Day, I spoke with Pam Ahern from Edgar’s Mission about their exciting new campaign: All Mother’s Day.

Mothers come in all shapes, sizes and species, yet when it comes to their babies… they love them just the same.

And, as Pam explains, a kinder Mother’s Day begins with you.

Meeting my team: Bruce Poon Political Adviser

19 February 2020

The person I speak with in this episode of Meet My Team represents a departure from Tamasin and Georgie who I spoke with in the first two episodes. All my team approach their roles from an emotive and practical perspective. You can’t not bring emotion into the role when we’re spending each day trying to make the world a better place for animals. However, Bruce Poon my Political Adviser who I’m chatting with today has to try at all times to have a very practical approach to things because that’s the realm that he works in, and he fulfils that in a number of ways.

Meeting my team: Georgie Purcell Chief of Staff

30 January 2020

This Meet the Team Podcast Series is all about meeting the incredible people in my team and the role they play in helping me achieve positive change for animals. Today I’m chatting with who I see as really the driver of engine behind what I do and who I always say is the master of multi-tasking my Chief of Staff Georgie Purcell.

Meeting my team: Dr Tamasin Ramsay Research and Policy Adviser

14 January 2020

What a year it’s been, and I couldn’t have done it without my incredible team. Over the next few months I’ll be taking you behind the scenes and chatting with members of my team to give you a glimpse into the work that goes on in the lead up to introducing or amending a bill or motion. In this podcast I chat with Dr Tamasin Ramsay my Research and Policy Adviser. Tam who I often say “has a brain the size of a planet” does an incredible job in not only researching and providing advice on bills and motions relating to my key campaigns, but also in identifying opportunities to amend proposed government legislation so there is a recognition of how that legislation will impact non-human animals and changes are made so that the legislation reduces animal cruelty and results in positive changes to their lives. Tam is playing a critical role in ensuring Victorian law evolves to ensure non-human animals are viewed as sentient subjects, rather than objects.

Horse racing: the year that was

8 November 2019

Since the early days of becoming an animal activist, as I moved into politics and now as a Victorian Member of Parliament for the Animal Justice Party, I have been a fierce advocate for racehorses and of highlighting the cruelty and greed of the racing industry. This year we’ve shone a public spotlight on this cruelty and greed like never before. Listen as I take you through the year that was for horse racing and everything I’m doing in Parliament to bring this cruelty to an end.