Voice for Victoria: Reality in a world of spin, with Emily Coltraine

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Voice for Victoria: Reality in a world of spin, with Emily Coltraine

1hr 46min

27 January 2023

Emily Coltraine founded Voice for Victoria – a new media channel that grew to approximately 200,000 Victorian subscribers. Initially conceived as a mental health coping project for Emily, it quickly grew in popularity as many turned to ‘Voice’ for news and commentary that couldn’t be found on legacy or new media channels.

Voice for Victoria continues to publish news and educational pieces on Victoria, voting, Australian politics and political culture in general.

We discussed:

  • The origins of Voice for Victoria
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Lying data
  • Fear based campaigns
  • NSW Premier not scared enough
  • Trump not scared enough
  • Risks for the immunocompromised
  • The Victorian election result
  • Greens party are ‘infants’
  • Making people care about politics
  • Ian Cook and the fight against corruption
  • Authenticity and Fiona Patten (Sex Party, Reason Party)
  • Liberals can’t even win their religious minority base
  • John Howard is frozen in time
  • Being recognised in public
  • Taking viewer questions: recessions, mental health, work ethic, education reform, surveillance, memes, dating, future of politics.

6 News: Dethroning The Old News Guard with Leonardo Puglisi

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6 News: Dethroning The Old News Guard with Leonardo Puglisi

1hr 42min

19 January 2023

As New Media takes off around the world, sometimes it actually scoops legacy media…and with only a fraction of the budget, staff, experience and resources of giant media conglomerates. 6 News is one of those New Media players with their news coverage being syndicated by Australia’s national broadcaster (the ABC) as well as commercial networks.

The founder of 6 News, Leonardo Puglisi, makes regular appearances on major shows such as The Drum. Despite being only 15 years old, he now leads a national news organisation staffed by young volunteer reporters across Australia, sometimes being the only news organisation to provide rolling coverage of breaking news, as was the case with the Dec 2022 shooting in Queensland where 2 police officers were killed.

We sat down with Leo to find out how 6 News came to be, how they achieve ‘unbiased’ coverage, and how to reach his generation through media.

From Prison to Pastry: A Fresh-Baked Redemption Story (with Jordan Dittloff)

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From Prison to Pastry: A Fresh-Baked Redemption Story (with Jordan Dittloff)

2hr 50min

16 January 2023

This is a true tale of theft, drugs and a bakery. Jordan Dittloff made headlines in 2015 for stealing $277,993.58 from 47 clients of his travel agency Ace Travel in Victoria.

As an award winning travel agency and a community leader in regional Victoria, Jordan’s crimes rocked the Colac community. Many, including his 70 year old future mother in law, lost thousands of dollars saved up for their ‘trip of a lifetime’. Trading insolvent, Jordan effectively ran a travel ponzi scheme relying on future holiday bookings to pay for past holiday bookings.

Eventually the scheme collapsed and Jordan disappeared, sparking media attention. After 2 weeks he handed himself into police and was bailed pending a court hearing for his crimes.

At the same time, Jordan ran a second business: drug dealing in Melbourne, profits from which he used to fund his own drug habit. Whilst on bail, Jordan was arrested as part of Victoria Police drug sting operation in a Melbourne alleyway.

In the end the court sentenced Jordan to jail 3 years (20 months non-parole) as well as granting compensation orders for his victims to be repaid.

In prison Jordan completed a business degree and in the five years since release is completing a post-graduate law degree and has repaid ~$35,000 to victims. He has worked at the same bakery since release.

He now credits his time in prison as a catalyst for reform and is building a drug and alcohol free life of discipline and responsibility unlike his behaviour displayed before prison.

Other issues we discussed:

  • What prison is really like
  • Criminal justice reform
  • How the different generations see criminal justice
  • How governments respond to community feelings
  • Why we must reject the progressive narrative ‘blame the system’ for crime
  • Why we must not ban criminal record checks
  • Practising radical honesty
  • The political system self-selects for dishonesty
  • The potential for an honest politician
  • What is freedom? Do we understand it?
  • Which media represents average people?
  • Supporting the right to protest
  • Removing enlightenment values from institutions renders democracies as tyrannies
  • The future for humanity: Wall-E
  • The death throes of the state
  • Rising corporate power
  • Friendly Jordies and Michael West Media
  • Taking the pulse of the community
  • Embracing fragmentation
  • The AI revolution: ChatGPT

Welcome to 2023 - reviewing the last 12 months of wisdom from our guests!

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Welcome to 2023 - reviewing the last 12 months of wisdom from our guests!


1 January 2023

Congratulations for surviving all the way to 2023!

Here is a review of the best wisdom dropped by our guests throughout 2022, as well as our message for 2023 (from 46:42).