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#121: William Summers – Freedom of Information

By Jordan Michaelides

William Summers is an Independent Researcher, Journalist and Blogger who specialises in politics, public policy and Freedom of Information. He’s written for the likes of the ABC, Daily Telegraph and Crikey. 

William was the first person to uncover Barnaby Joyce’s dual citizenship, and kickstarted the Victorian Parliament expenses scandal in 2017.

Freedom of Information is a crucial component to Free Speech & the norms of our democracy. No matter your political persuasion, the general public should always encourage the work of people like William, particularly as Executive Branches of government increasing call for further benefits or power.

In this episode we covered:

  • The importance of a republic & Pro monarchy arguments
  • The ultimate political system
  • Australian vs UK politics
  • Freedom of Information & Free speech
  • Nepotism & corruption in Australian politics
  • The current state of media

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00:46 – Introduction
03:08 – Will the UK ever become a republic?
04:45 – The importance of a republic
06:10 – Pro monarchy arguments, Edward Bourke
08:58 – The ultimate political system
10:42 – The Swiss system
14:00 – Growing up, ideas on career
17:30 – Australia vs UK politics
27:55 – Sparking interest in politics
37:55 – Freedom of Information
50:45 – Nepotism & corruption in Aus politics
57:23 – Free speech vs harmful speech
01:07:57 – Current state of media
01:12:00 – Views on Brexit
01:18:43 – Daily routine
01:20:32 – A book he’d gift
01:22:24 – Best purchase under $200