Australia under China's Belt; Oil Exploration in the Bight; A Year of Drug Reform and Peace Activism; Against Pokies in Darebin

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - 7:00am to 8:30am
Today on the show with Dean, Judith and William [Segment times in brackets] ||
We at 3CR are proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung as the owners of the lands on which we meet, live, and work. We pay respect to their elders past, present, and emerging; we recognize that sovereignty has never been ceded and that a treaty has never been signed || 
[7:01] Greg Denham from Yarra Drug and Health Forum comes in to the studio and looks back at the year that was in drug policy. The first public fourm of next year will take place on the 4th of February, 12:30pm at Richmond Town Hall || 
[28:40] Darebin City Council has announced a policy of supporting clubs to end their financial reliance on electronic gaming machines, also called "pokies". Darebin Mayor Susan Rennie calls in to tell us more and you can find the policy on the Darebin City Council website || 
[41:14] Shirley Winton of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network comes on the show to help us look back at a year of peace activism. What does Australia need to change toward developing an independent foreign policy? What are IPAN's plans for next year? || 

[52:30] The Great Australian Bight houses one of the most important whale nurseries in the world and it's being explored for oil. Peter Owen from the Australian Wilderness Society comes on the show to tell us about the risks and what needs to be done. The Australian Wilderness Society will take part in a rally outside the Labor National Conference in Adelaide on the 16th of December || 
[1:04:50] International law expert and Charles Darwin University senior lecturer John Garrick wrote in The Conversation about the recent lease of Darwin's port to a chinese company. He joins Wednesday breakfast to talk about how this came to be and how Darwin might feature in China's Belt and Road Initiative