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Every fortnight Bank Australia brings you a series of conversations about the ways you can create a positive impact for the community and the planet. You will hear real stories from people who are at the frontline of social change and see how individuals and businesses can work collaboratively towards common goals.

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#14 What are the real threats to Australia's biodiversity?

In 2014 Australia saw its first Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews setting off on a journey to fight extinction of Australian native species. Increased number of numbats is one of the achievements during his tenure. He believes, winning war against feral cats and taking over Kardashian celebrity status is next.

#13 How to deliver more progressive change in Australia?


Australian Progress has become a school for many young activists in Australia looking at how to create effective campaigns, build influencial leaders and shape better future with active social sectors. Nick Moraitis tells about the skills and knowledge required and gives up examples of failures and wins of an Asylum seekers campaign.

#12 Melbourne Fringe: a bit of provocation for everyone

The CEO of Melbourne Fringe Simon Abrahams says the festival is the space for the weird, the wonderful and the cookie where art really makes you feel something. We discuss the fine mixture of politics, business and art and he also gives his top picks for this year festival.

#11 Sustainable living: where do you start?

For Sustainable House Day more than 180 innovative green homes across Australia will open their doors to the public, giving a rare glimpse into exceptional design and sustainable solutions. We speak with the CEO of the organising company Alternative Technology Association Donna Luckmann about the event and the real life tips for sustainable living.

#10 Greening Australia: Saving Australian Habitat

Preserving native habitat knowing its dire loss numbers requires not only a positive spirit, but a pinch of science, great team and accepting the fact that some species are beyond saving. Dr Elisa Raulings, Business Leader, Conservation Planning and Science at Greening Australia tells us about their work and the maintenance of the Bank Australia Conservation reserve.

#9 Berry Liberman: My job is to invest in a hopeful future

Purpose not the profit should measure your success, says Berry who is an impact investor. She believes there is no such thing as a self-made man but it is the power of a community and the family that makes the business thrive.

#8 Homeless doesn't mean jobless

Keeping one homeless person on the street costs $30.000-40.000 to the budget per year. The simplified employment process of The Big Issue gives the most marginalised members of the society a chance to earn income. Emma O'Halloran from Australia's longest standing social enterprise and Bank Australia customer The Big Issue tells about their business model and future projects to tackle homelessness on a different level

#7 Not a sexy cause to support - young parenting

Victorian regional organisation Zoe Support refutes the stereotypes about young parenting equipping young mothers with confidence and sense of belonging. With the founder, Anne Webster, we discuss the labels acquired by the cultural upbringing, financial sustainability of a social enterprise and lost sense of community that is crucial in her work.

#6 'Identity of Australia is everybody’s responsibility' - Belinda Duarte

What is the essence of the indigenous leadership and how can we secure Australian cultural identity through ancestry stories? We ask the co-chair of Reconciliation Victoria Belinda Duarte.

#5 Human Rights Watch: setting priorities for action is complex

What are the principles that guide Human Rights Watch to work on a specific issue or crisis? How are Australia's actions in the South East Asia and its policy affect the region? Our guests, Iain Levine, program director at Human Rights Watch and Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division discuss the area of human rights and the real actions that have positive impact.

#4 Guy Abrahams - life will survive, what form it will take, we're not sure

Together with Guy Abrahams, the Co-founder of CLIMARTE, we discuss the anthropological influence on climate change and the success story of the message received from the arts outweighing the money value received from the big oil company.

#3 Hollie Fifer, a young filmmaker who gives people a voice

In our podcast Hollie tells about her first feature length doco The Opposition. Set in the Paga Hill community in PNG the story uncovers a fight by the local people for their right to stay in their homes. As a film director, Hollie chose to be an active observer by showing this story to as many people as she can and finding a way to make change.

#2 Kalpona Akter and Phil Robertson: ethical fashion is possible

Interview with Kalpona Akter, a former child worker in the Bangladesh garment industry and Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch Deputy Director, Asia Division. 
We discuss consumer choices and their impact on the garment industry and the responsibility that fashion brands have to take to secure safety and fair wages to factory workers.
Find the video interview here

#1 Through the lens of HRAFF

Celebrating the first big anniversary of the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival (HRAFF). Evelyn Tadros, a co-founder of the festival, talks about the role HRAFF plays in today’s discussion about human rights and its ability to create a community of people passionate about social change. 


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