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40: Who is my neighbour?

EPISODE: 40

Losing My Religion

with Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit

The COVID-19 crisis has had many people talking about the importance of being kind to our neighbours – but Megan and Michael ask, with all due respect, who is my neighbour?

Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit begin by asking why it is that we distinguish differently between who is and isn’t my neighbour, and how that affected us during the lockdown phase of COVID-19.

They then invite Larissa Minniecon to discuss Australia’s poor record for behaving like a neighbour to indigenous peoples. Larissa is a Kabi Kabi woman and a Torres Strait Islander. She helps us understand what indigenous Australians might contribute to our idea of neighbourliness.

And finally, Michael and Megan head to the movies to watch The Farewell, and discover what having a different culture has to say about the ‘good’ we offer our neighbours.

WHAT IS WITH ALL DUE RESPECT?

Less aggro, more conversation.

Is it even possible to have a deep discussion without it descending into chaos? Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit think yes, and want to show the rest of us how to do it.

There’s plenty of things they disagree on: free will, feminism, where you should send your kids to school and what type of church you should go to. But there are also plenty of other things that they have in common. They want to talk about all these things with conviction. But they also want the conversation to be constructive. Tune in to find out if that’s possible.

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