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Episode Two Hundred And Fourteen – On CSIRO Cuts, 40 Days Of Love, And Magic At Perth’s FringeWorld

Welcome to episode #214 of the Token Skeptic podcast!


Leading scientists protested during a national conference this week to appeal against job cuts at the government’s agency for scientific research in Australia, the CSIRO.

The cuts, that will remove about 110 positions from the CSIRO’s 140-odd strong Ocean and Atmosphere staff and a similar number from its Land and Water division, were announced in an email from chief executive Larry Marshall on Thursday.

I spoke to Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick from the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW about her response to the cuts.


The Perth chapter of Christian group 40 Days for Life plans daily “prayer vigils” outside a Midland clinic during Lent as part of a global anti-abortion campaign.

However, these kinds of peaceful protest aren’t without opposition – with Australian Medical Association WA president Michael Gannon saying a woman should not be “further punished” for exercising her right to an abortion.

I spoke to the president for the national group Reproductive Choice Australia, Jenny Ejlak.

Closer to home, Sarah Nielsen-Harvey has begun a counter protest online with a number of other concerned locals, called “40 Days of Love” – I spoke to her about what is involved.



Sylvia Mariani is Zatanna, Queen of Illusion – and she’s performing two shows at the 2016 FringeWorld. She’s a transgender woman who has performed nationally and internationally as a renown illusionist and mentalist – and has won WA Magician of the Year a number of times.

Sylvia’s shows “Zatanna, Magic from Z… to… A’ and ‘Zatanna’s Theatre of the Mind’ are playing in Perth as a part of the FringeWorld celebrations – I spoke to her to learn a little more about the mystery behind the magic.


Tremendous thanks to the radio station RTRFM, where interviews aired previously, especially producer Peter Barr.

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