The mainstream media doesn’t usually allow us to go into detail on the important issues affecting our community, so we've started our own podcast. You can listen to it here or watch it on Youtube here.
Over the years, Jonathan has also agreed to longer-form in-depth interviews on a range of topics, which you can find via the links below. (Please note the dates of the interviews, and remember that a lot can change in a few years, so Jonno’s views and policies on some issues might have shifted a bit over time.)
Jonathan is happy to make time to speak on podcasts that already have an established audience, particularly on topics that haven’t been covered much in the past or where the political landscape might have changed recently. Get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling 3357 8458 to arrange an interview time.
Brisbane Free University, 26 May, 2023
Jonno speaks with Anna Carlson about the design of King George Square and the car park beneath it as part of a series of conversations connected to Georgia Haywood's Forms of Assembly project for the Brisbane Art and Design Festival.
Brisbane Free University, 26 May, 2023
Jonno speaks with Anna Carlson from BFU about the political values that shape the prioritisation of inner-city space for carparking, the criminalisation of people who sleep in their cars, and the alternative futures we can imagine for urban carparks (this is another discussion that was produced as part of Georgia Haywood's Forms of Assembly project for the Brisbane Art and Design Festival).
Alex Bainbridge, 24 April, 2023
Jonno reflects on his 7 years in office as a city councillor, the importance of local government, and how practical positive change happens in society.
Chelsea Watego and David Singh, 13 April, 2023
In a wide-ranging and critical conversation, Chelsea, David & Jonno talk through the political lessons learned in the 7 years that Jonno has spent on the Brisbane City Council. They think together about the challenge of holding your line; the grind of being a “lone voice” in a violent institution; and the price paid for uncompromising solidarity. And they reflect on what it means to reckon with complicity; to stay grounded in communities of accountability and critique; and to know when it’s time to step back, to rest, and re-strategise.
David Glanz, Oct 28 2022
Jonno talks about why Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe is being hounded by the establishment. He discusses the hypocrisy behind the attacks and why everyone on the left should stand with Lidia Thorpe. Jonno's blog post on the subject can be found here.
Chris, March 28 2022
18 mins (interview at 06:50)
Jonno shares how he got into politics, why he decided to live on a house-boat, highlighting the challenges with housing in Australia as a renter. He addresses how government's one size fits all approach to policy making disadvantages small businesses, touches on his advocacy for separated bike lanes, shares considerations about the Green bridges, the Ferry network and his position on the 2032 Olympic games. Finally he outlines what he thinks his three major achievements have been over his time in BCC and where he wants to direct his energy from there.
Suzanne Misso, Aug 24 2021
Jonno shares a cup of Srilankan tea on his house boat, and discusses if Australia could taste sweeter. They take a deep dive into his story growing up in Brisbane, his quest for equality and justice, and his pathway to finding his identity as he champions his vision of an authentically multicultural Australia.
Rylee Griffin, Aug 03 2021
Representing The Gabba ward, Jonno has involved himself heavily in grassroots activism and built an impressive platform that reaches thousands both locally and nationally. We discuss his origin story, authenticity in politics, and the role young people have in the future of politics and advocacy.
Jacob & Phuong, Jul 26 2021
10 mins (interview at 1:03:00)
Jacob discusses the social and environmental externalities of Brisbane hosting the 2032 Olympics with Jonathan Sri, a Greens Councillor for the Gabba Ward at Brisbane City Council.
Kristin Perissinotto & Hannah Ferguson, Apr 22 2021
This podcast discusses housing, renters rights, the ethics of owning an investment property, and the lack of diversity in mainstream politics. Jonno talks about the power of collective action, and shares his thoughts on term limits for politicians and how the job has changed him.
Chilli D (aka Marta Abraha), Mar 30 2021
In this podcast, Jonno discusses their early career and life in Brisbane, what multiculturalism means, and how we can make this city more inclusive.
Rory Pope & Bram Chapman, Feb 25 2021
This conversation centres on Jonno's focus on making Brisbane more sustainable, equitable and democratic, and addressing the negative impacts of gentrification and speculative property investment. He discusses unsustainable, profit-oriented over-development, and how residents should have more say over how their city changes and evolves.
Dan Rennie, Nov 06 2020
Dan Rennie speaks to newly-elected local Greens Member for South Brisbane Amy MacMahon and Councillor Jonathan Sri about the recent election win in the crucial seat of South Brisbane and their plans for the community.
Nichola Burton, Oct 23 2020
Jonno discusses the impact of the lockdowns on the Creative, Arts and Entertainment industries, government responses, and how the Gabba Ward Office has been trying to support these industries.
Michael Williams, May 18 2020
Michael discusses with Cr Sri about the success of the Greens in the Brisbane 2020 elections, radicalising politics and the possibility of a vacancy levy.
Jessica Reynolds, Jul 16 2018
In this podcast, Jessica chats with Jonno about his career and the role of politics in the development of the city.
Matthew Antoniolli, Jun 20 2018
People Who Are Politicians is about finding out about people....who happen to be politicians. This podcast interviews Cr Jonathan Sri about his path leading up to him getting elected and what he's up to in council.
Chris, May 07 2018
Jonno unpacks the local issues that led to the Vulture St cyclist die-in, background to "die-ins" as an advocacy tactic, and his explanation for the recent Brisbane protests: Are Controversial Road Safety Protests Helpful?