“The manager came out and asked us to leave an empty pub because we looked too offensive” – Matthew ‘Bumer’ Joyce

While tattoos are becoming more acceptable as time goes on, unfortunately discrimination against those with ink is still a major issue. Having a tattoo can land you in hot water with some employers, who might sack you or even refuse to give you work in the first place. Not only is this a workplace issue, with reports of some venues refusing entry to those with tattoos. We spoke with tattoo artist Keegan Sweeney, who’s had some issues with a local venue over his ink. Dr Sarah Gray and Matthew ‘Bumer’ Joyce, owners of CBD tattoo studio The Grim Raptor, also sat down with us to chat about their experiences with discrimination.

Also on the show, Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, however the climb to the top of the rock is set to close this week. We speak with Steve Baldwin from Parks Australia about the closure of the climb, and why it’s so important to the local traditional owners. Meanwhile, with depression affecting more and more Australians, comedian Marc Ryan is setting out to raise some much needed funds for the Black Dog Institute. He tells us a bit about his new mission to do 30 gigs in 30 days.

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Airdate: October 21, 2019

Reporters: Arjuna Ganesan, Andrew Showell & Anthony Cox

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