Future Voices: Decolonising Australian Media

Future Voices: Decolonising Australian Media

In 2020, the Broadly Speaking series launched with a powerful conversation with distinguished professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking book, Talkin’ Up to the White Woman. Throughout a year of insightful, challenging and engaging conversations about contemporary feminism and gender in colonial Australia, Moreton-Robinson’s text has been a reminder of the ways some feminist movements clash with ideas of Indigenous sovereignty.

Future Voices: Decolonising Australian Media marked our final Broadly Speaking event for 2021 and brought together First Nations women working in community, media and journalism for a discussion about the tensions between their work and the white feminism that often characterises Australian media narratives. ABC journalist Bridget Brennan, Indigenist health humanities scholar and writer Chelsea Watego and founder and CEO of Strong Women Talking Sono Leone joined host Karla McGrady from Our Watch. They discussed the impact Talkin’ Up to the White Woman has had on their own writing and thinking about colonial patriarchy, and the ways First Nations journalists and writers are reclaiming their voice in media spaces that diminish or exclude them.

Amy McQuire has written a report on the outcomes of the discussion, which can be read here.

Content warning: This event includes discussion of family and domestic violence and other topics audience members may find confronting.To talk with someone about violence or abuse contact:

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Presented in partnership with Our Watch

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund


Portrait of Bridget Brennan

Bridget Brennan

Bridget Brennan has been a journalist with the ABC for a decade. She returned from London this year after a stint as Europe Correspondent. She’s also worked as a journalist in Hong Kong and the United States.

Portrait of Karla McGrady

Karla McGrady

Karla is the manager of the emerging practice team at Our Watch, where her role is to support the implementation of prevention policy into practice. Before joining Our Watch Karla spent six years in Indigenous Health on projects that focused on improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people. Karla has worked across government and non-government sectors for over 15 years in Indigenous community development roles.

Portrait of Sono Leone

Sono Leone

Sono Leone is a Butchulla and Garrawa woman, proud of her Tongan and South Sea Islander heritage. She is the founder and CEO of Strong Women Talking, a grassroots organisation for First Nations women based in Brisbane that supports women to heal from the trauma of family and domestic violence.

Portrait of Chelsea Watego

Chelsea Watego

Chelsea Watego (formerly Bond) is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman with over 20 years of experience working within Indigenous health as a health worker and researcher. Chelsea’s work has drawn attention to the role of race in the production of health inequalities. Her current ARC Discovery Grant seeks to build an Indigenist Health Humanities as a new field of research; one that is committed to the survival of Indigenous peoples locally and globally, and foregrounds Indigenous intellectual sovereignty.