Outbound: Question Time: Regional Focus
Beyond the city gates (okay, the urban sprawl) lies regional Australia: home to around a third of the nation’s population. Too often missing from the national conversation, the regions will be the focus of this Question Time event. We’ll examine the issues facing country communities and shine a light on the advances and innovations that are changing regional Australia as we know it. Think infrastructure, transport, the NBN, disaster management, exports and climate change.
Madeleine Morris hosts a full hour of audience Q&A with a panel including Su McCluskey, immediate past CEO of the Regional Australia Institute, rural leader and Voices for Indi president Alana Johnson and Mark Muller of R.M. Williams Publishing.
Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow Up To Be Happy, Healthy and Smart, published by Finch.
Alana Johnson is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in rural and regional development and leadership training. Alana was the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Victorian winner for 2010 and Australian runner up. She is named in the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia by the Australian Financial Review in 2012 and the inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness by Rural Press in 2014.
Alana is President of the Voices for Indi who initiated the democracy project in the electorate of Indi that saw independent Cathy McGowan elected. She is currently collaborating on the Invisible Farmer Project with Museum Victoria and the University of Melbourne.
Su McCluskey was named the winner of the 2013 Australian Financial Review and Westpac Regional Women of Influence Award. She was the 2014 winner of the Women in Australian Agribusiness outstanding contribution to policy category, and was a Panel Member on the Harper Review’s Competition Policy Review Panel. She is currently a member of the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review and the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration. After three years as CEO, Su McCluskey stepped down from her position at the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) in June 2015.
Mark Muller is editor-in-chief of R.M.Williams Publishing. This multi-award winning business is devoted to telling stories from rural and regional Australia. It produces a range of magazines, books, and digital publications including the flagship R.M.Williams OUTBACK magazine.