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A Conversation with David Gonski
The name Gonski has long been known and respected in business, arts and philanthropic circles. David Gonski AC is a former chairman of the Australia Council, and chairman of ANZ Banking Group, Coca-Cola Amatil and the Sydney Theatre Company. But when he released his Rudd Government-commissioned report into school funding in 2011, Gonski became a household name across Australia.
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In this rare, intimate glimpse into the life of one of Australia’s most successful people, Gonski discusses his book I Gave a Gonski, Selected Speeches – as well as his ideas on sharing, philanthropy, the life changing experience of education and the dangers of 'short-termism'.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She hosts the Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, now in its ninth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.
As a lawyer and corporate adviser, David Gonski has spent the last thirty-eight years advising and participating in business in Australia and in Asia. Gonski is Chairman of the ANZ Bank, Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd. and the Sydney Theatre Company, and Chancellor of the University of New South Wales. Gonski has participated in four reviews for the Australian federal government, the best known of which was the 'Gonski Review' into funding of schools in Australia.
The Fifth Estate
The important stories of the day – off the front pages.
Sally Warhaft hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs.