The Wheeler Centre Gala 2014: 20 Questions
If you had to choose, would you prefer non-fiction or fiction? Happy endings or sad ones? Are you a summer person or a winter person? Do you believe in individuality or community? Gratification or anticipation? Would you rather outlive your partner or be outlived? Which is worse: war or famine? Drowning at sea or indefinite detention?
These seemingly stark questions tell us things about who we are, what we value, and who we want to be.
2014’s Wheeler Centre Gala was a twisted referendum on 20 divisive questions. On Saturday 8 February, we took to the streets of Melbourne with four city polling booths (and a website, for those playing at home) to find out what you thought about ideas big and small, the fundamental and the trivial.
At the end of the day, we threw this old-fashioned election party to analyse the results and what they tell us about ourselves. Joining us all in the tally room (Melbourne Town Hall) were experienced commentators George Negus, Sophie Black, Bernard Salt and Ray Martin. Our host - as voted by the audience on the night - was Sally Warhaft.
See the results and more at http://twentyquestions.tumblr.com/.
Ray Martin is a journalist and television presenter who has reported for and/or presented some of TV’s highest-profile current affairs and variety shows of recent decades.
Sophie Black is the Wheeler Centre's Head of Publishing. Previously she was Editor in Chief at Private Media, where she headed up the titles Crikey, Women’s Agenda, SmartCompany, StartUpSmart and Property Observer.
Bernard Salt is a twice-weekly columnist with the Australian newspaper, a business advisor as a KPMG Partner, an adjunct professor at Curtin University and one of Australian’s leading corporate speakers.
George Negus has written, directed and presented Australian commercial and public television current affairs since 1975 – with a special passion for international affairs and Australia’s place in the world.