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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.
David Gonski joins Sally Warhaft for a conversation about his multifaceted career. His recently released book, I Gave a Gonski, Selected Speeches, is testament to the broad range of Gonski’s interests – and impact – beyond the world of business. It touches on subjects from gender diversity on boards and human rights to his own family heritage and, of course, education funding. In this rare, intimate glimpse into the life of one of Australia’s most successful people, Gonski will discuss his book, his career and his driving passions.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth 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.
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.
Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor since 2012. In 2018 – over 100 episodes in – the anthropologist, broadcaster and intrepid interviewer’s fortnightly live series continues, as she responds to the most important debates of the day and reignites stories that have fallen off the front pages.
Every second Tuesday, Sally 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. It’s an event series and a live podcast taping rolled into one. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to events: keep an eye on our website (or in the Wheeler Weekly) for updates.
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