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Bill and Chloe Shorten: Family, Politics and Everything In Between


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Public life for any couple presents a myriad of challenges, but throw in two high-profile careers, a blended family and the demands of politics and leadership and you can only imagine the schedule. In conversation together for the first time, Bill and Chloe Shorten talk candidly and with good humour about family life, politics and everything in between. Hosted by Sally Warhaft.

Presented in partnership with Castlemaine State Festival


Bill Shorten

Bill Shorten is the Shadow Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Shadow Minister for Government Services, and was leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2013 to 2019. Mr Shorten joined the ALP at 17 and the Australian Workers’ Union as an organiser in 1994, he has been secr... Read more

Chloe Shorten

Chloe Shorten is a public affairs specialist, and the author of Take Heart: A Story for Modern Stepfamilies. Chloe has been committed to improving the lives of women, children and people with disabilities. She is the mother of three marvellous children – Rupert, Georgette and Clementine – and is... Read more

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more

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