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The Fifth Estate is the Wheeler Centre’s new series of fortnightly forums: a more measured approach to news and current affairs. Provocative and studied, authoritative and unhurried, this is real analysis that will be pulling no punches. Hosted by broadcaster, journalist and anthropologist Sally Warhaft, The Fifth Estate is indispensible live journalism.

The Gonski Report on Australian education funding was delivered to the government last month after an intensive 18 month review process. The biggest review of school funding in decades, the report recommends an injection of A$5 billion to the education sector, three-quarters of which would go to public schools.

Delivered amidst the tumult and shouting of the latest political leadership tussle, public discussion of the report was somewhat deprived of oxygen … until now. Join host Sally Warhaft, and our panel of educational experts and school principals, as they discuss the state of schooling in Australia, the findings of the Gonski report, and the future of Australian education.

How do we compare to the world leaders in education? Does our education system need a major overhaul? Will the funding changes recommended in the Gonski report help achieve this? How can state and federal governments work to implement the suggested changes quickly and efficiently? Is our education system in need of saving – and if so, is this the answer?

Joining us to debate these and other questions will be Lesley Lamb, Paul Sheahan and David Zyngier.

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David Zyngier

David Zyngier is a senior lecturer in curriculum and pedagogy at Monash University. Previously, he was a teacher and school principal. 

His research has attracted significant funding and covers teacher pedagogies and beliefs and how they impact the learning and achievement of children from disadvantaged and marginalised communities. From 2016–2018, David will use the expertise and experience of Australia’s excellence in civics and citizenship education to assist in the development of a national Civics Education framework in Thailand as the country moves forward to full democracy.

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Lesley Lamb

Lesley Lamb has been Principal of Glen Eira College in Caulfield since 2007, after six years as Principal of Gilmore Girls' College in Footscray.

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Sally Warhaft

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.

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Paul Sheahan

Paul Sheahan, former Victorian Sheffield Shield and Australian Test Cricketer, has been a high profile educator since the mid 1970s.

The Fifth Estate

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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