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Future Voices: Decolonising Australian Media


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In 2020, the Broadly Speaking series launched with a powerful conversation with distinguished professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking book, Talkin’ Up to the White Woman. Throughout a year of insightful, challenging and engaging conversations about contemporary feminism and gender in colonial Australia, Moreton-Robinson’s text has been a reminder of the ways some feminist movements clash with ideas of Indigenous sovereignty.

Our final Broadly Speaking event for 2021 will bring together First Nations women working in community, media and journalism for a discussion about the tensions between their work and the white feminism that often characterises Australian media narratives. They’ll discuss the impact Talkin’ Up to the White Woman has had on their own writing and thinking about colonial patriarchy, and how to carry this influence forward for future generations.

What needs to be done to stop violence against First Nations women? How can we encourage more people to make the link between violence against women and colonisation? And how can First Nations journalists and writers reclaim their voice in media spaces that diminish or exclude them?

Content warning: This event includes discussion of family and domestic violence and other topics audience members may find confronting.To talk with someone about violence or abuse contact:

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The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund


Bridget Brennan

Bridget Brennan has been a journalist with the ABC for a decade. She returned from London this year after a stint as Europe Correspondent. She’s also worked as a journalist in Hong Kong and the United States. As the ABC’s first National Indigenous Affairs Correspondent, Bridget reported on the m... Read more

Chelsea Watego

Chelsea Watego (formerly Bond) is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman with over 20 years of experience working within Indigenous health as a health worker and researcher. She is a prolific writer and public intellectual, having written for IndigenousX, NITV, The Guardian, and The Conversation.... Read more

Sono Leone

Sono Leone is a Butchulla and Garrawa woman, proud of her Tongan and South Sea Islander heritage. She is the founder and CEO of Strong Women Talking, a grassroots organisation for First Nations women based in Brisbane that supports women to heal from the trauma of family and domestic violence. ... Read more

Karla McGrady

Karla is the manager of the emerging practice team at Our Watch, where her role is to support the implementation of prevention policy into practice. Before joining Our Watch Karla spent six years in Indigenous Health on projects that focused on improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait is... Read more

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