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Imagine a World Without Memory


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The concept of heritage listing a building or a mountain is a well defined and familiar one, but preserving and maintaining a link with the past and building a narrative as a culture, involves far more tenuous elements.

Who protects our stories, our histories, our memories? In partnership with the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World program, we reflect on the importance and impermanence of memory. Chaired by Michael Cathcart.



Sue Pascoe

Sue Pascoe was a commissioner on the recent Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. Sue Pascoe is a Commissioner with the State Services Authority chairing inquiries for the Victorian Government in regulatory and social policy. From February 2009 – July 2010 she was one of three Commissioners on th... Read more

Nam Le

Nam Le’s first book, The Boat, was translated into fifteen languages and received over a dozen major awards in Australia, America and Europe including the PEN/Malamud Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the NSW P... Read more

Mary Delahunty

Mary Delahunty is a Gold Walkley Award winning journalist and presenter with ABC TV and commercial networks. She served for 7 years as a Victorian state government minister in senior portfolios and has seen the tensions from both sides. She is currently working as a consultant in government, media a... Read more

Joy Damousi

Joy Damousi is a Professor of History at University of Melbourne.


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