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Jo Dyer: Independents Day


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With an increasing number of Australians turning away from the two major political parties, independents are tipped to play a crucial role in the upcoming election.

Jo Dyer, literary curator and film and theatre producer, has recently entered the political arena, running for the South Australian seat of Boothby as an independent. In her new book, Burning Down the House, she argues that Australians are hungry for new leadership and radically different models of politics. For Dyer, the rise of independents is the rise of ‘ordinary Australians determined to burn it all down and build something new.’ But is this wave of independents a sign of imminent revolution, or of an increasingly self-motivated and fractured political system? 

In this Fifth Estate event with host Sally Warhaft, Dyer discusses the growing disillusionment with bipartisan politics, and the power of independent politicians beholden to no one but their electorates.

The bookseller for this event is Hill of Content Bookshop.


Jo Dyer

Jo Dyer is a literary curator and producer of theatre and film and most recently Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week. Her films have won awards and screened worldwide, notably at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2021, Jo was unexpectedly thrust into the national spotlight when she became ... 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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