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In the Australian 2010 election, hundreds of thousands of voters chose not to cast a ballot. A new book of essays, edited by Jeff Sparrow and Antony Loewenstein, and aimed at engaging the many, many Australians disillusioned with the political process, asks writers and thinkers who openly identify with the Left to explore why. In this event, we let some fresh air into the political conversation in a wide ranging discussion with editors Jeff and Antony, contributor Kim Bullimore and chair Margaret Simons.


Antony Loewenstein

Antony Loewenstein is an independent journalist, best-selling author, filmmaker and co- founder of Declassified Australia. He’s written for The Guardian, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and many others. His books include Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside The Bloody War On Drugs,... Read more

Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres, Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story, What’s Next in Journalism?, Journalism at ... Read more

Jeff Sparrow

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, broadcaster, and Walkley award-winning journalist. He is a columnist for The Guardian Australia, a former Breakfaster at Melbourne’s 3RRR, and a past editor of Overland literary journal. His most recent books are Provocations: New and Selected Writing; Crimes a... Read more

Kim Bullimore
Kim Bullimore

Kim Bullimore is a long-time socialist, political activist and anti-racism campaigner. A Murri woman and an active campaigner for Australian Indigenous rights, Bullimore is also involved in campaigns for Palestinian self-determination and human rights and other social justice issues, and a volunteer... Read more


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