The Fifth Estate
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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. All events are recorded, with podcast episodes posted on our website by noon the following day.
Although many doors have swung open for women in the last half-century, the promise that women can ‘have it all’ seems to be more of a failed joke than a genuine goal.
How have things changed for women in this defining period? Is misogyny a distant memory, or a still-present problem? And what of modern manners – is there such a thing?
Magazine queen and media legend Ita Buttrose will talk about the gender revolution, and reflect on her decades of experience working in the media. At this time of tumult and technological change, she’ll talk about where she sees the future – drawing on the lessons of the past.
Don’t miss this incisive evening with host Sally Warhaft and Australian icon Ita Buttrose.
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.
Ita Buttrose became the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia when she was appointed editor-in-chief of News Limited‘s Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. She later became Editor-in-Chief of Fairfax Media’s Sun-Herald, having worked as a senior feature writer on Fairfax’s now defunct Sun newspaper and as publishing consultant to Fairfax magazines.
She launched ITA magazine for The Woman Who Wasn’t Born Yesterday, and hosted prime-time radio shows for Sydney’s 2UE, 2KY and 2UE. She is the author of 11 books.
Our long-running current affairs series, The Fifth Estate, is a mainstay of the Wheeler Centre programme. With our in-house news anchor Sally Warhaft at the helm, it's a series of in-depth conversations with guests from the world of politics, culture, journalism and international relations. It's free, it's fortnightly and it's rigorous long-form interviewing at its best.
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