The Fifth Estate
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What's it like to be a political reporter today, when breaking news is measured by second-by-second tweets (instead of next-day newspapers)? How has it changed over the decades?
In this Fifth Estate event, we'll hear from Fairfax's Latika Bourke and ABC TV's Barrie Cassidy.
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 the Covid-19 pandemic. 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.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.
Barrie Cassidy is host of the ABC's top rating Sunday morning political discussion program Insiders – now in its 14th year. Until recently he also hosted the sporting equivalent companion program Offsiders.
Barrie has been a journalist for 47 years – and a political journalist since 1977. He has worked as a political correspondent for ABC news and 7.30 and as a foreign correspondent in Washington and Brussels. He was senior press secretary and senior political adviser to prime minister Bob Hawke from 1986 to 1990.
Latika Bourke is well known as a keen user of social media in her work as a political journalist in Canberra. She has previously reported for 2UE Radio, the ABC and now Fairfax publications, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her latest pursuit is the product of a personal adventure. Her first book, From India with Love, is Bourke's personal story of being adopted from India as a baby and journeying back as an adult.
For in-depth insider analysis of current affairs, it doesn't get any better than The Fifth Estate.
This long-running series is a mainstay of the Wheeler Centre’s programme, and of public conversation in Melbourne. Twice a month, our in-house news anchor Sally Warhaft hosts guests from the world of politics, culture, journalism and international relations to dissect pressing questions of policy, power and public affairs. It's free, it's fortnightly and it's a chance to give complex local and global issues the thoughtful discussion they deserve.
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