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at Hansen Hall and Conversation Quarter, State Library Victoria

Our Exceptional Friend

Melbourne Writers Festival has cancelled all its live events including Our Exceptional Friend following the extension of Melbourne’s current lockdown.

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Does Australia really have no option but to side with the United States at the expense of our relationship with China? In a special edition of the long-running series The Fifth Estate, historian and Our Exceptional Friend author Emma Shortis speaks with host Sally Warhaft about whose interests our relationship with the US really serves, and why we don’t have to make a binary choice between subservience to an increasingly broken democracy and abandoning a long-standing alliance.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival


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Who?

Portrait of Emma Shortis

Emma Shortis

Emma Shortis is the author of Our Exceptional Friend: Australia’s Fatal Alliance with the United States. Emma is a historian who is passionate about how history might help us think about building a different future. She also co-hosts a history and politics podcast, Barely Gettin' By, with Dr Chloe Ward.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

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 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.

The Fifth Estate

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. 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 a chance to give complex local and global issues the thoughtful discussion they deserve.

Subscribe to the popular Fifth Estate podcast – or book a ticket – for expert analysis on today's key debates.

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