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Question Time: Regional Focus

Beyond the city gates (okay, the urban sprawl) lies regional Australia: home to around a third of the nation’s population. Too often missing from the national conversation, the regions will be the focus of this Question Time event. We’ll examine the issues facing country communities and shine a light on the advances and innovations that are changing regional Australia as we know it. Think infrastructure, transport, the NBN, disaster management, exports and climate change.

As Australia’s population continues to amass around its major cities, we’ll examine our reliance on those in the country. We’ll consider, too, how regional communities can have a stronger voice in national debates – and how they can influence policy and decision-making at  government level. Vibrant, adaptable and integral to our future: come and find out about what’s happening … out there. 

Madeleine Morris hosts a full hour of audience Q&A with a panel including Su McCluskey, immediate past CEO of the Regional Australia Institute, rural leader and Voices for Indi president Alana Johnson and Mark Muller of R.M. Williams Publishing.

Based out of town, but have questions? 

By popular demand, we're offering everybody the chance to contribute remotely to Question Time: Regional Focus. We'll stream the event live via Periscope (download the app to your Apple or Android phone or tablet), and relay some of your questions to the panel in Melbourne on your behalf. Follow @wheelercentre or keep an eye on our Twitter feed to see when it's getting started.

As usual, we'll post a podcast soon after it's over.

Who?

Portrait of Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow Up To Be Happy, Healthy and Smart, published by Finch. 

Portrait of Su McCluskey

Su McCluskey

Su McCluskey was named the winner of the 2013 Australian Financial Review and Westpac Regional Women of Influence Award. She was the 2014 winner of the Women in Australian Agribusiness outstanding contribution to policy category, and was a Panel Member on the Harper Review’s Competition Policy Review Panel.  She is currently a member of the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review and the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration. After three years as CEO, Su McCluskey stepped down from her position at the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) in June 2015.

Portrait of Mark Muller

Mark Muller

Mark Muller is editor-in-chief of R.M.Williams Publishing. This multi-award winning business is devoted to telling stories from rural and regional Australia. It produces a range of magazines, books, and digital publications including the flagship R.M.Williams OUTBACK magazine.

Portrait of Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in rural and regional development and leadership training. Alana was the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Victorian winner for 2010 and Australian runner up. She is named in the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia by the Australian Financial Review in 2012 and the inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness by Rural Press in 2014.

Alana is President of the Voices for Indi who initiated the democracy project in the electorate of Indi that saw independent Cathy McGowan elected. She is currently collaborating on the Invisible Farmer Project with Museum Victoria and the University of Melbourne.

Outbound

A Week in the Country

Life in the country has a lot going for it. There’s the solitude, the scenery, the extra brain space available when your mind is not jammed with parking and public transport-related neuroses. Many of Australian literature’s best loved writers, from Henry Lawson to Miles Franklin to Colin Thiele, have taken life in the bush as their inspiration.

In a week of events with a special regional focus, we’ll get past the romance – and past the past – to focus on the realities of contemporary country Australia. We’ll find out from writers,  regional leaders and political figures about what matters in regional areas, from infrastructure and innovation to creative expression, cattle exports and climate change. In the heart of the city, join us for some conversations about life in the regions.

Stream it from the regions

By popular demand, we're offering everybody the chance to contribute remotely to Question Time: Regional Focus. We'll stream the event live via Periscope (download the app to your Apple or Android phone or tablet), and relay some of your questions to the panel in Melbourne on your behalf. Follow @wheelercentre or keep an eye on our Twitter feed to see when it's getting started.


Question Time

When you think ‘question time’, perhaps you picture rowdy politicians cussing each other out. But in our regular series, we’re putting the dignity back into proceedings … along with a generous amount of time. It’s one full hour of pure Q&A between you, our audience, moderator Madeleine Morris, and a…

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