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The Wheeler Centre Gala 2014: 20 Questions


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If you had to choose, would you prefer non-fiction or fiction? Happy endings or sad ones? Are you a summer person or a winter person? Do you believe in individuality or community? Gratification or anticipation? Would you rather outlive your partner or be outlived? Which is worse: war or famine? Drowning at sea or indefinite detention?

These seemingly stark questions tell us things about who we are, what we value, and who we want to be.

2014’s Wheeler Centre Gala is a twisted referendum on 20 divisive questions. On Saturday 8 February, we’re taking to the streets of Melbourne with four city polling booths to find out what you think about ideas big and small, the fundamental and the trivial – or you can vote online.

At the end of the day, we’ll be throwing an old-fashioned election party to analyse the results and what they tell us about ourselves. Joining us all in the tally room will be experienced commentators George Negus, Sophie Black, Bernard Salt and Ray Martin. Be ready to laugh, think and debate in a big night of entertainment, ideas and food for thought.

Most elections measure which political party citizens dislike the least. In this unique poll, we’re measuring the issues – complex and seemingly insignificant – that divide us. Find out what we’re prepared to live with … and what we’re prepared to compromise along the way.

Let’s raise our glasses together to welcome 2014, in the best election party ever … one where you’ll go home happy, whatever the results.

20 Questions is closed for voting. See the results and more at


Follow us on through the evening on #20Questions to keep track of what’s happening in the tally room, from 7-9pm. We’ll be blogging live from the event, so stay tuned for more on how to keep an eye on the action in absentia.

Election blog

Keep track of what’s happening during the tally, as we log rolling updates on Saturday.


Ray Martin

Ray Martin is a journalist and television presenter who has reported for and/or presented some of TV’s highest-profile current affairs and variety shows of recent decades. Ray Martin’s lifetime in journalism began as an ABC cadet in Sydney in 1965. After working in Perth and Canberra, he was pos... Read more

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is a writer, journalist and Crikey’s editor-in-chief. She has worked in senior management across cultural and media organisations, and has written for outlets such as The Guardian and The Monthly. As the Wheeler Centre’s head of publishing, she oversaw projects such as the Walk... Read more

Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt is one of Australia’s leading social commentators. He heads The Demographics Group which provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business. Prior to that Bernard founded KPMG Demographics. He is perhaps best known for identifying and tagging new tribe... Read more

George Negus

George Negus has written, directed and presented Australian commercial and public television current affairs since 1975 – with a special passion for international affairs and Australia’s place in the world. He worked independently via Negus Media International for more than 20 years, as well as ... Read more


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