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Truth, Lies and War Crimes: The Case of Ben Roberts-Smith


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How difficult is it in Australia to tell the truth? Two of Australia’s most decorated investigative journalists, Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters, unravel the story of Ben Roberts-Smith and the defamation trial of the century. 

Please contact to join the waitlist. A live stream of this event is available from 6.30pm AEDT 25 July to 11.5pm AEDT Monday 31 July 2023. Bookings available here.

About the Event

The case brought by Roberts-Smith, once Australia’s most revered soldier, against Fairfax Media, was one of the most significant in our legal history. The trial marked the first time an Australian court has assessed accusations of war crimes by Australian forces – and answered questions about Australia’s unique defamation laws, journalistic integrity, and some of the myths on which our nation is built. 

Live at the Wheeler Centre for a special Fifth Estate event, host Sally Warhaft speaks with Masters and McKenzie, the two fearless reporters who covered the story from the first rumours of war crimes to the federal courtroom of Justice Anthony Besanko.  

This event is presented in partnership with The Age. 


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The Bookseller for this event is Hill of Content Bookshop.


Chris Masters

Chris Masters PSM is one of Australia’s best-known and most influential investigative journalists. His 1987 exposure of corruption in Queensland led to a public inquiry and reform. His 1983 report on corruption in Rugby league and in the NSW judiciary led to a Royal Commission and judicial ref... Read more

Nick McKenzie

Nick McKenzie is one of the nation’s most decorated investigative journalists, having been named Australian Journalist of the Year on four separate occasions. Over two decades, he has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners program, Nine’s 60 Minutes a... Read more

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 ... Read more


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