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What Men Really Think About… Fatherhood


What Men Really Think About … , a series of public discussions aimed at lifting the lid on issues close to the hearts of Australian men, comes to the Wheeler Centre for an investigation of fatherhood. What makes a good father? Who and what do we want our fathers to be? How do you protect your children and teach them resilience at the same time? And how and when do you let them go?

Three remarkable men speak with frank honesty about their fathers’ impact on their lives, where they find themselves today as fathers, and their struggle to become fathers they can be proud of.

What Men Really Think About … Fatherhood promises to be an honest, public, emotionally confronting, yet humorous look at this most central of men’s issues, in a society famous for male repression.


Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan is one of Australia’s most respected sports journalists. He was a regular AFL columnist for the Age for many years, and is the author of over a dozen books – most recently The Short Long Book and On Listening – and A Wink From the Universe, about the Western Bulldogs’ rem... Read more

Kevin Fitzgerald

Kevin started business life as a secondary school teacher, graduated to tertiary teaching and found himself as a trained accountant, teaching computing to business students and business to computer students. He has run his own Information Security consultancy for over 30 years and often runs across ... Read more

Timothy O'Leary

Timothy O’Leary is an educator and therapist in private practice. He originally trained as a social worker and has a Masters in couples and relationships counselling and a graduate diploma in infant mental health. Timothy’s work ranges from running ‘Father’s Time’ ante-natal classes fo... Read more

Kim Farrant

Kim Farrant writes and directs drama, documentaries and commercials for film and TV. Kim’s work has screened and sold all over the world. Her credits include the TV drama series Rush, as well as the documentaries Naked on the Inside, The Secret Side of Me and Out of the Saddle. She is renowned for... Read more


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