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Shelling Out: Bastian Obermayer and the Panama Papers
Nassim Khadem, Bastian Obermayer and Neil Chenoweth at the Wheeler Centre
The Panama Papers, which made headlines across the world in 2016, represent the biggest data leak in the history of journalism.
The 11.5 million documents, leaked from a Panamanian law firm by an anonymous source, revealed secret information about shell companies and offshore tax havens and the details of the individuals who exploit them – including many heads of state and international celebrities. The scale of the investigation was monumental, involving 370 journalists from 76 countries and sparking protests, police raids and government inquiries across the world.
Bastian Obermayer was the man who received the first batch of documents that sparked this unprecedented investigation. He's a reporter at Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich, started the worldwide Panama Papers investigation with his colleague Frederik Obermaier and coordinated the team with the ICIJ.
For this conversation, he’s joined by Sydney journalist Neil Chenoweth, who has published outstanding work on the Australian Panama documents for the Australian Financial Review. The pair talk secret sources and stashpiles of the rich and famous with host Nassim Khadem.
Presented in partnership with the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.
Working with Words: Simon Castles
Simon Castles is an editor at the Age and a former editor of the Big Issue. He spoke with us about the marvel of great newspaper journalists, returning to lucky cafes and being a clean freak.
Double Booked Club
Sarah Bailey and Mark Brandi
When Double Book Club returns in September, we’ll bring crime to your lunchtime. Well, crime fiction, anyway.
Mark Brandi’s bestselling debut novel, Wimmera, won the coveted British Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger, and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards. His new novel, The Rip, is a departure. It’s about a young woman sleeping…
The Next Big Thing
Hot Desk Edition #2
In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our second intake of 2019 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.
Featuring new writing from Millie Baylis, Rebecca Giggs, Bella Green, Shannan Lim, Gareth Morgan, Whitney Munroe, Sumudu Samarawickrama and Yen-Rong Wong.
Readings will be our bookseller for…
Claire G. Coleman: The Old Lie in Kyneton
Claire G. Coleman believes speculative fiction is a powerful political tool. ‘It’s a genre in which there’s great scope for Aboriginal literature … It’s able to sneak politics into places people don’t expect to see it.'
Coleman's revelatory 2017 debut novel, Terra Nullius, depicted an alternative Australia – a continent of either the distant past or the distant future…
Iconic Duos: The Next Chapter Writers and Mentors
As applications opened for The Next Chapter’s second year, Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams spoke with writers and mentors from the inaugural intake at the Sydney Writers Festival.
At the event, Evelyn Araluen, Tony Birch, Nayuka Gorrie, Alison Whittaker, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen and Michele Lee discussed collaboration, constructive criticism and meaningful mentoring.
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Tom Elliott defends hedge funds
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We’ve survived the GFC and now greed might be good again, but can we start thinking about right and wrong in the financial sector. Hedge-fund manager Tom Elliott argues what his profession does and why, Rudyard Kipling-style “if you can make money while everyone else around you is losing it - that’s smart”.
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