Tim Flannery: The Climate Cure
Tim Flannery’s influential 2005 book, The Weather Makers, laid out the challenges human society faces due to global warming, from mass extinctions to devastating weather changes and human conflict over essential resources. It also proposed solutions, some of which have since been enshrined as government policy around the world.
In this event, the scientist, conservationist and Chief Councillor of the…
Maria Ressa: Freedom and Fakery in the Philippines Today
Maria Ressa is a veteran investigative journalist and the CEO of the influential Philippine news portal Rappler. In June this year, she and a colleague were found guilty of cyberlibel, in a dubious court decision that many believe was politically motivated.
Ressa has been a dogged and long-time critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, and of his supporters. The relationship between…
Wheeler Kids: Take Heart, Take Action
Beci Orpin is a beloved Australian designer and illustrator. Her book for kids, Take Heart,Take Action, is filled with bold and beautiful illustrations and simple messages for children on how to make the world a better place: 'be kind', 'don't lose heart', ‘compost’, ‘protect nature’. It’s a book to spark discussions about the planet and our place in…
Broadly Speaking: Power, Privilege and Pushing Back
In our first Broadly Speaking event, Aileen Moreton-Robinson talked about the blinkers of white feminism, and explored alternative ways for women to conceive of freedom and power. In this follow-up panel discussion, we brought together exceptional minds from Australia and abroad to expand on the themes of sovereignty, race and activism.
Hosted by journalist and podcaster Amy McQuire, our panellists – including lawyer…
Power, Privilege and Pushing Back
In our first Broadly Speaking event, Aileen Moreton-Robinson will discuss the blinkers of white feminism and explore alternative ways for women to conceive of freedom and power. In this follow-up panel discussion, we’re bringing together exceptional minds from Australia and abroad to expand on the themes of sovereignty, race and activism.
Hosted by journalist and podcaster Amy McQuire, our panellists…
The Fifth Estate
Joshua Wong: Unfree Speech
Sally Warhaft, left, and Joshua Wong
Joshua Wong was still a teenager when he rose to international prominence as a leader in Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement, protesting increased Chinese Communist Party intervention in the city’s electoral system.
‘That’s the transformation of Hong Kongers … Before last summer, nobody could imagine more than 2 million people taking to the streets. […] But we did it. Almost one-fourth of the population [stood] up against the regime of Beijing.’
A lot has happened since. Wong has served two prison terms and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He's co-founded a new political party, Demosistō, and written a book, Unfree Speech. All the while, the protest movement in Hong Kong has simmered on, boiling over last year into extraordinary mass protests and brutal police confrontations.
With Sally Warhaft, Wong talks about the evolution of Hong Kong’s democracy movement and the impact of COVID-19. Assembly restrictions enforced due to the pandemic have hampered demonstrations and possibly cleared the path for more authoritarian rule in the city. In mid-April, more than a dozen high-profile pro-democracy activists were arrested.
How does Wong expect these arrests to impact Hong Kong's legislative elections in September? What effect might a weakened United States and an emboldened China have on the One Country, Two Systems principle that grants Hong Kong special autonomy?
Wong reflects on these questions and more.
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