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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.
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Family Violence Emergency
The recent book by Jess Hill, See What You Made Me Do, calls for a drastic and urgent rethink in the way we conceive of family violence in Australia. Rigorously researched, and packed with interviews and case studies, it's a once-in-a-generation book that asks us to look beyond received wisdom to confront the complexities of family violence squarely.
Toxic Femininity: White Tears/Brown Scars
In 2018, Sydney journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for the Guardian that touched a nerve with readers around the world. The article, ‘How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour,’ was about the special and dangerous claims white women make to victimhood – in the workplace, in public debate, and in private interactions – and how…
In 2001, 19% of people aged under 24 identified as not religious. By 2016, the figure had increased to 35%. We're losing our religion – fast. What might we be losing along with it? And what's it like to be a young believer in an increasingly secular society?
For this conversation, we're bringing together three young people from different faiths…
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Private Parts: More than Queer
Adolfo Aranjuez, Peter Waples-Crowe and Jax Jacki Brown at the Wheeler Centre
Within the letters LGBTIQA+ are myriad meeting points between intersecting identities – race, ethnicity, disability, class and many more – which can be sites of pain and pride. Campaigns for rights and services can have broad, significant and often unheralded impacts on various sections of the community.
With same-sex marriage now legal in Australia, what are the most pressing issues currently facing Australia’s diverse queer population, and how well are they being represented?
Presented in partnership with Archer magazine.
Sisonke Msimang: The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela
The death of Winnie Mandela in April 2018 shocked many South Africans. It wasn’t sudden or especially untimely – she was 81 years old – but ‘Ma Winnie’ was an icon of the anti-apartheid movement and a controversial, seemingly indestructible, figure.
The second wife of Nelson Mandela was a radical, eloquent and courageous anti-apartheid activist in her own right. In…
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Dr Martin Parkinson on the Need for a Carbon Tax
The carbon tax debate is amping up ahead of Julia Gillard’s announcement of the long-awaited carbon tax specifics, to be broadcast nationally on Sunday night. Gillard has said that almost 70% of households will be compensated.
The government’s chief economic adviser, treasury secretary Dr Martin Parkinson (pictured), is on the record as a supporter of a carbon tax. He succeeded Ken Henry in the…
“Our Crazy, Crazy Pornographic Culture”
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“We are in a crazy, crazy pornographic culture, and for that we need extreme measures, and I can’t think of anything better than radical feminism for that.” During her recent visit to Australia, academic, activist and social critic Dr Gail Dines stirred strong debate with her radical feminist position.
Particularly controversial is her critique of the pervasive influence pornography wields…
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