History, politics & current affairs
Postcards From Abroad
'One thing about leaving your apartment is there's so many other people out there. The great thing about my apartment, aside from the fact that it's a great apartment, is that I control if there are other people in it.'
This October, Fran Lebowitz is bringing her deliciously devastating brand of no-holds-barred wit back to the Wheeler Centre.
The Wheeler Centre
Ross Garnaut: Reset
'It's not enough to go back to what we had before the pandemic recession. We've got to do better.'
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the global economy has changed drastically. As we adjust to a new normal, is it possible to recover the economy we once had? Or should we rebuild it from the ground up?
In this special podcast episode, economist Ross Garnaut discusses his roadmap for progress, policy, and diplomacy with host Prue Bentley.
In his latest book Reset: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession, Garnaut makes the case for a radical overhaul of the Australian economy and argues that returning to our previous conception of ‘normal’ would be a missed opportunity.
This podcast episode is presented in partnership with Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute
This conversation was originally scheduled to take place live on Wednesday 11 August 2021 and was cancelled in response to Victorian Government health advice. We are now presenting this discussion exclusively in podcast form.
The Fifth Estate
Can You Keep a Secret? Media Rights and the Need to Know
Sally Warhaft, Peter Cronau and Scott Ludlam in conversation on stage at Bendigo Writers Festival.
Why is WikiLeaks so important? What is there to be learned from the documents released? According to the writers in A Secret Australia, the leaking of hidden government documents yielded knowledge that is essential for journalists and institutions to analyse the consequences of covert and unaccountable state power. “We open governments” is WikiLeaks’ motto, yet its crusade for transparent, accountable government has led to criminal charges being laid against its founder, Julian Assange, and whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Assange now faces espionage and hacking-related charges from the US government.
A Secret Australia’s co-editor Peter Cronau and contributor and former Greens Senator Scott Ludlam joined Sally Warhaft at Bendigo Writers Festival earlier this year for a discussion about what is kept from public view and why. What are the limits of journalism when reporting on state apparatuses, and what is a publisher’s responsibility when dealing with state secrets?
Presented in partnership with Bendigo Writers Festival
The Fifth Estate
Our Exceptional Friend
Melbourne Writers Festival has cancelled all its live events including Our Exceptional Friend following the extension of Melbourne’s current lockdown.
Ticket bookers will be contacted directly by the Festival.
Does Australia really have no option but to side with the United States at the expense of our relationship with China? In a special edition of the long-running series The Fifth…
The Fifth Estate
Peter Doherty: An Insider’s Plague Year
This conversation, originally scheduled to take place on Thursday 5 August was cancelled. This was in response to escalating changes in Victorian public health advice and recommendations in place following an event at the Wheeler Centre on Wednesday 4 August. More information can be found here.
‘I’ve worked on aspects of infection and immunity for almost six decades, I am an insider.’
Parliamentary Privilege: Bias, Boys’ Clubs and Women in Politics
This conversation originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27 July was postponed in response to current health advice and restrictions on public events. It is now a digital premiere event and can be watched from this page on Tuesday 3 August at 6.30pm.
Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.Broadly Speaking: Parliamentary Privilege: Bias, Boys' Clubs and…
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