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State of the Nation
We’ve all heard the ‘jobs and growth’ mantra, but what are the specifics of the Turnbull Government’s vision for the country?
At this special lunchtime Fifth Estate discussion, the day after Treasurer Scott Morrison delivers the 2017 budget, Sally Warhaft and veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien will unpack the implications of the government’s economic plan and take the pulse of the…
Behind the Broadsheet
Sally Warhaft and Chris Mitchell in conversation
Last year, when Chris Mitchell released his memoir, Making Headlines, much was made of the book’s more gossipy elements: the fancy dinners, brazen ultimatums and the sometimes bitter quarrels with various powerful figures. In this conversation, Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft goes deeper with the former editor-in-chief of the Australian.
Mitchell was at the helm of Australia’s only national daily newspaper for 12 years; a period of seismic change in the media landscape. How does he see the future of the Australian specifically, and the role of daily newspapers in Australia more broadly? What does he make of criticisms of ‘crusading journalism’ and the increasing partisanship of major news sources? And how might our current crop of political leaders perform better in today’s perilous media environment?
Join this towering figure in Australian journalism for a discussion broaching the relationship between sources and journalists, the revolving door of political leaders and the mysterious nexus of power in Australia today.
Remembering John Clarke
Australia’s finest satirist and one of its most admired writers, John Clarke, died last week. Kaz Cooke pays tribute.
A League of One’s Own: The AFL, and Women’s Sport
There’s nothing new about women playing Australian Rules Football – they’ve been doing it for as long as men have. Local clubs for girls and women have existed for decades; there are now almost 1,000 of them around the country. Last year, participation jumped by 19% – with 380,000 Australian women playing throughout the year.
It’s always been clear that…
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A lot has been made of the importance of an American president’s first 100 days. That period has long been considered a crucial measure of their intentions and abilities – and a distillation, in many ways, of what’s to follow.
The idea dates back to President Roosevelt – who, taking office during the Great Depression in 1933, immediately launched a series of…
Lindy West on Feminism, Fat and Fighting Trolls
Lindy West joins Anne Summers for a lively conversation that traverses bodily autonomy, popular and intersectional feminism, and finding both validation and hate online.
In her first book, Shrill, Lindy West offers this memorable take on the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland: ‘She is the perfect feminazi caricature: fat, loud, irrational, violent, overbearing, constantly hitting a hedgehog with a flamingo…
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The Merits of Chick-Lit
Last week, we reported that Jennifer Egan had won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. We also reported on the kerfuffle prompted by the announcement of the shortlist for the 2011 Miles Franklin Award - a very short shortlist, consisting of three rural, historical stories, all written by men.
Jennifer Egan has prompted more debate…
Lunchbox/Soapbox: Michael Shuman on Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age
Video of Leslie Cannold Speaking on the Problem with Feminists
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The problem with feminists, according to Australian Humanist of the Year Leslie Cannold, “is that there aren’t enough of them”. In this video of her recent Lunchbox/Soapbox presentation at the Wheeler Centre, the author and ethicist tackles what ideals should inform how female representation unfolds in the popular imagination. Ultimately, she sees us aspiring to build a world in which…
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