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
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…
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…
Better Off Dead
Season 2 Trailer
Andrew Denton investigates the stories behind Victoria’s landmark Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) law: Who seeks to use it, and why? Who are the doctors stepping forward to help them? And how does the church continue to resist a law it describes as ‘evil’?
Co-produced by Go Gentle Australia and the Wheeler Centre, season two of Better Off Dead looks at what happened in Victoria after the legislation came into effect in June 2019.
"It’s not an easy process. But neither should it be. This is the ending of a life. And it ought to be treated in a serious manner – because it's a serious thing to do." – Former Supreme Court Justice, Betty King, now Chair of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.
Please note: this podcast is not about suicide. If you are interested in increasing your understanding of suicide and how to support someone experiencing suicidal ideation, visit Conversations Matter or BeyondBlue.
If you (or someone you know) require immediate assistance, contact one of the following 24/7 crisis support services: Lifeline (13 11 14), Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467), MensLine (1300 78 99 78), beyondblue (1300 22 4636), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or eheadspace (1800 650 890).In this episode
In order of appearance: Andrew Denton, Katie Harley, Dr Kristin Cornell, Jean Caliste, Dr Greg Mewett, Dr Cameron McLaren, Professor Michael Dooley, Former Justice Betty King QC, Molly Carlile AM, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Dr Andrea Bendrups, Lisa Hogg.
Better Off Dead season two is produced by the Wheeler Centre and Go Gentle Australia
Writer, Co-Producer and Host: Andrew Denton (Go Gentle Australia)
Series Co-Producer and Script Editor: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton (The Wheeler Centre)
Associate Producers: Kiki Paul and Steve Offner (Go Gentle Australia)
Audio Editor and Engineer: Martin Peralta
Production Assistant: Alex Gow (The Wheeler Centre)
Marketing: Emily Harms (The Wheeler Centre), Steve Offner (Go Gentle Australia) and Frankie Bennett (Go Gentle Australia)
Publicity: Debbie McInnes (DMCPR Media)
Episode Pages: Mia McAuslan (The Wheeler Centre)
Commissioning Editors: Kiki Paul (Go Gentle Australia) and Caro Llewellyn (The Wheeler Centre)
Theme music: ‘Loydie’s Angel’, written and performed by Jordan Laser
Listen to Better Off Dead season one here, and subscribe in iTunes, or via your favourite podcast app.
The Leap Year
18 Veronica Haccou on border towns
When the New South Wales-Victoria border opened up on Monday, Veronica Haccou was among those who felt great relief. Veronica lives in Albury, New South Wales, and works in Wodonga, Victoria. She'd been navigating daily border checkpoints since July, just to go to work. In this episode, she talks with Sally about the stark, surreal contrast between the two border towns during Victoria's second lockdown and about the widespread exhaustion in a community that has lived through devastating bushfires and a pandemic in a single year.
Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership
What biases and barriers do women in power face? How does this affect their leadership performance? And how can we bring about true gender equality when it comes to politics and power?
Women in Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons, co-written by Julia Gillard and renowned development economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, asks these questions and more. In August, Patricia Karvelas inteviewed Gillard…
Anything and everything in Australian politics from across our archives.
Aileen Moreton-Robinson: 20th Anniversary of Talkin’ Up to the White Woman
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