The Fifth Estate: Politics and Public Policy: Australia and the World
Australia has one of the world’s most educated populations. We have stable institutions, a strong economy and advanced technology. Yet we seem to face endless obstacles when it comes to solving our problems with good public policy. Is it the ideas, the culture or the political contest that get in the way?
And if we can’t solve problems – even…
Immigration has long been among the most contentious, and highly politicised, areas of Australian public policy. The past 20 years have seen a drastic increase in Australia's intake of migrants, as well as an increasingly punitive approach to managing asylum seeker arrivals; an approach that has attracted censure from human rights groups.
Does the recent outcome of the class action between Manus Island detainees and the Commonwealth represent a turning point? And what impact will new changes to 457 visas and the Australian citizenship test have on the fabric of our communities?
For this episode of The Fifth Estate, Sally Warhaft meets human rights activist, former refugee and orthopaedic surgeon, Munjed Al Muderis and GetUp!’s human rights campaign director, Shen Narayanasamy. Join them for a discussion of the Australian immigration experience and its broader implications.
Sally Warhaft, Munjed Al Muderis and Shen Narayanasamy
The Battle For Our Buildings
The overwhelming majority of Australians say they care deeply about our built heritage, but recent battles over heritage listed Melbourne properties reveal that the protection and preservation of our buildings is fraught.
Grass-roots campaigns to preserve local landmarks – like Bourke Street’s Palace Theatre or Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub – have tended to focus overwhelmingly on the social significance of our favourite sites, but such battles are often prone to failure. As it stands, it’s highly unlikely that a community’s emotional investment alone is enough to save a building from the march of progress.
Emma Telfer, Stuart Macintyre, Chris Johnston and Marcus Westbury
Is the bar for ‘heritage protection’ – which must include proof of the historic, aesthetic, social or scientific significance of a site – set too high? Should some buildings be saved simply because of what they mean to us … and how do we measure the strength of a community’s emotional attachment to a building, anyway? What happens to perfectly preserved buildings that sit dormant due to rigid heritage controls? When a site is protected, what happens next?
Open House Melbourne’s Emma Telfer joins panelists including Stuart Macintyre, Chris Johnston and Marcus Westbury for a discussion of what’s worth saving.
Peter Greste: Kyneton
What are the threats to press freedom in the West and around the world? How do real and anticipated acts of terrorism curtail freedom of speech? And how can we hold powerful people to account when journalists, and media institutions, are compromised? These are questions that matter to Peter Greste.
After 20 years as a distinguished foreign correspondent, covering conflicts…
Questions for the Nation: Newcastle
What are the most important questions facing Australians – today and in the future?
The Wheeler Centre is roaming Australia, collecting the nation’s most urgent questions and thrashing them out with some of the sharpest thinkers we know. We’re doing it in panel discussions at Brisbane Writers Festival, Perth’s Disrupted Festival of Ideas, Darwin Festival and National Young Writers Festival…
Barrister Julian Burnside practises in commercial litigation, trade practices and administrative law – but he also takes pro-bono human rights cases and works as an advocate for refugees. He’s a dedicated supporter and patron of the arts, a noted and published lexophile and he writes books. Perhaps the biggest injustice is how he snagged those extra hours in each day.
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Environmental Challenges for a Baillieu Government
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One of the big issues that cost the government at the Victorian State Election was the environment. Mark Wakeham spoke just before the election at our final Lunchbox/Soapbox about the challenges facing the Baillieu Government including closing Hazelwood Power Station (“the most polluting power in the country”), the Murray Darling Basin and logging in the state. As we face another…
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