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Political Wrap 2019
For the final Fifth Estate of 2019, George Megalogenis returns to reflect with host Sally Warhaft on the year in Australian politics.
They’ll discuss the early manoeuvres of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese, and some noteworthy arrivals (hello, Gladys Liu) and departures (bye bye, Tony Abbott) in the 46th federal parliament. They’ll talk, too, about the stories that made domestic…
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Red State Real Talk: Mia Love
Mia Love was once a rising star of the Republican Party. She was the first black female Republican elected to congress, running and winning in Utah's 97% white 4th District in 2015. During her time in office, Love was appointed to the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees the Treasury and the Federal Reserve.
But Love chose not to embrace President Donald Trump during her mid-term election campaign last year, and drew his ire. Since losing her re-election bid (by just one percentage point) Love has become an outspoken critic of the President. 'My district was home to many strong supporters of President Trump,' Love has written. '... They love his economic record, his peace-through-strength foreign policy, his "America First" stance on trade, and his choices for judicial appointments. They don't love racism.'
Love has been critical of Republicans' 'transactional' approach to working with black Americans and minorities. But are Democrats doing any better? And how does Love think the 2020 presidential elections will play out?
'I’m not going away,' Mia Love said in her scathing concession speech. 'But now, I am unleashed, I am untethered and I am unshackled.' She shares her unique and candid perspective with host Sally Warhaft.
Local Lens: Refugees in Regional Australia
In this panel discussion at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, we’ll consider a global issue through a local lens.
Mass human displacement is one of the most complex ethical and legal global challenges of our time. Australia’s response to asylum seeker arrivals has attracted controversy over the years, including criticism from the United Nations. Last year, the federal government commissioned a…
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Samantha Power on Influence and Idealism
Please note: this Fifth Estate conversation is taking place at lunchtime, instead of in the evening, due to guest speaker availability.
How does a person navigate the change from activist outsider to influential insider? How do you balance idealism and pragmatism under pressure?
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Samantha Power has had to navigate these questions first-hand. From a troubled childhood in…
Leading the Charge: Climate Change, Disability and Storytelling
Climate change is hitting some of us harder than others. For people with disability, it brings a unique set of potential impacts and consequences, from shelter and news accessibility during extreme weather events to sustainable housing and migration restrictions.
In this conversation, our panellists will discuss inclusion and access in the context of the climate crisis. Is the global climate…
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Family Violence Emergency
Sally Warhaft and Jess Hill
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.
Hill asks: What are we really doing about family violence? Why, in so many cases, are our justice and enforcement systems making things worse for women and children? Why have we settled for modest gains and vague long-term targets? What causes perpetrators to be violent and what can we do to stop it right now?
With host Sally Warhaft, the Walkley-winning investigative journalist discusses her four-year undertaking of research and writing for See What You Made Me Do.
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The Top 10 Things I Have Learnt From this Election by Fatima Malik
Blogger Fatima Malik
I know this election has been all about moving forward but given the current political stalemate, it might be worthwhile to take a look backwards. Here are the top 10 things I learnt this election.
10) That Maxine McKew is the political world’s equivalent of a one slam wonder in tennis.
9) That it is possible for Tony Abbott not to…
Fatima Bhutto’s Life Under the Sword
At Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre, Pakistani author Fatima Bhutto, joined by journalist Anton Enus, is the eloquent, calm young face of a family whose history — like that of the nation with which it is deeply entangled — is marred by conflict and bloodshed.
Throughout her hour-long appearance Bhutto traverses the rocky terrain of her bloodline with a certain humility, eager to divert attention from…
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