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For this episode, Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft welcomes Tracey Spicer to the Wheeler Centre for a conversation about her accomplished, diverse and fearless life and career in Australian journalism – and the challenges and opportunities arising from the popular movements seeking to correct entrenched sexist behaviour in the media and beyond.
Sally Warhaft and Tracey Spicer — Photo: Jon Tjhia
In a journalism and media career spanning three decades, you could say Tracey Spicer has seen it all. She’s reported locally, nationally and internationally for TV, radio, print and online, working in news, current affairs, documentary and lifestyle programmes. She’s been a reporter, editor, essayist, columnist, trainer, producer – and, of course, a newsreader and presenter.
As one of Australian media’s stalwarts, Spicer has seen the best and worst of the industry, especially in terms of its treatment of women. Her 2006 unfair dismissal case against Channel Ten signalled a shift in the fight against workplace discrimination. For Spicer, it was about standing up for all women. And Spicer’s advocacy extends beyond media – she’s been an ambassador for Dying with Dignity, ActionAid, World Vision, Cancer Council NSW and many more.
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Glyphosate is the most widely used weed-killer in the world. It’s the active ingredient in Roundup, the flagship agricultural herbicide sold by Monsanto, and it’s used in more than 130 countries including Australia. Glyphosate is in our parks, gardens, golf-courses and playgrounds. And it’s in our food and water.
Veteran investigative journalist Carey Gillam has spent decades exploring the links between…
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Public Health and Drug Policy Today
Sally Warhaft, Richard Di Natale and Fiona Patten in discussion at the Wheeler Centre — Photo: Jon Tjhia
In the 1980s, Australia was an early adopter of free needle syringe distribution programmes. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, this controversial harm-reduction strategy played a crucial role in mitigating the spread of HIV among Australian injecting drug-users.
Despite our history of success with harm-reduction approaches, legislators – and large portions of the public – remain squeamish about these policies. Across Australia, parliaments are still more inclined to pass punitive anti-drug laws. But is this working, and is this even cost-effective, in the context of our spreading problems with ice?
Richard Di Natale and Fiona Patten both worked, in differing capacities, in public health prior to their careers in politics. Both have been vocal and active with regards to drug legislation since entering parliament. With Sally Warhaft, the pair discuss the possibilities and limitations of harm reduction in Australia.
Fiona Patten — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Richard Di Natale — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Ronan Farrow: Power, Abuse and Facing Facts
Pre-sale tickets have now booked out. Melbourne Writers Festival will announce their programme on 17 July 2018; more tickets for this event will be available when Festival tickets open for booking at 9am, 20 July 2018.
Ronan Farrow has been one of the foremost reporters documenting the culture of silence and impunity around sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. As…
A Mind for Murder
Please note that this event has been postponed.
What makes somebody a killer – and why are we so fascinated by murder? Forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant has been grappling with both questions throughout his working life.
In Killer Instinct: Having a Mind for Murder, Grant brings his experience to bear on the psychological, criminal, cultural and existential phenomenon of murder…
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A Hypothetical Cybersecurity Crisis
What happens when critical infrastructure comes under attack, and risks escalate with each passing hour? How could we respond to multipronged cyber-attacks, crippling power supply and public institutions? And what if the threat appears to have been instigated by one of our regional neighbours?
At the second event in our This Is Not a Drill series, Ali Moore and our…
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Explaining Japanese ‘Good Behaviour'
A report in Slate looks into why there has been so little looting in Japan since the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis. Looting is a common problem in most countries after major disasters, but observers have noted the lack of it in Japan since a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit more than a fortnight ago. Moreover, the Japanese reaction has been typified by a…
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