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Byron Writers Festival – The Power of Rage

Friday, 26 August 2022

11:15 – 12:15pm AEST

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Melbourne Writers Festival – Are We All OK?

How can we safeguard our mental wellbeing amidst incessant uncertainty, anxiety and isolation wrought by the pandemic, lockdowns and natural disasters? Is there ambition to reshape a mental health system in which out-of-pocket costs exclude so many? And what possibilities lie within First Nations methodologies for improving mental health in young people? Sarah Krasnostein, author of the recent Quarterly Essay Not Waving, Drowning: Mental Illness and Vulnerability in AustraliaAntoinette Lattouf, journalist and Gidget Foundation ambassador; Rick Morton, journalist and author of My Year of Living Vulnerably; and Cammi Murrup-Stewart, an Aboriginal academic with close ties to Wurundjeri Country, and a social and emotional wellbeing researcher, consider the path forward, with Astrid Edwards (The Garret).

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Friday, 9 September 6:30 p.m. AEST 

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Melbourne Writers Festival – Open to Debate

Why is public debate increasingly polarised and what can be done to fix it? Hear from writer, lawyer and broadcaster Waleed Aly and the ABC’s Religion and Ethics editor Scott Stephens as they unpack their joint Quarterly Essay, On the ethics and politics of public debate. Speaking with 7am host Ruby Jones, they consider the role of social media and news outlets in entrenching division, how a toxic form of partisanship is being imported from the United States, and how we might look to the past to find a better way forward.

In partnership with Quarterly Essay

Sunday, 11 September 10:00 a.m. AEST 

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Festival of Dangerous Ideas – Contempt is Corroding Democracy: The Minefield Live

Free speech and its limits are well trodden topics, but in the current climate this is just part of a bigger issue: the predominance of contempt in our politics. Contempt, like anger, has been given a kind of moral weight, so that it can feel right to be contemptuous, or that we have an obligation to be angry. If public conversation is infected by these bitter ingredients, we need to ask whether democratic politics can survive our culture of contempt? 

Sunday, 18 September 3:00 p.m. AEST

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George Megalogenis on Conversations with Richard Fidler

George Megalogenis on Conversations with Richard Fidler

George Megalogenis joined Richard Fidler for Conversations on ABC Radio National to discuss his current Quarterly Essay, Exit Strategy: Politics After the Pandemic.

While Scott Morrison's economic response to the pandemic was initially fast and flexible, it remains to be seen whether his government fully comprehends the changed landscape of the post-COVID world. Megalogenis outlines the weaknesses in Australia's privatised economic model and compares it with the response in the United States and Britain where government now plays a much more active role.

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We Need to Talk About New Zealand

We Need to Talk About New Zealand

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, 29th Prime Minister of Australia, and Quarterly Essayist Laura Tingle debate the sliding door moments for Australia and New Zealand in light of the urgent challenges ahead. From China to climate change, from terrorism to the free market, and from Indigenous representation to democratic institutions, our close Kiwi cousins have done things very differently from us.

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