Defining Moments in Australian History

Key events, people and places in Australia’s history, as discussed by panels of leading experts, in partnership with ABC Radio National.

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Women’s Defining Moments in Australian History

Writer, broadcaster and social commentator Jane Caro; journalist, broadcaster and author Julia Baird; historian Michelle Arrow; and lawyer and constitutional reform expert Shireen Morris; with ABC RN presenter Paul Barclay

Defining Moments in Australian History, 26 August 2017

What role have women played in defining Australian culture and identity? Are we progressing as a nation or are there still areas for improvement in closing the gender gap? Recorded as part of the Canberra Writers Festival.

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culture, history, media, women

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Defining Moments millennials panel discussion

Writer André Dao, businesswoman and young entrepreneur Holly Ransom, historian Frank Bongiorno, author Dr Jennifer Rayner and Yuin and Ngarigo woman Tamika Townsend with ABC RN presenter Paul Barclay

Defining Moments in Australian History, 26 July 2017

Are millennials history or history in the making? What does their future hold for these young people who have grown up in the final decades of the 20th century and what will be their legacy?

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culture, history, media

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Defining Moments 1967 referendum panel discussion

Member for Barton Linda Burney, Prof John Maynard from the University of Newcastle, NPY Women’s Council chief executive Andrea Mason and Aboriginal rights activist Ray Peckham with ABC RN presenter Paul Barclay

Defining Moments in Australian History, 24 May 2017

Fifty years after this landmark event, has change truly come for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, or is it coming still?

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history, indigenous, politics

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Defining Moments in postwar immigration panel discussion

Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane, former immigration minister Amanda Vanstone, media executive Marina Go, cultural consultant Tasneem Chopra and historian Frank Bongiorno with ABC RN presenter Paul Barclay

Defining Moments in Australian History, 21 September 2016

How have Australian attitudes toward immigration changed over the decades? In what ways has postwar immigration contributed to and changed Australia? Part of the Defining Moments in Australian History project.

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migration, nation

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Defining Moments in sports panel discussion

Wallaroo rugby union player Louise Burrows, author John Harms, Australian Rugby League Commissioner Dr Chris Sarra, former Matildas player Sally Shipard and Olympic swimmer Christian Sprenger with ABC RN presenter Paul Barclay

Defining Moments in Australian History, 18 August 2016

What Australia’s love of sport says about us a nation, how it has shaped our culture and whether sport is a vehicle for social change. Part of the Defining Moments in Australian History project.

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nation, sport

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In conversation with the Hon John Howard

Former prime minister John Howard, Howard Library director Professor Tom Frame and National Museum director Mathew Trinca

Defining Moments in Australian History, 7 March 2018

A reflection on the history of liberalism in Australia, from prime minister Alfred Deakin to prime minister John Howard, and a discussion on Defining Moments in Australian history.

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history, politics

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Pride and Prejudice: the history of LGBTQIA+ politics in Australia

Michael Kirby AC CMG, Robyn Laverack, Jordan Raskopoulos, Dr Shirleene Robinson, Cathy Van Extel

Defining Moments in Australian History, 1 June 2018

Forty years after the first Sydney mardi gras and months after Australia achieved marriage equality, we consider whether Australia has reached the end of the rainbow. Or has the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights just begun?

history, politics

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