Leading experts discuss key events, people and places in Australia’s history, in partnership with ABC Radio National.
Defining Moments in Australian History 23 May 2019
Defining Moments: Fire
ABC RN’s Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay and expert panel examine how fire has shaped Australia for hundreds of thousands of years and how our relationship with it has changed significantly.
Defining Moments in Australian History 10 Oct 2018
Penicillin to wi-fi and beyond: how Australia shapes the world
ABC RN’s Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay and the panel discuss Australia’s inventive past and imagine its innovative future.
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Defining Moments in Australian History 01 Jun 2018
Pride and Prejudice
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?
Defining Moments in Australian History 07 Mar 2018
In conversation with the Hon John Howard
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.
Defining Moments in Australian History 26 Aug 2017
Women’s Defining Moments in Australian History
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.
Defining Moments in Australian History 26 Jul 2017
Defining Moments millennials panel discussion
Are millennials history or history in the making? What does the future hold for these young people who have grown up in the final decades of the 20th century and what will be their legacy?
Defining Moments in Australian History 24 May 2017
Defining Moments 1967 referendum panel discussion
Fifty years after the landmark 1967 referendum, has change truly come for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, or is it coming still?
Defining Moments in Australian History 21 Sep 2016
Defining Moments in postwar immigration panel discussion
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.
Defining Moments in Australian History 18 Aug 2016
Defining Moments in sports panel discussion
A discussion about 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.