Tuesday 19 November 2019, 6–7.30pm | Visions Theatre
This panel discussion is part of the Defining Moments in Australian History project and has been developed in collaboration with ABC Radio National.
Australians have long campaigned for what they believe in, from the 1808 Rum Rebellion to the Eureka Stockade in 1854, the suffragettes in the 1890s, the conscription debates of the First World War, the 1967 Indigenous referendum, and the Franklin Dam protests.
Join Bob Brown, former senator and leader of the Australian Greens party; Patricia Turner AM, CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation; Peter Edwards AM FAIIA, honorary professor at the Australian National University and Deakin University; Verity Burgmann, Adjunct Professor of Politics at Monash University and ABC RN Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay as they discuss Australia’s rebellious past and consider the future of popular protest.
Acclaimed author, photographer and lifelong activist, Bob Brown rose to prominence when he led the campaign to save the Franklin River in the 1980s. After 10 years in Tasmanian parliament, Bob was elected to the Senate in 1996 where he served for 16 years. He was leader of the Australian Greens from 2005 to 2012, when he retired from parliament to establish the Bob Brown Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting action campaigns for the environment in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Patricia Turner AM
Pat Turner is of Arrernte and Gurdanji descent and has more than 40 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in government, business and academia. She is currently CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and is at the forefront of community efforts to close the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Pat is Convenor of the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations (Coalition of Peaks) and Co-chair of the Joint Council on Closing the Gap.
Peter Edwards AM FAIIA
Peter Edwards is an honorary professor at the Australian National University and Deakin University. He is the official historian and general editor of the nine-volume series, Official History of Australia’s Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948–75, and authored the volumes on politics, strategy and diplomacy. The author of several books, Peter has won the Colin Roderick Award, the Queensland Premier’s Prize for History, the WA Premier’s Book Award for non-fiction, and been short-listed for the National Biography Award.
Author of more than 100 publications on protest movements, radical ideologies, utopianism, labour movements and environmental movements, Verity Burgmann is a historian and political scientist. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Politics at Monash University and Director of the Reason in Revolt project, an online database of primary-source documents relating to Australian radicalism from the mid-19th century to the present day.