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A collection of live talks, artist chats and big ideas hosted by Wesley Enoch the Artistic Director of Sydney Festival.

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A collection of live talks, artist chats and big ideas hosted by Wesley Enoch the Artistic Director of Sydney Festival.

    The Reckoning: Pandemic Politics

    The Reckoning: Pandemic Politics

    Sydney Festival and UNSW Centre for Ideas present

    Politics has been transformed by the COVID era, with national power siphoned towards state premiers, the allergy to massive government spending thrown out the window and scientific advice brought to the fore.

    But as well as new developments, the pandemic has placed existing fault lines in our relationship with politics and politicians under the microscope. What do Australians want from their governments? Who can we trust if our politicians don’t represent us or tell us the truth? If corruption and pork barreling in politics are no longer a source of shame, what else will we be willing to accept?Journalist Fran Kelly chairs a discussion between political correspondent Laura Tingle, constitutional lawyer Rosalind Dixon, and political commentator and author George Megalogenis.
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    • 53 min
    The Reckoning: Australia's Turning Point - Dan Ilic Special

    The Reckoning: Australia's Turning Point - Dan Ilic Special

    What defines Australia in 2022?

    We’ve always pinned our identity on land and sea. As an island full of unique animals and home to the oldest living culture in the world, we’ve lived off the land one way or another, be it from bush tucker or mining the minerals in our red earth. But as our environment suffers, and pressures from the outside world and our biggest trading partner China loom, we are at a turning point.

    At the heart of our identity the Uluru process – so pivotal and full of potential – remains unrealised, the Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger, and koala populations are heading towards extinction. Can we resolve our relationship with our Indigenous people? Can we save our environment? Can we adapt to changing global power dynamics?

    Comedian Dan Ilic shares his unique take on what we can all do to save Australia.
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    • 17 min
    The Reckoning: Australia's Turning Point

    The Reckoning: Australia's Turning Point

    Sydney Festival and UNSW Centre for Ideas presentWhat defines Australia in 2022?

    We’ve always pinned our identity on land and sea. As an island full of unique animals and home to the oldest living culture in the world, we’ve lived off the land one way or another, be it from bush tucker or mining the minerals in our red earth. But as our environment suffers, and pressures from the outside world and our biggest trading partner China loom, we are at a turning point.

    At the heart of our identity the Uluru process – so pivotal and full of potential – remains unrealised, the Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger, and koala populations are heading towards extinction. Can we resolve our relationship with our Indigenous people? Can we save our environment? Can we adapt to changing global power dynamics?

    Ann Mossop chairs this critical discussion on national identity and action, drawing on perspectives from journalists Peter Hartcher and Stan Grant, and marine biologist Emma Johnston, before comedian Dan Ilic closes proceedings with his unique take on what we can all do to save Australia.
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    • 52 min
    The Reckoning: The Price of COVID

    The Reckoning: The Price of COVID

    Sydney Festival and UNSW Centre for Ideas presentWhile many of us (sorry Melbourne) spent 2020 believing we had escaped the worst of the pandemic, 2021 brought forth the ugly reality of living with the virus. Even as the nation returns to something that feels like normal, beneath the thrill of gigs, gatherings and barista coffee, it’s clear the pandemic has changed the picture for good.

    We’ve seen our governments and fellow citizens succeed at some things, fail badly at others, and discovered who ‘essential’ workers really are. After two years of arguing about how to ‘balance’ public health and the economy, what have we actually learned?

    Chaired by author and broadcaster Benjamin Law and featuring economist Richard Holden, business leader and CEO Sam Mostyn, this talk will explore how the last two years have challenged our health systems, and shown us what went missing as we globalised our economy.
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    • 55 min
    Chris Reason: Terror on the Ground – Lindt Café Siege

    Chris Reason: Terror on the Ground – Lindt Café Siege

    When the Lindt Cafe Siege brought the Sydney CBD to a standstill, the Seven newsroom was in the unique position of being right at the crime scene. Chris Reason was on air for hours and hours to cover the breaking story, while police snipers also used the newsroom as a tactical vantage point. Reason won the 2015 Walkley Award-winner for TV News Reporting for this work.

    Reason also covered the September 11 attacks from on the ground in New York, as well as the 7 July London terror attacks and many other major news incidents over the past 30 years. Discover what it’s like to cover major breaking news from the hot seat in front of the camera and in the middle of the action.

    Walkeys Live: The Journalist Gene is a series of five one-hour biographical portraits of five Walkley Award-winning or recognised journalists, exploring the national and international context in which their award-winning work took place; the influences and personal inspirations for their approach; and the professional drive, courage and values that sustain their work.

    This event was presented by Sydney Festival in partnership with the Walkley Foundation.

     
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    Kate McClymont: Digging up the Underbelly of Sydney's Upper Echelon

    Kate McClymont: Digging up the Underbelly of Sydney's Upper Echelon

    The Sydney Morning Herald investigative journalist Kate McClymont has seven Walkley Awards – including the 2002 Gold Walkley and 2020 Print News Walkley – and a reputation that strikes fear into the heart of politicians, criminals and anyone who’s dabbled in corruption. She’s a hilarious storyteller and has broken countless massive investigations over her career, including Eddie Obeid’s corrupt dealings, the Don Burke investigation, and the NRL Bulldogs salary cap scandal (which won her the 2002 Gold Walkley with Anne Davies).

    Walkeys Live: The Journalist Gene is a series of five one-hour biographical portraits of five Walkley Award-winning or recognised journalists, exploring the national and international context in which their award-winning work took place; the influences and personal inspirations for their approach; and the professional drive, courage and values that sustain their work.

    This event was presented by Sydney Festival in partnership with the Walkley Foundation.
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