Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues
Kevin Rudd on the Murdoch media, China, and how Labor can win government.
Former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, talks to Paul Barclay about how to diversify the news media, the dominance of the Murdoch papers, why Australian needs a big population and larger defence force, China, and how Labor can win government, nationally.
Workplace Gender Equality
It’s over 50 years since the equal pay decision when the Arbitration Commission endorsed the principle of equal pay for equal work. But 50 years on there’s still a gender pay gap. Despite campaigns for gender equality Australian women earn , on average , 13.4 percent less than men.
So why is there this persistent gap and how can we fix it? The Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency wants employers to be agents of change.
Mata Hari – and the concept of the ‘evil’ female spy
Mata Hari - the erotic dancer was executed during World War I as one of several ‘evil female spies’. The ‘spy-mania’ at the time was influenced by the assumption that women were innately deceptive. It was also believed that women exploited the war to gain social and economic privileges that belonged previously for men only. Historian Joanne Bourke explains what made Mata Hari the perfect scape goat.
Democracy under threat
Europeans well know the risks of ultra nationalism and authoritarian leaders. So why is populism making a comeback? That’s what American historian Anne Applebaum sets out to discover. Living for a time in Poland she witnessed first-hand conservative friends moving further to the right to embrace populist politics. Why are these movements so seductive and how can we protect democracy?
Ideas to draw us closer in the Covid era
The Covid pandemic has been a lonely time for many people. Physically distanced we’ve reached out to each other online but it’s not the same as being together in the same space. The Night of Ideas is a global conversation where speakers on arts, science and culture propose ways to bring us closer together.
What makes a great city?
What makes a city great, and how do we conserve it? Paul Barclay asks architect and writer, Elizabeth Farrelly, what it was she fell in love with, when she first arrived in Sydney in the late 1970s, and what concerns she has about the city's future. They are in conversation about Elizabeth's book, Killing Sydney