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BroadTalk is a podcast about women, power, and the wayward world. Presented by Virginia Haussegger, the series casts a razor-sharp gender lens over politics and policy and explores big ideas and imperfect lives.
 
Following Series 1 in 2020 which focused on ‘new leadership’ – a ‘feminised’ style of leadership that emerged during the global coronavirus pandemic; Series 2 in 2021 gets personal, as Virginia tackles the impact of gender equality in individual lives as she asks 'are we there yet? And if not why not?

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BroadTalk is a podcast about women, power, and the wayward world. Presented by Virginia Haussegger, the series casts a razor-sharp gender lens over politics and policy and explores big ideas and imperfect lives.
 
Following Series 1 in 2020 which focused on ‘new leadership’ – a ‘feminised’ style of leadership that emerged during the global coronavirus pandemic; Series 2 in 2021 gets personal, as Virginia tackles the impact of gender equality in individual lives as she asks 'are we there yet? And if not why not?

    Virginia Haussegger

    Virginia Haussegger

    What’s it like when the professional inquisitor becomes the subject of inquisition? Well, you’re about to find out! 


    In this special episode of BroadTalk we flip the microphone around and put host Virginia Haussegger in the ‘hot seat’. Recorded in front of a live audience at the National Portrait Gallery, as part of the EY Women in Leadership Series, Virginia was the subject of an ‘In Conversation’ led by EY Partner, Permenthri Pillay. 


    The recipient of numerous awards for both journalism and women’s advocacy, including an Order of Australia (AM) and named the 2019 ACT Australian of the Year, Virginia discusses the big news stories that have been turning points in her career. 


    Following a decade reporting around the globe for Channel 9, the 7 Network and the ABC, Virginia went on to anchor ABC TV News in Canberra for 15 years. In 2016 she left television and founded the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra, with a vision to improve the representation of women in public leadership and key decision-making roles around the nation. Here she discusses the current status of women’s empowerment, gender equity, what is needed to close the global gender gap, and finally, but not least – what is the role of men!


    BroadTalk is produced by Martyn Pearce. You can join the conversation on our BroadTalk Facebook page or @TalkBroad
     
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    • 52 min
    Elizabeth Ames

    Elizabeth Ames

    Elizabeth Ames is a one of those super, savvy young Australian women who left our shores in her 20’s with big dreams and an insatiable hunger for a career challenge. And she found it! 


    Now in her mid 30’s, it seems most Australian politicians, diplomats, or business people of note passing through the UK, will seek out Elizabeth Ames. Which is no surprise given her expertise in trade and investment policy, diplomacy, and UK-Australia relations.


    A sharp public affairs and policy strategist, Elizabeth has served as Executive Director of the Aust-UK Chamber of Commerce; she is Chair of the Menzies Australia Institute at Kings College London; and a Director of the Britain-Australia Society. 


    Most recently this energetic go-getter took on the role of Chief Operating Officer at the London based organisation Atalanta – which is where Elizabeth caught our eye. Atalanta is doing fascinating work around the world to amplify the voices and political representation of women.


    In this big, broad chat on BroadTalk, Liz shares some bold insights on female imposter syndrome; the art of networking; how she ditched a career in diplomacy, moved countries again, and built a whole new career from scratch. Finally, we also hear what it’s like as an Australian citizen to be locked out of your own country.




    BroadTalk is hosted by Virginia Haussegger and produced by Martyn Pearce. Join the ongoing conversation on our BroadTalk facebook page and on Twitter @TalkBroad, or catch Virginia @Virginia_Hauss
     
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    • 48 min
    Wendy McCarthy

    Wendy McCarthy

    Virginia chats with an exceptional icon of Australian feminism - Wendy McCarthy AO.


    Wendy is perhaps most fated for her mentorship of hundreds, if not thousands, of women executives, business leaders, political aspirants and MP’s. 


    She has sat on dozens of corporate and not-for-profit boards with national and global leadership roles in health, heritage, arts, aid and development, family planning and abortion rights, media, and even Australia’s beloved Circus Oz.


    Wendy was Deputy Chair of the ABC for eight years, and Chancellor of the University of Canberra for 10. She was also Chair of Plan International Australia and Deputy Chair of Plan Global, as well as Deputy Chair of the Advisory Committee at the WHO Kobe Centre, Japan.


    But this indefatigable woman, who is about to turn 80 years old, shows absolutely no sign of slowing down. And with half a century of feminist activism under her belt, she has never stopped fighting the good fight.
     
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    • 47 min
    Julia Banks

    Julia Banks

    Julia Banks was a successful corporate lawyer with a couple of decades of leadership under her belt. Not one to shy away from an argument, or a challenge, she felt the tug of politics around 5 years ago.


    In 2016 she decided it was time to try and toss out the Labor member for the Melbourne seat of Chisholm who’d held the seat for 17 years, Anna Burke… and win the federal seat for the Liberal party. And she did! The seat became known as the one seat in the one-seat majority, and the only seat won from Labor in the 2016 election.


    But her enthusiasm for morphing from lawyer to legislator soon turned sour. 


    In fact worse. Julia found parliament and her party’s power plays stank. 


    What she later called out as ‘gender bias, bullying and intimidation’ has since become a regular headline describing the current Australian government…. 
    But back in 2018, when Julia quit the Liberal party and became an Independent, she was the first woman to so boldly turn on her own party. 


    The move was described in the media as “a blistering farewell” amid chaos and political thuggery. 


    What followed was a relentless attack on Julia Banks sanity … from death threats to numerous attempts to discredit her. 


    Not only did she survive and fight back … she has now dedicated herself to tackling face-on the scourge of sexism inherent in Australian politics.
     
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    • 43 min
    Jocelynne Scutt

    Jocelynne Scutt

    What do you do when you see gender injustice …and then can’t make yourself ‘unsee’ it? 


    Well, if you are a leading feminist lawyer such as Jocelynne Scutt you dedicate your life to fighting it.


    Jocelynne Scutt AO first grabbed media attention in her 30’s when she became one of Australia’s most prominent female barristers in the 1980’s.


    In addition to her relentless push for legal reforms to end discrimination against women, she also wrote countless books on feminist themes: including the ‘splendours’ of a free and autonomous life as a ‘Singular Women’; and the taboo subject of fertility pressures in her ground-breaking book, ‘The Baby Machine’. 


    Throughout her long career Jocelyne has continued to write with great conviction and authority about women, power and sexual politics, and most recently about laws around women’s bodies and cosmetic surgery.


    She served as Sex Discrimination Commissioner in Tasmania, then later as a judge on the high court in Fiji. Jocelynne now lives in Cambridge in the UK, where she is a Member of the English Bar, an elected Counsellor on the Cambridgeshire County Council, and a member of the British Labour Party. 


    In her 70’s and just as energetic as ever, Jocelynne is still teaching law, these days at Buckingham University. 


    BroadTalk is hosted by Virginia Haussegger and produced by Martyn Pearce. Join the conversation on the BroadTalk facebook page and on twitter @TalkBroad. 
     
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    • 51 min
    Biff Ward

    Biff Ward

    What do those ageing Women’s Libbers make of the March4Justice movement? And how does Australia’s current explosion of feminist activity connect to our past?


    Writer and activist, Biff Ward is one of the original, so called ‘Brazen Hussies’, those fiery feminist activists of the 1960’s and ‘70’s who defied the status quo, demanding gender equality and profound social change.  


    She featured in the recent documentary film, Brazen Hussies, that celebrates the social activism and grass-roots nature of the Women’s Liberation movement. 


    In March this year, Biff was one of the speakers on stage at the Canberra rally outside parliament house. In a beautifully moving speech, she brought women to tears as spoke of her joy, at the age of 78, in finally seeing women rally in huge numbers to protest against harassment, violence and inequality. 


    A long time campaigner for a woman’s right to be heard, Biff told the crowd she never thought she’d live to witness such a collective show of women’s strength.


    Biff’s book, Father-Daughter Rape, published in 1984 was ground-breaking, and one of the first books to publicly tackle the taboo subject of incest and rape within families. Her memoir, In My Mother’s Hands, about her mother’s traumatic battle with depression, was long-listed for the 2015 Stella Prize.


    We sat down together in Biff’s kitchen to talk about the recent rally and the power of breaking long held and secret silences. 


    BroadTalk is hosted by journalist Virginia Haussegger and produced by Martyn Pearce. Join the BroadTalk Roundtable group on facebook, or connect with us on twitter @Virignia_Hauss and @TalkBroad #BroadTalk
     
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    • 44 min

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