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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. For series three we take a look at Australia's Federal Election 2022 and cast a gender lens over the policies, commitments, and pork-barrelling of the campaign.
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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. For series three we take a look at Australia's Federal Election 2022 and cast a gender lens over the policies, commitments, and pork-barrelling of the campaign.
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    Rosie Batty - Changemaker

    Rosie Batty - Changemaker

    In the final episode for this series, we talk to the amazing Rosie Batty AO. Rosie became a household name in Australia for all the wrong reasons. After her beloved son, 11 year old Luke was brutally killed by his father at a cricket game in 2014, Rosie faced the media and in a spell binding delivery sent the nation a message we needed to hear: “Family violence happens to everyone. No matter how nice your house, how intelligent you are. It can happen to anyone and everyone.”
    Thrown into the spotlight, Rosie tirelessly dedicated herself to raising awareness of Australia’s hidden epidemic of violence against women. In 2014 she established the Luke Batty Foundation to assist women and children. She then played a major role in establishing Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence, and had a leading hand in the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. 
    In 2015 Rosie she was named Australian of the Year. At the time she said she was, “the person no one wants to be, the mother who has suffered the insufferable.”
    Rosie’s tireless advocacy has taken her around the nation and to international forums, including the UN. In 2016 she was ranked 33 in a list of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine. In 2019 Rosie was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
    But all this selfless advocacy and passionate effort comes at a cost. In this powerful discussion for our Changemaker series, Rosie opens up about what her life has been like since that fateful day her son was murdered. We discuss the highs and lows, including the painful collapse and eventual closure of the Luke Batty Foundation. But with failure comes wisdom, and in typical Rosie style she is beautifully generous and open in sharing what she has learned.
    BroadTalk is produced by Martyn Pearce for BroadTalk Media.
    Get in the picture with BroadTalk! We're now on Instagram - find us at Broadtalkers.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Anne Summers - Changemaker

    Anne Summers - Changemaker

    Dr Anne Summers AO is a journalist, writer and lifelong women’s rights activist. To many she is the ‘godmother of Australian feminism’ and founder of the nation’s first refuge for women, Elsie. 
    Anne shot to fame back in 1975 with her first book – now a treasured Australian classic - Damned Whores and God’s Police, which tore open the deeply entrenched ideology of sexism in Australia. There have been many books since, including; The End of Equality (2003), The Misogyny Factor (2012), The Lost Mother (2009), Ducks on the Pond (1999), and her outstanding Autobiography Unfettered and Alive’(2018), which charts a fascinating pathway through second wave feminism.
    Dr Summers worked as Bureau Chief for the Australian Financial Review, before becoming political advisor to Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and later Paul Keating, where she became a key ‘femocrat’ driving major policy reform that helped expand Australian women’s lives and opportunities. She went on to Head the Office of the Status of Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    Dr Summers gained international fame as Editor of Ms Magazine in the USA, after raising $20 million dollars on Wall Street to fund the project. Back in Australia she took on the role as Editor of Good Weekend, and later on the global stage she Chaired Greenpeace International.
    In July 2022 Anne released a major report, The Choice - Violence or Poverty: Domestic violence and its consequences in Australia today.
    BroadTalk is produced by Martyn Pearce for BroadTalk Media.
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    • 45 min
    Natasha Stott Despoja - Changemaker

    Natasha Stott Despoja - Changemaker

    Natasha Stott Despoja AO is a feminist trailblazer at every turn! Her tireless leadership spans decades: from the brutal politics of being Australia’s youngest woman to enter Federal Parliament at the age of 26, to her 13 years as a South Australian Senator and role as youngest Leader of the Australian Democrats. That alone was unprecedented. But this unstoppable changemaker then built a stellar career post-politics that propelled her on to the global stage as a warrior for women’s rights and gender equality. 
    Natasha’s impressive diplomacy as Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls (2013-2016), and position on the World Bank Gender Advisory Council (2015-2017), won her many international admirers. In 2020 she was elected to the United Nations Committee to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 
    But it is her fearless leadership as the Founding Chair of Our Watch, and her advocacy of primary prevention to end horrific rates of violence against women, that has made Natasha one of the nation’s most impressive current leaders.  
    In a powerful address at the National Press Club in 2020 Natasha called out domestic violence as “one of the most heinous manifestations of gender inequality”.
    Natasha's story is part of our Changemaker series, in which we highlight the extraordinary efforts of some stunning, audacious and gutsy Australian women. As guest curator of a new exhibition, ‘Australian Women Changemakers’, which opened at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) in June 2022, BroadTalk host Virginia Haussegger has spent hundreds of hours pouring over feminist activism and advocacy, chasing that holy grail of insight about ‘what makes a changemaker?’. In this series we explore the courage, motivations and importantly the cost of being a changemaker.
    BroadTalk is produced by Martyn Pearce for BroadTalk Media.
    Get in the picture with BroadTalk! We're now on Instagram - find us at Broadtalkers.

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    • 44 min
    Sally McManus - Changemaker

    Sally McManus - Changemaker

    Sally McManus is Secretary of the powerful Australian Council of Trade Unions, and a committed ‘movement builder’. She’s also something of an enigma. Not only because she is the first woman to head the ACTU, or because this diminutive, former pizza delivery driver and cleaner (with a degree in philosophy!) has a passion for bird watching and is a Black belt in Kung-fu, but because Sally really doesn’t care a jot what people think of her. In her first week as ACTU Secretary she was branded ‘a lunatic’ by a Cabinet Minister and sideswiped as too ‘conflict’ driven by big business.
    That was five years ago. Sally is still standing and thriving. What’s more, she’s still smiling. 
    In this fascinating conversation about fairness, justice and gender equality in one of the most ‘blokey’ sectors in Australia – trade unions, Sally sets the record straight. The union movement, she says, boasts some of the strongest feminists in the nation. She also shares some of the best Changemaker advice we’ve heard: when you find yourself in the middle of a storm, stand still. Listen in… and I’ll let Sally explain why!
    Sally’s story is part of our ‘Changemaker’ series, in which we highlight the extraordinary efforts of some stunning, audacious and gutsy Australian women. As guest curator of a new exhibition, ‘Australian Women Changemakers’, which opened at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) in June 2022, BroadTalk host Virginia Haussegger has spent hundreds of hours pouring over feminist activism and advocacy, chasing that holy grail of insight about ‘what makes a changemaker?’ In this series we explore the courage, motivations and importantly the cost of being a changemaker.
    BroadTalk is produced by Martyn Pearce for BroadTalk Media.
    Get in the picture with BroadTalk! We're now on Instagram - find us at Broadtalkers.

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    • 41 min
    Bronwyn King - Changemaker

    Bronwyn King - Changemaker

    Dr Bronwyn King AO is a force of nature. A radiation oncologist in the lung cancer unit at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, turned anti-tobacco advocate, whose singular presence and powerful way with words has diverted $16 Trillion dollars of investment funds away from tobacco companies. 
    It all started with a chance remark over a coffee, and since then Bronwyn has trotted the globe holding over 2,000 coffee meetings to convince leading financiers and big business to back off tobacco investments. 
    Her methodology is unorthodox and her approach highly intuitive. It has to be. When she set out on this incredible journey of change, Bronwyn knew nothing about big business or how investment finance works. She was a simply a doctor, a mum, a swimmer, and a woman with a sudden will to change the world!
    Now she runs one of the most successful health advocacy groups in the world, Tobacco Free Portfolios. She has spoken at the United Nations, and rallied support from some of the globe's most influential medical minds, as well as a Princess, a President and a philanthropists or two! So how does she do it? And does Bronwyn King have an off switch? Listen on!
    Bronwyn’s story is part of our Changemaker series, in which we highlight the extraordinary efforts of some stunning, audacious and gutsy Australian women. As guest curator of a new exhibition, ‘Australian Women Changemakers’, which opened at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) in June 2022, BroadTalk host Virginia Haussegger has spent hundreds of hours pouring over feminist activism and advocacy, chasing that holy grail of insight about ‘what makes a changemaker?’. In this series we explore the courage, motivations and importantly the cost of being a changemaker.
    BroadTalk is produced by Martyn Pearce for BroadTalk Media.
    Get in the picture with BroadTalk! We're now on Instagram - find us at Broadtalkers.

    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 41 min
    Mary Crooks - Changemaker

    Mary Crooks - Changemaker

    Mary Crooks AO is a feminist advocate and changemaker who exemplifies what some might call ‘old school’ feminism. She is a champion of grassroots democracy and collective power building. As Executive director of the Victorian Women’s Trust since 1996, Mary is perhaps best described as the founding mother of the ‘Kitchen Table Conversations’, a model of community-based collaboration and solution shaping that she developed two decades ago. Hugely successful, the model has been used broadly across community and government projects, and most recently to build powerful, well informed support bases for independent political candidates. In 1998 she developed the Purple Sage Project, a huge exercise in participatory democracy that involved over 6000 citizens.
    A collective purist at heart, Mary is a listener and a connector. Her early career as an economist and sharp thinker saw her catapulted to the pointy end of policy-making in her home state of Victoria, where she worked as an advisor and speech writer to the legendary Labor Premier John Cain. 
    One of those indefatigable women changemakers who never runs out of puff, Mary has devoted her life to improving the lives and rights of women. A legend in feminist circles, Mary is also no slouch when it comes to standing up to the ‘the man’, or the woman for that matter! She has famously pushed back against public criticism and those moments of ‘white-hot anger’. 
    This conversation with Mary is the third in our Changemaker series, in which we highlight the extraordinary efforts of audacious and gutsy Australian women. As guest curator of a new exhibition, ‘Australian Women Changemakers’, which opened at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) in June 2022, BroadTalk host Virginia Haussegger has spent hundreds of hours pouring over feminist activism and advocacy, chasing that holy grail of insight about ‘what makes a changemaker?’. In the series we explore the courage, motivations and importantly the cost of being a changemaker.
    BroadTalk is produced by Martyn Pearce for BroadTalk Media.
    Get in the picture with BroadTalk! We're now on Instagram - find us at Broadtalkers.

    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 44 min

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