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What is Australia For?
Code: 18  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Feminism, History, Art & Design, Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics,
Thursday, May 17 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Robyn Archer, Frank Moorhouse, Nick Bryant, Julianne Schultz (facilitator)
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In a time of global transition and uncertainty, Australia has remarkable advantages – advantages that are sometimes forgotten and overlooked in culture, geography and perspective. Join Frank Moorhouse, Nick Bryant and Robyn Archer as they sketch out visionary ideas for the future, uncover neglected stories from the past, and celebrate a national identity that is both pragmatic and visionary. Chair: Julianne Schultz.

Presented with Griffith REVIEW.

Frank Moorhouse (Australian)

Frank Moorhouse has written fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and essays, and edited many collections of writing. Forty Seventeen was named Book of the Year by The Age, Grand Days won the South Australian Premier's Award for Fiction and Dark Palace won the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Frank’s work has been translated into several languages. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to literature in 1985 and awarded an honorary doctorate from Griffith University in 1997.

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Julianne Schultz (Australian)

Julianne Schultz is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW and a professor in the Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University. She has written extensively about contemporary Australia. She is a member of the board of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, chairs the reference group on the National Cultural Policy and the Queensland Design Council and is a judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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Robyn Archer (Australian)

Robyn Archer is a singer, writer, director, artistic director, and public advocate of the arts, mainly in Australia though her reach is global. She is Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra 2013.

Photo by Rohan Thomson.

Nick Bryant (Australian)

Nick Bryant was born in Bristol and works in Australia for the BBC as one of its most trusted and senior foreign correspondents. He is a regular contributor to several Australian magazines and newspapers, including The Australian, The Spectator, The Monthly and The Australian Literary Review. Nick studied history at Cambridge and has a doctorate in American politics from Oxford. He lives in Sydney with his wife and son.

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