Festival Program

City Program

Defamation Nation

Sat 11 Sep, 5pm
Athenaeum Theatre

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

The Age’s deputy and investigations editor Michael Bachelard joins writer and lawyer Michael Bradley for a panel discussion about the unique challenges posed by Australia’s defamation laws, and the extraordinary courage under fire that’s required by journalists and outlets when holding powerful people to account.


1 hour


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Michael Bachelard is The Age's deputy editor and investigations editor. He has worked in Canberra, Melbourne and Jakarta as an Indonesia correspondent. He has written two books and won multiple awards for journalism, including the Gold Walkley in 2017.

Michael Bradley is a lawyer and writer, managing partner of Marque Lawyers, chair of the Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy Initiative (RASARA), a widely published essayist on legal and social justice issues, and a current columnist in Crikey. He is the author of Coniston, on the last massacre of Aboriginal people, released by UWAP in 2019.

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