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City Program

How It Started, How It’s Going

Sun 12 Sep, 10am
State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter

With cancelled flights, snap lockdowns and new work-from-home arrangements, the pandemic quickly upended our daily lives; but what will the lasting changes be for our politics, economy and social fabric? Are we destined to become more insular and divided, or is it possible to salvage a fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable future? Considering life on the other side is lawyer Larissa Behrendt (joining live via video), ABC editor Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, political commentator Jamila Rizvi, and policy expert Andrew Wear, in conversation with Astrid Edwards. 


1 hour


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Larissa Behrendt is the author of two previous novels, Home and Legacy, and numerous books on Indigenous legal issues. She has written and produced several short films, is the host of 'Speaking Out' on ABC Radio, and is Distinguished Professor at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology. After Story is her third novel.

Astrid Edwards is the chair of Melbourne Writers Festival. She also hosts two bookish podcasts, teaches writing at RMIT University, and serves on the Victorian Disability Advisory Council.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is the editor of ABC Everyday. She has previously been managing editor of Crikey News, covering politics and media, and held various editing roles at The Age, covering business, arts and entertainment.

Jamila Rizvi is Chief Creative Officer for Nine Entertainment's Future Women and a best-selling author for adults and children. She is an opinion columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and co-hosts two podcasts, The Weekend Briefing and Anonymous Was A Woman. Jamila lives and works on Wurundjeri land.

Andrew Wear is a senior Australian public servant with degrees in politics, law, economics and public policy. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard Kennedy School, a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, and a director of children’s education charity Ardoch Ltd.

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