Festival Program


The Road to the Ballot Box

Fri 6 Sep, 5.30pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Australia’s lauded reputation with regards to women’s voting rights belies the disenfranchisement many have faced on the basis of class and race. Activist Tarneen Onus Williams, former Greens MP Lidia Thorpe and historian Clare Wright discuss the bumpy road to the ballot box. With Amy Gray.


1 hour

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Amy Gray is a Melbourne-based writer who focuses on feminism, politics, culture and memoir. Her work has been published widely, including in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, ABC, SBS and The Lifted Brow.

Tarneen is Yigar Gunditjmara, Bindal, Yorta Yorta person who is a writer. Tarneen is a community organiser for Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance and currently works with women who have a lived experience of being imprisoned.

Lidia is a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, mother of three and grandmother living on Wurundjeri country. She is the First Aboriginal woman in the Victorian Parliament. A lifetime advocate for Aboriginal peoples and communities for self-determination and community control, Lidia is a one of Australia's leading Aboriginal activists and commentators.

Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. She is the author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, which won the 2014 Stella Prize. Her forthcoming book, You Daughters of Freedom, will be published by Text in October 2018. Clare is an Associate Professor of History at La Trobe University.

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