Post-truth politics: make your vote count

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Make-your-vote-count Join us on the evening of Thursday 2 May, as our expert panel of reporters, campaigners and politicians debate the media coverage of the hottest issues ahead of the Federal Election. Help make your vote count.

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Thursday 02 May 2019 06:30 pm until Thursday 02 May 2019 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Tania Sheward; (03) 9479 5286
Presented by:
Ali Moore
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Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Current Student: New students; Alumni; Community Event; Forum/symposium; Public Lecture; Public
$15 General / $10 Alumni & Staff / $7.50 Students

In an age of digital disruption, fake news and voter cynicism do you have the information you need to make your vote count at the 2019 ballot box? Our expert panel will cut through the political spin, often hand-fed to the media and voters, in the lead up to the federal poll.

Join our panellists: retiring independent MP and social media campaigner Cathy McGowan; press gallery veteran Karen Middleton; La Trobe University political scientist Andrea Carson; and media commentator Nasya Bahfen; to look beyond the day-to-day of relentless campaign and media cycles.

They’ll be joined by respected journalist and broadcaster Ali Moore for a dynamic discussion on fact vs fiction in election coverage, the ability of modern media to inform and analyse, and debate the real issues of the 2019 campaign.

About the speakers

Cathy McGowan MP is born and raised in regional Victoria. She began her working life as a teacher in Nhill and Wangaratta, and then as electoral assistant for Ewen Cameron, the Federal Member for Indi, in the 1980s, before joining the Victorian Department of Agriculture. At the age of 27, Cathy purchased a farm in the Indigo Valley and established a rural consulting business with a focus on issues such as Home and Community Care, child care, and care for people with cancer.

Cathy has also worked as an academic at the University of Western Sydney, researcher, and company director. Her work with women in agriculture took her all around the world, with contracts in Papua New Guinea and Ireland and she was regularly asked to speak at international conferences.

Cathy’s community service has been acknowledged with an Order of Australia, a national Centenary medal, and the award of a Churchill Fellowship. Cathy stood as an independent candidate in the 2013 election for the Federal seat of Indi and was re-elected again in 2016.

Karen Middleton is the Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper. She has more than three decades of experience reporting on national and international affairs for the Australian media. Previously Chief Political Correspondent for SBS Television, Karen has worked in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1989 and served as its president for four years.

In 2011, she wrote her first book An Unwinnable War - Australia in Afghanistan and in 2016 published Albanese - Telling it Straight, a biography of Anthony Albanese. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018 to investigate the role and operation of press galleries in the parliaments of comparable countries such as the USA, Canada, UK and Ireland.

Karen is an experienced television, radio and newspaper commentator, appearing regularly on ABC TV’s political talk show Insiders. She is also a freelance contributor to ABC radio, Monocle24 Radio UK and Radio New Zealand and is based in Canberra.

Andrea Carson is a political scientist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University. She has authored numerous articles on Australian politics, election campaigns and digital media. Her most recent co-authored book is Australian Politics in the Twenty-First Century: Old Institutions, New Challenges (2018).

She was awarded Australian Research Council (2018-2021) funding as part of a team using big data to understand the media’s role in political debate and policy decisions. She holds a PhD in Political Science and a Master of Arts in International Politics. She has taught courses on journalism, political communication, women in politics, and campaigns and elections.

Andrea worked as a newspaper journalist and section editor at The Age in Melbourne from 1997-2001 and as a radio broadcaster (RRR) and radio and television producer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) from 2001-2010. She is a regular media commentator and examines the latest media trends and issues for The Conversation’s podcast ‘Media Files’.

Nasya Bahfen worked as a journalist for fifteen years at public broadcasters SBS and the ABC. Her commentary on sport and diversity has been published in The Age, New Daily, Jakarta Globe, and Straits Times. She’s also produced hour-long radio documentaries for ABC Radio National and Grandstand Digital.

Nasya coordinates the Masters in Journalism at La Trobe University where she is a researcher with the Centre for Sport and Social Impact. Nasya is also the postgraduate research coordinator for Media, and supervises Masters by Research and PhD students in journalism and communications.

She has hundreds of former students now working in newsrooms and in media roles across Australia and the world. She is regularly interviewed by Australian and international broadcasters on issues of diversity in the media, and diversity in sport. When she isn’t working on a book on sport and social inclusion, or acting as an AFL multicultural ambassador, Nasya plays indoor soccer and learns KPop dance routines.

About the host

Ali Moore is a Journalist and Broadcaster. Ali has more than 25 years’ experience working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia’s Nine Network and the BBC’s global news network, based in Singapore. She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region, reporting from Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China, including as the ABC's China Correspondent based in Beijing.     She’s now a freelance journalist and a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, working with Asialink.

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Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria

Entry via North Entrance, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, VIC 3006



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