A discussion on the future of our national broadcaster ... and these
views are poles apart. Margaret Simons and Chris Berg in conversation,
moderated by Jonathan Green.
Margaret Simons is the author of the lead essay in the June edition of Meanjin. She thinks the ABC is the country’s most significant cultural institution, and one that might help heal the divisions in an increasingly divided and partisan community.
Chris Berg thinks the ABC is a biased drain on the public purse and all options should be on the table, beginning with privatisation. Join us for a lively debate about the future of Aunty.
Dr Margaret Simons is the former Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism (CAJ). In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres (Scribe), Self- Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story (Penquin), and the book Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs co-written with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser (The Miegunyah Press).
Dr Chris Berg is Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Business, RMIT and a former Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs and Editor of the IPA Review. He has been a regular columnist with the Sunday Age and ABC’s The Drum. Berg is the author of five books including In Defence of Freedom of Speech: from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt (2012) and the recent MUP title The Libertarian Alternative (2016).
This event will launch the Winter 2017 edition of Meanjin, copies will be available to purchase after the event.
Presented by the Australian Centre and Meanjin Quarterly.