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The Fifth Estate
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The Fifth Estate responds to the most important stories of the day and reignites those that have fallen off the front pages.
 
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The Fifth Estate responds to the most important stories of the day and reignites those that have fallen off the front pages.
 
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In this short, special episode – to mark the launch of Clean, the latest edition of Notes – we bring you 'Hygiene Fidelity'. Non-fiction writer and art student CB Mako remembers the cleanest room in the cleanest ward of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Read by the author themselves, this piece of memoir also coincides with Childhood Cancer Awaren ...…
 
In this short, special episode – to mark the launch of Clean, the latest edition of Notes – we bring you 'Hygiene Fidelity'. Non-fiction writer and art student CB Mako remembers the cleanest room in the cleanest ward of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Read by the author themselves, this piece of memoir also coincides with Childhood Cancer Awaren ...…
 
Wes Snelling, Steph Tisdell, Patti Fawcett, Meg Upton and Evan Watts at the Wheeler Centre Are ‘funny bones’ something you’re born with, or can they grow with time? In partnership with Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we look at ‘Nature vs Nurture’ in comedy. Schools around the country are now using comedy as an educational tool to impr ...…
 
Wes Snelling, Steph Tisdell, Patti Fawcett, Meg Upton and Evan Watts at the Wheeler Centre Are ‘funny bones’ something you’re born with, or can they grow with time? In partnership with Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we look at ‘Nature vs Nurture’ in comedy. Schools around the country are now using comedy as an educational tool to impr ...…
 
Areej Nur and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Jon Tjhia Endorsed by the likes of Roxane Gay, Colson Whitehead and George Saunders – and by the New York Times bestseller list – Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a star on the rise. The 27-year-old African American author made his debut last year with Friday Black, a mind-bend ...…
 
Areej Nur and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Jon Tjhia Endorsed by the likes of Roxane Gay, Colson Whitehead and George Saunders – and by the New York Times bestseller list – Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a star on the rise. The 27-year-old African American author made his debut last year with Friday Black, a mind-bend ...…
 
Vanessa Toholka, Gavin McIntyre and Brian Pickles at the Wheeler Centre Mushrooms, it seems, have some uncanny properties. Fungi are more closely related to humans than plants, and if we can work with our fungal cousins, we might find a way to reduce waste – and perhaps even salvage our planet. Gavin McIntyre and Brian Pickles are two ‘bio-neer ...…
 
Vanessa Toholka, Gavin McIntyre and Brian Pickles at the Wheeler Centre Mushrooms, it seems, have some uncanny properties. Fungi are more closely related to humans than plants, and if we can work with our fungal cousins, we might find a way to reduce waste – and perhaps even salvage our planet. Gavin McIntyre and Brian Pickles are two ‘bio-neer ...…
 
Melinda Harvey and Jenny Erpenbeck at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Sophie Quick ‘I do believe that East German authors have an experiential advantage from having lived through a period of such radical change,' Jenny Erpenbeck has said. 'I grew up constantly being reminded that I lived on the poorer side of Germany ... You can’t forget what it ...…
 
Melinda Harvey and Jenny Erpenbeck at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Sophie Quick ‘I do believe that East German authors have an experiential advantage from having lived through a period of such radical change,' Jenny Erpenbeck has said. 'I grew up constantly being reminded that I lived on the poorer side of Germany ... You can’t forget what it ...…
 
Michael Williams and Paula Saunders at the Wheeler Centre Paula Saunders has described her debut novel, The Distance Home, as a 'completely American story.' Especially, she says, because 'it's a story of division – of the haves and have-nots, the accepted and rejected.' 'Children really do have insight … they have the feeling of what's fair and ...…
 
Michael Williams and Paula Saunders at the Wheeler Centre Paula Saunders has described her debut novel, The Distance Home, as a 'completely American story.' Especially, she says, because 'it's a story of division – of the haves and have-nots, the accepted and rejected.' 'Children really do have insight … they have the feeling of what's fair and ...…
 
Jacinta Parsons and Thurston Moore at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre — Photo: Renee Coster 'For me the experimentation in Sonic Youth wasn’t so much the tunings, or the implementations of the guitars, or the noise, or the feedback. It was mostly about structure.' Thurston Moore may be one of the most innovative, influential electric ...…
 
Jacinta Parsons and Thurston Moore at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre — Photo: Renee Coster 'For me the experimentation in Sonic Youth wasn’t so much the tunings, or the implementations of the guitars, or the noise, or the feedback. It was mostly about structure.' Thurston Moore may be one of the most innovative, influential electric ...…
 
Nassim Khadem, Bastian Obermayer and Neil Chenoweth at the Wheeler Centre The Panama Papers, which made headlines across the world in 2016, represent the biggest data leak in the history of journalism. The 11.5 million documents, leaked from a Panamanian law firm by an anonymous source, revealed secret information about shell companies and offs ...…
 
Nassim Khadem, Bastian Obermayer and Neil Chenoweth at the Wheeler Centre The Panama Papers, which made headlines across the world in 2016, represent the biggest data leak in the history of journalism. The 11.5 million documents, leaked from a Panamanian law firm by an anonymous source, revealed secret information about shell companies and offs ...…
 
Adolfo Aranjuez, Peter Waples-Crowe and Jax Jacki Brown at the Wheeler Centre Within the letters LGBTIQA+ are myriad meeting points between intersecting identities – race, ethnicity, disability, class and many more – which can be sites of pain and pride. Campaigns for rights and services can have broad, significant and often unheralded impacts ...…
 
Adolfo Aranjuez, Peter Waples-Crowe and Jax Jacki Brown at the Wheeler Centre Within the letters LGBTIQA+ are myriad meeting points between intersecting identities – race, ethnicity, disability, class and many more – which can be sites of pain and pride. Campaigns for rights and services can have broad, significant and often unheralded impacts ...…
 
Melissa Keil and Dhonielle Clayton at the Wheeler Centre In a response to a reader’s letter, YA author Malinda Lo once wrote, ‘Diversity is not important. Diversity is reality. Human beings are not all the same.’ If books function as tools of empathy, what happens when we never see ourselves in them, let alone at the centre of a story? How can ...…
 
Melissa Keil and Dhonielle Clayton at the Wheeler Centre In a response to a reader’s letter, YA author Malinda Lo once wrote, ‘Diversity is not important. Diversity is reality. Human beings are not all the same.’ If books function as tools of empathy, what happens when we never see ourselves in them, let alone at the centre of a story? How can ...…
 
Sally Warhaft and Michael Fullilove What is Australia’s place in the world? How are we getting along with our neighbours? And how is our international outlook changing? For this conversation, Sally Warhaft is joined by executive director of the Lowy Institute, Michael Fullilove. The pair discuss the foreign policy challenges Australia is facing ...…
 
Sally Warhaft and Michael Fullilove What is Australia’s place in the world? How are we getting along with our neighbours? And how is our international outlook changing? For this conversation, Sally Warhaft is joined by executive director of the Lowy Institute, Michael Fullilove. The pair discuss the foreign policy challenges Australia is facing ...…
 
Mary Norris Copy editor and grammar nerd Mary Norris has seen the fabled linguistic traditions of the New Yorker up close – she has worked at the magazine for 40 years, most famously as query proofreader and Comma Queen. That experience forms the backbone of her first book, Between You & Me. ‘I hope writers will see that we are not the enemy,’ ...…
 
Mary Norris Copy editor and grammar nerd Mary Norris has seen the fabled linguistic traditions of the New Yorker up close – she has worked at the magazine for 40 years, most famously as query proofreader and Comma Queen. That experience forms the backbone of her first book, Between You & Me. ‘I hope writers will see that we are not the enemy,’ ...…
 
Vanessa Toholka and Kate Devlin at the Wheeler Centre Sex robots are an endless source of anxiety, titillation, humour and fascination in popular culture – from Westworld to the novels of Philip K Dick to the fembots in Austin Powers. But what does the real future of sex and artificial intelligence look like? And how will we navigate the ethica ...…
 
Vanessa Toholka and Kate Devlin at the Wheeler Centre Sex robots are an endless source of anxiety, titillation, humour and fascination in popular culture – from Westworld to the novels of Philip K Dick to the fembots in Austin Powers. But what does the real future of sex and artificial intelligence look like? And how will we navigate the ethica ...…
 
In this special short episode, we hear a reading of a story that first appeared in the 'Trick' edition of our online publication, Notes. In 'The Gospel According to Angelina', Angelina Hurley testifies to fizzling miracles and the knack of holding firm and fast to family. Illustration: Jon Tjhia Angelina Hurley is an Aboriginal woman from Brisb ...…
 
In this special short episode, we hear a reading of a story that first appeared in the 'Trick' edition of our online publication, Notes. In 'The Gospel According to Angelina', Angelina Hurley testifies to fizzling miracles and the knack of holding firm and fast to family. Illustration: Jon Tjhia Angelina Hurley is an Aboriginal woman from Brisb ...…
 
For years, Michael Pollan's books have changed minds. Pollan’s books, like The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – and Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, the latter now also a successful Netflix series – have strongly influenced contemporary ideas about agriculture, nature, nutrition ...…
 
For years, Michael Pollan's books have changed minds. Pollan’s books, like The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – and Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, the latter now also a successful Netflix series – have strongly influenced contemporary ideas about agriculture, nature, nutrition ...…
 
Erik Jensen Journalism is at its second crossroads in two decades: not one of means, but of privilege. The loss of major revenues has made the press fragile, both economically and also in terms of self-reflection. At this year’s PEN Lecture, Schwartz Media editor-in-chief Erik Jensen will make the case for a serious reckoning across the profess ...…
 
Erik Jensen Journalism is at its second crossroads in two decades: not one of means, but of privilege. The loss of major revenues has made the press fragile, both economically and also in terms of self-reflection. At this year’s PEN Lecture, Schwartz Media editor-in-chief Erik Jensen will make the case for a serious reckoning across the profess ...…
 
Sally Warhaft and Niki Savva When Julia Gillard overthrew Kevin Rudd in 2010 it was as if the Canberra sky fell in. In the years since, we’ve seen Rudd the Second punished by the electorate and Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull each dispatched by their own party. This year, something changed. Scott Morrison and the Coalition government were re-e ...…
 
Sally Warhaft and Niki Savva When Julia Gillard overthrew Kevin Rudd in 2010 it was as if the Canberra sky fell in. In the years since, we’ve seen Rudd the Second punished by the electorate and Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull each dispatched by their own party. This year, something changed. Scott Morrison and the Coalition government were re-e ...…
 
George Megalogenis and Akec Makur Chuot at the Wheeler Centre In Melbourne, Australian Rules football is a way of of life and, for many, a religion. The phenomenally successful launch of the AFLW means football is more inclusive, and more democratic, than ever before. Can we take lessons from the greatest game – and the greatest sporting cultur ...…
 
George Megalogenis and Akec Makur Chuot at the Wheeler Centre In Melbourne, Australian Rules football is a way of of life and, for many, a religion. The phenomenally successful launch of the AFLW means football is more inclusive, and more democratic, than ever before. Can we take lessons from the greatest game – and the greatest sporting cultur ...…
 
Son Vivienne, Zac Collins-Widders and Bobuq Sayed — Photos: Johnboy Davidson / José Eveline An increasing number of parents are choosing to raise their children gender-neutral. What could happen if the movement grows, and we raise whole generations of people who are not assigned a binary gender at birth? What would be the flow-on effects in hea ...…
 
Son Vivienne, Zac Collins-Widders and Bobuq Sayed — Photos: Johnboy Davidson / José Eveline An increasing number of parents are choosing to raise their children gender-neutral. What could happen if the movement grows, and we raise whole generations of people who are not assigned a binary gender at birth? What would be the flow-on effects in hea ...…
 
Photo: Jon Tjhia More than a billion people live with some form of disability. That’s about 15% of the world's population and yet across the globe, people with disabilities face regular contraventions of their basic rights. These range from egregious abuses – such as being put in shackles – to basic barriers to education, employment, safety and ...…
 
Photo: Jon Tjhia More than a billion people live with some form of disability. That’s about 15% of the world's population and yet across the globe, people with disabilities face regular contraventions of their basic rights. These range from egregious abuses – such as being put in shackles – to basic barriers to education, employment, safety and ...…
 
Santilla Chingaipe, Lyn Morgain, Janine Mohamed and Adele Murdolo at the Wheeler Centre In 2017, the Victorian Government released a report on the impact of racism on the health of people who live in the state. The study – which included interviews with more than 33,000 Victorians – confirmed what many studies around the world had already concl ...…
 
Santilla Chingaipe, Lyn Morgain, Janine Mohamed and Adele Murdolo at the Wheeler Centre In 2017, the Victorian Government released a report on the impact of racism on the health of people who live in the state. The study – which included interviews with more than 33,000 Victorians – confirmed what many studies around the world had already concl ...…
 
Sally Warhaft, Ranjana Srivastava and Gustav Nossal There's much to celebrate in the history of Australian medicine and medical care – from the famous breakthrough in penicillin to the development of the Gardasil vaccine. Our Medicare model is the envy of many countries. But have we become complacent? What are the pre-existing and emerging gaps ...…
 
Sally Warhaft, Ranjana Srivastava and Gustav Nossal There's much to celebrate in the history of Australian medicine and medical care – from the famous breakthrough in penicillin to the development of the Gardasil vaccine. Our Medicare model is the envy of many countries. But have we become complacent? What are the pre-existing and emerging gaps ...…
 
Susan Orlean at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Jon Tjhia Susan Orlean writes, writes, writes. For readers of the New Yorker, she’s a must-read – a staff writer since 1992, now part of the furniture. She’s scattered a trail of bylines through Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, Boston Globe, Esquire, Vogue and more. The Spike Jonze film Adaptation ...…
 
Susan Orlean at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Jon Tjhia Susan Orlean writes, writes, writes. For readers of the New Yorker, she’s a must-read – a staff writer since 1992, now part of the furniture. She’s scattered a trail of bylines through Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, Boston Globe, Esquire, Vogue and more. The Spike Jonze film Adaptation ...…
 
Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Shaad D'Souza, Ashleigh Wilson and Luke Carman at the Wheeler Centre The idea of the eccentric, outrageous creative genius – the 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' artiste – has proved surprisingly durable over centuries. It's a mythology that has insulated a certain type of artist from public censure over bad private behav ...…
 
Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Shaad D'Souza, Ashleigh Wilson and Luke Carman at the Wheeler Centre The idea of the eccentric, outrageous creative genius – the 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' artiste – has proved surprisingly durable over centuries. It's a mythology that has insulated a certain type of artist from public censure over bad private behav ...…
 
Samah Sabawi at the Wheeler Centre ‘For Palestinian writers, we write for our lives,’ Samah Sabawi has written. ‘We write to exist.’ Sabawi is an award-winning playwright, author, essayist and poet. She’s also a policy advisor for Palestinian policy network Al-Shabaka, and the second featured speaker in our PEN Writing in Exile series. Sabawi's ...…
 
Samah Sabawi at the Wheeler Centre ‘For Palestinian writers, we write for our lives,’ Samah Sabawi has written. ‘We write to exist.’ Sabawi is an award-winning playwright, author, essayist and poet. She’s also a policy advisor for Palestinian policy network Al-Shabaka, and the second featured speaker in our PEN Writing in Exile series. Sabawi's ...…
 
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