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(Un) Quiet Australians

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(Un) Quiet Australians Sun 23 Feb 5pm Octagon Theatre Sun 23 Feb 5pm Octagon Theatre $19
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Jess Hill, Thomas Mayor, Jeff Sparrow and youth Climate Strike activist Bella Burgemeister talk to Benjamin Law about people power and the year ahead.   

Bella Burgemeister is 13 and comes from Bunbury, Western Australia. She is author and presenter of her book Bella’s Challenge, a kid’s take on the 17 UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development that outlines the goals in kid’s speak and sets out simple challenges kids can do help their communities and the planet. She has presented her book to over 7,000 students and over 7,000 adults around Australia. All proceeds from the book sales have gone back into sustainable development projects like Homeless lockers in Bunbury.

Burgemeister is co-president of Millennium Kids, a kid-lead environmental organisation working on ways to help the planet and was co-organiser of the School Strike 4 Climate.

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor and broadcaster. He writes a regular column for The Guardian and contributes regularly to many other Australian and international publications. A former member of the 3RRR Breakfasters team and the immediate past editor of literary journal Overland, he is the author of a number of books, including Money Shot: a journey into porn and censorshipNo Way But This: in search of Paul Robeson and Trigger Warnings: political correctness and the rise of the right.

Jess Hill is an investigative journalist who has been writing about domestic violence since 2014. Prior to this, she was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. Her reporting on domestic violence has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards

Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin. As an Islander growing up on the mainland, he learned to hunt traditional foods with his father and to island dance from the Darwin community of Torres Strait Islanders. In high school his English teacher suggested he should become a writer. He didn’t think then that he would become one of the first ever Torres Strait Islander authors to have a book published for the general trade.

Instead, he became a wharf labourer from the age of 17, until he became a union official for the Maritime Union of Australia in his early 30s. Quietly spoken in character, Mayor found his voice on the wharves. As he gained the skills of negotiation and organising in the union movement, he applied those skills to advancing the rights of Indigenous peoples, becoming a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a tireless campaigner. Following the Uluru Convention, Thomas was entrusted to carry the sacred canvas of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He then embarked on an 18-month journey around the country to garner support for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations voice, and a Makarrata Commission for truth-telling and agreement-making or treaties.

His journey continues, both in person and through the pages of his book Finding the Heart of the Nation. The book is his gift to the campaign for Voice, Treaty and Truth. Like the Uluru Statement from the Heart, he hopes that all Australians will accept it.

Benjamin Law is an Australian writer and broadcaster. He’s the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010), the travel book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) and the Quarterly Essay ‘Moral Panic’ 101 (2017). He’s the editor of the anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019) and creator and co-writer of three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, based on his memoir. He has a PhD in creative writing and cultural studies from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
In 2019, he was named one of the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit’s (AALS) 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians (winning the Arts, Culture & Sport category) and one of Harper’s Bazaar’s Visionary Men.
Time & Location

Sun 23 Feb 5pm


Octagon Theatre, UWA Crawley. Cnr Stirling Hwy and Hackett Drive

    • Adult: $19
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