In conversation: Quentin Dempster with guests Anthony Albanese and Andrew Jacubowicz

Join us for a panel discussion about Australian politics, democracy and the state of Australian society. This will be a broad and timely conversation as we approach the State and Federal elections in 2019. We will explore questions around economic prosperity, income disparity, the health of our democracy and how well this works for minority communities. Hosted by Quentin Dempster with guests Anthony Albanese, Labor MP and Andrew Jakubowicz Professor of Sociology, UTS.

Our guests will be welcomed by Genia McCaffery, President of North Sydney Community Centre Committee of Management, and previous Independent Mayor of North Sydney.

*Please note event panel members may change due to speaker availability at this particularly busy time leading up to an election.

Panellist: Andrew Jakubowicz

Andrew Jakubowicz (BA Hons, PhD, FRSN,MAICD) is Emeritus Professor of Sociology in the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. He is the author of books on multiculturalism, media racism and diversity, and cyber-racism and community resilience. His many articles are standard references in teaching around Australia, ranging from his study on media manipulation during the first Iraq War (The Invisible Ally) to Political Islam in Australia. His nearly 50 pieces online in The Conversation have received 250,000 visits and 4000 comments.

Facilitator: Quentin Dempster

Quentin Dempster is a journalist, author and broadcaster, currently contributing editor of The New Daily, an online Australian news website. For 30 years he was a presenter, producer, interviewer, investigative and political reporter at the ABC. He has just completed four years as chairman of the Walkley Foundation, a not-for-profit media industry leader administering the annual Walkley awards for excellence in journalism and programs for the professional development of journalists. He is a former staff-elected director of the ABC and is a well known advocate for public broadcasting. He is the author of three books: Honest Cops (1992), Whistleblowers (1997) and Death Struggle - how political malice and boardroom power plays are killing the ABC (2000). In 1992 he was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services “to the media, particularly in the fields of journalism and current affairs”.

Panellist: Anthony Albanese

The Hon Anthony Albanese was first elected as the Federal Member for Grayndler in 1996. Since then Anthony has been a progressive Member of Parliament and is a passionate advocate for the environment, workers' rights, refugees and equality for all members of the community. He has held many positions including the role of Deputy Prime Minister and is currently the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development as well as the Shadow Minister for Tourism.