21 June 2023



Tracey Spicer AM 
with Jane Caro AM

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'Mum, I want a robot slave.'

Broadcaster Tracey Spicer AM had an epiphany when her young son uttered these six words. Suddenly, her life’s work fighting inequality seemed futile. What’s the point in agitating to change the present, if bigotry is being embedded into our futures?

And so began a quest to uncover who was responsible and hold them to account. Who is the ultimate villain? Big Tech, whose titans refuse to spend money to fix the problem? The world’s politicians, who lack the will to legislate? Or should we all be walking into a hall of mirrors and taking a good, hard look at ourselves…?

Her book, Man-Made aims to open readers’ eyes to a transformative technological shift in society and give them the tools to make positive change. Man-Made is a deeply researched, illuminating and gripping ride into an uncertain future, culminating in a resounding call to action that will shake the tech sector to its foundations.

As society grapples with the rise of AI and its implications, Walkley Award-winning journalist Tracey Spicer AM presents a thought-provoking discussion about her timely book, Man-Made. In conversation with renowned social commentator Jane Caro AM, Spicer reveals how the biases of the past are being embedded into the future through technology. Spicer will also consider what the next frontier of feminism may look like.

Purchase a copy of Tracey Spicer's book, Man-Made from Matilda Bookshop's website and choose 'Hawke Centre Events Free SA postage' as the delivery option. They will then deliver or post your book to South Australian addresses at no additional cost or it can be collected at the event on the night. Alternatively, books will be for sale in the foyer on the night.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre



Tracey Spicer AM 
author, journalist & broadcaster 

Tracey Spicer AM GAICD is a multiple Walkley Award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News. The inaugural national convenor of Women in Media, Tracey is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and emcees in the region.

In 2019 she was named the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, accepted the Sydney Peace Prize alongside Tarana Burke for the 'Me Too' movement, and won the national award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership through Women & Leadership Australia. In 2018, Tracey was chosen as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, winning the Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit category. She was also named Agenda Setter of the Year by the website Women’s Agenda. For her 30 years of media and charity work, Tracey has been awarded the Order of Australia.

Image: copyright, Tane Coffin

Tracey Spicer website



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jane caro am

Jane Caro AM, is a Walkley Award-winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator.

She has published twelve books, including a trilogy on Elizabeth Tudor, and a memoir Plain Speaking Jane. Her latest book Accidental Feminists explores the life story of women over fifty. Jane appears frequently on The Drum, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise, and has presented five documentary series for Compass (2015 - 2019). She writes regular columns in Sunday Life and Leadership Matters and her opinion pieces appear regularly in The Saturday Paper, Fairfax and The Big Smoke.

She has been awarded the Walkley Award for Women in Leadership and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the broadcast media as a journalist, social commentator and author. 

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Presented by
The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre


While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia, or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future. The Hawke Centre reserves the right to change their program at any time without notice.