09 May 2024


democracy in peril

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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and The Conversation

More than 4 billion people are eligible to vote in elections in 2024, putting democracy to the test around the globe.

Against a backdrop of misinformation, disinformation and growing illiberalism, Monica Attard (UTS), Emma Shortis (RMIT) and Priya Chacko (The University of Adelaide) speak with The Conversation's Misha Ketchell about what we can expect from elections in the USA, India, the UK and more, and how the results will impact us here in Australia. 

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Professor Monica Attard 
Co-Director, Centre for Media Transition,
University of Technology Sydney 

Monica Attard has been a journalist for more than 40 years, working much of that time at the ABC where she was a foreign correspondent, reporter and program host.  Monica has hosted most of the ABC’s prime time current affairs programs, including PM, The World Today and Media Watch. She is the recipient of five Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism, an Order of Australia, and an Arts/Law degree. Monica is also the author of a best selling book on the collapse of Soviet communism, called Russia: Which Way Paradise?

Monica was Head of Journalism at UTS in Sydney and is now co-director of the UTS Centre for Media Transition, which examines the impact on journalism business models, best practice and information integrity of the profound changes the industry continues to undergo.

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Monica Attard, The Conversation, Website

Monica Attard

Dr emma shortis
senior researcher, International and Security Affairs Program, The Australia Institute 

Dr Emma Shortis is a historian and writer, focused on the history and politics of the United States and its role in the world. Emma uses her expertise in history to interpret and explain what is happening in the world today, and what it means for Australia, in a compassionate and accessible way. In a conversation often dominated by the same voices, Emma offers a fresh perspective on international relations grounded in moral questions about how we might imagine a post-American future.

Emma’s first book, Our Exceptional Friend: Australia’s Fatal Alliance with the United States, was published by Hardie Grant in 2021. She writes regularly for Australian and international outlets including The Conversation and appears regularly on Australian radio and television. Emma is a Senior Researcher in International and Security Affairs at the Australia Institute, and a Senior Adjunct Fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University.

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Emma Shortis, The Conversation, Website

Emma Shortis

Associate Professor Priya Chacko
International Politics, University of Adelaide 

Priya Chacko is an Associate Professor of International Politics at the University of Adelaide. She is currently co-Editor-in-Chief of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and was previously co-Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Politics.

Her research focuses on how nationalism facilitates, and is used to justify, domestic and foreign policies;  how the international (global capitalist processes, colonialism and imperialism, transnational knowledge production, geopolitics etc.) shapes domestic politics and political economy; and the structural role of ideology in capitalism.

She has published widely on these topics with a focus on Indian politics and foreign policy and the Indo-Pacific region in The Conversation and journals including International Affairs, Political Geography, Modern Asian Studies and Journal of Contemporary Asia.

Priya Chacko, The Conversation, Website link

misha ketchell
editor and executive director,
the conversation australia and new zealand

Misha Ketchell is Editor and Executive Director of The Conversation Australia and New Zealand. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years. He was founding editor of The Big Issue Australia and editor of Crikey, The Reader and The Melbourne Weekly. He has also been a reporter and feature writer at The Age and worked at the ABC where he was a TV producer on Media Watch and The 7:30 Report and an editor on The Drum.

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 The Conversation

Misha Ketchell The Conversation

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The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the conversation


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