Mary Delahunty has high level experience in Media, Government and the Not for Profit sector. A Gold Walkley Award winning journalist, former interviewer and presenter with ABC TV and commercial networks. Mary served for seven years as a Victorian state government minister in senior portfolios and was the first female Planning Minister in Victoria. A member of the Australian Institute of Australian Directors she is an experienced Board Director and runs her own communications and strategy business. Mary is a published author, her second book, GRAVITY Inside the PM’s office during her last year and final days, was published last year.» Read more about Mary Delahunty
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate, now in its fifth year. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia. Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.» Read more about Sally Warhaft
David Hunt is a writer, satirist and historian. He is the author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Australian Independent Booksellers (Indie) Award for Best Non-Fiction Book and was shortlisted for several other literary awards. He has also written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian, The Chaser Quarterly and The Hoopla. He co-presents the Australian history podcast Rum, Rebels & Ratbags with Dom Knight for ABC Radio and has appeared regularly on ABC Radio shows, including Outsiders, Background Briefing, Counterpoint, The Drawing Room and Evenings with Dom Knight.» Read more about David Hunt
Author, academic, broadcaster, rock musician, former human rights lawyer and AFL mascot, Waleed Aly is one of Australia’s most exciting political and social commentators. Waleed is known in the public eye as a host on The Project, and from appearances on Q&A, Meet The Press, The 7.30 Report, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton and the host of ABC’s Big Ideas. In December 2014 he finished a two-year stint as the presenter of ABC Radio National’s Drive program.» Read more about Waleed Aly
Maxine Mckewʼs background is in journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of prestigious programmes such as Lateline and 7.30 Report. Her work has been recognised by her peers and she is a recipient of both Logie and Walkely awards. When she left broadcasting and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Minister John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both parliamentary secretary for early childhood, and later for infrastructure and local government.» Read more about Maxine McKew
Mark was born in Oxford, England in 1988 and his family immigrated to Australia by plane just one year later. His English father taught him to play cricket and football in the northern suburbs of Sydney; his Australian mother taught him manners, morals, and how to fold bed-sheets properly.» Read more about Mark Isaacs
From the grim educational pickings of working class Port Adelaide in the 1950’s and 60’s, surviving the advice of his alleged ‘Career Advisory Officer’, Bryan escaped from high school at 15 and went on to become one of Australia’s finest humorists. His journey has resembled the comment of fellow humorist, the late Spike Milligan, who said of his life ‘I have nothing organised, so nothing can go wrong’.» Read more about Bryan Dawe
Jamila Rizvi is an author, presenter and political commentator. Described as one of the preeminent voices of young Australian women online, Jamila injects her own special brand of humour, irreverence and authenticity into the public debate.» Read more about Jamila Rizvi
Eddie Ayres is a musical adventurer, teacher, writer, broadcaster and transgender man. He was born on the White Cliffs of Dover and began playing music when he was six years old. He studied viola in Manchester, Berlin and London, and played professionally in the UK and Hong Kong. After a decade of performances throughout Asia, including for the Hong Kong Handover in 1997, Ed decided on a new path, literally, and travelled by bicycle from England to Hong Kong, with only a violin for company. The journey took him a year and went through Europe, Iran, Pakistan, India and China. The trip was eventually chronicled in Cadence, Ed’s first book and a national bestseller.
After immigrating to Australia in 2003, and after a character-building year scrubbing dishes in St Kilda, Ed eventually began broadcasting with ABC Classic FM. He spent many years hosting the cult hit breakfast programme and doing things like cycling to the source of the Ganges in his spare time.
After more than a decade in the ABC studios, Ed decided he needed to get out and about again and applied for a job teaching cello to street children and orphans at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. Eddie’s second book Danger Music is about this turbulent, life-changing year, where he survived the threat of bombs, kidnappings, beginner string players and hormone-charged teenagers. It was during this year that Ed finally accepted the man within and began his transition from female to male. Emma became Ed just before his fiftieth birthday. Better late than never.» Read more about Eddie Ayres