Crimes Against Nature

Moderator: Richie Merzian • Jeff Sparrow, Jonica Newby and David Lindenmayer

4.00 PM – 5.00 PM
Members' Dining Room
Museum of Australian Democracy

Global warming, viral outbreaks and the environmental crisis have taken their toll on all of us. Our expert panel discusses crimes against nature and how to shore up courage for the uncertainties ahead.



Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, broadcaster, and Walkley award-winning journalist. He is a columnist for The Guardian Australia, a former Breakfaster at Melbourne’s 3RRR, and a past editor of Overland literary journal. His most recent books are Fascists Among Us: online hate and the Christchurch massacre; Trigger Warnings: political correctness and the rise of the right; and No Way But This: in search of Paul Robeson. He lectures at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.



Jonica Newby is a TV producer, writer and director. She has twice won Australia's most prestigious science journalism prize, the Eureka Award, and is best known as a presenter/reporter on the long-running ABC TV science program Catalyst. Newby grew up in Perth, WA, where phase one of her professional career was a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, followed by a few years in a veterinary practice. She is author of The Animal Attraction, about how the domestication of animals created human civilisation.



Professor David Lindenmayer AO is a world-leading expert on forest conservation and is ranked among Australia's top 50 scientists. Based at the Australian National University, he has led some of the largest-scale environmental research programs in Australia, including almost 40 years of work in Victoria's magnificent mountain ash forests. His latest book is The Great Forest.



Richie Merzian is the inaugural Climate & Energy Program Director at The Australia Institute. He is currently on the Advisory Committee for the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University (ANU). Richie has degrees in Law and Economics from Sydney University.