Grilling The Democracy Sausage

Moderator: Chris Wallace • Jo Dyer, Stephen Charles and Mehreen Faruqi

12.00 PM – 1.00 PM
House of Representatives Chamber
Museum of Australian Democracy

Does our country have a vision for a stronger economy, fairer society, and more environmentally sustainable future? Who dares to imagine and fight for a better Australia?



Jo is a writer, literary curator and producer of theatre and film. Most recently Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week, Jo has held leadership roles at national cultural institutions such as Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Theatre Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre. Her films have won awards and screened worldwide, notably at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2021, Jo was unexpectedly thrust into the national spotlight when she became an advocate for her deceased friend Kate, after Kate’s accusations of rape against then attorney-general Christian Porter were posthumously made public.



After a distinguished career at the Victorian Bar and as a Judge of Appeal in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Stephen Charles AO, QC, is now a board member of the Accountable Round Table and the Centre for Public Integrity. He has been for many years a tireless advocate for the creation of a federal anti-corruption watchdog.



Dr Mehreen Faruqi is Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and Senator for NSW. She became the first Muslim woman to sit in any Australian parliament when she joined the NSW Parliament in 2013. In 2018, she took her proudly feminist and anti-racist approach to Canberra when she joined the federal Senate. Mehreen holds the Education, Anti-Racism, Animal Welfare, and International and Global Justice portfolios for the Greens. Her recently published memoir and manifesto, Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud, is the tale of a political outsider fighting for her right and the rights of others like her to be let inside on their own terms.



Political historian Dr Chris Wallace is a professor at the Faculty of Business Government and Law at the University of Canberra. Her latest book is How To Win An Election (NewSouth, 2020) and her next, Political Lives: Australian prime ministers and their biographers, is forthcoming from UNSW Press. Wallace's political analysis and commentary appears currently in Nikkei Asia, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper and The Conversation. Twitter: @c_s_wallace.