No Country For Farmers
Moderator: Lucy Barbour • Gabrielle Chan, Charlie Massy and Jeff Sparrow
Anyone who eats or wears clothes influences farming, land use, trade policy and Australia’s economic future. Be prepared to permanently change the way you think about farming.
Gabrielle Chan has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She has written and edited history books, biographies and even a recipe book. The daughter of a Singaporean migrant, Gabrielle moved from the Canberra press gallery to marry a sheep and wheat farmer in 1996. She noticed the economic and cultural divide between the city and the country, so she swapped interviews with politicians for interviews with ordinary people. Her most recent book is Why You Should Give a F*ck About Farming.
Dr Charles Massy gained a science degree in 1976 before going farming for 35 years and developing the prominent merino sheep stud ‘Severn Park’. Concern at ongoing land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led him to undertake a PhD in Human Ecology. His revised and updated Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, A New Earth, will change the way you farm, eat and think about food.
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.
Lucy is the ABC's national regional affairs reporter and files to various programs including Landline. She's covered federal politics for television, radio and online from Canberra, and worked for the flagship radio current affairs programs AM, The World Today and PM. She also worked as the political producer for 7.30. Lucy began her career as a rural reporter in the towns of Shepparton, Horsham and Mildura. She is also president of the National Rural Press Club.