Adam Thompson's 'Born Into This', Birrarangga Film Festival, United Workers Union McCormick Strike, NDIS Independent Assessments

Thursday, 11 March 2021 - 7:00am to 8:30am
A photograph of United Workers Union members participating in the McCormick workers industrial action.


Acknowledgement of Country//


Adam Thompson, a pakana writer from Launceston, Tasmania, speaks about his debut book of short stories, ‘Born Into This’. Adam has won several local writing awards and has been published by the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Kill Your Darlings and Griffith Review.//


Tony Briggs, Artistic Director of the Birrarangga Film Festival, joins us to talk about the festival, which runs from March 11-14 at ACMI. Tony Briggs is a Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri Stage and Screen Creative - he is an actor, writer, director and producer and he was the creator of the hit feature film The Sapphires. The Birrarangga Film Festival is a celebration of Indigenous films from across the globe that explore themes of 'strength, resilience and the environment'.//


Andrew Giles, spokesperson for the United Workers Union, joins us to discuss the ongoing strike by workers at food manufacturer McCormick, over wage freezes and threats to conditions. Support striking McCormick workers here.//


Mali Hermans, a Wiradjuri organiser, writer, community worker and project officer at Women with Disabilities Australia living on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land, joins us to discuss the government's plan to introduce independent assessments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act, and why this proposed change is so concerning. As a disabled woman, Mali is deeply invested in disability justice work, committed to challenging ableism and its intersections with colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy and class, and is studying a Master of Social Work.//



Ek Parivar - L-Fresh the Lion and Akaali Inc//


Frantic - Izy//


Get Me Out - King Stingray//


Don’t Give Up On Me - Emma Donovan and the Putbacks//