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Stephen Oliver

Stephen Oliver (Better Date Than Never)

Stephen Oliver is the Commissioning Editor with the ABC and is the executive producer of the new ABC series, Better Date than Never. Stephen oversees many of the national broadcaster’s biggest hits, including Better Date Than Never, Love on the Spectrum, Southern Ocean Live, Big Deal, Fight for Planet A, War on Waste, Big Weather, Family Court Murders and People’s Republic of Mallacoota. During this podcast, Stephen chats about: Better Date Than Never airs at 8pm Tuesday nights on ABC and iview. All episodes from the season are available on iview. Special thanks to Amy Reiha for organising this podcast Pick your player below. The podcast is also available through Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Amazon, Stitcher, iheart Radio and more

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The Wang Gungwu Lecture

The Wang Gungwu Lecture, celebrating Chinese Australians’ contribution to Australian life, returns in 2023

The second annual Wang Gungwu Lecture premieres Saturday 4 February at 6:30pm AEDT on ABC Australia and iview, featuring author, illustrator and 2022-2023 Australian Children’s Laureate, Ms Gabrielle Wang, as keynote speaker. Chinese Australians have contributed to Australia’s business, political, scientific and cultural sectors for more than a century. The Wang Gungwu Lecture, named after the eminent Chinese historian Professor Wang Gungwu, shines a light on Chinese Australian achievements and provides a platform for discussion on what it means to be a Chinese Australian today. Ms Wang discusses her experiences of social exclusion growing up in suburban Australia and the importance of art and literature in her own search for identity and sense of belonging. Ms Wang explains, “I hope by sharing stories that are a celebration of all our differences, children may find a feeling of self-acceptance from a young age. I encourage those from diverse backgrounds to share your stories too. The more diverse stories there are out in the open, the more tolerant our society will be.” The Wang Gungwu Lecture is a partnership between ABC International, the National Foundation for Australia China Relations and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). In 2022, renowned paediatrician and former Australian of the Year, Dr. John Yu AC, delivered the inaugural Wang Gungwu Lecture to a live audience at ABC Sydney’s studios, with a supporting address from chef, writer and television presenter Adam Liaw. ABC Head of International Services Claire Gorman said: “After such a successful event last year, we are delighted to partner once again with DFAT and the National Foundation to celebrate the lives, achievements and contributions of Chinese Australians in our country. The ABC has a proud history of sharing the stories of Australians from diverse backgrounds both domestically and to our international audiences and we hope the Wang Gungwu Lecture will continue to provide an important platform for these stories to be heard and shared.” National Foundation CEO Peter Cai commented: “We are privileged to have the Australian Children’s Laureate Gabrielle Wang as our keynote speaker for the second Wang Gungwu Lecture. Gabrielle’s work in bringing diversity and representation to children’s literature is vitally important to shaping young minds and creating a more inclusive and tolerant future”. The 2023 Wang Gungwu Lecture will premiere on ABC Australia, on Saturday 4 February at 6:30pm AEDT, 5:30pmin Papua New Guinea, 3:30pm in Hong Kong and Singapore, 2:30pm in Jakarta, and 1pm in India. It will also be available on ABC iview and ABC Australia iview from 4 February as part of the ABC’s Favourites with Chinese Subtitles collection. The lecture will be broadcast on ABC TV in Australia on Thursday 9 February, at 11am AEDT.   Media Release – ABC

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Q+A

A look back on 2022 on the season final of Q+A live from Sydney with Stan Grant

This week… the final Q+A of the year. In what’s been a tumultuous 12 months, we’ve seen war, floods and a change in government. As Australians try to manage cost-of-living pressures, Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe has apologised to mortgage holders who borrowed with an expectation that interest rates would not rise until 2024. Are you managing your household debt? What’s changed about the way you are living? How is the nation different from this time a year ago? Meanwhile as politicians in Canberra enter the home stretch of parliament, the Nationals have confirmed they will oppose a First Nations voice to parliament. What does this mean for the Liberal party? Where does this leave Labor’s promise for a referendum?  What does the year ahead hold? Will we make any progress on breaking away from the monarchy? NSW voters head to the polls in March, what impact will Independent MPs have there? The Teals shot to prominence in the federal election, but haven’t made any gains in the Victorian poll – how much impact are they actually having? And sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins is handing down her latest findings on sexual harassment in the workplace. What’s changed since the last survey four years ago, which sparked the Respect@Work report? How much work still needs to be done? Joining Stan Grant on the panel: Grace Tame, Bestselling authorNova Peris, Republican, Olympian and former politicianAllegra Spender, Independent MP for WentworthMatt Kean, NSW TreasurerJosh Szeps, Broadcaster Please submit a question via our website by 9am Thursday for the chance to ask the panel.  Watch Q+A Thursday at 8.30pm on ABC TV, streamed live 8.30pm AEST on ABC iview or on our website Media Release – Q+A

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