James Brown, Peter FitzSimons, Joan Beaumont, Mike Carlton (facilitator)
Why do Australians celebrate Gallipoli when World War I was largely fought and won on the Western Front? Why does a narrative that inspired Australians a hundred years ago continue to dominate national memory today? What does ‘Anzac’ mean now? Is it relevant to multicultural Australia in the 21st century? Is the myth of Gallipoli positive or negative, especially for today’s soldiers?
Joan Beaumont (Australian)
Joan Beaumont is a Professor of History in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, The Australian National University (ANU). She is an historian of Australia in the two world wars, prisoners of war and the memory and heritage of war. Her most recent book Broken Nation: Australians and the Great War was published in late 2013 to critical acclaim.
Mike Carlton (Australian)
Mike Carlton is one of Australia's best-known broadcasters and journalists. In a 40-year career, he has been a radio and television news and current affairs reporter, foreign correspondent, radio host and newspaper columnist. He was an ABC war correspondent in Vietnam in 1967 and 1970, and for three years was the ABC's Bureau Chief in Jakarta. He also reported for the ABC from London, New York and major Asian capitals. He has recently retired from the Radio 2UE breakfast program in Sydney and has returned to writing a column for the Saturday edition of the Sydney Morning Herald. Mike has had a life-long passion for naval history and wrote Cruiser: The Life And Loss Of HMAS Perth And Her Crew and his most recent book is First Victory.
James Brown is the author of Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of our National Obsession and a former Australian Army officer, who commanded a cavalry troop in Southern Iraq, served on the Australian taskforce headquarters in Baghdad, and was attached to Special Forces in Afghanistan. Today he is the Military Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy where he works on strategic military issues and defence policy. He also chairs the NSW Government’s Contemporary Veterans Forum.
Peter FitzSimons (Australian)
Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator, a former radio presenter (very successfully, with Mike Carlton on Radio 2UE) and is also a former national representative rugby union player. Peter is Australia's biggest-selling non-fiction author of the last ten years and is the author of over 20 books - including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age and biographies of Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales. His latest bestseller is Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia's Most Notorious Legend. Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations. peterfitzsimons.com.au