We lie to protect ourselves or others. We lie to avoid consequences. We lie to be cruel. Sometimes, we lie just because we can. Chris Taylor talks to three people who detect lies for a living – crime and corruption reporter Matthew Condon, Gold Walkley–award winning investigative journalist Kate McClymont and forensic psychiatrist Dr Calum Smith. They reflect on the crimes they’ve solved, the scandals they’ve exposed and the discoveries they’ve made about the inner workings of the deceitful mind.

Supported by the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).

Matthew Condon (Australian)

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Matthew Condon has been a journalist for more than 30 years, and for the past decade has been investigating crime and corruption in Queensland and New South Wales. He is the author of the bestselling true crime trilogy Three Crooked Kings, Jacks and Jokers and All Fall Down. His new book The Night Dragon, centres on the fatal Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub firebombing in Brisbane in 1973. Matthew was awarded an Order of Australia Media in 2018 for his services to journalism and the community.

Kate McClymont (Australian)

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Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a seven-time winner of journalism’s most prestigious award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley. She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the fraudulent activities of Michael Williamson, the Head of the Health Services Union and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid. In 2017 she was inducted in the Media Hall of Fame for her contribution to the industry.

Calum Smith (Australian)

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Calum Smith is a consultant Forensic Psychiatrist working in the prison system of New South Wales. He has a particular interest in free will and decision making, as well as conducting research focussing on diverting those suffering from mental illness away from the custodial system.

Chris Taylor (Australian)

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Chris Taylor is a writer, performer and broadcaster who's best known as a member of The Chaser team, responsible for television shows such as CNNNN and The Chaser's War on Everything. Chris is also one of the founders of Sydney’s live performance space Giant Dwarf. More recently, he's the creator, co-writer and producer of the upcoming Foxtel drama Upright starring Tim Minchin. He happily agrees to moderate any Sydney Writers' Festival event that Annabel Crabb is too busy to fit into her schedule.