Barrie’s back! Festival favourite and celebrated journalist Barrie Cassidy presents four big conversations on the issues of the day. Joined by a range of experts and colleagues, this is smart, analytical and challenging live journalism from one of the best.

What does it mean to live your politics? Is a life of protest and dissent good for the soul or is it soul destroying? Former deputy leader of the Australian Greens Scott Ludlam was a senator from 2008 to 2017. Scott speaks to Barrie about his new book Full Circle, which explores a new approach to political and environmental change.

Barrie and Scott are then joined by a panel of experts including Sally McManus to discuss the triumphs and disappointments of activism and advocacy, and the challenges and advantages of expressing dissent from an institutional base.

Scott Ludlam (Australian)

Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam is a writer, activist and former Australian Greens senator. He served in parliament from 2008 to 2017, and as co-deputy leader of his party from 2015 to 2017. Scott currently works as a freelance researcher and troublemaker, while writing very occasional pieces for Meanjin, The Monthly, Junkee and The Guardian. Full Circle, his book on ecology, technology and politics will be published in 2021.

Sally McManus (Australian)

Sally McManus

Sally is the 10th Secretary of the  Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). She was the leader of her Union, the Australian Services Union (ASU) in NSW, representing community, public sector and private sector workers. She commenced work with the ASU as an ACTU trainee organiser in 1994. Sally has also worked as a Pizza Hut delivery driver, shop assistant and cleaner, and studied philosophy at university. 

Barrie Cassidy (Australian)

Barrie Cassidy

Barrie Cassidy started out in journalism as a cadet reporter with The Border Mail in Albury. In the 47 years since, he has been a court reporter and police roundsman, a political correspondent, program host, newsreader, radio broadcaster and foreign correspondent. For over 13 years, he was host of the ABC’s highly respected political discussion program Insiders, as well as long-time host of the sports equivalent, Offsiders. He’s also the author of three books: Private Bill, The Party Thieves and An Ocean of Cricket.