‘Growing wave of feminist energy’: Julia Gillard on Clinton, Ardern and #MeToo

Former Australian PM discusses gender in the role of leadership at Sydney Writers festival

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Julia Gillard has called for the #MeToo movement to broaden out to include ordinary women who face sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment in the workplace.

The former Australian prime minister praised the movement for its energy, activism and the way it is bringing perpetrators to justice, describing it as the latest manifestation of “a growing wave of feminist energy” that would “change our societies most profoundly over the next decade.”

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‘Growing wave of feminist energy’: Julia Gillard on Clinton, Ardern and #MeToo

Former Australian PM discusses gender in the role of leadership at Sydney Writers festival

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Julia Gillard has called for the #MeToo movement to broaden out to include ordinary women who face sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment in the workplace.

The former Australian prime minister praised the movement for its energy, activism and the way it is bringing perpetrators to justice, describing it as the latest manifestation of “a growing wave of feminist energy” that would “change our societies most profoundly over the next decade.”

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An Evening with Germaine Greer review – hour-long ramble misses the #metoo moment

Drama theatre, Sydney Opera House
A timely keynote from one of the world’s leading feminists promised much but delivered little

It was the night after the women of Hollywood declared “time’s up” in a globally televised event. The night after the BBC was taken to task about pay inequality. The night after another alleged serial sexual predator was unmasked in Australia. Germaine Greer was delivering a keynote address in Sydney, and the goals were wide open.

The crowd gathered in the Sydney Opera House foyer on Monday could feel it. The crowd that gathered at the New York town hall on 30 April 1971 probably felt the same way.

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Roald Dahl down under: Australians name their favourite books – what’s yours?

His twisted tales have been part of our collective childhood since the 1960s. As Matilda the Musical opens in Sydney, Australian performers, directors and writers choose their favourites Roald Dahl stories

Roald Dahl’s tales of dastardly witches, bad parents and greedy idiots have thrilled children and adults for generations, from James and the Giant Peach in 1961 through to Matilda and Esio Trot, the author’s final books before his death in 1990. His wicked sensibility had a way of creeping under your skin and leaving an impression.

Now, as Matilda the Musical, the West End and Broadway hit written by local hero Tim Minchin, opens at Sydney’s Lyric theatre, we ask leading Australian arts figures to name the Roald Dahl story that has stuck with them into adulthood. Read on, then why not share your own favourite Dahl in the comments below.

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