Damned Whores and God’s Police 40 years on – Three Day Conference

University of Technology Sydney
21 September 2015




Download the full DW&GP Conference Program2 here

Conference Location

The main conference will be held UTS’s central Sydney campus. In Building 11, Room CB11:00:405.  The building is located on the corner of Broadway and Wattle Street, Ultimo. maps.uts.edu.au/map.cfm.
UTS is a 15 minute walk from Central Station and a short train trip from Kingsford Smith Airport.

Keynote Speakers:

Anne Summers
Author of Damned Whores and God’s Police
Anne Summers Nimco Ali
Founder of Daughters of Eve, British-Somalian activist against Female Genital Mutilation
Nimco Ali Twitter shotedit Lieutenant General David Morrison AO (retd.)
Former Chief of the Australian Army
Anne Summers conversations. Lt Gen David Morrison AO. 26/2/2015 Photo James Horan
Dennis Altman1 Dennis Altman
Author of Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation (1971)
and The End of the Homosexual (2013)
larissa_behrendt(1) Larissa Behrendt is Professor of Indigenous Research at the University of Technology, Sydney. Photograph by Arsineh Houspian. +(61) 401 320 173. arsineh@arsineh.com Ged Kearney
President of the ACTU

Other confirmed speakers and participants include: Quentin Bryce, Senator Penny Wong, Elizabeth Broderick, Annabel Crabb, Khadija Gbla, Jill Tomlinson, Sally McManus, Mariam Veiszadeh, Emily Maguire, Clare Wright, Julia Baird, Jenna Price

Full Conference Program

Monday 21 September

Chair for the day: Wendy McCarthy

9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome to Country Listen_icon Donna Ingram
9:45 Conference welcome Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education and Students) UTS
10:15 – 11:00 Keynote
Damned Whores and God’s Police 40 years on. Listen_icon
Anne Summers
11:00 Keynote Panel Listen_icon Anne Summers, Penny Wong, Dennis Altman, Georgina Dent, Larissa Behrendt
Chair: Julia Baird
12:00 21st century Damned Whores:
Sex workers, sluts and deviant women Listen_icon
Eurydice Aroney, Belinda Middleweek,  Jules Kim
Chair: Elena Jeffreys
12:45 LUNCH
1:30 Keynote
There is no such thing as oversharing
FGM: my personal story
Nimco Ali
2:30 Keynote panel Listen_icon Nimco Ali, Fatu Sillah, Felicity Gerry, Paula Ferrari
Chair: Anne Summers
3:15 Our sexuality
Viva la Vulva
There is nothing wrong with your vagina. Leave it alone. A surgeon’s view Listen_icon
Jill Tomlinson
Chair: Eurydice Aroney
4:00 Campaigning
Organising for Equality
Sally McManus, Jenna Price
5:15 – 6.15 Your say
Daily Shout Out:
At the end of each day, an opportunity to raise issues not covered by the formal sessions. Facilitated by a women’s advocacy group.
Destroy the Joint
6:30 – 8:30 Conference cocktail party
With entertainment by the legendary Margret RoadKnight
APRA 16 Mountain Street Ultimo
Note: Ticketed event.

Tuesday 22 September

Chair for the day: Jenna Price

9:00 Registration
9:30 Keynote:
What became of liberation?
Forty years on there have been significant changes in mainstream attitudes to racial, gender and sexual hierarchies, but at a cost: who speaks now of liberation or even of major social transformation? Listen_icon
Dennis Altman
10:30 Keynote panel: Listen_icon Dennis Altman, Wendy Bacon, Meredith Burgmann, Nareen Young
Chair: Anne Summers
11:15 Keynote:
Intersect: race meets gender
A personal reflection of the first encounters with the ideas and arguments of Damned Whores & God’s Police from an Indigenous woman’s perspective.  Listen_icon
Larissa Behrendt
12:00 Keynote panel Listen_icon Larissa Behrendt, Tanya Hosch, Mariam Veiszadeh, Sarah Maddison
Chair: Nina Burridge
12:45 LUNCH
1:30 Keynote:
Women and work:
A perspective from the President of the ACTU Listen_icon
Ged Kearney
2:15 Our history
40 years of women’s work  Listen_icon
Marian Baird
2.45 Keynote panel  Listen_icon Ged Kearney, Annabel Crabb, Marian Baird
Chair: Louise McSorley
3.30 Short Break
3.45 Women online
Virtual violence, real harm
Candice Chung, Emma Jane, Annalise Hartwig, Van Badham
Chair: Jenna Price
5:00 – 6.00 Your say
Daily Shout Out:
At the end of each day, an opportunity to raise issues not covered by the formal sessions. Facilitated by a women’s advocacy group.
Marie Coleman National Foundation for Australian Women
7:00 – 10.00 Conference dinner
with Lady Sings it Better and Jessica Rowe as after dinner speaker
Aerial UTS Function Centre
UTS Building 10
Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo 2007
Note: Ticketed event

Wednesday 23 September

Chair for the day: Anne Summers

Download the full conference program here.

9:00 Registration
10.00 In conversation
Domestic violence in Australia today Listen_icon
Quentin Bryce and Elizabeth Broderick
Chair: Jenna Price
11:00 Keynote
Hearing the unheard, seeing the unseen:
A man’s journey to better understanding the challenges for women. Listen_icon
Lt. Gen. David Morrison (rtd)
12:00 Keynote panel   Listen_icon
David Morrison, Mark di Stefano, Pino Migliorino, Elias Jahshan
Chair: Chip Rolley
1:00 LUNCH
1:45 Writing women’s history
From Damned Whores through the Ladies Lounge to Forgotten Rebels via Utopia Girls.
A Personal and intellectual journey through
Australian history.Listen_icon
Clare Wright
2:30 Writing women’s history
5 Piper Street North, Annandale
Where DW&GP was born with the women who helped it get there.
Ann Curthoys, Lyndall Ryan,
Anne Summers
Chair: Zora Simic
3:15 Short break
3:30 Feminism today
From Suffragettes to SlutWalkers and beyond
Just as the second wavers fought battles undreamt of by the suffragettes, so too are today’s younger feminists dealing with issues and challenges unimagined by previous generations
Emily Maguire
4:15 Looking forward
Shaping our feminist future
Marian Rakosi, Hannah Smith, Amy McQuire, Siobhan Towner
Chair: Gabe Kavanagh
5:15 Your say
Daily Shout Out:
At the end of each day, an opportunity to raise issues not covered by the formal sessions. Facilitated by a women’s advocacy group.
Renee Carr, Kaleesha Morris
Fair Agenda
6.15 Closing  Anne Summers

Ticket Prices

Early Bird Rate (by 31 August, 2015 – extended to 8 September) $330Full conference:  

Concession (Students, pensioners ) $260
Includes tea, coffee and lunch

Can’t make the whole conference? There are a limited number of single day tickets available. $150/$120

Cocktail party – with music from Margret RoadKnight: $35
Conference dinner with great entertainment, including Lady Sings It Better and Jessica Rowe: $130

We are unable to offer refunds but tickets are fully transferable.  Please notify the organisers assistantasr@gmail.com


Nimco Ali is a British-Somalian activist and FGM survivor who has fought against Female Genital Mutilation with a fierce campaign that has led Britain to redefine this barbarous practice as child abuse and violence against women. Nimco is a co- founder (with Leyla Hussein) of Daughters of Eve a UK-based non profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk from FGM.
Leyla Hussein and Nimco Ali were named as two of Britain’s most influential women in the BBC Woman’s Hour power list 2014.
She is profiled in the August 2015 issue of Anne Summers Reports
 Nimco Ali Twitter shotedit
Dennis Altman is the son of Jewish refugees, and a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972.
Since then Altman has written eleven books. His latest, The End of the Homosexual? was published by UQP in 2013.
Altman is a Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Human Security at LaTrobe University in Melbourne.
 Dennis Altman1
Eurydice Aroney is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and a radio documentary producer who has lobbied for decriminalisation of sex work in NSW in the 1980’s and 90’s.  Her 2015 documentary La Revolte des Prostitutees told the story of the 1975 French sex workers strike and was shortlisted for an international documentary award and broadcast in France and Belgium.  EuydiceAroney
Wendy Bacon was part of the women’s liberation, green bans and alternative journalism movements in the early 1970s.  In the 1980s she worked for Channel Nine, Fairfax media and SBS. An award-winning journalist, she became the Professor of Journalism at UTS where she taught investigative journalism for twenty years. She is currently a contributing editor at New Matilda and produces her own blog wendybacon.com. She is an ‘activist journalist’, involved in urban environmental issues and the campaign to restore feminist women’s refuges in NSW.  Wendy Bacon
Van Badham is a theatre-maker and novelist, occasional broadcaster and critic, feminist, bogan and trollfighter. She lives in Melbourne  Van Badham
Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar. She is currently writing a biography of Queen Victoria for Random House, New York.  julia-baird1
Marian Baird is Professor of Employment Relations and Director of the Women♀Work Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School. Marian is co-editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations and is on the editorial board of the Australian Bulletin of Labour and the international journal, Community, Work and Family. She is a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, a member of the Women’s College Council and on the Research Committee of the Diversity Council of Australia.  Marian_Baird
Larissa Behrendt is the Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law, an award winning novelist and a Walkley-nominated film maker.  larissa_behrendt
Elizabeth Broderick was Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner from 2007 until September 2015. During that time, Elizabeth helped instigate paid parental leave, started a national discussion about pregnancy discrimination, campaigned against domestic violence, revealed the abuse of women in the Australian Defence Force and has created the Male Champions of Change, a group of 25 leading CEOs who have pledged to gender equality in their companies.She was profiled in the April 2015 issue of Anne Summers Reports  Liz_1
The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO was Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General from 2008 until March 2014. In August 2014 she was appointed by the former Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman to chair a Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence. Quentin cropped
Dr Meredith Burgmann was involved in the early feminist movement as a “women’s libber” and as an academic researched and wrote on equal pay. She was the first woman President of the Academics Union and was elected to Parliament in 1991, becoming first Labor woman President of the Legislative Council.  She is a founding member of the National Pay Equity Coalition and Emily’s List and the founder (1993) of the Ernie Awards for sexist behaviour. She has written a book on misogyny, 1000 Terrible Things Australian Men Have Said About Women, and also books on the environment movement and ASIO.  Meredith Burgmann
Renee Carr is the Founding Executive Director of Fair Agenda – a community campaigning organisation working for a fair and equal future for women and Chair of the Board at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.  Renee_Carr
Candice Chung is a Sydney-based writer and editor and has been part of the Daily Life team since its launch in 2012. Her work has been published on The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Sunday Life, Griffith Review and Ninemsn among others.  

DINKUS - Candice Chung for the Fairfax Women's Network. Photo: Domino Postiglione

Marie Coleman’s long career in the Australian public service has included representing Australia at international meetings including the OECD and the UNO. In retirement she has been a consultant and works with national women’s organisations to explore the gender implications of policy. Her organisation, the National Foundation for Australian Women (www.nfaw.org) spearheaded the campaign for the introduction in Australia of a national paid parental leave scheme.  Marie_Colemen
Annabel Crabb is the ABC’s Chief Political Online Writer, the presenter of the ABCTV series Kitchen Cabinet and author of The Wife Drought (Random House 2015)  Annabel_Crabb
Ann Curthoys is a historian, former professor of history at UTS and Manning Clark Professor at ANU and now honorary professor at the University of Sydney. She writes about Australian history and on questions of history, theory, and historical writing. Her books include For and Against Feminism (1988); Freedom Ride: A Freedomrider Remembers (2002); (with John Docker) Is History Fiction? (2005, 2010); and most recently, edited with Joy Damousi, What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy? Stories from a Troubled Time (2014).  Curthoys_Ann-130x195
Georgina Dent is a journalist, editor, former lawyer and a noted advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality. She has recently moved from editing Women’s Agenda, an online publication for switched-on women, to Mamamia as Associate Editor. She is a regular television commentator appearing regularly on Lateline, The Drum, the Today show and Sky News.
Having two children fuelled her determination to have Australia’s problem with women and work addressed. Georgina was recognized for her advocacy of women in the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Journalism Awards in Singapore  in 2014. She was a finalist in the journalist of the year category.
 Georgina Dent
Mark Di Stefano is Political Editor at BuzzFeed Australia. He started out as a journalist getting Juanita Philips’ dry cleaning and doing her auto-cue. After stints reading the news on Triple J and working as a TV journalist for ABC News in Darwin, he was lucky enough to get a job at BuzzFeed. Mark loves equality, coffee and memes.  markdistefano
Paula Ferrari is the Managing Director of No FGM Australia and is a health professional, educator and independent scholar. She first became aware of FGM after reading Alice Walker’s book Possessing the Secret of Joy and became an activist after she had two daughters of her own.  Paula_Ferrari
Felicity Gerry QC is called to the Bar in England and Wales and admitted to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory of Australia. She is also chair of research and research training in the School of Law at Charles Darwin University. Felicity has prosecuted and defended in numerous cases involving major, serious and complex crime. She is an expert in FGM and the law and  identified the issue of FGM as a sexual offence as long ago as 2010 in the first edition of The Sexual Offences Handbook. Since then she has published and presented globally on FGM and appeared in the BAFTA nominated documentary The Cruel Cut. She was instrumental in the recent legal changes in the UK on FGM as part of the working party that produced the ground breaking Bar Human Rights Committee Report on FGM and the law. Her full bio is at www.felicitygerry.com  Felicity_Gerry
Annalise Hartwig  Annalise Hartwig
Tanya Hosch is Joint Campaign Director for Recognise, which raises community awareness and support to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.
Formerly Tanya was in advocacy and consulting roles aimed at increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous development, was on the team responsible for the establishment of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, and the steering committee to establish the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.
Tanya’s many appointments include: Independent Chair of the new company PWC Indigenous Consulting and the Review Panel for the Act of Recognition.
 Tanya Hosch - Photograph
Elias Jahshan has been the editor of Star Observer — Australia’s most-respected and only national LGBTI media outlet in print and online — since November 2013. Before that, he was a journalist for News Corp’s suburban newspapers, with his last masthead being the Parramatta Advertiser. There, he was instrumental in giving the often-overlooked western Sydney LGBTI community a voice in local media, as well as writing stories that reflected the region’s cultural diversity. Elias was only 28 when he became editor of Star Observer, making him one of the youngest editors in the masthead’s 36-year history and the first from a CALD background. Elias has Palestinian/Lebanese background, and he has also been a board member of Arab Council Australia since 2013  Elias Jahshan
Emma Jane is a Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow at UNSW. Online misogyny, cyberbullying, and digital mobs are the current foci of Dr Emma A. Jane’s ongoing research into the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies.

Her current research project entitled Cyberhate: The New Digital Divide? observes that although the internet’s rapid growth has delivered countless social benefits, it also offers people new opportunities to attack each other with unprecedented venom and impunity. Dr Jane’s work is interdisciplinary, informed by the fields of philosophy, cultural and media studies, internet studies, feminist and gender theory, discourse analysis, sociology, literary theory, and social psychology. Her research draws on her extensive skills in journalism as well as her rigorous academic training.

 Emma Jane
Elena Jeffreys is a sex worker writes about sex work, life, politics and the world. Elena is currently completing a PhD for Queensland University School of Political Science and International Studies  
Gerardine (Ged) Kearney was re-elected as ACTU President at the ACTU Congress in May 2015, a position she has held since 2010.
Previously, she was the Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), where she advanced the professional and industrial rights of ANMF members, overseeing substantial membership growth and the first national growth campaign in the private sector aged care sector.
As ACTU President, Ged strives to improve the working lives and conditions for all Australian workers. She believes that unions should also continue to be at the forefront of public debate to ensure a better future for Australia.
 Photograph by Arsineh Houspian. +(61) 401 320 173. arsineh@arsineh.com
Gabe Kavanagh is a feminist, trade unionist and human rights activist. Gabe works as an Industrial Organiser with the National Tertiary Education Union, NSW Branch. She is a member of the F Collective, a Sydney-based feminist collective, which she co-founded in 2009. Gabe also serves on the executive of the NSW Women’s Electoral Lobby. Gabe has been a Board director of Amnesty International Australia since 2011, stepping into the role of Vice President in 2014.  Gabe Kavanagh
Jules Kim is Korean-born Australian sex worker. She is the Migration Project Manager at Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, the peak national peer sex worker organisation. The Migration Project is run by and for migrant sex workers with the aim of increasing understanding of their issues and ensuring representation in all policies, projects and issues. Jules has been a member of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking since 2009 and is currently involved in the communication and awareness-raising strategy working group for Australia’s National Action Plan on Trafficking. From 2009, Jules was the coordinator of the Migration Research Project.  She has written and presented on migrant sex worker issues both in Australia and abroad and provided testimony and submissions at government hearings in relation to human trafficking, law reform and sex work.  Jules Kim
Sarah Maddison is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her areas of research expertise include reconciliation and conflict transformation, Indigenous political culture, and social movements. In 2015 Sarah published a new book Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation (Routledge) based on research in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Australia, and Guatemala. Her other recent books include Black Politics (2009),Beyond White Guilt (2011), Unsettling the Settler State (co-edited with Morgan Brigg, 2011), and The Women’s Movement in Protest, Institutions and the Internet, (co-edited with Marian Sawer 2014).  Sarah_Maddison
Wendy McCarthy AO has worked for change across the public, private and community sectors, in education, family planning, human rights, public health, overseas aid and development, conservation, heritage, and media. Her many significant leadership roles have included Deputy Chair of the ABC, Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Chair of Plan Australia and three years as Global Deputy Chair for Plan International. She currently chairs Circus Oz and headspace, the national Youth Mental Health Foundation, and is a Non-Executive Director of Goodstart Early Learning and IMF Bentham Limited, a class litigation funder.  Wendy McCarthy
Sally McManus is a Vice-President of the ACTU directing the ACTU’s campaigns. She was previously the Secretary and Organiser with the ASU in NSW for 22 years during which time the   membership grew from 9500 to 12,000 members.  She has led many successful campaigns including the Equal Pay campaign for community workers that delivered between 18-40% pay increases for all workers. Sally has also run many online campaigns and she co-founded the Destroy the Joint movement.  Sally McManus
Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist from Rockhampton in Central Queensland. She has worked in the Indigenous media sector for about nine years, starting as a cadet at the National Indigenous Times newspaper. Amy has worked as a NITV News political correspondent, was the editor of the Aboriginal-rights based magazine Tracker and a senior reporter for New Matilda. She currently works out of Brisbane producing and co-hosting a daily Aboriginal current affairs show with First Nations broadcaster Tiga Bayles, while also contributing to New Matilda. She was a researcher on John Pilger’s most recent film Utopia and a 2015 Dart Centre Ochberg Fellow.  Amy-McQuire
LouiseMcSorley is Acting Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Louise is a lawyer and was previously a senior Australian government public servant, having held leadership roles in labour relations law and industry engagement. She successfully implemented Australia’s first demand led seasonal labour migration program, bringing workers from Pacific Island countries to fill vacancies in Australian horticulture.  With strong cross-cultural skills she has also been an expert advisor to United Nations agencies in Sri Lanka and Myanmar on law reform.

Prior to her appointment, Louise spent four years on a diplomatic posting at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she worked across the education and science sectors.


Emily Maguire is the author of four novels including the international bestseller Taming the Beast. Her non-fiction book Princesses and Pornstars: Sex + Power + Identity is a frank, personal examination of what it means to be young and female in Australia. A version especially for teenagers was later published as Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice. Emily lives in Sydney where she works as a teacher and mentor to young and emerging writers.

Louise McSorley emily-maguire-author
Belinda Middleweek joined UTS in 2012 and is a lecturer in the School of Communication. She is currently co-authoring the book Real Sex Films: The New Intimacy and Risk in Cinema.  Belinda_Middlewick
Pino Migliorino is the Chair Managing Director of Cultural Perspectives Group, a leading research, communications and consultancy provider that specialises in Australia’s diverse communities. Pino has over 30 years of expertise in immigration and multicultural affairs, and maintains professional involvement in community affairs, welfare, the Arts, aged care and the settlement of newly arrived refugees. Pino retains a strong health and ageing focus in his professional practice and has been engaged by state and federal bodies to advise government, develop frameworks for cultural competency in health and to build policy to plan for the ageing of Australia’s post WWII migrant population.  Pino Migliorino
Kaleesha Morris is a Gumbaynggirr & Kulkalgal woman from Grafton, northern NSW, currently based in Sydney. Kaleesha is studying at the University of NSW and has been working with the Kingsford Legal Centre Aboriginal Access Program for the past three years.  She has previously worked as a policy officer within the justice portfolio at the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and before that was working with the Southern Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program. In addition to these roles Kaleesha has been an Oxfam International Youth Partner; Vice Chairperson of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network; Chairperson of the NSW WDVCAS Aboriginal Specialist Network; she has worked in shadow-reporting to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; and is a mentor and volunteer for the SEED network- Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network.  Kaleesha Morris
Lt. Gen. David Morrison AO (rtd) concluded his appointment as Australia’s Chief of Army in May 2015. During a 36 year career as a soldier he saw operational service in Bougainville and East Timor and as an Australian Army Officer led troops from platoon level all the way up to three star General – Chief of Army. In his tenure at the top of Australia’s Army, David is probably best known for his strong public stance on gender equality and leading cultural change in large organisations. His three minute address, via video, to his workforce in the wake of a particular instance of poor behaviour by a group of officers and senior soldiers, was posted on YouTube and has had over 1.5 million views. He has spoken about diversity and culture to the United Nations International Women’s Day Conference in New York, and was a closing speaker, with Angelina Jolie, William Hague and John Kerry at the Global Summit to Prevent Sexual Violence in Military Conflict in London in 2014.General Morrison was profiled in the February 2015 issue of Anne Summers Reports.  Anne Summers conversations. Lt Gen David Morrison AO. 26/2/2015 Photo James Horan
Jenna Price is an activist, journalist and academic. Her parents were refugees, which shaped her views on social justice. Jenna began her working career as a cadet reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald in 1982 and moved to the Canberra Times in 1994 as its Sydney correspondent. In 2008, she started work at the University of Technology and is now a senior lecturer teaching journalism, social media and communication. She writes two columns a week for Fairfax, mostly in a blind fury at heartless decisions made by politicians. In 2012, Jenna cofounded the online feminist action group, Destroy The Joint, to fight sexism and misogyny. There are now 67000 Destroyers who campaign on a range of issues but mostly in three key feminist areas: violence against women, the gendered pay gap and the increasing impoverishment of vulnerable women.

Jenna is married with three adult children but no grandchildren. She’s working on it.

Margret RoadKnight‘s professional singing debut was at a Melbourne theatre in 1963, and the subsequent five plus decades have taken her around the globe, often representing Australia.  She has recorded ten albums, and her timeless Australiana hit Girls in Our Town is fondly remembered and constantly requested.  Margret is renowned for her “lyrics of wit and wisdom” [Musica Viva], powerful and versatile vocals, unique wide-ranging repertoire, and her sense of humour and history!  margretroadknight-edit
Marian Rakosi is a children’s educator who works for the Community Childcare Cooperative. Marian is part of the changing face of trade unions in Australia, now dominated by women in the health, education and childcare sectors.  Marion Rakosi
Chip Rolley is editor of The Drum, the ABC’s online opinion site, and was formerly the artistic director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.  Chip
Lyndall Ryan has had a long involvement in women’s and other political activism, the Australian Public Service and teaching in universities in addition to publishing several landmark books., including The Aboriginal Tasmanians. After working as a policy analyst on women’s services with the Priorities Review Staff, in 1975 she worked with Sara Dowse in the Women’s Affairs Branch of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. In 1976, she began to pursue an academic career with positions at Griffith and Flinders Universities where she worked on two major research projects: a social and cultural history of the Australian Women’s Weekly in the post-war years; and a comparative study of women’s experiences of seeking an abortion in three Australian states. In 1998 she took up the Foundation Chair in Australian Studies at the University of Newcastle where she endured three gruelling years as a key target in the Aboriginal History Wars.    She is currently part-time research professor in the Centre for the History of Violence at the UON.  LyndallRyan
Fatu Sillah from No FGM Australia  Fatu Sillah
Zora Simic is a Lecturer in History and Convenor of Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW. She has published extensively on past and present feminisms, including her co-authored book The Great Feminist Denial(2008), with Monica Dux. She is currently working on a new book in which she historicises topics that have generated significant faultlines within feminism.  zora 2015
Hannah Smith began her feminist activism as the SRC Women’s Officer at the University of Sydney, where she is currently completing a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences. She has been involved in planning actions such as Reclaim the Night and pro-choice rallies around Sydney for the past five years. She is the current National Education Officer of the National Union of Students.  Hannah Smith
Dr Anne Summers AO is an author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States.Her books include Damned Whores and God’s Police (1975), Ducks on the Pond (1999),The End of Equality, (2003) On Luck (2008) and The Lost Mother (2009). Her most recent book The Misogyny Factor was published in June 2013.She is the editor and publisher of the digital magazine Anne Summers Reports and she hosts Anne Summers Conversations, public events where she engages in discussion with well-known people.  Anne Summers
Dr Jill Tomlinson is a fully qualified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. After qualifying as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon she undertook additional training in specialist hand surgery in order to be able to offer a full range of hand and wrist surgery services to her patients. In 2011 she worked as the Plastic and Reconstructive Fellow at Western Health in Victoria. In 2012-13 she was the Hand and Microsurgical Fellow on the Orthopaedic Unit at John Hunter Hospital, the largest trauma hospital in New South Wales, Australia.

Jill is the Specialty Editor (Social Media) for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery.

 Jill Tomlinson
Siobhan Towner (equal rights partisan, travel enthusiast) has worked in the public service for nearly ten years in Events, Communication and Business support, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications – part time. Siobhan is passionate about equal rights and has a personal interest in disability, LGBTQI and women’s rights. Singing and travel are two areas of great interest to her, though she hasn’t had much time to devote to singing lately. She’s travelled to eleven countries, across three continents and hopes one day to visit them all. She’s also looking to start a blog encompassing various areas of interest to her, which may include: feminism, disability, sexuality, travel and food.      Siobhan Towner
Mariam Veiszadeh was born in Kabul, Afghanistan during the Soviet War in 1984 and now as a lawyer, community rights advocate and opinion writer has positioned herself as one of the most energetic and resourceful members of the Australian Muslim community.  Mariam-V-991x470
Penny Wong is a Labor Senator from South Australia and is currently Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. She is formerly the Minister for Finance and was Minister for Climate Change.  Penny_Wong
Clare Wright is an historian who has worked as an academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster.  Her most recent book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize and the 2014 NIB Award for Literature and was shortlisted for many prestigious prizes.  Clare’s essays and journalism have been published in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, The Age, The Guardian, The Conversation, Crikey and Women’s Agenda.  She wrote and presented the ABC TV documentary Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote and created and co-wrote the ABC TV series The War That Changed Us, which was nominated for a Logie in 2015. She is currently Associate Professor in History at La Trobe University, where she holds an ARC Future Fellowship to research a new history of mining in Australia.  CW wall bw high res copy
Nareen Young is one of Australia’s most senior and respected workplace diversity practitioners. Over twenty years she has worked across the trade union, community and NGO sectors and had published, presented and commentated widely, both nationally and internationally. As a union official Nareen held female affirmative action positions on the executives of the ACTU and Unions NSW and she was Director of the NSW Working Women’s Centre from 1998-2005 and CEO of Diversity Council Australia from 2007-2014. She is now an Executive Director of PwC Indigenous Consulting, a non-Executive Director of Indigenous Business Australia and the Institute for Cultural Diversity and Chair of Groundswell Arts NSW.   Nareen Young


Conference Location
The main conference will be held UTS’s central Sydney campus. In Building 11, Room CB11:00:405.  The building is located on the corner of Broadway and Wattle Street, Ultimo. maps.uts.edu.au/map.cfm.

UTS is a 15 minute walk from Central Station and a short train trip from Kingsford Smith Airport.

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