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Barry Jones – What Is To Be Done
When Sleepers, Wake! was released in Australia almost four decades ago, it immediately became influential around the world. Now its author, the polymath and former politician Barry Jones, turns his attention to what has happened since — especially to politics, health, and our climate in the digital age — and to the challenges faced by increasingly fragile democracies and public institutions. What Is to Be Done is a long-awaited work from Jones on the challenges of modernity and what must be done to meet them.

Dec 2, 2020 07:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Barry Jones
Barry Jones was born in Geelong, Victoria, and educated at Melbourne High School and the University of Melbourne, where he studied arts and law. He was a Labor member of the Victorian and Commonwealth parliaments, led the campaign to abolish the death penalty, and became Australia’s longest-serving minister for science from 1983 to 1990. His books include Sleepers, Wake!, A Thinking Reed, Dictionary of World Biography, and The Shock of Recognition. He received a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest award, in 2014, and, at the age of 87, is a ‘living national treasure’.
Matthew Ricketson
Matthew Ricketson is an academic and journalist. He is professor of communication at Deakin University and has run journalism programs at the University of Canberra and RMIT. He has worked on staff at The Age, The Australian and Time Australia magazine, among other publications. He is the author of three books and editor of two. In 2011-12 he was a member of the Independent Inquiry into the Media and Media Regulation, working with Ray Finkelstein QC. He is a chief investigator on three Australian Research Council grants about the future of the news media in Australia. He is a co-presenter of the Media Files podcast on The Conversation.