Alan Kirkland, CEO of Choice09/14/14
Alan Kirkland became head of consumer organisation, CHOICE, in 2012. In addition to product testing, the organisation runs campaigns from free range egg labelling to the so-called “Australia Tax” in which Australians pay significantly more for digital...
Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier, Anglican Primate of Australia
In June, Dr Philip Freier was elected Anglican Primate of Australia – the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church.
Collette Dinnigan, fashion icon
Collette Dinnigan's designs have made her an international fashion icon. She talks to Richard Aedy about the end of her label.
Chris Hadfield, Astronaut, former Commander of the International Space...
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield captured the world’s imagination when he performed David Bowie’s Space Oddity while floating down the International Space Station’s corridors. It was his third space mission and the fulfilment of a dream. He talks...
Warren Rodwell, hostage survivor
In 2011 Warren Rodwell was taken hostage in the southern Philippines and held captive for 472 days. The former soldier and English teacher has now recovered and is ready to shed more light on his ordeal.
Eric Beecher, journalist, businessman and online entrepreneur
Eric Beecher was always going to be a journalist and a publisher. He founded his first magazine, Australian Cricket, when he was just seventeen.
Damon Young, philosopher and writer
There’s much to love about the crazy Zen inspired philosophy of the 1970s television show Kung Fu and the movie Kung Fu Panda. But Damon Young is the real thing – a philosopher and writer who practices martial arts.
David Manne, Human Rights lawyer and Executive Director of the Refugee...
David Manne’s work representing refugees and asylum seekers in the High Court has sent the immigration policies of governments into disarray.
George Gittoes, artist and film maker
George Gittoes has a talent for getting into scrapes. Luckily he also has a talent for getting out of them. For the last 45 years he’s been compelled to go to some of the world’s worst conflicts and make art about them. But he’s recently found a new...
John Marsden, author and founder of the Candlebark School
John Marsden is a best-selling author of fiction for children and young adults. He's also the principal of a small school on a huge piece of bush, north of Melbourne. John and teachers at Candlebark School believe that first hand experiences are the...
Hetti Perkins, Indigenous Art curator
For Hetti Perkins, art is the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She’s been working with and around indigenous artists for decades, and as the daughter of Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins, she’s the ultimate insider into the...
Nicole Car, opera singer
Nicole Car's operatic career is taking off. She talks to Richard Aedy about her sudden conversion to opera singing.
Karl Eikenberry, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan and US Army...
Tinker, tailor, soldier, diplomat; Karl Eikenberry is a rare breed of scholarly soldier turned diplomat.
Wayne Martin, Chief Justice Of Western Australia
Justice Wayne Martin has changed a lot in his state’s court system. He’s banned lawyers from wearing wigs, opened the court to the media, and simplified the pre-trial process to save litigants money. But his principle preoccupation is tackling the...
Gerard Neesham, founder & CEO of the Clontarf Foundation
The Clontarf Foundation offers Aboriginal boys a simple deal: attend high school, do your best and you can be part of our football academy. The Foundation has 3,000 boys enrolled and plans to double that number. As Gerard Neesham tell Richard...
Janette Sadik-Khan, former New York City Transportation Commissioner
During her six year term as New York City's Transportation Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan has transformed the streets of New York and reclaimed space for pedestrians and cyclists.
Scott Farquhar & Mike Cannon-Brookes, founders of Atlassian
Uni mates Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar started their software company Atlassian twelve years ago with a credit card and a great idea. Now the billionaires are helping software developers behind some of the most complex projects of our time.
Dorothy Hoddinott, educator
For almost two decades Dorothy Hoddinott and her team at Holroyd High School have been channelling the aspirations and hard work of refugee students. She talks to Richard Aedy about her school and her teaching career.
Professor Brien Holden, leading vision researcher
Professor Brien Holden is one of the world’s top vision researchers tackling the leading causes of blindness through his scientific breakthroughs and global public health foundation.
Jillian Broadbent, Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Jillian Broadbent wants Australia to reduce greenhouse emissions and be a player in the low carbon economy. As chair of the CEFC, she's helped banks and businesses finance renewable projects. But the CEFC is slated to be scrapped by the federal...
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