Journalist Speakers

Bill Birtles

Bill Birtles was the ABC's China correspondent in Beijing from 2015 to 2020, his posting coming to a sudden end when he was rushed out of the country by Australian diplomats in an unprecedented diplomatic standoff. Reporting from both major cities and remote provinces throughout the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he covered an era-defining period of change, upheaval and diplomatic tension as China asserted itself on the world stage.

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa is the co-founder, CEO, and executive editor of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. Maria, one of TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018 and TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019, has been honored around the world for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation, “fake news”, and attempts to silence the free press.

Peter Van Onselen

Peter van Onselen is Network Ten’s political editor and a contributing editor for The Australian. He is also a professor of public policy and politics at the University of Western Australia. Peter hosts The Sunday Project on 10, appears as a panellist on ABC Insiders and writes a weekly column for Perth’s Sunday Times. He has won Walkley and Logie awards for his broadcast journalism on Sky News where he worked for nearly ten years, and a News Award for his feature and opinion writing in the Australia. Dr van Onselen is the author or editor of six books, including a biography of former Prime Minister John Howard, rated by the Wall Street Journal as the best biography of 2007. He has a PhD in political science and a masters of policy studies and a masters of commerce.

Back to Top