MEDIA DIRECTOR, DPS
Lyndal Curtis covered federal politics for most of the last 25 years, 21 of those with the ABC. She currently works at Parliament House as Media Director for DPS. She is a winner of the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery reporting. Lyndal has worked as Political Editor for ABC News and Bureau Chief for Sky News Australia and was also State Editor of the ACT ABC News.
PROF. MARK KENNY
senior fellow, Australian Studies Institute, anu
Prior to working with the ANU, Professor Mark Kenny had a high-profile journalistic career culminating in 6 years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times. Mark was made a Visiting Fellow at ANU in 2018 and took up a full-time academic post at the Australian Studies Institute in January, 2019. His research interests include national politics, comparative studies, democracy, and the rise of populism.
CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT, THE SATURDAY PAPER
Karen Middleton is a journalist and author with more than 30 years’ experience covering national and international affairs in print and broadcast media. She is Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper and a commentator on ABC TV’s Insiders and The Drum and Network Ten’s The Project and a regular contributor to ABC radio, Radio New Zealand, Monocle24 and the BBC. Karen is the author of two books, Albanese – Telling it Straight (Penguin Random House, 2016) and An Unwinnable War – Australia in Afghanistan (MUP, 2011).
VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER, AM
An award winning journalist and social commentator on women, power and leadership, Virginia’s views on gender, inclusion and diversity are widely published. Her extensive media career spans 30 years, in which she has reported around the globe for primetime current affair programs on Channel 7, the 9 Network, and ABC TV. She anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra from 2001-2016. Her book ‘Wonder Woman: the myth of ‘having it all’, was launched in a live broadcast at the National Press Club. She is also the founding Director and former Chair of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, established in 2017.
Political Reporter, Australian Financial Review
Tom McIlroy is a political reporter with The Australian Financial Review, covering federal Parliament and taxation. He has worked as a newspaper journalist in Melbourne, regional Victoria and Canberra, writing for mastheads including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times and The Houston Chronicle, from Washington DC. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT University.