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The Community Independents Project – Zoom #8

25 November @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Community Independents Project Zoom #8 – The Community Independents Movement – How we got to this political juncture. And what next”

Simon Holmes a Court and Kerry O’Brien will join Cathy McGowan AO for a discussion panel. The speakers will bring their political nous to the topic. Please see the panelists short biographies below.

The zoom will start at 7.00pm AEDT. Join the community independents movement for 60 minutes of knowledge sharing and 30 minutes of campaign action. The zoom will close at 8.30pm (AEDT).

Please complete the registration below. Click the calendar link below for the event to be entered into your calendar.

The Community Independents Project will contact you via email closer to time with a meeting reminder.

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Kerry O’Brien

Kerry is one of Australia’s most distinguished journalists with six Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism including the Gold Walkley, and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership.

He has been a journalist for 50 years covering print, television and wire service, as a reporter, feature writer, columnist and foreign correspondent. For ABC-TV he was the editor, presenter and interviewer for the 7.30 Report over 15 years, the presenter and interviewer at Four Corners for five years and for Lateline across six years. He has interviewed many world leaders including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

Kerry’s acclaimed four-part interview series with former Prime Minister Paul Keating was broadcast on the ABC in 2013, and his book expanding on those conversations was published in 2015. His memoir was published in 2018. In 2019-20 he served on an advisory panel to the Queensland Government on a pathway to treaty and truth-telling to advance reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queenslanders.

Cathy McGowan AO 

As the former independent member for Indi, Cathy’s book “Cathy Goes to Canberra” is enjoying widespread acclaim as a frank account of becoming and being an Independent MP in the Australian Parliament. 

Cathy was raised on the family farm in the Indigo Valley near Wodonga. Educated in Beechworth and Melbourne gained qualifications in economics, history and agriculture. She began her working life in rural Victoria as a teacher in Wangaratta, and then as electoral assistant for Ewen Cameron, the Federal Member for Indi, in the 1980s, before joining the Victorian Department of Agriculture.

Cathy has also worked as an academic, researcher, and company director. Her passion is supporting and encouraging rural communities to have a strong voice in the decisions that affect them.

Her community service has been acknowledged with an Order of Australia, a national Centenary medal, and the award of a Churchill Fellowship. For her work as an MP, Cathy was awarded the Accountability Round Table’s award for integrity in 2019.

Simon Holmes à Court

Simon is the Convenor of Climate 200. He is a senior advisor to the Climate and Energy College at Melbourne University. Simon is also a cleantech investor, climate philanthropist and a director of the Smart Energy Council and the Australian Environmental Grant-makers Network.


25 November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm