Breaking The Code Of Silence
Moderator: Wendy McCarthy • Amy Remeikis, Sam Maiden, Louise Milligan and Katrina Marson
Women frequently pay a personal price for exposing the truth — either about themselves or the stories they cover. In the pursuit of truth and justice, disturbing and demonising narratives emerge.
Amy is the political reporter for The Guardian. She writes on the major political issues in Australia, crime, the courts and the environment. She is a regular panellist on the ABC's Insiders program and was the inaugural nominee for the Young Walkley awards. Her essay On Reckoning was published by Hachette in 2022 as part of the On Series.
Samantha Maiden is the political editor for news.com.au. She won a Walkley Award for her coverage of federal politics and Scott Morrison's secret holiday to Hawaii in 2020. She has covered federal politics for more than 20 years, including for The Australian and NewsCorp's Sunday papers. She is a regular guest on the ABC's Insiders and The Project. Her first book, Party Animals, was published in 2020.
Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for the ABC’s Four Corners. She covered the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. Her exclusive stories for the ABC’s 7.30 on the allegations against George Pell won her two Quill Awards from the Melbourne Press Club, including the Gold Quill for best story of the year. In 2017 she was awarded the Walkley Book Award and the Sir Owen Dixon Chambers Law Reporter of the Year Award for Cardinal. Her latest book is Witness.
Katrina Marson has been a criminal lawyer since 2013, primarily in the areas of family violence and sexual offences. She has been researching the power of sex- ed to protect against sexual violence and safeguard sexual wellbeing for over a decade. Her book Legitimate Sexpectations: The Power of Sex-Ed, is forthcoming in 2022.
Wendy McCarthy is an experienced manager and company director who began her career as a secondary school teacher. She moved out of the classroom into public life in 1968 and since then has worked for change across the public, private and community sectors. She has a long track record of advocating, campaigning, and fundraising for women's issues in public life. Her most recent book is a memoir titled, Don't Be Too Polite, Girls.