In an age of mixed messages and ‘alternative facts’, investigative journalists play a leading role in sorting the truth from the lies. So how do journalists...



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NSW Parliament House
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Caro Meldrum-Hanna

Caro Meldrum-Hanna

Caro Meldrum-Hanna is a multi-award-winning investigative journalist best known for her ground-breaking work on Four Corners and now as co-creator of the ABC television documentary series Exposed. She has won five Walkley Awards for Journalism and is renowned for exposing the illegal practice of live baiting in greyhound racing that brought the sport to its knees. Her ground-breaking Four Corners investigation Australia’s Shame exposed the abuse and mistreatment of children in detention in the Northern Territory, sparking a Royal Commission and making international headlines.

Kate McClymont

Kate McClymont

Kate McClymont is an author and investigative journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a seven-time Walkley Award winner, journalism’s most prestigious award. She was also awarded the Australian Press Council’s Press Freedom Medal and in 2017 she was inducted into the Media Hall of Fame. Kate is noted for exposing corruption in politics, trade unions, sport, and horse racing, and has received death threats because of her exposés.

Dr Simon Longstaff AO headshot

Dr Simon Longstaff AO

Simon Longstaff’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century. Dr Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO.

He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island’s Indigenous community. Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Dr Longstaff undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1991, he commenced work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, and in 2016 was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He was made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013. 


Event Details

In an age of mixed messages and ‘alternative facts’, investigative journalists play a leading role in sorting the truth from the lies. So how do journalists go about uncovering high-stakes lies and corruption? Often with the testimony of whistle-blowers. How can they both trust and protect their sources?

Join investigative journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald Kate McClymont and the ABC‘s Exposed – The Ghost Train Fire Caro Meldrum-Hanna together with The Ethics Centre Executive Director Dr Simon Longstaff AO for this session on Blowing the Whistle. Come behind the scenes on their exposés to explore the craft and ethics of the investigative process. Drawing on decades of journalistic experience, they share insights into some of the successful and less successful cases. They’ll also consider what Australia’s new media laws might mean for the profession, for truth-telling and Sydney’s reputation as the defamation capital of the world.

This session will be held in NSW Parliament House in the Stranger’s Room – a room not usually available to the public. Parliament House will throw open the door to the public this evening and everyone is free to wander around the hallowed halls.

This event is presented  by Vivid Sydney in partnership with Parliament House and The Ethics Centre.

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