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Goodbye Misogyny

21 January 2022
6.30pm – 7.45pm AEDT
Sydney Town Hall
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Gabrielle Appleby | Julia Banks | Amy McQuire | Louise Milligan | Yumi Stynes

In 2021, a legion of women stood up and said they weren’t going to take it anymore, calling out violence, harassment and misogyny.  

In a powerhouse panel chaired by TV and radio presenter Yumi Stynes and featuring ABC reporter Louise Milligan, constitutional law expert Gabrielle Appleby, author and former Liberal turned Independent Federal MP Julia Banks, and journalist Amy McQuire, words will not be minced and bushes will not be beaten around. They’ll reflect on exposing the Canberra bubble, holding a High Court judge to account and putting the spotlight on political misogyny, ultimately stepping out an action plan to give misogyny the flick – for good.   

This event will close with a live music performance from the fierce and fabulous Jaguar Jonze, a vocal advocate for victims of sexual assault and harassment in the music industry whose recent single ‘Who Died and Made You King’ is a powerful new addition to the #MeToo songbook.  

The Reckoning is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Sydney FestivalUNSW Sydney is the Education Partner of Sydney Festival. 


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Standard – $25 + booking fees
Concession – $22 + booking fees

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Goodbye Misogyny is presented as both a ticketed, in person audience event at Sydney Town Hall (tickets available above), and as a livestream event via Sydney Festival's AT HOME digital program. Livestream registration information to be announced in the coming weeks. 


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Wheelchair Accessible
Sydney Town Hall’s accessible entrance is via Druitt St (opposite the Queen Victoria Building). Accessible unisex toilet facilities are available on each publicly accessible floor of the building. If you require assistance when visiting the building, please contact Sydney Town Hall to discuss your requirements on 02 9265 9282.  

Hearing Loop
Centennial Hall (both levels) is fitted with a hearing loop system. 

The livestream of this event will be closed captioned.  

The in venue audience event is Auslan interpreted.

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Sydney Festival 
To book tickets and for event enquiries, please call Sydney Festival on +61 2 8248 6500 or email

UNSW Centre for Ideas
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National Relay Service
The Centre for Ideas and Sydney Festival are happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. 

Gabrielle Appleby

Gabrielle Appleby

Professor Gabrielle Appleby has worked in the Faculty of Law & Justice at UNSW Sydney since 2015, focusing on the accountability of public power, as exercised by the government, the parliament and the judiciary. Gabrielle is a strong advocate for reform in these areas, most recently working on the need to introduce an independent complaints handing procedure for the federal judiciary, and towards the constitutional enshrinement of a First Nations Voice. Gabrielle is the Director of The Judiciary Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, the constitutional consultant to the Clerk of the Australian House of Representatives, and a member of the Indigenous Law Centre. In 2016 – 2017, she worked as a pro bono constitutional adviser to the Regional Dialogues and the First Nations Constitutional Convention that led to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Julia Banks

Julia Banks

Julia Banks is an author, businesswoman, lawyer and keynote speaker who runs her own consultancy business, and holds several non executive advisory positions. She has extensive experience in the corporate and legal sector and served as a Federal Member of the Parliament of Australia. 
Julia's bestselling book Power Play: Breaking through bias, barriers and boys clubs contains practical advice and anecdotes revealing the unvarnished realities of any workplace across all sectors where power disparities and gender politics collide; from the unequal opportunities, casual sexism and systemic misogyny, to pressures around looks, age and family responsibilities and the consequences of speaking out. 
Julia's extensive experience is across the private and public sectors, having worked as senior corporate counsel and executive director roles for global companies for over 20 years prior to being elected as a Federal Member of Parliament in 2016. Julia's key areas of expertise and leadership experience are in the areas of governance, workplace culture risk, issues and crisis management. 

Julia Banks appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.

Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton in central Queensland. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland into media representations of violence against Aboriginal women. She is also a freelance writer and journalist. Amy has been the editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine, was a former NITV National News political correspondent and journalist, senior reporter for New Matilda and producer for 98.9 FM in Brisbane. Recently, Amy was the Indigenous Affairs Reporter at Buzzfeed News Australia.  

Over the past four years, Amy has co-hosted the investigative podcast Curtain with human rights lawyer Martin Hodgson. The podcast puts forth the case for innocence for Aboriginal man Kevin Henry, who was wrongfully convicted in 1992. 

Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan is a multi-award-winning journalist at the ABC TV Four Corners program and Press Freedom medallist whose investigation for ABC TV and her Walkley Award-winning book Cardinal  broke international news and led to her being a witness in the George Pell case. Her Four Corners “Canberra Bubble” investigation started a wave of stories about women in politics and continues to have parliamentary fallout a year later. Her 2018 story I Am That Girl inspired a Law Reform Commission inquiry to change NSW rape laws. Milligan’s recent book Witness: An Investigation Into the Brutal Cost of Seeking Justice  won prizes in the 2021 Davitt Awards and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

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Yumi Stynes | Chairperson

Yumi Stynes is a broadcaster and writer who's been working in Australian media for almost two decades, evolving from music reporter to her current focus as a writer on arts, culture, food, gender politics and human sexuality. She’s known for her honesty, warmth and humour.

Like many women, Yumi is juggling — she does a daily radio show, works on several writing projects (two cookbooks, Zero F**ks and Zero F**ks Endless Summer, Welcome to Your Period, and most recently Welcome to Consent), and regularly runs 5km for a laugh — all while raising four children. She fronts Ladies, We Need to Talk, the popular podcast with ABC Audio Studios and was the host of the award-winning documentary Is Australia Sexist? on SBS television.

Yumi is an accomplished MC, facilitator and speaker; recent events include Melbourne Writers Festival, Sydney Women's March, She Leads Conferences, Art After Hours at AGNSW, Rural Sexual Health Conference and Women in Leadership Symposium.

In 2021, Yumi presented The 3pm Pickup, spoke at the All About Women Festival and published in the Guardian Australia.

Jaguar Jonze

Jaguar Jonze | Performer

An artfully enigmatic pop singer/songwriter, Jaguar Jonze crafts moody, literate anthems that bring to mind a canny mix of Nick Cave, Angel Olsen, and Portishead. Emerging in 2018, Jonze first garnered critical acclaim for her twangy, atmospheric singles "You Got Left Behind" and "Beijing Baby," included on her debut 2020 EP, Diamonds & Liquid Gold. She picked up a J Awards nomination that year and returned in 2021 with the Antihero EP. 

Born Deena Lynch in Yokohama, Japan, to a Taiwanese mother and Australian father, she migrated to Australia at age six. Growing up, she purportedly endured a rough childhood marked by family dysfunction, as well as physical and sexual abuse. She eventually overcame her early circumstances, exploring music as well as drawing and photography. Based in Brisbane, she worked for several years in artist management, aiding the careers of bands like the Jungle Giants, Confidence Man, Orphans Orphans, and Last Dinosaurs.

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