About The Fourth Estate

The Fourth Estate is an independent group of local young artists and thinkers exploring diverse understandings, perspectives and experiences of democracy. They will provide media coverage for 2970° The Boiling Point: Practising Democracy through blog posts, Twitter and Instagram.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a Bachelor of Arts Graduate from Griffith University majoring in Sociology and Islam West Relations. Involved in numerous community programs, she is a community arts reviewer, advocate and storyteller and is currently the cultural reviews coordinator at 4ZZZ Community Radio. Her interests include human rights, feminism, social justice and equitable opportunity.

Elizabeth says:

“Democracy is a notion that individuals are equitable and empowered within their community. For a practising democracy to remain responsive to the needs of the people and environment, inclusion of understandings outside of linear definitions is essential. I feel that by developing a sense of community beyond borders, valuing diversified histories and voices, democracy can flourish.”

Jack

Jack is a recent graduate of Journalism and International Relations and is currently a volunteer at 4ZZZ radio where he contributes to their news and current affairs program Brisbane Line. An avid interest in world politics, Jack enjoys examining the theories and structures within our society.

Jack says:

“Democracy, I believe, is a system that is beneficial so that the voice of the people can be adequately heard and acted upon. However, no system is without fault and only by openly discussing the faults and potential consequences can we discover solutions. I love hearing how different political systems work and how humans as a species have devised different ways to be governed. I love to chat and love to be challenged on my notions so that a better understanding can be discovered.”

Laura

Laura is a PhD Candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy at Griffith University. Her research interests are in the areas of visual methods, de(s)colonialism, rural studies, feminist research, and Latin American studies. Born in Colombia, she has been living in the Gold Coast for the last seven years and combines her research practice working as a teacher and research assistant at Griffith University/College with freelance writing and photography for various publications.

Laura says:

“I believe in the power of grassroots resistance and explore this in my photography, writing, activism and social research. Thus, I see the potential of democracy when emerging from community initiatives. I believe that as individuals we have the power to question and act upon social structures, including those based on democracy.  I love exploring and being part of creatively and politically engaged projects that seek to construct a more socially just world.”

Samir

Samir strives for a better understanding of global realities, and believes although much work needs to be done, there is a bright future emerging. He has a Bachelor in Social Communication majoring in Radio and Television and 10 years of live broadcast experience. Samir currently coordinates three nationally accredited courses introducing the creative industries - screen, media and design to like-minded students who desire to make a positive change in the world.

Samir says:

“I believe that critical thinking is root for positive change. Real change happens from inner structures; from the individual level to a global scale change must come from within. Democracy has been hacked by big players and has been masked by the 4th power; the media. One person owns nearly 70% of Australian media, playing the role of assignment editor, telling the public what to think disguising biases and corporate agendas. Critical thinking is the antidote to break through many of the barriers we build around our thoughts. Media literacy is foundation for real democracy and it is key to spread the message that benefits us all; the truth.”

Blog Posts

InterviewListen
September 14, 2017

Moderator Michael McCartney on democracy and engagement

2970˚Moderator and Musician Michael McCartney speaks with the The Fourth Estate team. Michael is engaged…
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ListenOpinion
September 14, 2017

Glenn Barry discusses art and collaboration

https://soundcloud.com/thefourthestate-554165779/glenn-barry-discusses-art-and-politics
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Uncategorized
September 14, 2017

A Youth Perspective

Annabelle and Lauren share a youth perspective on democracy and representation. https://soundcloud.com/thefourthestate-554165779/annabelle-and-lauren-chat-about-the-issues-that-face-them-as-teenagers    
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ListenOpinion
September 14, 2017

Talking with Felicity Ruby and Glenn Todd

Felicity Ruby and Glenn Todd talk direct action, surveillance and Pine Gap https://soundcloud.com/thefourthestate-554165779/felicity-ruby-and-glenn-todd-talk-direct-action-surveillance-and-pine-gap
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InterviewListen
September 14, 2017

Talking to Moderator Kristy Seymour

PHD Candidate and Circus Performer Kristy Seymour, shares her thoughts on ‘practising democracy’ at 2970…
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InterviewListen
September 14, 2017

Mara Bun on moving forward

The Fourth Estate team talks to Mara Bun about moving forward. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmw2iWJxxsk  
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ListenVox Pop
September 9, 2017

Day 1 at 2970˚

The Fourth Estate team chats to delegates on the first day of 2970˚ The Boiling Point:…
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Listen
September 9, 2017

Kyle Slabb’s views on sharing through the internet

https://youtu.be/MS2DnJLOsxM
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Listen
September 9, 2017

Talking to Eleanor Jackson

The Fourth Estate chats to Eleanor Jackson about democracy and representation.   https://soundcloud.com/thefourthestate-554165779/eleanor-jackson-chats-about-democracy-and-representation
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Listen
September 5, 2017

Drawing back the curtains on democracy

Drawing back the curtains on democracy with Screenwriter Stephen Carleton Joh for PM Screenwriter and…
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DemocracyListen
September 5, 2017

Talking to Cathy Hunt

Festival's a place to see democracy in practice - In conversation with Cathy Hunt Cultural…
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DemocracyListen
September 5, 2017

Jonathan Sri talks participative democracy

Jonathan Sri is the councillor for the Gabba ward in the Brisbane city council. As…
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Listen
September 5, 2017

MP Terri Butler discusses politics that fits the people

Member of Parliament Terri Butler speaks with The Fourth Estate on the importance of participation…
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Opinion
September 5, 2017

Talking democracy with Imogen

What does democracy mean to you? Democracy is a construct by which people can vote…
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Opinion
September 5, 2017

Democracy and Markus

What does democracy mean to you? Democracy is a Greek idea, that you have an…
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Opinion
September 5, 2017

Amy and Jiarui’s views on democracy

Amy and Jiarui, University Students talk democracy What do you think democracy is? Jiarui: Giving…
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Opinion
September 5, 2017

Skye talks democracy

What do you think democracy is? Democracy is about everyone having the right and the…
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Opinion
August 30, 2017

Morris, Business Owner, views on democracy

What do you think democracy is? Freedom. That’s the only word I can say. You…
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Opinion
August 30, 2017

Despona’s views on democracy

What do you think democracy is? I’m struggling to put it into words. I know…
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Opinion
August 30, 2017

Talking democracy with Eric, Corner Shop Owner

What do you think democracy is? Democracy is like air.  If people don’t have air,…
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Listen
August 30, 2017

Kyle Slabb talks practising democracy

2970° Practicing Democracy keynote speaker, Indigenous Cultural leader and artist, Kyle Slabb, discusses how he practises…
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Opinion
August 25, 2017

Democracy: A Tool for Living Together

Democracy: A Tool for Living Together By Luca Belgiorno-Nettis Founder and Director of The newDemocracy…
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August 23, 2017

John Keane on the future of democracy

John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum…
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Democracy
August 17, 2017

Staying cool below 1.5 degrees

Staying cool below 1.5 degrees The Fourth Estate team spoke with Stop Adani spokesmen Basha…
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Opinion
August 17, 2017

Mark from Big Issue talks democracy

What does democracy mean to you? Well, depends how you want me to answer the…
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Opinion
August 17, 2017

Talking democracy with Howard

What do you think democracy is? I think democracy is everyone having their say and…
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Opinion
August 17, 2017

Democracy and Bonnie Bates

What does democracy mean to you? Freedom to hold your own beliefs. Do you feel…
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