In 2005, as globalisation flourished, writer Thomas Friedman said the ‘world is flat’, suggesting it offered a level commercial playing field. Over a decade later, Thomas is joined by economist Richard Holden, Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby and the ACTU president Ged Kearney to discuss globalisation and inequality in a new world of walls, trade barriers and immigration control. Moderated by ABC’s Emma Alberici, the panel will examine globalisation in the era of Trump and Brexit, and will consider where today’s political climate may take us.

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Ged Kearney (Australian)

Gerardine (Ged) Kearney commenced as ACTU President on 1 July 2010, and iis the third woman to hold the position. Prior to this, Ged was the Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation from April 2008 and was elected official with the ANF since 1997. Ged believes that unions should not just be concerned with the experience of people at work but they should be advocates for change to improve all aspects of Australians lives. GedÕs ambition as ACTU President is to build respect from political leaders and the broad community for the values of fairness and the role played by unions in delivering social change.

Emma Alberici (Australian)

Emma Alberici

Emma Alberici is the Chief Economics Correspondent at the ABC. Prior to taking up her latest role, Emma spent six years as the presenter of ABC TV’s evening news and analysis program, Lateline. Before that Emma was based in the UK as the ABC’s Europe Correspondent. She arrived in London just as Lehmann Bros was collapsing and as the world began questioning every accepted orthodoxy attaching to global financial markets. For someone who had spent most of the previous two decades as a business and finance journalist, it was a case of right place, right time. Emma worked at the Nine Network and did her cadetship at News Limited's Herald Sun Newspaper in Melbourne. Emma has been a finalist three times in the Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence. Emma is a prolific writer and has been widely published in the Sun Herald and ABC’s The Drum. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book.