The episode, which aired on the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, focused heavily on the far-reaching impacts of Putin’s campaign.
Panelists included US state senator Sarah McBride, who is in Australia for a major human rights conference coinciding with WorldPride; Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy, who has just been in Germany and the UK for discussions with defence counterparts, and Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko.
Former general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation Sharan Burrow and ANU National Security College Professor and High Commissioner to the UK George Brandis were also on the panel.
Year 11 IGS student Antigone (Tiggy) Marchbank shared her question on the need to continue to advocate for the safety and rights of trans people.
“As someone who has many trans friends, it is very heartening to see someone who is able to live their truth and is doing so much to ensure the safety and rights of trans people,” said Tiggy. “What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in getting to this position and what more do you think needs to be done?”
The senator thanked Tiggy for her thoughtful question.
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