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Cairns Breakfast: Tracey Spicer AM and the #MeToo Movement

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Cairns Tropical Writers Festival will host a breakfast with award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster Tracey Spicer AM as a satellite event at The Hilton in Cairns on Monday 23 July 2018.

Well known as a national anchor newsreader with the Ten Network for 14 years, Tracey was sacked by email aged 39 in 2006 while on maternity leave. With speculation she was fired due to her age, she hired a lawyer, her ground-breaking fight about discrimination in the workplace making national news.

Always a powerful advocate for women’s rights, social justice and equal opportunity, Spicer is co-founder and national convener of Women in Media that surveyed 1000 female journalists in 2017. It found almost 100% were relegated to low-paid, low-profile, low-power roles, with almost half experiencing intimidation, abuse or sexual harassment in the workplace.

Spicer has produced and presented documentaries in Bangladesh, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, and India, and is an ambassador for World Vision, World Wildlife Fund for Nature, the Penguin Foundation, Dying with Dignity, Autism Spectrum Australia, QUT’s Learning Potential Fund, ActionAid anti-poverty and global human rights agency, Domestic Violence NSW, and Karitane Parenting Services. She is Patron of the NSW Cancer Council, the newborn care unit at the Royal Hospital for Women, Life's Little Treasures Foundation and the National Premmie Foundation, and the face of the Garvan Institute’s research into pancreatic cancer, which claimed her mother.

Spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online, Spicer now runs two companies as a freelance writer, speaker, media trainer and broadcaster, Spicer Communications and Outspoken Women. Her TEDx talk has had 5 million views. Check it out on YouTube. Watch her take her make-up, high heels and other prescribed ‘armour’ off, and suddenly be more real and effective, and trusted.

Her advocacy has also seen her nominated for a Walkley Award, and in 2018 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia, "for significant service to the broadcast media as a journalist and television presenter, and as an ambassador for social welfare and charitable groups".

Describing herself as ‘the bogun from Brisbane’, last year she published her no-holds-barred “femoir”, The Good Girl Stripped Bare. In the book, Spicer is her usual defiant and outspoken self, given to hilarious public confessions as she nails the structural barriers facing women in the workplace. She encourages us all to “shake off the shackles of being the good girl”.

In the wake of the scandals in the entertainment industry in Hollywood and elsewhere, Tracey has become the face of the #MeToo movement in Australia to break the silence. More than 1600 women across industries and backgrounds have contacted her with their stories involving over 100 men, 40 of them household names.

Working with the police to bring them to court, Spicer has just launched Now Australia together with Tina Arena, Deborah Mailman, Sacha Horler, Clare Bowditch, Missy Higgins and a host of other women in entertainment to bring about permanent change. Equivalent of the Time’s Up movement in the US, this is a service to support both men and women who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or intimidated in workplaces, putting them in touch with counsellors and lawyers.

BREAKFAST BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

Women in Media FNQ, and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance have supported Tracey’s visit to Cairns. Tickets to the 23 July full breakfast from 7.00am-9.00am with Tracey Spicer AM are available for individuals, or friends and work colleagues can book a whole table. Collins Booksellers will be on site and Tracey will sign books after her presentation.

MORE ABOUT THE CAIRNS TROPICAL WRITERS FESTIVAL 10-12 AUGUST 2018

The Cairns Tropical Writers Festival is a biennial event, next due 10-12 August 2018 at The Hilton, Cairns. Initiated in 2008, the biennial festival is hosted by the non-profit Tropical Writers Inc. and is dependant on the success of grants, sponsors and box office. It has been largely community-run to date. In 2016 we stepped it up and expanded its scope for writers, readers and thinkers, doubling the authors presenting, and the audience.

We are endeavouring to strategically grow the festival on the edge of the Asia - Pacific rim in profile and impact. Our first ambition was to become the predominant writers festival in regional Queensland, because we have the established destination and the most frequent direct flights. We had Stan Grant and Magda Szubanski as 2016 headliners, and almost 100 presenters. To subscribe to hear about the festival's announcements, updates and program details, visit www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com.


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