Says Who? Informed voices on contentious issues

Says WhoThe UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Says Who? Public Panel Series once again brings together expert panellists from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, including individuals from the community, corporate, research and policy sectors.

The Says Who? Public Panel Series provides a platform for rigorous debate on today’s critical social issues. Our panels discuss relevant and often contentious issues which are affecting local, national and global communities with an opportunity for audience questions and input.

Previous events

Education & Equality: Unfinished business?

On 30 October 2017 an esteemed industry panel discussed the challenges confronted when trying to achieve equality in our education system, and what unfinished business we need to address. Supported by UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality.


  • Alexandra Smith - Education Editor, Sydney Morning Herald
  • Adrian Piccoli - Professor of Practice, UNSW School of Education
  • Jihad Dib, MP - Shadow Minister for Education, NSW Government
  • Liliana Mularczyk, OAM - Director of Secondary Education, NSW Department of Education
  • Professor Mary O'Kane - NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer

Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence: What's gender got to do with it?

The past 12 months have seen a significant increase in public awareness of domestic, family and sexual violence, but is the attention too narrowly focused on men’s violence against women? To what extent should we acknowledge and address male victimisation and female perpetration? How should we recognise and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community? Moreover, what factors other than gender contribute to the prevalence of these types of abuse?

On 21 April 2016, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences hosted a Says Who? panel discussion at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth featuring a diverse panel who discussed a range of important and contentious gendered violence issues, tackling the question what’s gender got to do with it?


  • Elizabeth Broderick - Special Adviser to the ED of UN Women New York and former Sex Discrimination Commissione
  • Heather Nancarrow - CEO, ANROWS and Deputy Chair of the COAG Advisory Panel to reduce violence against women
  • Dr Michael Salter - Western Sydney University
  • Catherine Burn APM - Deputy Commissioner, New South Wales Police Force
  • Dr Gávi Ansara - Board Member, Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council
  • Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge - UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and the Gendered Violence Research Network


  • Professor Eileen Baldry - UNSW Arts & Social Sciences



Disability and a Good Life: What does it take?

The first event in this Says Who? series took place on Wednesday 30 April at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and tackled the question of Disability and a Good Life: What does it take?

Featuring an expert panel of leaders in disability advocacy, research, policy and practice, the panel discussion tackled some of the thorny issues in disability in Australia today - informing and challenging in equal measure.


  • Graeme Innes - Disability Discrimination Commissioner
  • Cain Beckett - PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Therese Sands - People with Disability Australia
  • Damian Griffis - First People’s Disability Network Australia
  • Associate Professor Leanne Dowse - UNSW Disability Researcher


  • Sarah Macdonald - Daily Life columnist and radio broadcaster

Want to know more?

Read more about our our inaugural Says Who? event or watch the full discussion below.

For information about all upcoming events visit the UNSW Arts & Sciences events calendar.