80th anniversary of Australian international broadcasting

In this special, free ABC event, join one of Australia's most well-known and respected journalists Geraldine Doogue, and an expert panel as they discuss the Australia's past, present and future of international broadcasting.

On 20 December 1939, just two months after the outbreak of the Second World War, Prime Minister Robert Menzies launched Australia's first international radio broadcast with the words "The time has come to speak for ourselves". This speech was translated into French, Spanish, German and Dutch, and the broadcast was directed to listeners across the globe. 

Eighty years later, the ABC remains committed to this mission, now enshrined in the ABC Charter:  to encourage awareness of Australia and an international understanding of Australian attitudes on world affairs; and to enable Australian travellers and expats to stay up to date with issues in  Australia, and with Australian attitudes on world affairs.  

The panel will examine: the importance of our international broadcasting activities to the Australian people and Australia more broadly from a geo-political point of view; the value for the countries into which we broadcast and distribute content; and the future of Australia's international broadcasting activities. 

The experienced international panelists include Jemima Garratt, Ian MacIntosh, Herve Lemahieu and David Hua.