What a lucky country we are – sunburnt, egalitarian, no worries. But look beyond the marketing slogan and you may start to wonder: where the bloody hell are you? In this special highlight from the SWF Great Debate – moderated by the unsparing Jennifer Byrne – Nakkiah Lui, writer, actor and Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman, questions just how good is Australia in this hard-hitting and hilarious speech with the best use of anaphora we’ve ever heard.

Please note, this podcast episode contains explicit language.

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms. 

Nakkiah Lui (Australian)

Nakkiah Lui

Nakkiah Lui is a writer/actor and Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman. Amongst her stage and screen credits are ABC’s Black Comedy, her latest TV series Kiki and Kitty and her award-winning play Black is the New White. Nakkiah’s many accolades include The Dreaming Award from The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Arts Board of the Australia Council, the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright Award, the Malcolm Robertson Prize and a Green Room Award for Best Independent Production, the Patrick White Playwrights Award and Fellowship for 2018, and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting. She has appeared on The Guardian, Junkee, Q&A and The Drum, and she co-hosted the BuzzFeed podcast series Pretty For An Aboriginal with Miranda Tapsell.