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After Consent

Bri Lee, Lucia Osborne-Crowley, Amy Thunig & Saxon Mullins


Bri Lee, Saxon Mullins, Lucia Osborne-Crowley and Amy Thunig navigate recent changes to consent legislation and the implications for sexual freedom. Are changes to the law enough? What should justice look like? And how to get the next generation of people to be different?

 Sydney Opera House will be offering three talks from this years All about Women Festival free and on-demand into schools across Australia.

Book a spot on Monday 14 March 2022

This event will be available on demand via YouTube from Monday 14 - Friday 25 March 2022

The duration of this event is 1 hour

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change

This event is free for all Australian high schools

This program is available free of charge to all Australian high schools. Schools can watch via YouTube.

In English | Auslan interpreted and live captioning available

Auslan interpretation service is provided for audiences who are deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Experienced Auslan interpreters will be displayed in the corner of the screen to translate what the speakers are saying into Auslan. The talk will also be live captioned. 

Law and culture: the latest in consent

New legislation is making its way through Australian state parliaments, enshrining the concept of "affirmative consent": an explicit, articulated, ongoing agreement to sexual activity.

Lawyer and author Bri Lee, writer Lucia Osborne-Crowley, and advocate for sexual assault law reform Saxon Mullins join Gamilaroi woman and education academic Amy Thunig in this informative exploration of the complex issues around consent - including the concerns of First Nations women and how racism intersects with misogyny. In the bedroom, on the streets, and in the courts, how do we reclaim our bodies from the impact of violence? And how can we restructure cultural respect for women's autonomy and rebuild boundaries to create a safe and loving world for us all to live in?

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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Amy Thunig is a Gamilaroi yinarr (woman), mother, academic and writer residing on the unceded lands of the Awabakal people. Her research covers the intersection of Indigenous knowledge, sovereignty, and formal education. Recognised as the Emerging Female Leader in the Public Sector by Women's Agenda in 2019, she was also named an Emerging Leader by Future Women for International Women’s Day in 2020. Her first book, Tell Me Again, will be published in 2022.

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Lucia Osborne-Crowley is a journalist, essayist, writer, and legal researcher. Her news reporting has appeared in ABC News, Guardian, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Women's Agenda. Her long-form writing has appeared in The Lifted Brow and Meanjin. Her second book, My Body Keeps Your Secrets, was published in 2021.

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Bri Lee is an author and freelance writer. Her journalism has appeared in publications such as The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Guardian Australia and Crikey. Her first book, Eggshell Skull, won Biography of the Year at the ABIA Awards, the People's Choice Award at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and was longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. She is also a non-practising lawyer and continues to engage in legal research and issues-based advocacy.

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Saxon Mullins is Director of Advocacy at Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy. In 2018 Saxon appeared on Four Corner’s episode ‘I am that girl’ where she gave up her anonymity to tell the story of her 2013 sexual assault and the subsequent criminal trials and appeals. The Four Corner’s episode resulted in the NSW Attorney-General asking the NSW Law Reform Commission to review the section of the NSW Crimes Act that deals with consent in relation to sexual assault and ultimately led to the NSW parliament passing affirmative consent laws in 2021. 

Saxon is passionate about igniting a conversation about enthusiastic consent not only in relation to how this is dealt with under the law, but also views about consent within society, particularly from young people.

Frequently Asked Questions - On Demand Programs

What equipment do I need?

All you need is an internet connection! Schools can connect through Youtube in an internet browser however works best for your students (as a classroom or on individual computers.)

If you require technical assistance with your video conferencing facilities, contact your schools’ tech support or alternatively contact our Creative Learning team on 02 9250 7770. 

How do I book?

Click on the link for your preferred session time. If it is the first time you have used DART Connections you will be required to set up a username and password. 

Please note that DART connections is the booking platform for all of our sessions and you will need to book here even if you are not a NSW or DET school.

Once your booking has been confirmed, our team will be in touch with relevant dial in details and to address any technical questions you may have.

What if I can’t book in for the session I want?

Our interactive workshops have limited spaces and do often book out. However it is always a good idea to contact creativelearning@sydneyoperahouse.com if you can’t book in for your preferred session as sometimes we are able to make rearrangements to fit you in. 

Many of our Author Talks and pre-recorded workshops are also available on demand after their original live-streaming to provide more flexibility in your school day! 

What if I need to change or cancel my booking?

Should you discover that the time or date you have previously booked is not suitable, please contact Sydney Opera House Creative Learning on 02 9250 7770 or creativelearning@sydneyoperahouse.com and we will try our best to accommodate you.

How can I prepare my class for their session?

Once your booking is confirmed, our Creative Learning team will send you an email with all the details to prepare for your session. To ensure your students get the most out of the experience, a Teachers’ Resource Pack is available for most programs (see the top of the page). We recommend using these resources in advance of your digital excursion.

How many students can I have participate in the one group? 

As the program is non-interactive, you can book for as many students as you like - a whole school booking of 500 or a single home learner - all are welcome and can be accommodated! 

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