Compass - Australian Women
Australian women get up close and personal with Geraldine Doogue over dinner. Available as 3 part compile series only
Ep 1 - The Real Desperate Housewives
Compass puts the great Australian suburban dream to the test over dinner in Kellyville. Big homes. Big mortgages. Big dreams. But how do the women manage the financial, physical and emotional stresses of modern living, while juggling a job, house, husband and kids? Geraldine's dinner guests from north west Sydney include Stacie, Janet, Paula, Nicki and Nav.
Ep 2 - Outback Dames
Globalism, drought and rationalisation have forced one quarter of farming families off the land in the past 20 years. How are Australia's rural women facing up to such hardship? And how in the 21st century do they continue to manage isolation, health, education, a home, marriage and raising children as well? We join the following five women for dinner in the central Queensland town of Longreach to find out all this and more. Kathy has a cattle property but supplements her income with a shop in town. Janine also has a cattle property but as the district nurse is on call 24 hours a day. Anne's husband died 5 years ago so now she runs her property on her own. Marg has cattle and sheep, but has been hit hard by the drought. And newcomer to town, Alice has gambled on making the Longreach Bakery a going concern.
Ep 3 - Women of Power and Influence
What's really important when you are rich or famous? How does having a 'profile' make you different or change you? How do you, relationships and friendships survive media attention, gossip or scandal? As a woman of standing is there an obligation to 'do good' or work for the community and how do you deal with these demands and expectations? What about your own dreams and aspirations? Geraldine Doogue continues her inquiry into how the beliefs and values of Australia's women are changing by inviting the following five wealthy and/or influential women to dinner in establishment Melbourne.
Dinner guests included wealthy philanthropist Jill Reichstein, Liberal Party blue blood Ann Peacock, Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police Christine Nixon, Book publisher Louise Adler and former Labor Premier Joan Kirner.
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