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Michelle Arrow is Associate Professor in Modern History at Macquarie University. She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles on a wide range of topics, including the representation of history in the media, the sexual and cultural politics of the 1970s, and the history of popular culture. Her books include Friday on Our Minds: Popular Culture in Australia since 1945 (2009) and, as coeditor, The Chamberlain Case Reader (2009). Michelle won the 2014 NSW Premier’s Multimedia History Prize for the radio documentary ‘Public Intimacies: the 1974–1977 Royal Commission on Human Relationships’. In 2016, Michelle held a National Library of Australia Fellowship, researching a feminist history of the 1970s in Australia.

Jeannine Baker is a historian and documentary maker in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. She is the author of Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam (NewSouth, 2015). Her most recent radio documentary is Holding a Tiger by the Tail: Jessie Litchfield (2015).

Dr Liz Giuffre is a Lecturer in Communication at the University of Technology Sydney, as well as a freelance arts journalist. Her interests include popular music studies, screen studies, genre (especially comedy) and audience studies.

Dr Mark Hearn is a lecturer in the Department of Modern History and Politics, Macquarie University. He has published widely in the field of Australian history and contributed a number of opinion pieces on Australian politics and history in the mainstream press. He was the co-editor of Rethinking Work: Time Space Discourse, published by Cambridge University Press (2006). During 2002-2005 he was a sesquicentenary post-doctoral fellow in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney. His current research focuses on aspects of the history of ideas and governance in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Australia. In 2014-2015 he was an Australian Prime Minister’s Centre fellow, Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House Canberra.

Dr Nick Herd has a background in research, cultural policy and industry advocacy. He has worked in broadcasting at SBS Television and held senior posts with the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal, Australian Broadcasting Authority, Screen Producers Australia (as executive director), Screen Australia and the Australia Council. He is currently Head, Research and Policy at Ausfilm. He is the author of Networking: Commercial Television in Australia (2012), a history of commercial television.

Dr Carolyn Holbrook is a research fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. She is working with Professor James Walter on a history of public policy making in Australia. She is the author of Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography, (New South, 2014), which won the New South Wales Premiers’ History Prize and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award in 2015. She has written articles on a range of subjects, including Australian soldier literature of the Great War, Labor Party immigration policy prior to 1947, the post-war reconstruction period in Australia and the Australian federation.

Dr Jodi McAlister is a lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania. Her PhD examined the history of representations of virginity loss and love in popular literatures. Her primary research interests are the history of love, sex, and popular texts. She is also a writer of fiction, and her debut novel Valentine will be published by Penguin in 2017. She will definitely be recapping Bachie for many years to come.

Dr Clare Monagle is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Macquarie University. Usually, she works on the intellectual history of the Middle Ages. In 2012 she received an ARC DECRA to research the role of gender in medieval theology, and is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled Sexing Scholasticism. More broadly, Clare is interested in the history of discourses of purity, and how they pertain to to ideas of femininity. It is within this frame that she came to be interested in the role of food on Australian television.

David Nichols is a lecturer in urban planning at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, specialising in urban and planning history. He has been a sporadic Neighbours viewer since the first episode, gaining knowledge put to good use during the 1980s–90s when he worked in children’s magazines. At time of writing he is co-editing a book on cultural sustainability in country towns.

Dr Sarah Pinto is a historian who lectures in Australian Studies at Deakin University. Her research interests include public and popular history, the history and politics of emotions, gender and sexuality, and place and landscape. She is currently researching the commemoration of Indigenous peoples and histories in Australia’s capital cities.

Dr David Rolph is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. He is one of Australia’s leading media law academics, specialising in defamation and privacy law. He is the author of several books, including Reputation, Celebrity and Defamation Law (2008) and Defamation Law (2016), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. From 2007 to 2013, Dr Rolph was the editor of the Sydney Law Review, one of Australia’s leading law journals. The research in this chapter was funded under the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Projects funding scheme (project number DP120103538).

Dr Zora Simic is a Lecturer in History and Convenor of Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales. She has published widely on the past and present of Australian feminism, including her book The Great Feminist Denial (2008) co-authored with Monica Dux and has also written several articles on Sydney’s western suburbs, including one focussed on the documentary series Plumpton Babies (2003) which like Struggle Street was filmed in the Mount Druitt area.

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