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Accidental Activist

Imagine waking up one day, life is good, all is as it should be, and you receive a knock on the door from a stranger who tells you that your life is about to change for the worse, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Dayne Pratzky faced exactly this scenario, and is now known around the world as Frackman thanks to his involvement in the anti-Coal Seam Gas movement.
Harriet Mantell is not quite an international name but is certainly a 'local legend' for her opposition to Melbourne's controversial East West Link.
Neither of them regarded themselves as politically active before they became accidental activists, but now they say there is no going back.

Here they join Patricia Karvelas in The Drawing Room to discuss how their lives have changed for the better since their involvement with grassroots campaigns.


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