Keri Phillips

Keri Phillips presents and produces RN's Rear Vision program together with Annabelle Quince. Keri began her radio career as a DJ with Sydney's pioneering radio station Double Jay, which went on to become the ABC's national youth network Triple J, having been lured away from an academic career at the University of Sydney by the promise of fame if not fortune. In 1980, she went to New York and then Washington DC, working initially as a rock music journalist for various Australian media. Highlights of this time include an interview with the then unknown musician Prince who revealed he couldn't tolerate microphones and, after half an hour of obscure conversation, left her with a blank tape. During the early 80s Keri worked for all the ABC networks doing interviews for several RN programs including the Health Report and The Science Show. She also filed a regularly weekly colour story from New York for the ABC which was heard on Local Radio and Radio Australia. In 1987, Keri returned to Australia for a year with RN in Sydney on Offspring, the precursor to Life Matters. Moving to Canberra, she spent a couple of years teaching broadcast journalism and radio production at the University of Canberra before returning to the ABC in 1994. During the next nine years, Keri produced and presented every program on ABC Local Radio's 666 ABC Canberra and, for the final three, hosting their Drive Show. In July 2002, Keri came back to RN and presented The Europeans. During 2003, she produced Perspective and presented the afternoon programs on RN, before returning to The Europeans in 2004.

The Pacific Ocean: the unsleeping eye of the earth

The United States and many other Western powers, including Australia, are starting to get concerned about the growing influence of the Chinese in the Pacific region.

Politics and money

Political parties and elections cost money to run. Who should pay and how should we manage the risks that come along with political donations? Rear Vision compares the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand systems.
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The Australian government has just signed a $50 billion contract with the French company DCNS to build 12 new submarines. Although designs for military submarines go back to the eighteenth century, it wasn’t until the turn of the twentieth that the modern submarine began to...

How our tax system favours the wealthy

Tax reform is very much on the agenda, despite the PM backing away from a GST increase. Many experts point to the tax concessions enjoyed by wealthy Australians as a good place to start. Keri Phillips reports. In Australia, the federal government raises most of...


People have collected and kept animals for thousands of years. During the eighteenth and nineteenth century, what had been called menageries—often royal collections—gave way to zoos, where live specimens were collected for study. Although some zoos—like the London Zoo—were established specifically for scientific research, ultimately...