Lunchbox / Soapbox
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Why does Melbourne, the classiest city in Australia, have such a problem with street violence? Is it the licensing laws? Is it the parents? No and no. Is it the rise of house music at the expense of disco? Hell yes.
Not every club plays loud, joyless, repetitive, electronically generated sausage-meat music that drives you to kill, kill, and kill again. But let’s put it this way: no-one who has just danced to The Weather Girls' It’s Raining Men has ever gone on to glass someone in the face.
Fiona Scott-Norman, satirist and DJ, argues that street violence can be solved not by sending in the cops, but by sending in the disco police.
Fiona Scott-Norman is a writer, satirist, broadcaster and columnist who contributes to The Age, Australian, ABC radio 774 AM, and Big Issue.
We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.
With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.
If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.