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Richard Broinowski: Fallout from Fukushima

Following the tsunami and ensuing nuclear disaster at Fukushima last year, former diplomat and ambassador Richard Broinowski travelled to the irradiated zone, to look at all aspects of nuclear power in Japan.

Today, he examines the human side of the tsunami and its aftermath, as well as the political and economic realities behind Japanese nuclear power. What is Australia’s role as Japan’s greatest supplier of uranium, and how have the events at Fukushima impacted on other countries’ nuclear aspirations?

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.


Portrait of Richard Broinowski

Richard Broinowski

Richard Broinowski served as third secretary in the Australian Embassy, Tokyo in the 1960s, and was later executive director of the Japan Secretariat, a research group in the Department of Foreign Affairs in the 1980s. Other postings were at Australian embassies in Rangoon,Tehran and Manila.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

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.


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