Lunchbox / Soapbox
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Political theorist and Weekend Australian columnist Tim Soutphommasane makes the case for young Australians to participate in national service. In an age of shrinking horizons and rampant individualistic consumerism, what are the prospects of a renewed sense of a common good? Of living together despite differences and disagreements? In a provocative intervention, Soutphommasane suggests we can all start by taking more seriously the responsibilities of citizenship and the burden of solidarity.
Tim Soutphommasane is a political theorist and human rights advocate. From 2013 to 2018 he was Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. His previous books include Reclaiming Patriotism, The Virtuous Citizen, Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From and I’m Not Racist But... He has been a columnist for the Age and the Weekend Australian.
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.