Free speech, human rights & social issues
Bottom Dollar: Welfare Quarantining in Remote Australia
Cashless Debit Card (CDC) regimes have been operating in Ceduna, South Australia, and East Kimberley, Western Australia, since 2016. Under these schemes, welfare recipients receive most of their income pre-loaded onto restrictive debit cards that can’t be used for the purchase of gambling or alcohol products, or to withdraw cash.
Proponents say welfare quarantining protects children and vulnerable people from…
Dead Calm: Grief
People die. When it’s those dear to us, we each carry the task of reconciling life and death – theirs and ours. Grief is the name we give to that often sad, overwhelming process.
So, how well-equipped are we to deal with grief – and what more could we learn about it? Do we have the right emotional skills and social…
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A Night with Geoffrey Robertson
Geoffrey Robertson at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Jon Tjhia
He’s sparred with General Pinochet and Princess Diana. He’s stepped out with Nigella Lawson and, of course, Kathy Lette. He’s defended Salman Rushdie and worked alongside Amal Clooney. Geoffrey Robertson is a figure of uncommon energy, glamour and intellect.
Alongside his distinguished career as a human rights lawyer in London, Robertson has, for more than 30 years, enjoyed a parallel career as an author and broadcaster. His books on war crimes, free speech and the Vatican have shaped public debates. His famous TV series, Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals, schooled generations in the discipline of Socratic questioning.
His latest book, Rather His Own Man, tells the colourful story of his life – from his days at Epping Boys High School to his Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford to the epic legal battles that have taken him to the UK Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and appeal courts in Trinidad, Mauritius and more. Throughout famous trials and the ups and downs of family life, Robertson has held onto his irreverence, his principles and his commitment to human rights.
At the Athenaeum Theatre, this formidable Australian intellectual talks life, career, hypotheticals and humanity.
Not Racist, But …: Racism, Identity and Labels
Who is ‘black’ in Australia today? Who is Asian-Australian? Who is ‘white’? And where do race and religion overlap when it comes to identity? And is it really possible, or desirable, to be colour-blind?
In this session – the third in a series of four talks curated by Santilla Chingaipe – Yassir Morsi, Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Luke Pearson and Chingaipe…
For many of us, death is an incredibly confronting topic – the stuff of solemn silence, implacable grief or a very particular kind of fear. For others, it’s a defining mystery of living, a necessary finality; even its own kind of miracle. How much can we actually know about death?
Joined at the table by Pia Interlandi, Hayley West and Elizabeth…
Not Racist, But …: The Media and Racism
How does a person’s race or religion frame how the way they’re portrayed in the media? How do news narratives perpetuate racism?
In this panel – the final in a series of four talks curated by Santilla Chingaipe – Karen Farquharson, Usha Rodrigues, Anthony Kelly and Oishee Alam discuss racial sensationalism and stereotype in the Australian news today.
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