PEN Lecture: The War on Journalism – How 9/11 Changed Everything
Since 9/11, the number of journalists who have been imprisoned for their work has risen steadily. In 2017, a record number were behind bars – most for crimes against the state such as treason, sedition or terrorism.
Academic and journalist Peter Greste, who was himself imprisoned in Egypt on terrorism charges, examines the way press freedom has steadily eroded to…
This is Not a Drill with Ali Moore
A Hypothetical Cybersecurity Crisis
What happens when critical infrastructure comes under attack, and risks escalate with each passing hour? How could we respond to multipronged cyber-attacks, crippling power supply and public institutions? And what if the threat appears to have been instigated by one of our regional neighbours?
At the second event in our This Is Not a Drill series, Ali Moore and our…
The Fifth Estate
Public Health and Drug Policy Today
In the 1980s, Australia was an early adopter of free needle syringe distribution programmes. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, this controversial harm-reduction strategy played a crucial role in mitigating the spread of HIV among Australian injecting drug-users.
Despite our history of success with harm-reduction approaches, legislators – and large portions of the public – remain squeamish about these…
Invasion of the Pod People
The Full Catastrophe
If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. At The Full Catastrophe, our event based on the podcast of the same name, we’ll do a bit of both, as writers, comedians, politicians and performers publicly divulge the most excruciating and hilarious events of their lives.
Leave your judgement at the door for this storytelling-slash-therapy session, hosted by Rebecca Huntley and Sarah Macdonald. Nightmare job…
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…
At St Kilda Town Hall, Cory Doctorow joins author C.S. Pacat for an expansive conversation about the imperfect present and foreseeable future.
For Doctorow, the purpose of science fiction is not to predict the future – but to understand the present.
The latest book from the irrepressible Canadian activist, editor, journalist and novelist is set in an alarmingly plausible, post-scarcity…
Anything and everything in Government from across our archives.
Beetween Beijing and Washington
As an extension of his Quarterly Essay, Hugh White chats with Rafael Epstein about Australia’s new relationship with China and the “fundamental re-balancing of the world economy”.
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