Law, ethics & philosophy
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A Walk in the Park: Damon Young with Ruth Quibell
Ruth Quibell, Damon Young and an audience of walkers in Princes Park — Photo: Jon Tjhia
This instalment of our 2017 series A Walk in the Park features two writers, Damon Young and Ruth Quibell, who know walking – and each other – well. They’re married.
'Our culture of exercise is stupid, it is mechanical, it is … concerned with tuning up our bodily engines – and not with having a richer intellectual or ethical life.'Damon Young
Young, a philosopher and writer of numerous books and genres, is the author of How to Think About Exercise, part of The School of Life’s series of books. In the book, he explores how closely bodies and minds relate to each other – and how crucial harmony between them is to our experience of humanity.
Ahead of a relocation to Tasmania (since completed), Young discusses these ideas (and more) on a walk with Quibell, a sociologist and writer who has described walking as her ‘more than a creative practice or physiological tuneup … walking has been my existential remedy’. Listen for an open-air, intimate conversation about walking, thinking and being human.
Photo: Jon Tjhia
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The Invisible Crime
This discussion includes topics that some listeners may find confronting.
Left to right: Nicole Precel, Katrina Marson, Rena Ou Yang and Greg Barns at the Wheeler Centre.
The Invisible Crime: Are We Failing Victims of Sexual Violence? is an award-winning multimedia feature documentary made in 2019 by a team of investigative and data journalists from the Age and Sydney Morning Herald. The documentary explores why sexual assault is under-reported and examines the myriad barriers to successful prosecutions against assailants. It provides data-driven context on how and why the legal system so often fails to deliver justice to victims.
In this conversation, hosted by Age journalist Nicole Precel, we pick up where the documentary left off, discussing the fundamental principles that underpin our criminal law. How are sexual-assault victims disadvantaged by the onus of proof?
We also take a hard look at the concept of consent and examined how social attitudes towards it are changing. How do legal definitions of consent vary between states and territories – and how can we get better at teaching, and defining, consent in our everyday lives?
Presented in partnership with AIDC and the Age, with special support from Google News Initiative.
The Fifth Estate
Bill Browder: Follow the Money
This event has been cancelled as part of our preventative measures to stem the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. If you have tickets for this event, we’ll be in touch with you directly via email.
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Bill Browder is a financier and political activist whose campaign to punish human rights abusers has…
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Right Time: Why We Need an Australian Charter of Human Rights
Lee Carnie, Kristen Hilton, Teela Reid and Gillian Triggs at the Wheeler Centre
Australia is the only western democracy without a Charter of Human Rights or an equivalent legal protection. What’s holding us back?
For this discussion, we brought together three panellists – Kristen Hilton, Teela Reid and Gillian Triggs – to discuss the push for a federal Charter of Human Rights. Hosted by Lee Carnie, they outline glaring problem areas in Australia’s human-rights record and make a case for legally enshrined and protected rights for all Australians.
What can we learn from the existing charters in Victoria and ACT? What real-life and practical difference would a Charter of Human Rights make for everyday Australians? And, with successive Australian governments showing a sometimes lax attitude towards our international human rights obligations, what reason is there to believe that things might be different under a charter?
Presented in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre.
Live-stream: The Problem of Consciousness
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What do we mean when we talk about consciousness? For a long time, many scientists steered clear of the study of consciousness, deeming it impossible to observe and subjective by definition.
But that’s changing, thanks to imaginative interdisciplinary research and to new neuroimaging tools that allow scientists to monitor…
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Group Texts: Hit List: Australian Crime Writing
Left to right: Emma Viskic, Mark Brandi, Sulari Gentill, Laura Elizabeth Woollett, Rachael Brown and Garry Disher
It’s no mystery that Australian crime writers are on some kind of a rampage – some kind of a spree – filling bookshops, racing up bestseller lists and taking over big and small screens across the globe.
Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies has been a major TV hit. The series’ executive producer, Reese Witherspoon, is now working on a movie adaptation of Jane Harper's The Dry. Local audiences have been glued to the Jack Irish ABC TV series and to podcasts such as Trace and The Teacher’s Pet, and the last few years have seen a juggernaut of local book sales for established names and newcomers alike.
In our second Group Texts event, celebrating great Australian genre writers, we hear from some of the stars of Australian crime writing; writers of thrillers, true-crime investigations and classic whodunnits. Each writer shares a short reflection or provocation on the crime genre, followed by a panel discussion. They discuss sub-genres, ethics and aesthetics – and what crime writing can tell us about ourselves and the world we live in. Hosted by Emma Viskic, with Sulari Gentill, Mark Brandi, Rachael Brown, Laura Elizabeth Woollett and Gary Disher.
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