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Sally Warhaft, Richard Di Natale and Fiona Patten in discussion at the Wheeler Centre — Photo: Jon Tjhia
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 policies. Across Australia, parliaments are still more inclined to pass punitive anti-drug laws. But is this working, and is this even cost-effective, in the context of our spreading problems with ice?
Richard Di Natale and Fiona Patten both worked, in differing capacities, in public health prior to their careers in politics. Both have been vocal and active with regards to drug legislation since entering parliament. With Sally Warhaft, the pair discuss the possibilities and limitations of harm reduction in Australia.
Fiona Patten — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Richard Di Natale — Photo: Jon Tjhia
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…
The Wheeler Centre
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.
Ronan Farrow: Power, Abuse and Facing Facts
Pre-sale tickets have now booked out. Melbourne Writers Festival will announce their programme on 17 July 2018; more tickets for this event will be available when Festival tickets open for booking at 9am, 20 July 2018.
Ronan Farrow has been one of the foremost reporters documenting the culture of silence and impunity around sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. As…
PEN Lecture: The War on Journalism – How 9/11 Changed Everything
Due to a change in work schedule, our PEN Lecture with Peter Greste will now take place on Monday 16 July.
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.
A Mind for Murder
Please note that this event has been postponed.
What makes somebody a killer – and why are we so fascinated by murder? Forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant has been grappling with both questions throughout his working life.
In Killer Instinct: Having a Mind for Murder, Grant brings his experience to bear on the psychological, criminal, cultural and existential phenomenon of murder…
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Secrets & Lies
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Love him or loathe him, Julian Assange has, with WikiLeaks, irrevocably changed the nature of journalism and governance. As a consequence, a host of similar whistleblowing sites have sprung up, all hoping to emulate WikiLeaks' success. What are the implications for the media, the law, governments, the intelligence fraternity and the wider community?
In this video, our panel of guests…
Assange On Trial
If bookings for our WikiLeaks event on February 18 are any indication (it booked out faster than a royal wedding), we just can’t read enough about Julian Assange and his controversial website. Guy Rundle wrote sparklingly yesterday in Crikey of Assange’s extradition fight. Rundle’s piece mentions this New York Times Magazine profile of Assange, but for a more personal insight into Assange there’s this…
Lunchbox / Soapbox
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