Ethics & morals
This is Not a Drill with Ali Moore
A Hypothetical Crisis in the South China Sea
What if maritime forces of the United States and China clash in the South China Sea, and Australia is called on to come to America’s aid? How far would we be willing to go in a skirmish between our strongest military ally and our biggest trading partner?
At the first event in our This is Not a Drill series, Ali…
The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire
We’re probing a blazing, hot topic at the 2018 Wheeler Centre Gala Night of Storytelling: the power of the written word and the loaded tenets of speech.
When do words inspire and when do they incite? When is speech free, and when is it hateful? Fighting words, funny words, insulting words and incendiary words – for better or for worse…
The Fifth Estate
Senator Sam Dastyari is among the youngest politicians in Canberra, but in just a few years, he’s attracted more attention than many politicians garner over their entire careers. The combination of compelling backstory – told in his new book, One Halal of a Story – and industrial-strength audacity has meant he’s never far from the limelight.
Dastyari was born in…
New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism
Hypothetical: Fake News and Ethical War Reporting
It’s a quiet night in the newsroom. Then, a story breaks – and reports begin flooding in. Our panel has mere seconds to make a series of key, high stakes choices. What do they report? Where do they find sources? Should they be first with breaking news – or last with verified news?
In a fast-paced game of wit and grit…
The Wheeler Centre
Question Time: Fast Fashion
The panel: Madeleine Morris, Clare Press, Clara Vuletich, Rebecca Hard and Jessica Perrin
Over the past 20 years, retail giants like Zara, H&M and Topshop, have become incredibly adept at ripping off the latest catwalk looks and offering them to the mass market at affordable prices.
But we’re starting to see a backlash. Many consumers are wising up to some of the unscrupulous labour practices of fast fashion outlets and to the massive amounts of waste this consumption model generates. In Australia, Topshop has gone into voluntary administration. Is fast fashion going out of fashion?
In this Question Time discussion, our panel field questions on the issue from all angles. Does the fast fashion business model preclude ethical or sustainable practices? How might a backlash affect retail workers here in Australia as well as textile workers in developing countries? What are the alternatives to fast fashion – and who can afford them?Related reads 11 Sep 2017 Note Can We Escape Fast Fashion? / Fashion
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Questions for the Nation: Darwin
What are the most important questions facing Australians – today and in the future?
The Wheeler Centre has been roaming Australia, collecting the nation’s most urgent questions and thrashing them out with some of the sharpest thinkers we know. We’ve been doing it in panel discussions at Brisbane Writers Festival, Perth’s Disrupted Festival of Ideas, Darwin Festival and National Young…
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Hackgate Down Under
The News International scandal, or ‘Hackgate’, set the Australian public imagination alight this week. For proof, we need only be reminded that every single television network, other than SBS, beamed the appearance of Rupert and James Murdoch before a parliamentary inquiry live into our living rooms late Tuesday night. Other than royal weddings and the 9/11 attack, there are few precedents for this kind…
Psychologist Questions Monogamy
In a feature published in today’s Age, US psychologist Christopher Ryan likens monogamy to vegetarianism, saying a monogamous lifestyle is possible but not necessarily what human beings are predisposed to adhering to.
Christopher Ryan is the co-author - with his wife, psychiatrist Cacilda Jetha - of Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality. He’ll appear at the Wheeler Centre on…
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