Richard Dennis

Econobabble: The Deceptions of Economic Rationalism (or neo liberalism)

October 2016.

Neo-liberal economics entered the global stage 30 years ago promising economic growth that would benefit us all. Instead it has delivered huge increases in inequality, leading to waves of political unrest across the world. In this presentation Richard Denniss exposes the deceptions of neo-liberal economics, providing practical advice for those who seek to oppose it.


Prof. Thalia Anthony

Lessons not learned from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

September 2016 

Professor Thalia Anthony discussed the high incarceration rates of indigenous Australians. After the Don Dale expose by Four Corners, after the replacement of a High Commissioner, after an election that has seen the decimation of the Giles government in the Northern Territory, and as another investigation into the treatment of Aboriginal youth in custody is about to begin, what, if anything, have Australians and their governments learned, and can we, finally, hope that things will change?


Prof. Bob Bowker

The Outlook for Syria

June 2016

Professor Bob Bowker will explain the context of the problems confronting Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries today. He  will discuss current developments, before sharing his impressions about what lies ahead for Syria in particular.
He has spoken often in the media on these topics and has commented on Australian policy. 

Peter FitzSimons

The Case for an Australian Republic 

May 2016

Journalist, historian, author, footballer, and most recently, Chair of the Australian Republican movement, Peter FitzSimons presented the case for an Australian Republic and why we should actively encourage our elected political representatives to pursue this goal.


Robyn Williams

After 40 years of science – why it matters more than ever

April 2016

Robyn Williams discusses his latest book, In Love with Olive the Crow.

In this lively account of forty years of ABC RN’s The Science Show, Robyn reveals in his inimitable style why science is important – touching on topics like the flakes and the heroes, propaganda, cosmic revolutions, our relationship with animals, women in science, and of course, the environment.


2015 – Selected speakers


Peter Manning – Us & Them: Media, Muslims and the Middle East (Nov)

Professor John Keane – Why we should be reading democracy (October)

Chris Sheil and Frank Stilwell – The Rise and Rise of the Super Rich (July)

Dorothy Hoddinott AO – Social Justice or Human Rights (June)

Dr Elizabeth Farrelly – “Starchitecture” – The Role of Architecture (May)