Tag: democracy

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    Value. Money. Culture.

    When: Sunday 23 October at 3:45PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof Julian Meyrick, Prof Justin O’Connor

    What is culture worth? Can we put a price on it? Should we? And if we do, what are the consequences for artists and the so-called creative industries? From economic policy to the cultural sector, what does it take to survive in the arts today?

    Presented by: LABORATORY ADELAIDE

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    Flinders Investigator Lecture: Democracy’s new challenge

    When: Sunday 23 October at 6PM

    Where: Adelaide Convention Centre

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof Julian Meyrick, Prof Justin O’Connor, Jeffrey Bleich

    Runaway technology and walk-away government.
    Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, with the great opportunities and challenges this entails. However, democracies, designed for predictable and deliberate change, are overwhelmed by this digital disruption, producing a public backlash in elections around the world. Reframing public debate around technology and government is critical to restoring healthy democracies, and developing nimble and effective modern government.

    Presented by: FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

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    Athenian Democracy

    When: Saturday 22 October at 10AM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof Julian Meyrick, Prof Justin O’Connor, Jeffrey Bleich, Nicholas Gruen

    Could citizens’ juries and a citizen chamber be a simple solution to a complex problem? Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump have humiliated political elites. But we led the pack in 2013 when the elites in Australia’s Parliament humiliated themselves – abolishing carbon pricing when most parliamentarians understood the folly of doing so. Why? Because of the imperatives of political combat in our vox pop democracy. With the political-infotainment complex degrading representative politics, creating space for ordinary people to influence our politics at every level could see our democracy reborn.

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    Presented by: THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION (TACSI)

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    20th Don Dunstan Oration: The Courage Party?

    When: Saturday 22 October at 4PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof Julian Meyrick, Prof Justin O’Connor, Jeffrey Bleich, Nicholas Gruen, Prof Barry Jones

    Climbing out of the political abyss.
    Australia is in a political abyss. How do we climb out of it? Do we need a ‘Courage Party’ to address major long term issues, such as refugees, climate change and taxation?

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    Presented by: THE INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AUSTRALIA (IPAA) WITH WALLMAN’S LAWYERS

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    Democratising history?

    When: Sunday 23 October at 2:30PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof Julian Meyrick, Prof Justin O’Connor, Jeffrey Bleich, Nicholas Gruen, Prof Barry Jones, Dr Nick Brodie

    What role does history play in Australian democracy? Who are its gatekeepers? Is the ivory tower besieged, in ruins, or projecting strength? Is the digital age heralding a new era of informed citizens? Are ‘twitterstorians’ a distraction? Can historians ever predict the future?

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