Tag: politics

    The Graeme Hugo Memorial Lecture: The future of humanity does not look good

    When: Sunday 23 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Prof Paul James

    We have reached a stage in history where we have the capacity to fracture the liveability of this planet, at least for us humans. Increasing global mobility is breaking up communities and places. Intensifying globalization is rendering economics and politics more tumultuous. And climate change will cause increasing chaos. This talk maps the patterns of transformation and makes some hopeful suggestions for alternative pathways.

    Presented by: SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

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    What a magician taught me about politics – The AFoI Opening Oration and dedication

    When: Friday 21 October at 7.30PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Prof Paul James, Phillip Adams, Prof Barry Jones

    How political debate, from the local to the global, is confused and controlled by conjuring.
    This event will be one of the few opportunities Phillip has to speak his mind at a point in his career when he has given platforms to so many people’s ideas, beliefs and ideals. The 2016 AFoI dedication to Phillip will be delivered by Barry Jones.

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    Flinders Investigator Lecture: Democracy’s new challenge

    When: Sunday 23 October at 6PM

    Where: Adelaide Convention Centre

    Speakers: Prof Paul James, Phillip Adams, Prof Barry Jones, 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: Prof Paul James, Phillip Adams, Prof Barry Jones, 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.

    Due to technical problems, the audio recording for this session is not immediately available. We’ll aim to provide it post-festival, after some tlc.

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

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    In a post-Brexit world

    When: Saturday 22 October at 12:45PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Prof Paul James, Phillip Adams, Prof Barry Jones, Jeffrey Bleich, Nicholas Gruen, Dr Joanna Howe

    Can we manage labour migration without succumbing to fear? We need to completely rethink the way Australia regulates and approaches labour migration. Joanna advances three proposals which would improve both the regulatory design and enforcement capacity of Australia’s labour migration program. This session will provide a roadmap of how Australia can successfully manage its temporary labour migration program in a post-Brexit world.

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    20th Don Dunstan Oration: The Courage Party?

    When: Saturday 22 October at 4PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Prof Paul James, Phillip Adams, Prof Barry Jones, Jeffrey Bleich, Nicholas Gruen, Dr Joanna Howe, 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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    Thinking Adelaide

    When: Sunday 23 October at 10AM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Prof Paul James, Phillip Adams, Prof Barry Jones, Jeffrey Bleich, Nicholas Gruen, Dr Joanna Howe, Prof Barry Jones, Greg Mackie, Phillip Adams

    A passion for connecting and collecting.
    Greg was the inaugural recipient of the Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation Award, given to an individual whose lifetime work is of significant value and benefit to the community. Greg will present his ideas for ‘Thinking Adelaide’, a global network of thought leaders and a city of collections.

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    Presented by: JIM BETTISON & HELEN JAMES FOUNDATION

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    Erin Brockovich

    When: Saturday 22 October at 2.30PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Prof Paul James, Phillip Adams, Prof Barry Jones, Jeffrey Bleich, Nicholas Gruen, Dr Joanna Howe, Prof Barry Jones, Greg Mackie, Phillip Adams, Erin Brockovich, Phillip Adams

    Erin Brockovich gained international recognition for her courageous efforts to expose the contamination of community drinking water by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Her successful campaign won the largest financial settlement ever paid out in a direct action lawsuit in US history. Erin will be joined in conversation by cultural commentator and 2016 AFoI dedicatee, Phillip Adams.

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