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Government and politics

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Find out about our panels, forums, talks, lectures and more in the areas of government and politics coming up in 2018.

Hard hats in cage

What is place and power for unions today? Join us to explore how the Waterfront dispute changed industrial relations in Australia.

Drawing the lines: music copyright, cultures and creativity

  • Tuesday 8 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • What musical traditions do copyright laws protect and threaten? Do all musical cultures hold equal status in the eyes of the law? Hear from noted Harvard professor Ingrid Monson, who specialises in jazz and African American music. Book now

How the Waterfront dispute changed industrial relations in Australia

  • Monday 28 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join labour expert Professor Shae McCrystal, and Walkley Award-winning journalists Pamela Williams and Quentin Dempster, for a conversation about the nature of work in Australia. Book now

The future is Asian

  • Tuesday 5 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • The world has gotten used to hearing 'America First', but is it ready for 'Asia First'? Leading global strategy adviser and international bestselling author Parag Khanna makes a case for why we need to start looking at the world, and future, from the Asian point of view. Book now

From Bathurst to Bhutan and beyond: meet Andrew Denton and Kinley Dorji

  • Thursday 7 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Andrew Denton and Dasho Kinley Dorji studied journalism together at Bathurst in NSW in the 1980s and have since made enormous contributions to the media and democracy landscapes in Australia and Dorji's home country of Bhutan. Hear them swap remarkable stories at this special Sydney Ideas event. Book now

Hope vs fear: Climate change as a security issue

  • Monday 11 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • What does it mean to call a climate emergency? Military and security experts have warned that as temperatures continue to rise, so too will security risks, including in extreme cases, the risk of armed conflict. Book now

After the Apology: Sorry means you don't do it again

  • Tuesday 19 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Indigenous children are still being removed from their families at increasing rates, despite the clear links to negative child health and education outcomes. Why and how is this still happening? Book now

Who should govern environmental disasters, and how?

  • Thursday 21 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • As global warming rapidly heats up our planet, the likelihood and frequency of environmental disasters caused by extreme weather events - from bushfires to floods - rises substantially. But are we equipped to manage these disasters? Book now

Thinker's Guide to the 21st Century

We record most of our events, so feel free to visit Soundcloud or iTunes and listen to them anytime. Below, you'll find a selection of podcasts from our 2017 Thinker's Guide to the 21st Century.

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