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Government and politics

We're exploring new ideas every day
Find out about our panels, forums, talks, lectures and more in the areas of government and politics coming up in 2018.
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How can political satire reshape the mainstream conversation for the greater good? Join our superstar panel at Satire is a new global saviour for news, seriously

Upcoming events

The Birth of State in Greater Mesopotamia

  • Tuesday 23 October, 6.30 - 8pm 
  • Professor Marcella Frangipane shares important new insights into the birth of early state societies in the greater Mesopotamian world. Book now.

Why island nations' isolation on the climate change threat must end

  • Wednesday 24 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Climate change is a serious problem for Pacific Island nations, who often battle flooding, coastal erosion and rising sea levels on their own. How can industrialised nations like Australia assist them? Book now.

Is there anything wrong with medicinal cannabis?

  • Monday 29 October, 6.30 – 8pm
  • An expert panel addresses the challenges faced by patients, researchers, doctors and regulators in Australia and around the world. Book now.

Why climate change law is a hot debate

  • Tuesday 30 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Australia needs imaginative thinking and ‘hot’ law, if we're to catch up with the rest of the world on climate change law. Book now.

Satire is a new global saviour for news, seriously

  • Monday 5 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join Nigerian social media star and satirist Adeola Fayehun, The Chaser's Julian Morrow and Professor Umberto Ansaldo as they unpack the place, power and potential of political satire. 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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