Friday, November 02, 2018

Rise & Resist: How To Change the World

There is an old saying attributed to Prince Bismarck that “to retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.”

We sat down with Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2018 festival 

Macquarie link to investor accused of major Danish tax fraud

  • Clancy Yeates, Sönke Iwersen & Volker Votsmeier

Inquiry into music industry conducts first public hearing in Sydney: Friday 2 November 2018

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts will hold a public hearing in Sydney on Friday, 2 November 2018 for its inquiry into the Australian music industry.

The Chair, Mr Luke Howarth MP, said the Committee will examine the potential for continued growth and the factors affecting the success of the Australian music industry, both domestically and internationally.
The Committee will hear from a range of peak bodies, such as the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), that represent and support artists, managers, and major performing arts groups.
‘We are keen to hear from organisations that are working with artists—songwriters, musicians, and others in the industry—to strengthen and build businesses and careers. We want to hear how we can support and grow the reach of Australian music, at home and abroad, and gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by those working in the industry,’ Mr Howarth said.
The public hearing will be broadcast live on the web (audio only).
Hearing details
Date:                     Friday, 2 November 2018
Venue:                  Sydney Commonwealth Public Offices, 1 Bligh Street, SYDNEY
9.00 am                Sounds Australia (Submission 95)
9.40 am                Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (Submission 96)
10.20 am              Association of Artist Managers (Submission 61)
11.00am               Break
11.10 am              Australia Council for the Arts (Submission 98)
11.50 pm              Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited (AMPAL) (Submission 100)
12.30 pm              Lunch break
1.30 pm                Live Music Office (Submission 96)
2.10 pm                Music Australia (Submission 63)
2.50pm                 Australian Major Performing Arts Group (Submission 77)
3.30pm                 Finish
Note: Due to access restrictions at the venue, members of the public and media are required to pre-register interest to attend by contacting the Secretariat on or 02 6277 4368 by close of business Thursday, 1 November 2018. 
Media enquiries: Jennifer Fleming 0421 105 795 (Office of Mr Luke Howarth MP)
For background information: House Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts
Phone: 02 6277 4386; Email:; Website:

Inspiring Quotes on Dangerous Ideas

“The Department today released an update on hate crimes and announced the launch of a new comprehensive hate crimes website designed to provide a centralized portal for the Department’s hate crimes resources for law enforcement, media, researchers, victims, advocacy groups, and other related organizations and individuals.

Jane Halton is back in the news today after making comments comparing tobacco and gambling harm minisation efforts. The former federal secretary of Finance and Health was asked at the Crown AGM to justify taking a role with a company that contributes to public health harm.

SDN | Rise & Resist: How To Change the World

Join Clare and David as they examine the potential of an observable new activism. Today’s context calls for increasingly creative strategies to make our voices heard. The political march is back, communities are rallying to build movements for environmental and social justice. In the writing of Rise & Resist, Clare Press has met everyday change makers all looking to answer the question of how to rethink the ways to we live today to build a more sustainable and inclusive tomorrow.  What is the strength of the new counterculture she has witnessed?

Chair: Amanda Tattersall, the University of Sydney 

  • Clare Press, writer, speaker and expert on sustainable and ethical fashion. A journalist for nearly two decades, she is Vogue Australia’s Sustainability Editor-at-Large (the first in the world).
  • David Ritter, Chief Executive Officer, Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

6.00-7.30pm, Tuesday 6 November 2018
Where: SSB Lecture Theatre 200 Social Sciences Building A02, Science Road, The University of Sydney Camperdown, 2006
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Thursday 1 November 2018
Lowy Institute | Address by Dr David Gruen: Global Economic Order and the Role of the G20
Speaker: David Gruen

Sydney Environment Institute | HumanNature Series: Environmental Martyrdom and the Fate of the Forests
Speaker: Rob Nixon

Sydney Law SchoolConstitutional Reform in Sri Lanka: Another Missed Opportunity?
Speaker: Jayampathy Wickramaratne

Friday 2 November 2018
LCT Centre | LCT Centre Roundtable
Speaker: Patrick Locke

Saturday 3 November 2018
UNSW Centre for Ideas | Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2018
Speakers: Megan Phelps-Roper, Niall Ferguson, Germaine Greer, Toby Walsh, Ayelet Waldman, Chuck Klosterman, Mick Dodson and more

Monday 5 November 2018
Sydney Ideas | Satire Is a New Global Saviour for News, Seriously
Speakers: Adeola Fayehun, Julian Morrow and Umberto Ansaldo

Sydney Environment Institute | Book Launch: Climate Change and the Media
Speakers: Peter Hannam, Justin Lewis, Alana Mann, Terry Woronov and Benedetta Brevini

Tuesday 6 November 2018
Sydney Ideas | Screening the World
Speakers: David Stratton, Gina Rubiano, Margarett Cortez, Naser Shakhtour, Philippe Platel and Michelle Royer

Sydney Democracy Network | Rise & Resist: How to Change the World
Speakers: Clare Press and David Ritter

Wednesday 7 November 2018
School of Social and Political SciencesMinority Rights in India and Australia: New Opportunities and Challenges
Speakers: Meena Gopal, Dinesh Wadiwel and Oscar Monaghan

Sydney Health Law | Protecting Children From Unhealthy Food Marketing: Learning From the Past, Ideas for the Future
Speakers: Bridget Kelly, Adrian Coorey, Jane Martin, Geoffrey Annison, Jane Martin, Wendy Watson and Emily Harper

Thursday 8 November 2018
Department of Government and International Relations | Developmental Mindset: the Revival of Financial Activism in South Korea
Speaker: Elizabeth Thurbon

School of Architecture, Design & Planning | The Smell of Politics Liberalism in Civilia and Townscape
Speaker: John Macarthur

Friday 9 November 2018
Media@Sydney | Design ethics and the age of conversational systems
Speakers: Rafael A. Calvo, Jean-Claude Martin, Nick Enfield and Virginia Dignum

Saturday 10 November 2018
Northside Forum | The Politics of Ageing
Speakers: Michael Fine, Meredith Burgmann and Kate O’Loughlin

Monday 12 November 2018
Department of Government and International Relations | Anatomies of Revolution
Speaker: George Lawson

Tuesday 13 November 2018
Lowy Institute | After the Midterms: Australia, the United States and the International Order
Speaker: Michael Fullilove

Sydney Environment Institute | Film Screening: Kangaroo – A Love-Hate Story
Speakers: Mick McIntyre, Kate McIntyre Clere and Danielle Celermajer

Evatt Foundation | Annual General Meeting
Speaker: Jim Stanford

AIIA NSW | Cyber Interference: the New Challenge to International Security
Speaker: Matthew Sussex

Wednesday 14 November 2018
Lowy Institute | Brexit’s Bewildering Endgame (Sydney)
Speakers: Annmarie Elijah, Ticky Fullerton and Hervé Lemahieu

Sydney Asia-Pacific Migration Centre | Master Class in ‘Research Methods and Policy Making – International Labour Migration’
Speaker: Philip Martin

Monday 19 November 2018
Sydney Ideas | Death Justice: Activism and Advocacy Following Contested Death
Speakers: Lorena Allam, Phil Scraton, Suvendrini Perera, Joseph Pugliese and Rebecca Scott Bray

Tuesday 20 November 2018
Sydney Ideas | Why Are Soldiers Taking Their Own Lives?
Speakers: Megan MacKenzie, Kenneth MacLeish, Ben Wadham and Ian Hickie

Sydney Environment Institute | Reading Environments: Poetics and Activism

Wednesday 21 November 2018
The Ethics Centre | Ethics at Work
Speaker: David Burfoot

Sydney Democracy Network | Corporatocracy
Speakers: Michael West and chaired by Christine Milne

Centre for Asian and Pacific Law | Transnational Litigation and China: Jurisdiction, Applicable Law and Judgments
Speakers: Vivienne Bath,  Jingying Chen, Jeanne Huang and Tao Du

Sydney Ideas | Expanding the Circle of Regard for Truth
Speakers: Nick Enfield, Dalia Nassar, Rebecca Scott Bray  and Duncan Ivison

Thursday 22 November 2018
Department of Government and International Relations | Diagnosis, Vulnerability, and the Embodied Life of War-making
Speaker: Kenneth MacLeish

Sydney Ideas | Do Universities Need to Reinvent Themselves?
Speakers: Marian Baird, Raj Logaraj, Adrian Piccoli and Eric Thomas

Outside the Square | Stories and Racism in Australia: What if You're Not White?
Speakers: Sujatha Fernandes, Murray Kamara and Kaiya Aboagye

The Ethics Centre | The Ethics of Platforming
Speakers: Ann Mossop, Bob Carr, Shona Martyn and Kym Middleton

AIIA NSW | Charteris Dinner and Oration 2018
Speaker: David Irvine

Wednesday 28 November 2018
Lowy Institute | China’s Military Challenge to the US in Asia
Speakers: Richard McGregor, Oriana Skylar Mastro and Brendan Taylor

Thursday 29 November 2018
Sydney Institute of Criminology | Where Have All the Young Offenders Gone?
Speakers: Jason Payne and Rick Brown