The Brisbane Dialogues

The Brisbane Dialogues is a wholly independent, non-aligned, intergenerational, not-for-profit project to stimulate better discussions about big ideas and issues.


6pm for 7pm, Mon 16 Nov 2020

The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

The China-Australia Relationship

Tickets from $5




Sarah Percy, Associate Professor of International Relations at The University of Queensland, and a host on ABC Radio National (moderator)


Brodie Paul, Partnerships Director at China Policy, a policy analysis and strategic advisory firm, and Brisbane representative for Australia China Business News.


Shahar Hameiri, also Associate Professor of International Relations at UQ, with diverse relevant research interests including a current project China's engagements in Southeast Asia.


Vicky XiuZhong Xu, researcher/analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Cyber Policy Centre and former journalist for the ABC and New York Times.


MC will be Ian Walker, Chairman of medtech company 61medical and former state minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts.

We aim to create a high quality public forum in Queensland by demonstrating what good discussions look like between knowledgeable people with different or opposing views on major issues. We have curated two sellout live events with high production values this year:


1.   The launch event at Customs House on 9 March with a debate between the professors John Quiggin and visiting Canadian-American  libertarian philosopher Stephen Hicks on the topic that “Postmodernism is a Right Wing Philosophy”, chaired by Rachel Nolan, former State Government minister, with an introductory video message from John Anderson, former Deputy PM, now host of "Conversations with John Anderson" podcast and YouTube channel. The evening was MC'ed by Christine Jackman, senior journalist and author.


2.   A Big Dialogue at The Tivoli on 20 July on the question “Could Universal Basic Income Work in Australia?” between:

  • Gigi Foster, Professor and Director of Education, School of Economics, University of New South Wales and co-host of “The Economists” on ABC Radio National

  • Greg Marston, Deputy Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland and Australian representative of the global basic income movement, BIEN, and

  • John Humphreys, Sessional Lecturer, University of Queensland and University of the Sunshine Coast, Fellow of the Australian Institute for Progress and founder of the Australian Libertarian Society and the Liberal Democrats​ ​

The discussion was moderated by Bob MacDonald, senior business journalist and former trade commissioner and ministerial advisor and featured an informational introduction by video from Simon Cowan, Research Director of the Centre for Independent Studies on Australian welfare and unemployment.​The MC was actress and student, Kayci Gillies.

Our ultimate mission is to support all kinds of other organisations to conduct better discussions, by helping them to turn one-way talks or one-sided panels into genuine, respectful dialogues between people of different perspectives.

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