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First Tuesday Club.

MONTHLY PRIVATE DISCUSSION SERIES

First Tuesday Club is a monthly private discussion series for active volunteers, interns, speakers, supporters and partners. An expert guest speaker leads the discussion around a large table after social conversation over light food and drinks.

 

As well as providing an alternative forum to practise and demonstrate civil discourse on interesting and important subjects, First Tuesday provides a regular opportunity for remote-working volunteers and interns to meet in person and socialise with others in the Brisbane Dialogues network, to gain initial experience in event curation and management, and as an entry point for future volunteers, interns, supporters and partners.

E T H O S

First Tuesday has a good balance of ages, genders and political perspectives. Curiosity, respect and openness prevail. Numbers are limited so that everyone who wants to has an opportunity to speak and all are encouraged to.

 

The Brisbane Rule applies of course and the Chatham House Rule is sometimes invoked to support free-flowing discussion. Discussions can be robust, but are always civil. Meetings are not recorded. Speakers, members and guests value the opportunity to express and test positions they may not easily do in other forums. 

 

First Tuesday was partly inspired by the Johnsonian Club, which ran in Brisbane for over a century and was the first of many inspired by the original Literary Club founded by Samuel Johnson and Sir Joshua Reynolds. 

L O G I S T I C S

Meetings are held in Woolloongabba on the First Tuesday of each month except January, with the December meeting being a larger, end-of-year celebration.

 

Attendance is by invitation only for active or potential Brisbane Dialogues volunteers, interns, supporters, speakers and partners. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Modest costs are covered by attendees’ donations on a “pay forward or what you can afford” basis, with generous contributions by older members covering free or nominal-cost attendance by younger ones.

Generously hosted by JDA Co,

leading Australian architects for flood, fire and storm resilience.

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P A S T  S P E A K E R S

How Minds Change

Jesse Richardson, founder of School of Thought International, based in Brisbane, is out to change how the world thinks, seriously. His mission is highly complementary with TBD’s, which we could say is to change how a small part of the world talks, but is vastly more ambitious. His most recent project is therulesofcivilconversation.org launched by Stephen Fry a few months ago.

WED 2 NOV 2022

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WED 2 NOV 2022

A Discussion on "The Voice"

This is going to be a different First Tuesday - a small-scale trial run for the planned Big Dialogue early next year on an aspect of the Uluru Statement, rather than the usual format of a guest speaker on a topic of their choice leading into Q&A and general discussion. Having said that, it will not be completely different - our guest this time, Dominic McGann, is an expert in relevant indigenous-related subjects. Everyone who wants to say something will have the opportunity.

TUE 4 OCT 2022

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TUE 4 OCT 2022

Population Policy or Ponzi Scheme?

Jane O'Sullivan is a cross-disciplinary researcher at the University of Queensland, and a co-convenor of The Overpopulation Project. She has led international research on tropical subsistence and semi-subsistence farming systems, before shifting her focus to the threats posed by population growth to food security, economic development and ecological sustainability, and the efficacy of measures available to limit population growth.

TUE 6 SEP 2022

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TUE 6 SEP 2022

The Garden of Language

Roland (Roly) Sussex OAM has been explaining language to Australians for many years. No mere populist, he has a PhD in Russian Language from the University of London and is Emeritus Professor of Applied Language Studies at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies of the University of Queensland; an expert in the comparative linguistics of European languages; and an honorary life member of Alliance Française!

TUE 2 AUG 2022

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TUE 2 AUG 2022

Nuclear Power's Role in Decarbonisation

Rob Parker is a civil engineer and founder of "Nuclear for Climate Australia", which explains why nuclear power is a critical technology if we are to get to net zero. As a past President of the Australian Nuclear Association and ex member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Rob has had extensive experience in large civil engineering projects all over the world.

TUE 5 JULY 2022

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TUE 5 JULY 2022

Public Broadcasting in the 2020's

Steve Austin, host of ABC Brisbane's afternoon Drive show, has been called a real-time, one-man think tank. He skillfully demonstrates civil discourse on a huge range of subjects day by day and has been very supportive of The Brisbane Dialogues by interviewing many Big Dialogue speakers. Steve is a vital part of the public square in Australia, not just Brisbane, and we are very fortunate to be able to host him in our private discussion series.

TUE 7 JUN 2022

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TUE 7 JUN 2022

Child Safety

More than 12,000 Queensland children are in “out of home care” as wards of the state. They cannot be returned home due to neglect and/or abuse. Zero of them will have the chance for a second family where they can be brought up in the safe loving environment so vital for developing fulfilled adults. What are the current policies and outcomes? Can we do better?

TUE 10 MAY 2022

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TUE 10 MAY 2022

The Singapore Housing Model - what Australia could learn

Cameron Murray is an economist specialising in property and urban development, environmental economics, rent-seeking and corruption. Murray discusses the topic of Singapore Housing Model for Australia.

TUE 5 APR 2022

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TUE 5 APR 2022

Aboriginality

Wesley is a highly successful Queenslander. He is Director at the Centre for Indigenous Policy; General Manager at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, Director at Blaque Digital and a public intellectual with a long history of commentary on indigenous affairs in the Australian newspaper and ABC TV 's The Drum. Wesley discusses Aboriginality in an informative, intriguing way.

TUE 1 MAR 2022

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TUE 1 MAR 2022

The Great Covid Panic: What Happened, Why, And What To Do Next

Gigi Foster is one of Australia's leading economics communicators and a professor with the UNSW School of Economics. Foster has co-authored a book: The Great Covid Panic - What Happened, Why, and What To Do Next about what she sees as a huge policy and executive failure over Covid, somewhat in contrast to our speaker in November, John Quiggin.

TUE 8 FEB 2022

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TUE 8 FEB 2022

End of Year Celebrations

As this meeting is held in the last month of 2021, we held a end of year celebration for our Volunteers and developed a short slide show on successes made in 2021.

TUE 7 DEC 2020

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TUE 7 DEC 2020

The Costs of Covid

John Quiggin, Professor in Economics and VC Senior Fellow in Economics at the University of Queensland discusses The Costs of Covid, with the contents from his upcoming book due May 2022, Covid and the Future.

TUE 2 NOV 2021

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TUE 2 NOV 2021

Olympics 2032: Going For Broke?

Graham Young, Director for the Australian Institute for Progress discusses Olympics 2032: Going For Broke?

TUE 5 OCT 2021

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TUE 5 OCT 2021

Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech

Kath Gelber is the Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies and Professor of Politics and Public Policy of the University of Queensland. During this meeting, Gelber will be discussing the topic of Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech.

TUE 7 SEP 2021

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TUE 7 SEP 2021

The Social Licence To Operate

Hugh Breakey is a Senior Research Fellow in Moral Philosophy at Griffith University. Breakey will be discussing the topic of The Social Licence to Operate.

TUE 3 AUG 2021

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TUE 3 AUG 2021

Hydrogen's Role in Decarbonising the Economy

Thom Cameron is a Hydrogen and Chemicals Technology Director at Aurecon. Cameron discusses Hydrogen's Role in Decarbonising the Economy.

TUE 6 JUL 2021

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TUE 6 JUL 2021

The Evolution of Sex Differences, Feminism and Scientific Censorship

Bill von Hippel is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland. Von Hippel discusses The Evolution of Sex Differences, Feminism and Scientific Censorship.

TUE 1 JUN 2021

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TUE 1 JUN 2021

What does does decarbonisation really mean for Australia?

Gene Tunny is Principal at Adept Economics. Tunny discusses What does does decarbonisation really mean for Australia?

TUE 4 MAY 2021

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TUE 4 MAY 2021