NEXT PUBLIC EVENT
UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENT

A BIG DIALOGUE: How To Fix Democracy?

MON 22 NOV, 6:00PM FOR 7-8.30PM
THE PRINCESS THEATRE, WOOLLOONGABBA, BRISBANE

Detailed Info and Tickets from $10
UPCOMING PRIVATE EVENTS

First Tuesday Club

For volunteers and supporters
TUE 2 NOV
John QuigginProfessor in Economics and VC Senior Fellow in Economics at the University of Queensland, on the Costs of Covid, from his book due May 2022, The Economic Consequences of the Pandemic (pre-order on Amazon).
TUE 8 FEB 2021 (DATE TO BE CONFIRMED)

Gigi Foster, Professor of economics at UNSW and co-host of ABC Radio National series The Economists, on The Great Covid Panic: What Happened, Why, And What To Do Next (her co-authored book, available on Amazon).

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PAST PUBLIC EVENTS

BIG DIALOGUE

Climate Change: What Can We Agree On?

26 JUL 2021, THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE

MODERATOR

Julieanne Alroe

President, Queensland Academy of Arts & Sciences

Queensland Chief Scientist

CEO, CleanCo Queensland

Chair, Infrastructure Australia, Queensland Ballet

Executive Director

Australian Institute for Progress

There is much that people will never agree on about climate change, like what to even call it, but what might we agree to do about it anyway? Is there anything that alarmists and denialists could agree on? If not, what about mainstream climate activists and skeptics?

 

Some activists share concerns about the impact on economic development and equity and some sceptics are concerned that there are unknown climate risks to be managed. There might be much to agree about, but what?

BIG DIALOGUE

The China-Australia Relationship

16 NOVEMBER 2020, THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE

MODERATOR

Sarah Percy

Associate Professor of International Relations, UQ

Host on ABC Radio National

SPEAKER

Brodie Paul

Partnerships Director at China Policy

Brisbane representative for Australia China Business News

Associate Professor of International Relations, UQ
 

Researcher/Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Cyber Policy Centre

Former journalist for the ABC and New York Times

Chairman of med-tech company 61medical

Former state minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts

BIG DIALOGUE

Could Universal Basic Income Work in Australia?

20 JUL 2020, THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE

MODERATOR

Bob McDonald

MC

Kayci Gillies

VIDEO INTRO

Simon Cowan

SPEAKER

Gigi Foster

SPEAKER

John Humphreys

SPEAKER

Greg Marston

Universal Basic Income.

It's an idea whose time has come to many; anathema to many others. Government responses to the pandemic have heightened interest in the subject.

 

The concept of universal basic income (UBI) or variations appeal to people at various points on the political spectrum, but could an income support scheme possibly be universal, adequate to live on and affordable? Or is it a utopian distraction from the hard policy graft of allocating scarce tax dollars to those most in need? Alternatively, are there elements of UBI which could usefully guide post-pandemic welfare reform? 

Business journalist, InQueensland


 

Actress and university student

Research Director at Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Economics at University of NSW


 

Economics Lecturer at University of the Sunshine Coast and University of Queensland

Deputy Executive Dean

 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

LAUNCH DEBATE

Postmodernism: A Right Wing Philosophy?

9 MAR 2020, CUSTOMS HOUSE, BRISBANE

MC

Christine Jackman

VIDEO INTRO

Hon John Anderson AO FTSE

SPEAKER

Hon Rachel Nolan

SPEAKER

John Quiggin

SPEAKER

​Prof Stephen Hicks

What's the problem?

Polarisation and toxic discourse - old-fashioned intolerance and incivility on 21st century steroids - should be everyone’s concern. It’s not just in the public arena and not just online, they are seeping through everywhere, affecting day-to-day life and making it near-impossible to have productive discussions about the enormous challenges - and opportunities - facing humanity. This debate explored part of the philosophical background of the central concerns of The Brisbane Dialogues.

Author and journalist

Former State Labor minister

 and MP for Ipswich

Australian democratic socialist economist

Canadian-American libertarian philosopher

Former Deputy Prime Minister and host, "Conversations with John Anderson" 

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PAST PRIVATE EVENTS

FIRST TUESDAY CLUB
TUE 5 OCT 2021

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

FIRST TUESDAY CLUB
TUE 7 SEP 2021

Kath Gelber, Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, and Professor of Politics and Public Policy of the University of Queensland, on Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech.

Hugh Breakey, Senior Research Fellow in moral philosophy at Griffith University, on The Social Licence To Operate.

FIRST TUESDAY CLUB
6 JUL 2021

Thom Cameron, Hydrogen and Chemicals Technology Director at Aurecon, on Hydrogen's Role in Decarbonising the Economy.

FIRST TUESDAY CLUB
1 JUN 2021

Bill von Hippel, Professor of psychology, University of Queensland, on The Evolution of Sex Differences, Feminism and Scientific Censorship.

FIRST TUESDAY CLUB
4 MAY 2021
FIRST TUESDAY CLUB
3 AUG 2021

Gene TunnyPrincipal of Adept Economics and author of Queensland Economy Watch, on What does does decarbonisation really mean for Australia?