Who is behind The Brisbane Dialogues?

As an organisation, TBD consists entirely of a small but growing band of part time volunteers who believe that civil discourse is essential for a healthy society and want to help preserve and promote it. Active volunteers include:

Lachlan Altena - AV editor & VFX artist

Louis Altena - politics, philosophy & economics graduate

Simon Bowler - respiratory physician & company director
Monique Currie - tutor & history graduate

Fred D'Agostino, emeritus humanities professor

Tyson Etri - digital marketer, philosophy & psychology student

Murray Hancock - retired businessman

Natalie Kennedy - English teacher

Natalie McKirdy - science communicator & educator

India Paul - law student & public servant

Jackie Poetzscher - corporate accountant

Tristan Prasser - think tank executive

Mac Stewart - taxi owner & driver

Harry Tod - international relations student

There are many others who provide valuable moral, marketing, networking, financial, on-the-day or other support.  

The work is organised across virtual Teams:

Content, Marketing, Event Management, Organisation and Governance, with others planned for Technology and Funding.

We place great emphasis on making it easy and effective for people to contribute according to their skills and availability, no matter how limited, and always welcome offers to volunteer. 


Good speakers and facilitators, and introductions to them, are the life blood of TBD. Other particular needs currently are:

  • experienced company or association secretary

  • marketing communications specialist

  • ambassadors and active social media users to help spread the word

  • webmaster and IT manager

  • videographer and AV editors

  • event managers (no experience necessary, just attention to detail!)

  • subscriber database manager

  • researchers and writers

  • on-the-day helpers for check-in, ushering, hospitality, setting up/packing down, selling merchandise and taking donations.

Offers and inquiries here or to thebrisbanedialogues@gmail.com.

The Brisbane Dialogues - better discussions

"He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that." J.S. Mill
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