Unlearning our way out of the global mess
Dr Ben Etherington and Jeannie Rea
Education is a central part of everyday life; it should make us more aware of the world around us, guiding us to be better individuals, neighbours, community members, and citizens. But is today’s education system tied too closely to the neoliberal economy to be capable of achieving such laudable goals?
Dr Ben Etherington and Ms Jeannie Rea will be the Politics in the Pub speakers on Wednesday 26th July. They will help us think clearly about the values and beneficiaries of the current arrangements. Do corporations have too much say in what goes on in our schools, colleges and universities? What are the pathways to designing an educational system for a more peaceful, sustainable, kind, less individualistic and greedy world
Dr Etherington is a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, and Jeannie Rea is National President of the National Tertiary Education Union, a position she has held since October 2010.
Inaugural Ralph Summy Lecture - Speaker Julian Burnside - Including the Australian Activist of the Year Award
Julian Burnside - is an Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate, and author. He practises principally in commercial litigation, trade practices and administrative law. He is known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and has provided legal counsel in a wide variety of high-profile cases.
He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2009, "for service as a human rights advocate, particularly for refugees and asylum seekers, to the arts as a patron and fundraiser, and to the law."
Activist of the Year Award - will be jointly awarded to:
Murrawah Johnson & Adrian Burragubba, spokespersons for the Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family COuncil, (representing the majority of traditional owners in the Galilee Basin, Qld), for their tireless work in opposing the Adani Charmichael Mine.
Professor Camilleri is one of Australia's leading International Relations scholars. With over 30 years’ experience, Professor Camilleri has pursued a wide range of research interests covering almost the entire gamut of the International Relations discipline. These include regional and global governance, the political economy of Asia-Pacific, thee role of religion and culture in international affairs, the politics of oil and the Middle East, and security policy (including weapons non-proliferation). He has supervised more than 30 PhD and MA candidates; published over 15 books, several of which have been translated into Arabic, Japanese and Mandarin; has produced over 20 chapters in books since 1993; and has had 20 refereed articles published in academic journals.
Change is happening all around us. In some cases, it’s life-enhancing, in others less so. We talk about changing things out there, dismantling corporate rule, global capitalism. But what about us, personally and collectively?
Some say change starts from within, a sort of precondition for larger transformation. Is that true? If so, how and why is this important? If we are to create a better world - one based on equity, peace and sustainability - then what of our interior worlds? Have we ‘privatised’ our personal journeys? Where do the personal and the political meet? What does this mean in terms of building community, neighbourhoods and society?
Petrea King takes us on an exploratory journey into who we are and what we might become as we face the particular challenge of our times. This will be fascinating and different!
Since Petrea faced her own life-threatening illness, she has counselled tens of thousands of people living with cancer and other life-challenging illnesses, grief, loss, trauma and tragedy. She is at the forefront of wellness education and is a frequent lecturer at medical and other conferences. Petrea sees crisis as a catalyst for personal growth and understanding and as an opportunity for healing and peace.
Come, listen and join the discussion at Politics in the Pub at the Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby on 26th April at 6.30pm.
These events are popular so make sure you get there early and enjoy the food, assorted beverages and, of course, great company. It’s a thoroughly good night out, and along the way you can help create positive change in yourself, our community and the world!
What can those individuals, groups and organisations on the ‘the left’ or the ‘progressive’ side of politics do to bring an end to global corporate rule?
Faced with a highly organised, well-funded and strategically savvy band of ultra conservatives – those who have planned the corporate takeover of the globe - how do we set about creating a unified movement capable of bringing about fundamental and lasting change?
We need a movement that challenges corporate power, and speaks more broadly and effectively to the disenfranchised about the possibility of a more peaceful, sustainable and equitable future? Given the rise of ultra-conservatism, the consolidated power of multinational corporations, and the threat to our very existence, the challenges we face have never been greater.
Jeremy holds degrees in literature and law, and for the last 25 years has been an environmental activist. This has included work in North Queensland on coastal development, the Great Barrier Reef, sugar cane expansion, industrial development, threatened species, climate change and mining. Jeremy has also worked for both the Democrats and the Greens as an environment advisor and more recently for Greenpeace on GMO issues and as head of their political unit. Jeremy now works for Friends of the Earth Emerging Tech project, which focusses on nanotechnology, synthetic biology and geoengineering.
Algorithms of Change - the unfolding realities of a New World Order with Kristen Lyons & Aiden Ricketts
It all feels strange, different, uncertain, threatening: Trump, Brexit, rising nationalism, racism and xenophobia, growing social and economic divisions, and widespread disenchantment with democratic institutions.
On the other hand, there’s mass global opposition to corporate capitalism, and huge momentum for a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.
But what sort of change is happening right now or are we simply waiting for something to happen? What sort of change do we want? How can we bring this about?
Academic activists Aidan Ricketts and Kristen Lyon will put their minds to these complex questions, outlining what is occurring globally and how progressive activists like you can help bring about the change we want to see.
Titled Algorithms of change – Unfolding realities of a new world, Aidan and Kristen’s presentation is the first in the Ngara Institute’s 2017 Politics in the pub series called Life after neoliberalism – Scenarios for a better world.
The event starts at 6.30pm, but make sure you get there early as the pub packs out very quickly.
Aidan Ricketts is an activist, educator, academic and author of The Activists Handbook: A Step By Step Guide to Participatory Democracy.
In addition to running activist training courses around the country (including an accredited course at Southern Cross University), Aidan was involved in the campaign against CSG mining in Northern NSW.
He has also been played an important role in the following initiatives: Save our Foreshores (Airlie Beach QLD), Huon Valley Environment Centre (Tasmania), Still Wild Still Threatened (Tasmania), Threatened Coastal Communities Alliance (Wooli NSW), Campaign to stop Chiko battery hen farm (Port Vila Vanuatu).
COMING UP IN 2017 – The Ngara Institute’s
POLITICS IN THE PUB presents:
Alternative scenarios for a liveable world
In this exciting new series, we examine ways of creating a more peaceful, sustainable, cooperative and enlivened world. The current system is juddering to a halt. Another world is not only possible, it’s happening RIGHT NOW! Come and join the party! Keep an eye out for updates on our social media.
Also, COMING SOON, watch out for the 'Beyond the Pub' series of Post-Talk Discussion Groups.
This very Wednesday, 19th October, 7 pm, an open mic on Prez. Donald
Trump; what does this mean to you?
Is this the opportunity to create a world wide movement
for ecological sanity? Is this the beginning of an
Can we restore workers conditions, democracy,
finance, and your sanity?
The format, no prime speaker, 2.5 minutes maximum contribution, group hug to end!
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a legally binding trade agreement which has been negotiated between Australia, the US and 10 other Pacific Rim countries. The agenda has been driven by US corporate interests, and it expands corporate rights at the expense of people’s rights. The text was agreed in November 2015, but governments have not yet passed the implementing legislation required for it to come into force. Strong community campaigning in the US has resulted in opposition from both presidential candidates and the U.S. Congress.
The TPP allows foreign corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments over changes to domestic law in unfair international tribunals which have no independent judiciary, no precedents and no appeals.
It will lock in stronger monopoly rights for pharmaceutical companies which will delay access to cheaper medicines, leading to future higher prices for costly biologic medicines.
The agreement contains only weak labour and environmental standards which are not legally enforceable and will not protect expanded numbers of vulnerable temporary migrant workers nor deliver on promises of increased jobs.
In Australia, the implementing legislation is being reviewed by parliamentary committees.The legislation could be blocked by the majority in the Senate.
The Australian Fair Trade and Investment network of 60 community organisations is leading a campaign for a Senate inquiry into the TPP, and for the majority in the Senate to vote against the implementing legislation.
Dr Pat Ranald will speak about the Trans-pacific Partnership at
the “New Politics in the Pub”
at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby
on Wednesday28th September 2016
Dr Ranald has published widely on the social impacts of globalisation and trade agreements and is Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET), a network of 60 community organizations and many more individuals, which advocates for fair trade policies based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability www.aftinet.org.au.
She is a Research Associate at the University of Sydney. Her Doctoral thesis in International Relations at the University of NSW was a comparative study of the World Trade Organisation and regional trade agreements. She was formerly a Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and has also worked for unions and community organizations.
Yes, it’s time find out what really works to extract ourselves from the neoliberal trance we have been in for far too long. And it’s time to act! Professor Hill will share 10 cultural-transformation strategies that actually work and are do-able now. Professor Hill has distilled these strategies from more than 50 years of working with ‘progressive change’. He will tell the stories of how they work and why. You will be invited to tell your stories, and we will all participate in a revolutionary ‘visioning’ exercise that may change our lives!
Professor Hill was the Foundation Chair of the inspirational, creative and highly effective Social Ecology degree program at Western Sydney University from 1995 – 2012. He has co-authored three books: Ecological Pioneers: A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action, Learning for Sustainable Living: Psychology of Ecological Transformation, and Social Ecology: Applying Ecological Understanding to our Lives and our Planet. In the mid-1960s he did one of the very first whole-ecosystem studies; in 1974 he established the first Information Centre in a university on Ecological/Sustainable Agriculture; and in the 1980s he redesigned a coralline island to be self-sufficient in food and energy.
Come along and be inspired and activated!
“Dismantling Neoliberalism – What You and I Can Do” with Prof Stuart Hill
Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby
Wednesday 24th August 2016, 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Mike Baird’s recently introduced anti-protest laws radically extend police powers against opponents of mining projects. These laws have been described as an assault on democracy and civil society. Why have these unpopular laws been introduced, and what do they mean for those seeking to oppose mining developments in NSW and beyond?
At the Politics in the Pub on 27th July 2016(6.30-8.30pm), in the Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby, President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Stephen Blanks, will address these measures and what we can do to resist them.
Stephen Blanks became President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties in October 2013, having been Secretary since 2005. Stephen has been a solicitor since 1985, and has a small legal practice located in Rozelle, Sydney.
Stephen has been a member of NSWCCL since 1993. He was prompted to join when acting for a book publisher who had published a book about corruption and a NSW Government agency wrote to all major booksellers demanding that they not sell the book. NSWCCL was vital in obtaining publicity for the publisher, leading to a speedy withdrawal of the demands.
Stephen’s particular civil liberty interests include asylum seekers, free speech, privacy and racial vilification.
Although Stephen’s legal practice is primarily commercially focussed, Stephen has over the years taken on many legal cases involving civil liberties issues, including cases involving unpopular asylum seekers, protesters, paedophiles and people smugglers.
An important part of Stephen’s involvement in civil liberties is supervising Australian and foreign students undertaking internships.
Stephen appears frequently in the media commenting on issues involving civil liberties.