Academic, author, advocate and former Senator, Margaret Reynolds, is currently National President of Friends of the ABC, an organisation committed to Australian public broadcasting and media independence. She will assess the current standard of reporting on political debate in the recent federal election and the level of control exerted by a small number of media outlets. Margaret is a strong advocate for civil society having a central role in our democracy so will also contrast aspects of Australian politics which have developed in the last twenty years.
Margaret will be joined, via a Skype interview, by one of the world’s leading independent journalists, Antony Loewenstein. Antony has written for both mainstream and alternative media. His fearless reporting of the abuses of power around the world are well known and greatly respected. He is also author of several ground-breaking books, including Disaster Capitalism, The Blogging Revolution, Profits of Doom and My Israel Question.
"Breaking the silence: an evening's Q & A with John Pilger on propaganda inside the Australian bubble: false enemies, real threats and heroes unsung."
Renowned Australian activist, writer, journalist & award-winning documentary film maker.
Thorn in the side of countries with foreign policies driven by imperialistic agendas.
Outspoken critic of Australia's treatment of Indigenous Australians.
Long time supporter of Julian Assange.
Emeritus Professor at Monash University, Jenny Hocking, is one of Australia’s leading political biographers and academic commentators on terrorism laws.
She is perhaps best known for her exceptional and award-winning two-part biography of former ALP Prime minister, Gough Whitlam: Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History,and Gough Whitlam: His Time.
Professor Hocking paints a vivid picture of Whitlam as a complex and determined man focussed on bringing about fundamental change to Australis’ political culture, social infrastructure, and standing in the world. She also describes the tumultuous events that led to the dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975, and has uncovered a number of facts of historic importance in The Dismissal Dossier: Everything you were never meant to know about November 1975. Updated on two occasions, this book draws on evidence from recently released official documents that highlight the role of various people and circumstances in the removal of Whitlam. Professor Hocking’s work is of vital importance not so simply because it sheds light on the dark side of Australian politics and the duplicity of various parties involved in Whitlam’s removal, but also because it reveals the obstacles which progressives like Whitlam face when seeking to build a better society based on parcels of social justice and human rights.
Professor Hocking currently has a long-running Federal Court case against the National Archives of Australia, seeking the release of the secret ‘Palace letters’ between the Queen and the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, regarding the 1975 Whitlam dismissal, which are embargoed by the Queen.
Professor Hocking’s work has been widely recognised as a major contribution to Australian political history, resulting in her being honoured as Distinguished Whitlam Fellowwith the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University.
Professor Hocking’s talk at the Ngara Institute’s Politics in the Pub on 27thMarch is titled: "The Way of the Reformer is Hard": Gough Whitlam's activist government, its obstruction and dismissal - lessons for today.
And now for something completely different!
You don’t have to go traipsing across the globe to find great political activists, they’re right here in our region. And we’ve got the evidence to prove it: just look at the success of rolling back CSG, pushing for energy democracy and alternatives to fossil fuels, agitation against waste and pollution, opposition to the anti-protest laws, the Adani mine development, the weapons industry, whaling, the Iraq war and so forth. Yes, there’s no shortage of organisations, groups and fora dedicated to progressive change.
Activists, of course, come in many guises, from writers and artists, commentators and academics to protesters, politicians, craftivists and clickavists. For the final Politics in the pub of 2018, the Ngara Institute has gathered together a host of regional activists who have, each in their own way, made significant contributions to progressive change. We’ll hear what they have achieved, but more importantly, what they see as the challenges ahead and how we might address them.
Come and listen to what they have to say, and have your say as we all reflect on: the current mess, activism and prospects for change. The event takes place on 28th November 2018, 6:30-8:30, at the Courthouse Hotel
Mullumbimby. Spreaders will include: Annie Kia, enviro-community activist, campaigner; Aidan Ricketts, activist, educator, academic and writer; Hans Lovejoy editor of the Echo, writer, musician; Sasha Mainsbridge, passionate re-localiser Jenni Cargill-Strong storyteller, educator, artist, activist; Liz Elliott, writer, enviro-activist; Kate Montford young enviro-activist; and Michael Balson film maker, activist.
Ngara Institute Presents: Politics in the Pub: Life in a socialist future
Until fairly recently, ‘socialism’ was regarded in some circles as a dirty word. It was edited out of most mainstream political discussion. To utter the word, or to claim to be a socialist was almost heretical in an era of conservative politics.
But the worm has turned. Thanks in part to the rise of Bernie Sanders in the US and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, socialism has crept back into the public lexicon….not that it ever really disappeared as an idea about how we might organise our society around the common good rather than private interest.
Ngara Institute Presents: POLITICS IN THE PUB
Inaugural Lismore event
Against Despair and Inertia
Politics In the Pub
Discussion: Our Australia: Advancing Human Rights And The Common Good
Shen Narayanasamy: Lawyer, advocate, and GetUp’s Human Rights Campaign Director
Tim Hollo: Environmentalist, musician and Director of the Green Institute
Ngara Institute Presented:
POLITICS IN THE PUB MONTH’S DISCUSSION:
FACING THE UNKNOWN: THE FUTURE OF HUMAN WORK IN AN AGE OF ROBOTICS, AI AND AUTOMATION
Speaker: Andrew Charlton
Former Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, economist at the LSE and UN, and senior economic adviser to former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. Wednesday August 22 6:30-8:30pm At the Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby Posted in Politics In The Pub
The 2018 Australian Activist of the Year Award presented to Annie Kia & the Knitting Nannas for their work fighting Coal Seam Gas extraction in NSW.
Hosted by the Ngara Institute, the 2018 Ralph Summy Annual Lecture features former President of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs.
The title of her lecture delivered at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on 30th June, at 6.30pm, is: “It’s time for an Australian Bill of Rights”.
NGARA Breakfast with HENRY REYNOLDS the day after Politics in the Pub
A conversation’ with two of Australia’s most respected academic activists:
Historian, Professor Henry Reynolds
Peace Activist, Professor Stuart Rees.
Best of March's Politics in the Pub - 2018
THE POLITICS OF URGENCY BUILDING OUR FUTURE!
The emails of the 2 wonderful speakers from the first Politics in the Pub meeting of 2018 on the Urgency of Change are:
SusanHigginson@gmail.com and Vinayorekondy@gmail.com
The 2018 Politics in the Pub series began on 28th March at The Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby.
Vinay Orekondy, President of the Australian Progressives,
and Sue Higginson, former CEO of the Environmental Defenders Office spoke about The Politics of Urgency
– Building our future now! Around 190 people turned up for what was an exhilarating exchange of ideas.
Here’s the filmed record of the speakers in action!
Our positive future in a post neoliberal world,
The November Politics in the Pub in Mullumbimby Courthouse Hotel featuring Greens senator Lee Rhiannon and Dr Liz Elliot.
- Social justice and environment
- Activities, Union supporter and advocate for workers rights,
- Greens NSW senator
Dr Liz Elliot
- Social and environmental activist
- Cartoonist, and Scourge of the Banksters
- Author of the New Way Now
The November Politics in the Pub in Mullumbimby Courthouse Hotel will feature Greens senator Lee Rhiannon and Dr Liz Elliot.