Events

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 90 rsvps
    ANU Pop-Up Village Bar

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    Join us for Politics in the Pub with Michelle Grattan, to launch new book, Knowledge Solution: Politics.

    Can a return to direct democracy reconnect a jaded electorate with an out-of-touch establishment? Would reforming Canberra's toxic culture lead to worthwhile debate and better decision-making? Should today's leaders look back on successful governments to learn how to lead parliament to a full term?

    In The Knowledge Solution: Politics, journalists, commentators and politicians from across the political and ideological spectrum dissect the many challenges facing Australian democracy in the twenty-first century.

    The result is a frank assessment of the current problems and the radical reforms needed so that Australian democracy can deliver the equality, opportunity and prosperity it promises.

    With an introduction by Michelle Grattan, contributors include Richard Denniss, Gareth Evans, Maxine McKew, Katharine Murphy, Tony Abbott, Bill Shorten, Paul Kelly, Greg Combet, Noel Pearson, Melissa Lukashenko, Terri Butler, Peter van Onselen and more.

    Knowledge Solution: Politics will be available for purchase at the event.

     


Event inquiries

If you would like more information about any of our events, or you would like to invite one of our staff to an event that you are organising, please email mail@tai.org.au


Past events

  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018 at 06:30 PM · 62 rsvps
    Fern Tree Tavern in Fern Tree, Australia

    Tav Talks August: Do we need a public inquiry into donation laws and corruption in Tasmania?

    Following the 2018 Tasmanian election, a group of Tasmanians wrote to the Premier Will Hodgman, seeking more transparency on election donations from the gaming industry, proposed changes to gun laws, regulation of the salmon industry and more. This month's panel discusses the question:

    Do we need to hold a public inquiry into donation laws and corruption in our state?

    At the Fern Tree Tavern next week, Wednesday night, 8 August, we will be discussing accountability and integrity in Tasmania.

    Three great speakers will kick things off: 

    • Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison
    • Amanda Sully, anti-corruption campaigner
    • Roland Browne (TBC), barrister and vice president of Gun Control Australia

    Join them for what promises to be a great discussion.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 403 rsvps
    ANU Pop-Up Village Bar

    Politics in the Pub: David & Emma Pocock

     

    David Pocock is a professional rugby player with the ACT Brumbies and the Wallabies. He co-founded the community development organisation EightyTwenty Vision, working in his native Zimbabwe. David has a real passion for conservation, and a keen interest in the intersection of agriculture, conservation and community development. Alongside his rugby commitments, he is currently undertaking a Bachelor in Ecological Agriculture.

    Emma Pocock has a background in community development and women’s studies. Emma has worked on community projects from Zimbabwe to the New South Wales south coast and is currently working at the Australia Institute.

    Emma and David have been involved in several campaigns together, including opposing the Whitehaven Coal mine in the Leard State Forest (and getting arrested). Last year, they spent six months living in Zimbabwe facilitating conservation and community development projects.

     

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 06:30 PM · 25 rsvps
    Fern Tree Tavern in Fern Tree, Australia

    Tav Talks July: What should we do with the Treasury Building?

    The Tasmanian Government has proposed selling the heritage-listed Treasury Building. The Greens have proposed putting it to some other use. Labor says the Tasmanian people should be consulted before any sale. 

    Should the public be consulted on public buildings?

    At the Fern Tree Tavern, next Wednesday night, 11 July, we will be holding an ideas blitz on what can be done with the Treasury Building.

    Three great speakers will kick things off: 

    • Jeff Malpas, Distinguished Professor and philosopher at the University of Tasmania. Jeff's work includes the ethics of place and the failing character of governance.
    • Nick Booth, Cultural Heritage Officer at Hobart City Council
    • Anna Reynolds, Alderman at Hobart City Council

    The speakers will be followed by an open discussion to garner ideas around the Treasury Building in particular - and what should be done with publicly owned building in general.

    We will take notes to send to participants and the Government.

  • Sunday, July 08, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    Suspension Espresso in Newcastle, Australia

    Richard Denniss Quarterly Essay tour - Newcastle

    Join Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute, to discuss his Quarterly Essay, Dead Right: How neoliberalism ate itself and what happens next.

    6.00pm Sunday 8th July

    Suspension Espresso,

    3 Beaumont Street, Islington (just off the Maitland Road intersection)

    FREE, bookings essential.

  • Wednesday, July 04, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    The Food Co-Op Shop and Cafe in Canberra, Australia

    Richard Denniss, Shane Rattenbury and Lily Dempster panel discussion: Consumption, Society & The Environment

    The Neighbourhood Effect invites you to enjoy a dinner and explore critical ideas in our inaugural panel event with: 
    RICHARD DENNISS, The Australia Institute
    SHANE RATTENBURY MLA, Minister for Climate Change & Sustainability
    LILY DEMPSTER, CEO, The Neighbourhood Effect

    Join us for this discussion with host Chris Endrey to examine these problems and the solutions we already have at hand.

    A healthy and delicious dinner will also be available for $10 a bowl. 

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 641 rsvps
    ANU Pop-Up Village Bar

    Politics in the Pub: Richard Denniss Quarterly Essay (CBR)

     

    Join us for Politics in the Pub with Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute, to discuss his Quarterly EssayDead Right: How neoliberalism ate itself and what happens next.

    How did the big banks get away with so much for so long? Why are so many aged-care residents malnourished? And when did arms manufacturers start sponsoring the Australian War Memorial?

    In Dead Right, Richard Denniss looks at ways to renew our democracy and discusses everything from the fragmenting Coalition to an idea of the national interest that goes beyond economics.

    In this passionate Quarterly Essay, Richard Denniss explores what neoliberalism has done to Australian society. For decades, we have been led to believe that the private sector does everything better, that governments can’t afford to provide the high-quality services they once did, but that security and prosperity for all are just around the corner.

    In fact, Australians are now less equal, millions of workers have no sick leave or paid holidays, and housing is unaffordable for many. Deregulation, privatisation and trickle-down economics have, we are told, delivered us twenty-seven years of growth ... but to what end?

     

  • Thursday, June 07, 2018 at 06:30 PM · 225 rsvps
    Fern Tree Tavern, 680 Huon Road

    "Dead Right" - Richard Denniss' Quarterly Essay

    Join us at the Fern Tree Tavern with Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute, to discuss his Quarterly EssayDead Right: How neoliberalism ate itself and what happens next.

    How did the big banks get away with so much for so long? Why are so many aged-care residents malnourished? And when did arms manufacturers start sponsoring the Australian War Memorial?

    In Dead Right, Richard Denniss looks at ways to renew our democracy and discusses everything from the fragmenting Coalition to an idea of the national interest that goes beyond economics.

    In this passionate Quarterly Essay, Richard Denniss explores what neoliberalism has done to Australian society. For decades, we have been led to believe that the private sector does everything better, that governments can’t afford to provide the high-quality services they once did, but that security and prosperity for all are just around the corner.

    In fact, Australians are now less equal, millions of workers have no sick leave or paid holidays, and housing is unaffordable for many. Deregulation, privatisation and trickle-down economics have, we are told, delivered us twenty-seven years of growth ... but to what end?

     

  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 06:30 PM · 609 rsvps
    ANU Pop-Up Village Bar

    Politics in the Pub: Future of the ABC

    Politics in the Pub: The Future of the ABC

    Politics in the Pub: The Future of the ABC
    6.30pm Wednesday 30 May
    ANU Pop-up Village Club
    with
    + Genevieve Jacobs, broadcaster & writer
    + Quentin Dempster, journalist & author
    + Michelle Rowland MP, Shadow Minister for Communications
    + Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson for Communications

    Australia Institute research shows that the ABC is Australia's most trusted broadcaster. At a time when so-called 'fake news' is at an all time high, there has never been a greater need for a strong, independent and trusted national broadcaster. It is not hyperbole to say that the ABC is under more technological, financial and political pressure than ever before.

    Our expert panel of Genevieve Jacobs (broadcaster & writer), Quentin Dempster (journalist & author), Michelle Rowland MP (Shadow Minister for Communications) and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens Spokesperson for Communications) along with Ben Oquist (Executive Director, The Australia Institute) as MC, will discuss the ABC funding cuts in the 2018 Budget, the upcoming competitive neutrality inquiry, what the effects will be, and their take on the future of the ABC.

     

  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 26 rsvps
    Fern Tree Tavern

    First "Interesting Drinks" Discussion Night

    Buoyed by the great turn up at the WTF launch, and inspired by the conversations taking place and the new connections being made, we have decided to hold 'interesting discussions' drinks nights. These drinks won't have a speaker, or a particular topic that needs to be covered, just a time and a space once a month for informal chats between interesting folk.

    Our first one is on Wednesday May 9th at the Fern Tree Tavern from 5.30pm onwards. Snacks will be provided and drinks will be available at the bar. Please feel free to bring others along: it's open to all, but we think word of mouth will work better than a Facebook open call out.

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 14 rsvps
    Fern Tree Tavern in Fern Tree, Australia

    Hobart Legislative Council candidates forum

    With the government holding a small majority in the lower house and lots of controversial legislation on the horizon, the role of the legislative council will be even more in the spotlight.

    Join candidates:

    • Rob Valentine - confirmed
    • Richard Griggs - confirmed
    • Simon Behrakis (TBC)
    • Brendon Hext (TBC)
    • Christopher Simcox (TBC)
    • Alan Barnett (TBC)
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 06:30 PM · 130 rsvps
    The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Thebarton, Australia

    Adelaide Public Forum: How would you spend $65 billion?

     

    The Australia Institute is coming to Adelaide for public forum to discuss the economics of the proposed company tax cut.

    Speakers:
    + Ben Oquist, Executive Director of The Australia Institute
    + Dr. Janine Dixon, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) at Victoria University
    + Ross Womersley, CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS)

    We hope you can join us!

     

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 06:30 PM · 154 rsvps
    ANU Pop-Up Village Bar

    Politics in the Pub: Populism Now Book Launch

    Join us for Politics in the Pub with David McKnight, to launch his new book Populism Now: The case for progressive populism.

    Populism is a dirty word thanks to Donald Trump and Brexit. But rather than associating it with demagoguery and exclusion, can it be a positive force? Might there be a progressive version of populism that can thrive in these difficult times? This timely and persuasive book argues right-wing populism is a backlash against free market globalisation. This book exposes the failures of globalisation: the greedy banks, the predatory privatisations, corporate tax avoidance and the underclass of temporary overseas workers.

    By contrast, progressive populism can answer the economic grievances of ordinary people and avoid fuelling the demonisation of ethnic and religious minorities. In a world that is charged with hate-filled language as people look for someone else to blame, the case for progressive populism must be heard. This important book helps give it a voice.

    “A compelling expose of neoliberalism and its link to Trump-style populism. A timely and lively read.”
    — Richard Denniss, Chief Economist, The Australia Institute.

    DAVID McKNIGHT is a well-known journalist, writer and academic. An Honorary Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia, his books include, Rupert Murdoch: an investigation of political power (published in the UK as Murdoch’s Politics), as well as Big Coal (co-author) and Beyond Right and Left which discusses renewal of the progressive political vision. He has also written on political surveillance during the cold war in Australia Spies and their Secrets and on Soviet intelligence in Espionage and the Roots of the Cold War.

  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 361 rsvps
    ANU Pop-Up Village Bar

    Politics in the Pub: Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP

    Join us for the Australia Institute's Politics in the Pub as we look into what a National ICAC and proposed changes to charities legislation could mean for Australia, with this months guest, Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP.

    Politics in the Pub
    featuring Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP
    7pm Wednesday 28th March, 2018
    at the Pop-Up Village Bar @ ANU
    FREE, but bookings essential

    Access to the ANU Pop-Up Village is best from Childers Street, near the Street Theatre. Enter University Avenue and wander into the University grounds, the Pop-Up Village is on the left side of the Avenue. The Club can be found by walking through the Village and into the Bar. Parking can be found in the Citywest Carpark, access is off Allsop St. If using the Baldessin Carpark which is accessible from Childers Street, walk through the hoarding at the end of Ellery Crescent into the Village.

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 56 rsvps
    The Railway Club, Parap

    Cooked with Gas NT

    Hear from two of Australia’s leading climate experts on the climate impact of NT fracking and the dangerous increase in extreme heat in the NT as a result of global warming. 

    Speakers
    + Dr Liz Hanna PhD, MPH, BA, RCCN, RN FPHAA, FACN
    Honorary Senior Fellow Climate Change Institute

    + Graeme Pearman AM FAA FTSE
    Former Chief, CSIRO Atmospheric Research; Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne

    Presented by The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 281 rsvps
    ANU Pop-Up Village Bar

    PitP 2018 year ahead

     

    Join us for the Australia Institute's first Politics in the Pub for 2018, as we look at the political year ahead with Press Gallery journalists Rob Harris (Herald Sun), Amy Remeikis (Guardian) and Marija Zivic (SBS) with Ben Oquist, Executive Director of the Australia Institute as MC

    Politics in the Pub
    2018: the Political Year Ahead
    featuring Rob Harris, Amy Remeikis & Marija Zivic
    with Ben Oquist as MC
    7pm Wednesday 21st February
    at the Pop-Up Village Bar @ ANU
    FREE, but bookings essential

    Access to the ANU Pop-Up Village is best from Childers Street, near the Street Theatre. Enter University Avenue and wander into the University grounds, the Pop-Up Village is on the left side of the Avenue. The Club can be found by walking through the Village and into the Bar. Parking can be found in the Citywest Carpark, access is off Allsop St. If using the Baldessin Carpark which is accessible from Childers Street, walk through the hoarding at the end of Ellery Crescent into the Village.

     

     

     

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 06:00 PM

    Curing Affluenza First Aid Kit

    FAK.pngWant to discuss the shape you wish your community, and your country, was in? Then sign up for updates on all things consumerism, materialism and even some optimism from Richard Denniss and the team at The Australia Institute - and be the first to hear when Richard and the team complete the Curing Affluenza First Aid Kit. 

    It is important to keep up to date with the problems we face, but it is also important to remember that we do have the capacity to change things, and that every day, communities around the world are not just demanding improvements, but implementing them.

    The strongest challenge to the status quo is the belief that change is possible.

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Fern Tree Tavern in Fern Tree, Australia

    Beers and Ideas: A discussion on wage inequality

    Unions Tasmania and The Australia Institute Tasmania are hosting a discussion on wage inequality with progressive economist, Dr. Jim Stanford. Jim is the Director at the Centre for Future Work based out of The Australia Institute.

    Flyer with details of Beers and Ideas

    Wages growth is at record lows while the gap between CEO salaries and average wages keeps ballooning. At the same time, penalty rates are being cut and our minimum wage is way too low. In Tasmania, the average annual wage is about half the national average. 

    There's never been a better time to talk about tackling wage inequality. 

    FREE but bookings essential, as spaces are limited. 

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Fern Tree Tavern in Fern Tree, Australia

    Beers and Ideas: A discussion on wage inequality (archive of original)

    Unions Tasmania and The Australia Institute Tasmania are hosting a discussion on wage inequality with progressive economist, Dr. Jim Stanford. Jim is the Director at the Centre for Future Work based out of The Australia Institute.

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    Wages growth is at record lows while the gap between CEO salaries and average wages keeps ballooning. At the same time, penalty rates are being cut and our minimum wage is way too low. In Tasmania, the average annual wage is about half the national average. 

    There's never been a better time to talk about tackling wage inequality. 

    FREE but bookings essential, as spaces are limited. 

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 242 rsvps

    Curing Affluenza Book Launch: Canberra

    'Affluenza is that strange desire we feel to spend money we don't have to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't know...'

    A truly modern affliction, affluenza is endemic in Western societies, encouraged by those who profit from a culture of exploitation and waste. So how do we cure ourselves?

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    In his new book, Curing Affluenza, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. We should cherish the things we own -- preserve them, repair them, and then gift or sell them when we no longer need them. 

    ‘Richard Denniss is the freshest economic thinker I know, brimming with ideas, challenging old views and finding new opportunities for progress. In this path-breaking book he shows how we can stop abusing the natural environment without great economic cost.’ 
    —Ross Gittins

     

    Directions to ANU Pop-Up Village

    Access to the ANU Pop-Up Village is best from Childers Street, near the Street Theatre. Enter University Avenue and wander into the University grounds, the Pop-Up Village is on the left side of the Avenue. The Club can be found by walking through the Village and into the Bar. Alternately best parking can be found in the Baldessin Carpark (access from Childers Street also), and walk through the hoarding at the end of Ellery Crescent into the Village.

  • Thursday, November 02, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 209 rsvps
    The Fern Tree Tavern in Fern Tree, Australia

    Curing Affluenza Book Launch: Hobart

    'Affluenza is that strange desire we feel to spend money we don't have to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't know...'

    A truly modern affliction, affluenza is endemic in Western societies, encouraged by those who profit from a culture of exploitation and waste. So how do we cure ourselves?

    In his new book, Curing Affluenza, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. We should cherish the things we own -- preserve them, repair them, and then gift or sell them when we no longer need them. 

    ‘Richard Denniss is the freshest economic thinker I know, brimming with ideas, challenging old views and finding new opportunities for progress. In this path-breaking book he shows how we can stop abusing the natural environment without great economic cost.’ 
    —Ross Gittins

  • Monday, October 30, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    The Level, Endeavour House in Manuka, Australia

    Curing Affluenza Official Launch

    'Affluenza is that strange desire we feel to spend money we don't have to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't know...'

    Dear Friends

    You are invited to the launch of our Chief Economist Richard Denniss’ new book Curing Affluenza to be launched by Chief Minister of the ACT, Andrew Barr MLA.

    This is a special moment in Australia’s economic and political debate and an important occasion for The Australia Institute.

    Curing Affluenza is set to reshape how economics is thought of and discussed: it is a book to change minds and change politics.

    We are delighted and honoured that the Chief Minister of one of Australia’s most forward thinking jurisdictions will launch the book at our new(ish) offices in Manuka, Canberra.

    I and the whole team here at the Australia Institute would be delighted if you could join us.

    Ben Oquist
    Executive Director, The Australia Institute

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    A truly modern affliction, affluenza is endemic in Western societies, encouraged by those who profit from a culture of exploitation and waste. So how do we cure ourselves?

    In his new book, Curing Affluenza, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. We should cherish the things we own -- preserve them, repair them, and then gift or sell them when we no longer need them. 

    ‘Richard Denniss is the freshest economic thinker I know, brimming with ideas, challenging old views and finding new opportunities for progress. In this path-breaking book he shows how we can stop abusing the natural environment without great economic cost.’ 
    —Ross Gittins

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 06:00 PM

    Curing Affluenza Book Offer

    'Affluenza is that strange desire we feel to spend money we don't have to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't know...'

    A truly modern affliction, affluenza is endemic in Western societies, encouraged by those who profit from a culture of exploitation and waste. So how do we cure ourselves?

    In his new book, Curing Affluenza, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. We should cherish the things we own -- preserve them, repair them, and then gift or sell them when we no longer need them. 

    ‘Richard Denniss is the freshest economic thinker I know, brimming with ideas, challenging old views and finding new opportunities for progress. In this path-breaking book he shows how we can stop abusing the natural environment without great economic cost.’ 
    —Ross Gittins

    With special contributions by Bob Brown, Kumi Naidoo, Marilyn Waring, John Quiggin, Leanne Minshull, Jim Stanford, Bill McKibben, and Craig Bennett, Curing Affluenza will change the way you think about your place in the world.

    Curing Affluenza is out 30 October, but as an Australia Institute supporter you have the opportunity to get it first.

    Thanks to the publisher, Black Inc., The Australia Institute is able to offer our supporters this special deal:

    -- PLEASE NOTE PRE-ORDER SPECIAL OFFER HAS NOW CLOSED --

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 05:45 PM · 10 rsvps
    The Level in Canberra, Australia

    YES! Marriage Equality Calling Event

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics is starting to send out marriage equality survey papers this week.

    At the Australia Institute, our research shows that in the seat of Warringah -- Tony Abbott's seat -- 70% of people support marriage equality. 

    We want to let people know that when even literal Tony Abbott voters are saying YES to marriage equality, then they can too!

    So we asked The Level at Endeavour House (the social impact building where the Australia Institute office is) if they would donate some space to run a phone-bank in our office and they agreed!

    We would like to invite you to a Vote Yes to Marriage Equality calling event at The Level. We've registered our event with the Vote Yes campaign, which provides the central number to call to connect through to other community members, a calling script and the background information you'll need to ask people if they'll be voting yes for marriage equality.

    Vote Yes to Marriage Equality phonebank
    6pm - 8pm
    Wednesday 13 September
    The Level, L1 Endeavour House
    1 Franklin Street, Manuka
    (opposite Coles Manuka)

    Depending on interest we may host additional events. 

    This isn't something we have done before, but we think it's an important time for Australians to come together to show they support equal rights for their LGBTIQ colleagues, friends, siblings, mums and dads and loved ones. Like many community groups and businesses, we want to take a moment to participate in this important campaign and we hope you'll join us. 

    **Can't make it on Wednesday, but want to host a Vote Yes phone-bank in your home or workplace? Visit the Vote Yes campaign website to organise** 

    You will need to bring:

    - Your phone (and preferably your phone charger)

    - Your laptop (if you have one)

    - Your winning attitude and love for equal rights

     Places are limited, so register now!

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    Melbourne Town Hall

    GFC+10 Melbourne Public Talk

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 at 06:30 PM

    GFC+10 Tas Talk with Ed Balls

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    During the Global Financial Crisis, our banks wobbled, the economy stalled, unemployment rose and... the Government acted. Ten years on, with inequality entrenched, trickle-down economics is in search of a replacement.

    Speakers

    Rt. Hon. Ed Balls PC
    Ed Balls is a Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, and former UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2011-15), UK Minister for Financial Services (2006-07), and Chief Economic Advisor to the UK Treasury (1997-2004)

    Saul Eslake
    Saul Eslake is one of Australia’s most respected and renowned economic commentators. Having worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for over 25 years his comments and economic findings have been known to cause a stir in the media.

  • Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Sydney Boardroom Lunch

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    The Level in Griffith, Australia

    Accountability & The Law Conference Reception

    Please join us at The Level, Endeavour House for a reception following the Accountability & the Law Conference.

    Economist Dr Cameron Murray will be speaking about his book Game of Mates, the story of the cosy power structures of Australia. The book, co-written with Professor Paul Frijters, examines at how well-connected insiders have come to dominate our corporate and political sectors, as well as how this game of grey corruption is played, how much it costs, and what can be done about it. 

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    The Level in Griffith, Australia

    GFC+10 Reception

    During the Global Financial Crisis, our banks wobbled, the economy stalled, unemployment rose and... the Government acted. Ten years on, with inequality entrenched, trickle-down economics is in search of a replacement.

    Ed Balls, Wayne Swan, the Chifley Research Centre and the Australia Institute are organising a series of events in August to mark the 10 year anniversary of the GFC and plan ahead. To kick off events please come to a special reception. More details about our program of events visit: theaus.in/GFC10PublicEvents

    Featuring —

    Rt. Hon. Ed Balls PC -- Ed Balls is a Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, and former UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2011-15), UK Minister for Financial Services (2006-07), and Chief Economic Advisor to the UK Treasury (1997-2004)

  • Wednesday, August 09, 2017 at 08:00 PM
    Civic Pub in Braddon, Australia

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    Join us for The Australia Institute's Politics in the Pub with Senator Sam Dastyari, as he launches his new book One Halal of a Story, with Chris Steel MLA, ACT Labor Member for Murrumbidgee.

    As in life, Sam Dastyari's memoir is unexpected and unorthodox. This is the man who introduced Pauline Hanson to the halal snack pack and accountability to big banks.

    Named Sahand by his hippy Iranian parents, he changed his name to Sam to fit in with his schoolmates. But Sam was always going to stand out.

    He joined the Labor Party when he was 16 and was elected as a senator only 13 years later. Sam brings his super-charged approach to life to his writing and the result is hilarious: part-memoir, part-political treatise and part-reflection on hard times.

    We learn about his cats, Lenin and Trotsky; how to deal with neighbours when their front lawns are under siege from the media thanks to your misdemeanour; and how the most dangerous mosh pits are to be found among parents at the school nativity play.

    One Halal of a Story is a no-holds-barred look at the good and bad of family, politics, and being Sam.

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 09:00 AM

    In conversation with Mark Butler

    As one of the first events to be hosted by The Australia Institute Climate & Energy program, you are invited to a special mid-morning seminar with the Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister Mark Butler, to coincide with the release of his new book -- Climate Wars.

    Ben Oquist, Executive Director of The Australia Institute, will be hosting this special event, including an in-depth Q&A looking at both the past failures in climate policy in Australia as well as looking forward towards bold action before it's too late.

    As the debate rages over the Finkel Report, the Labor Party will be key to what happens next in climate and energy policy, and Mark Butler will be the crucial player in shaping Labor’s climate and energy agenda. 

    Join us for what promises to be an engaging and informative seminar and Q&A on what next for Australia’s climate change and energy policy. Places are strictly limited


    Climate Wars Seminar and Q&A
    with Mark Butler, Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister
    hosted by Ben Oquist, Executive Director 

    (arrive 8.45am for 9am start) 
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    The Level in Griffith, Australia

    Energy Roundtable

  • Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 38 rsvps
    The Westalla building in Hobart, Australia

    The Australia Institute Tasmania Office Opening and Drinks

    The Australia Institute Tasmania's first couple of months have been busy, and now we've opened our office we are inviting you around for a drink. Please let us know if you are able to join us, and share this event with a friend to invite them along.

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 221 rsvps
    Eastlake Football Club in Kingston, Australia

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    Politics in the Pub: The Future of the ABC

    Politics in the Pub: The Future of the ABC
    with Quentin Dempster, Margaret Reynolds & Ranald Macdonald
    6.30pm Wednesday 22 March
    Eastlake Football Club, 3 Oxley Street Kingston

    ** Please note different venue -- we'll be at Eastlake Football Club in Kingston due to long-term renovations at UniPub**

    The Australia Institute’s research shows that the ABC is Australia's most trusted broadcaster. At a time when so-called 'fake news' is at an all time high, has there ever been a greater need for a strong, independent and trusted national broadcaster? It is not hyperbole to say that the ABC is under more technological, financial and political pressure than ever before. With a new direction under Michelle Guthrie's leadership, what does this mean for the Future of the ABC? 

    Our expert panel of Quentin Dempster (journalist & author), Margaret Reynolds (National President of ABC Friends & former Senator), and Ranald Macdonald (former managing director of The Age & ABC Friends) will discuss what’s happened, what the effects will be and their take on the future of the ABC.

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 375 rsvps
    Uni Pub, 17 London Circuit (opposite the Cupping Room)

    Politics in the Pub: The Rise of the New 'Alt Right'

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    Catch a thought-provoking Politics in the Pub discussion between The Australia Institute Executive Director Ben Oquist and former journalist, author and researcher Phil Dorling. With the rise of the One Nation Party, the resignation of Cory Bernardi, and Trumpism, join us as we discuss the new 'alt right' in Australia, what it means and what can be done.

    Phil Dorling is a respected former journalist, author and researcher who has begun a series of research projects for the Australia Institute regarding the One Nation Party, its policies and where they come from. 

    Ben Oquist is the executive director of the Australia Institute, and a respected political and communications strategist and commentator. Oquist is known for his ability to negotiate across the political spectrum, and is a regular commentator and contributor on SkyNews, The Drum, Crikey, The Guardian and Fairfax publications.

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:30 AM
    National Press Club in Barton, Australia

    National Press Club Address (Bob Inglis)

    “The new conservative agenda to protect our climate” 

    Mr Inglis will give a nationally televised address outlining his policy for climate action, which he will push under the Trump Presidency. He advocates an economy-wide carbon tax with border adjustments, to protect the economy from being undercut by cheap high-carbon imports during the period of transition to low emissions.

     

    Lunch, $85.00.

     

    In February 2017, just weeks after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, former US Republican Party Congressman Bob Inglis will speak at the University of Sydney about climate action from a conservative perspective.

    Mr Inglis began his career in Congress as a critic of climate action and came to accept the science after visiting Antarctica and snorkelling on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with a scientist, Dr Scott Heron (who featured on ABC Catalyst).

    Mr Inglis became a great advocate for climate action and this ‘heresy’ cost him his seat in Congress. In 2015 Mr Inglis was awarded a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his political bravery. He is Executive Director of republicEN.org. Bob and his wife Mary Anne Inglis are coming to Australia as guests of The Australia Institute on a two week tour to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Townsville.

     

    Buy tickets directly from the National Press Club website.

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 350 rsvps

    "How conservatives can lead on climate action under Donald Trump" (Bob Inglis)

    Free public lecture hosted at the Sydney Business School and the United States Studies Centre. Bob Inglis is touring Australia as a guest of The Australia Institute.

    Chair: Robert Hill AC, who was Environment Minister under Liberal Prime Minister John Howard.

    Panel: Rob Stokes, MP and NSW Minister, and Dr Scott Heron.

    In February 2017, just weeks after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, former US Republican Party Congressman Bob Inglis will speak at the University of Sydney about climate action from a conservative perspective.

    Mr Inglis began his career in Congress as a critic of climate action and came to accept the science after visiting Antarctica and snorkelling on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with a scientist, Dr Scott Heron (who featured on ABC Catalyst).

    Mr Inglis became a great advocate for climate action and this ‘heresy’ cost him his seat in Congress. In 2015 Mr Inglis was awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his political bravery. He is Executive Director of republicEN.org

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 103 rsvps

    USSC - How conservatives can lead on climate action under Donald Trump (Bob Inglis)

    Free public lecture hosted by the United States Studies Centre at the Sydney Business School. Bob Inglis is touring Australia as a guest of The Australia Institute.

    Chair: Robert Hill AC, who was Environment Minister under Liberal Prime Minister John Howard.

    Panel: Rob Stokes, MP and NSW Minister, and Dr Scott Heron.

    In February 2017, just weeks after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, former US Republican Party Congressman Bob Inglis will speak at the University of Sydney about climate action from a conservative perspective.

    Mr Inglis began his career in Congress as a critic of climate action and came to accept the science after visiting Antarctica and snorkelling on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with a scientist, Dr Scott Heron (who featured on ABC Catalyst).

    Mr Inglis became a great advocate for climate action and this ‘heresy’ cost him his seat in Congress. In 2015 Mr Inglis was awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his political bravery. He is Executive Director of republicEN.org

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 06:30 PM
    Uni Pub, 17 London Circuit (opposite the Cupping Room)

    Politics in the Pub: 2016 Political Wrap

    Join us for a very special evening of Politics in the Pub, where we look back at the 2016 political year that was.

    It's hard to believe, but in 2016 we've had a Federal election, an ACT election, got a new Senate crossbench and to prove that we should always expect the unexpected -- the Bulldogs won the flag (you thought we were going to say Trump, didn't you.)

    Joining us, we have special guests: Rob Harris (Herald Sun), Alice Workman (Buzzfeed), Matthew Knott (Fairfax), Daniela Ritorto (SBS News).

    Together, they will be joined by MC Ben Oquist, Executive Director of the Australia Institute, to discuss 2016: what even was that?

  • Monday, December 05, 2016 at 06:00 PM through December 07, 2016 · $50.00 AUD
    University of New South Wales

    SHE Conference 2016

    Registration fee covers morning and afternoon teas and a light lunch.

    People giving two or more presentations are expected to pay full or early registration.

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    The Crossing Theatre in Narrabri, Australia

    The economic impacts of CSG: How will it affect you?

    How many people will CSG employ and how long will the jobs last? Will they be new jobs, or simply taking skilled workers from local businesses. Will there be any spillover jobs? Will costs go up for existing local businesses? What happened in Queensland?
    CSG development will have large impacts the local economy. There will be winners and losers, and most people will be affected one way or the other.
    This event will hear from Richard Denniss, one of Australia’s leading economists, and from John Hoffman, a prominent local businessman and President of the Chamber of Commerce in Miles, a town at the centre of CSG development in Queensland’s Darling Downs
    This event will present a macro-economic perspective, and also hear from someone who has experienced the reality of CSG development on the local economy first hand from a business perspective. This event will be a valuable discussion for anyone interested in how CSG development will affect them.

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 165 rsvps
    Uni Pub, 17 London Circuit (opposite the Cupping Room)

    Politics in the Pub: Caroline Le Couteur

    Join us for Politics in the Pub 6pm next Wednesday 16th November as ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur stops by to talk about what it's like returning to the ACT Legislative Assembly, and her vision for the next four years in office.

    Politics in the Pub: ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur
    WHEN: 6pm, Wednesday 16th November
    WHERE: UniPub, 17 London Circuit, Civic (opposite The Cupping Room)

    Caroline Le Couteur is the ACT Greens Member for Murrumbidgee, elected this October.

    Caroline has spent her life making our community fairer and more sustainable. She was a founding director of Australian Ethical Investment, an ASX listed company that only invests in ethical and responsible companies. She has also been the Executive Director of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, a not-for-profit organisation that fights to improve the sustainability of Australian businesses. 

    She was previously elected as Member for Molonglo in 2008, and her achievements include helping secure the ACT's greenhouse gas target, improving consultation on local planning, and strengthening animal welfare. 

    We hope to see you for what promises to be an interesting and thought-provoking evening.

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 08:00 PM · 94 rsvps
    Uni Pub, 17 London Circuit (opposite the Cupping Room)

    Politics in the Pub: Rebekha Sharkie

    There is no doubt that one of the biggest upsets of the 2016 election was pulled off by Rebekha Sharkie, when she defeated the incumbent member, former Minister and Abbott-loyalist, Jamie Briggs to win the lower house seat of Mayo for the Nick Xenophon Team.

    In doing so, the new Federal Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie, is a politician of many firsts. She is the first Nick Xenophon Team member to be elected to the House of Representatives; the first non-conservative politician to represent the once-safe Liberal electorate of Mayo since it was created in 1984; and the first woman to represent her part of regional South Australia since Federation. But it took more than 'the X Factor' to deliver the 43-year-old mother of three a massive 17% election swing.

    Rebekha Sharkie will tell you that it was a strong commitment to grassroots politics that took her campaigning from underdog status to a resounding victory. She was a local, campaigning to locals and she used her decades of career experience as a paralegal, an executive in the not-for-profit sector and a researcher and adviser to various Liberal Party MPs to hone her political skills.

    Politics in the Pub: Rebekha Sharkie MP, NXT Member for Mayo
    WHEN: 8pm for 8:15pm start, Wednesday 19th October
    WHERE: UniPub, 17 London Circuit, Civic (opposite The Cupping Room)
    FREE, but RSVP essential

    [please note: this event is starts at 8pm to accommodate the Parliamentary sitting schedule. Due to the tight numbers in the Lower House, MPs are no longer able to leave parliament before debate adjourns for the day.]

  • Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM · $295.00 AUD
    Treacy Centre in Parkville, Australia

    Melbourne Masterclass

    If you're a 'non-economist' and you've ever wanted to spend the day with Australia Institute chief economist Richard Denniss learning how to decode political spin and economic nonsense -- this is your chance.

    Economics is everywhere in the public debate, but economists are not. So much of what political leaders say relates to the economy, but so few of them say anything of real substance. Most community advocates, like most politicians, are not economists but most advocates, unlike most politicians, feel uncomfortable talking about things in which they are not expert.

    This course is designed to decode political spin and economic nonsense, and unpack economics for progressive advocacy.

    10am - 4pm, Friday 14th October
    Cost:
    $295 (incl. GST), lunch included
    Address: Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville
    Richard Denniss is the chief economist at the Australia Institute and the author of Econobabble 

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    • Your place in the masterclass is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.
    • All information is correct at time of publication. The Australia Institute reserves the right to make changes to the advertised program information. If this occurs, we will endeavour to provide as much advance notice as possible.
    • If the Australia Institute needs to cancel the masterclass, we will provide as much notice as possible. Under these circumstances we will either offer an alternative class or refund the fee in full. Travel and other attendant costs will not be covered.
    • We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.
    • It is our expectation that all masterclass attendees act respectfully and thoughtfully towards all participants and masterclass tutor. We reserve the right to remove any participant who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, no refund will be offered.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 105 rsvps
    The Clyde Hotel, 385 Cardigan St, Carlton

    Politics in the Pub Melbourne: Richard Denniss

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    WE WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGISE, DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE OUR CONTROL WE HAVE HAD TO RESCHEDULE THIS EVENT. PLEASE STAY TUNED AS A NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

     

    “Economics is like a tyre lever: it can be used to solve a problem, or to beat someone over the head” -- Richard Denniss

    Join us for Politics in the Pub with Richard Denniss, author of Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense.

    An economist by training, Richard has worked for the past 20 years in a variety of policy and political roles. In recent years he has been at the forefront of the national policy debates surrounding climate change policy and the Australian mining boom. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. Prior to working at The Australia Institute Richard was the Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, was Chief of Staff to the then Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja.

    Richard has published extensively in academic journals, has a fortnightly column in The Canberra Times and Australian Financial Review and was the co-author of Minority Policy: Rethinking governance when parliament matters (with Dr Brenton Prosser), the best selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton) and An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison).

    His most recent book Econobabble was released in February 2016.

  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM · $295.00 AUD
    ???? in Melbourne, Australia

    Melbourne ACTU Masterclass

    If you're a 'non-economist' and you've ever wanted to spend the day with Australia Institute chief economist Richard Denniss learning how to decode political spin and economic nonsense -- this is your chance.

    Economics is everywhere in the public debate, but economists are not. So much of what political leaders say relates to the economy, but so few of them say anything of real substance. Most community advocates, like most politicians, are not economists but most advocates, unlike most politicians, feel uncomfortable talking about things in which they are not expert.

    This course is designed to decode political spin and economic nonsense, and unpack economics for progressive advocacy.

    10am - 4pm, ???
    Cost:
    $295 (incl. GST), lunch included
    Address: ???
    Richard Denniss is the chief economist at the Australia Institute and the author of Econobabble 

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    • Your place in the masterclass is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.
    • All information is correct at time of publication. The Australia Institute reserves the right to make changes to the advertised program information. If this occurs, we will endeavour to provide as much advance notice as possible.
    • If the Australia Institute needs to cancel the masterclass, we will provide as much notice as possible. Under these circumstances we will either offer an alternative class or refund the fee in full. Travel and other attendant costs will not be covered.
    • We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.
    • It is our expectation that all masterclass attendees act respectfully and thoughtfully towards all participants and masterclass tutor. We reserve the right to remove any participant who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, no refund will be offered.
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM · $140.00 AUD
    Mathers House in Hobart, Australia

    Tas_Masterclass

    If you're a 'non-economist' and you've ever wanted to spend the day with Australia Institute chief economist Richard Denniss learning how to decode political spin and economic nonsense -- this is your chance.

    Economics is everywhere in the public debate, but economists are not. So much of what political leaders say relates to the economy, but so few of them say anything of real substance. Most community advocates, like most politicians, are not economists; but most advocates, unlike most politicians, feel uncomfortable talking about things in which they are not expert.

    This course is designed to decode political spin and economic nonsense, and unpack economics for progressive advocacy.

    10am - 4pm, Wednesday 21st September
    Cost:
    $140 (incl. GST), lunch included
    Our thanks to Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre (SARC). This masterclass has been made possible at this special price (rrp $295) thanks to their support.
    Address: Mathers House (lower level), 108 Bathurst St, Hobart TAS

    Richard Denniss is the chief economist at the Australia Institute and the author of Econobabble 

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    • Your place in the masterclass is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.
    • All information is correct at time of publication. The Australia Institute reserves the right to make changes to the advertised program information. If this occurs, we will endeavour to provide as much advance notice as possible.
    • If the Australia Institute needs to cancel the masterclass, we will provide as much notice as possible. Under these circumstances we will either offer an alternative class or refund the fee in full. Travel and other attendant costs will not be covered.
    • We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.
    • It is our expectation that all masterclass attendees act respectfully and thoughtfully towards all participants and masterclass tutor. We reserve the right to remove any participant who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, no refund will be offered.
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 51 rsvps

    Econobabble Book Talk: Hobart

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    What is econobabble? We hear it every day, when public figures and commentators use incomprehensible economic jargon to dress up their self-interest as the national interest, to make the absurd seem inevitable or the inequitable seem fair. Richard Denniss’ new book Econobabble is designed to expose the stupid arguments, bizarre contradictions and complete lack of evidence upon which much ‘common sense’ about the economy rests in Australia. Econobabble is for those who, deep down, have never believed that it makes sense, economic or otherwise, to help poor people by slashing public spending on the services they need. It’s for those who have a sneaking suspicion that it would be cheaper to avoid the effects of climate change than to let them happen and then ‘adapt’. And it’s for those who think it would be more efficient to reduce unemployment than to ship jobs offshore or blame those who are out of work. With humour and precision, Richard Denniss demolishes the tired and misleading arguments of right-wing economic ‘experts’, empowering you to cut through the babble and reach the truth.

     Refreshments from 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

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  • Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM · $295.00 AUD
    Adeliade City Library in Adelaide, Australia

    Adelaide Masterclass

    If you're a 'non-economist' and you've ever wanted to spend the day with Australia Institute chief economist Richard Denniss learning how to decode political spin and economic nonsense -- this is your chance.

    Economics is everywhere in the public debate, but economists are not. So much of what political leaders say relates to the economy, but so few of them say anything of real substance. Most community advocates, like most politicians, are not economists but most advocates, unlike most politicians, feel uncomfortable talking about things in which they are not expert.

    This course is designed to decode political spin and economic nonsense, and unpack economics for progressive advocacy.

    10am - 4pm, Wednesday 8th September
    Cost:
    $295 (incl. GST), lunch included
    Address: Adelaide City Library, 77 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
    Richard Denniss is the chief economist at the Australia Institute and the author of Econobabble 

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    • Your place in the masterclass is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.
    • All information is correct at time of publication. The Australia Institute reserves the right to make changes to the advertised program information. If this occurs, we will endeavour to provide as much advance notice as possible.
    • If the Australia Institute needs to cancel the masterclass, we will provide as much notice as possible. Under these circumstances we will either offer an alternative class or refund the fee in full. Travel and other attendant costs will not be covered.
    • We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.
    • It is our expectation that all masterclass attendees act respectfully and thoughtfully towards all participants and masterclass tutor. We reserve the right to remove any participant who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, no refund will be offered.
  • Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM · $295.00 AUD

    Perth Masterclass

    If you're a 'non-economist' and you've ever wanted to spend the day with Australia Institute chief economist Richard Denniss learning how to decode political spin and economic nonsense -- this is your chance.

    Economics is everywhere in the public debate, but economists are not. So much of what political leaders say relates to the economy, but so few of them say anything of real substance. Most community advocates, like most politicians, are not economists but most advocates, unlike most politicians, feel uncomfortable talking about things in which they are not expert.

    This course is designed to decode political spin and economic nonsense, and unpack economics for progressive advocacy.

    10am - 4pm, Wednesday 8th September
    Cost:
    $295 (incl. GST), lunch included
    Address: State Library of WA - North-West Room, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000
    Richard Denniss is the chief economist at the Australia Institute and the author of Econobabble 

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    • Your place in the masterclass is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.
    • All information is correct at time of publication. The Australia Institute reserves the right to make changes to the advertised program information. If this occurs, we will endeavour to provide as much advance notice as possible.
    • If the Australia Institute needs to cancel the masterclass, we will provide as much notice as possible. Under these circumstances we will either offer an alternative class or refund the fee in full. Travel and other attendant costs will not be covered.
    • We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.
    • It is our expectation that all masterclass attendees act respectfully and thoughtfully towards all participants and masterclass tutor. We reserve the right to remove any participant who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, no refund will be offered.
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 108 rsvps
    3 Wise Monkeys in Sydney, Australia

    Politics in the Pub Sydney: Richard Denniss

    “Economics is like a tyre lever: it can be used to solve a problem, or to beat someone over the head” -- Richard Denniss

    Join us for Politics in the Pub with Richard Denniss, author of Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense.

    An economist by training, Richard has worked for the past 20 years in a variety of policy and political roles. In recent years he has been at the forefront of the national policy debates surrounding climate change policy and the Australian mining boom. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. Prior to working at The Australia Institute Richard was the Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, was Chief of Staff to the then Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja.

    Richard has published extensively in academic journals, has a fortnightly column in The Canberra Times and Australian Financial Review and was the co-author of Minority Policy: Rethinking governance when parliament matters (with Dr Brenton Prosser), the best selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton) and An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison).

    His most recent book Econobabble was released in February 2016.

     

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM · $295.00 AUD
    Sydney Mechanics School of Arts in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Masterclass

    If you're a 'non-economist' and you've ever wanted to spend the day with Australia Institute chief economist Richard Denniss learning how to decode political spin and economic nonsense -- this is your chance.

    Economics is everywhere in the public debate, but economists are not. So much of what political leaders say relates to the economy, but so few of them say anything of real substance. Most community advocates, like most politicians, are not economists but most advocates, unlike most politicians, feel uncomfortable talking about things in which they are not expert.

    This course is designed to decode political spin and economic nonsense, and unpack economics for progressive advocacy.

    10am - 4pm, Wednesday 14th September
    Cost:
    $295 (incl. GST), lunch included
    Address: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA) 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

    Richard Denniss is the chief economist at the Australia Institute and the author of Econobabble 

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    • Your place in the masterclass is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.
    • All information is correct at time of publication. The Australia Institute reserves the right to make changes to the advertised program information. If this occurs, we will endeavour to provide as much advance notice as possible.
    • If the Australia Institute needs to cancel the masterclass, we will provide as much notice as possible. Under these circumstances we will either offer an alternative class or refund the fee in full. Travel and other attendant costs will not be covered.
    • We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.
    • It is our expectation that all masterclass attendees act respectfully and thoughtfully towards all participants and masterclass tutor. We reserve the right to remove any participant who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, no refund will be offered.
  • Thursday, September 08, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 71 rsvps
    The Pig'n'Whistle Riverside in Brisbane, Australia

    Politics in the Pub Brisbane: Richard Denniss

    “Economics is like a tyre lever: it can be used to solve a problem, or to beat someone over the head” -- Richard Denniss

    Join us for Politics in the Pub with Richard Denniss, Chief Economist at The Australia Institute.

    An economist by training, Richard has worked for the past 20 years in a variety of policy and political roles. In recent years he has been at the forefront of the national policy debates surrounding climate change policy and the Australian mining boom. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. Prior to working at The Australia Institute Richard was the Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, was Chief of Staff to the then Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja.

    Richard has published extensively in academic journals, has a fortnightly column in The Canberra Times and Australian Financial Review and was the co-author of Minority Policy: Rethinking governance when parliament matters (with Dr Brenton Prosser), the best selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton) and An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison).

    His most recent book Econobabble was released in February 2016.

  • Thursday, September 08, 2016 at 10:00 AM · $295.00 AUD
    Green Room, Punthill Brisbane in Brisbane, Australia

    Brisbane Masterclass

    If you're a 'non-economist' and you've ever wanted to spend the day with Australia Institute chief economist Richard Denniss learning how to decode political spin and economic nonsense -- this is your chance.

    Economics is everywhere in the public debate, but economists are not. So much of what political leaders say relates to the economy, but so few of them say anything of real substance. Most community advocates, like most politicians, are not economists but most advocates, unlike most politicians, feel uncomfortable talking about things in which they are not expert.

    This course is designed to decode political spin and economic nonsense, and unpack economics for progressive advocacy.

    10am - 4pm, Thursday 8th September
    Cost:
    $295 (incl. GST), lunch included
    Address: Green Room, Punthill Brisbane; 40 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill.

    Richard Denniss is the chief economist at the Australia Institute and the author of Econobabble.

    Not in Queensland but interested in attending this masterclass in your city? Register your interest here.

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    • Your place in the masterclass is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.
    • All information is correct at time of publication. The Australia Institute reserves the right to make changes to the advertised program information. If this occurs, we will endeavour to provide as much advance notice as possible.
    • If the Australia Institute needs to cancel the masterclass, we will provide as much notice as possible. Under these circumstances we will either offer an alternative class or refund the fee in full. Travel and other attendant costs will not be covered.
    • We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.
    • It is our expectation that all masterclass attendees act respectfully and thoughtfully towards all participants and masterclass tutor. We reserve the right to remove any participant who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, no refund will be offered.
  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016 at 10:00 AM · $295.00 AUD
    ???? in Canberra, Australia

    Canberra Masterclass

    If you're a 'non-economist' and you've ever wanted to spend the day with Australia Institute chief economist Richard Denniss learning how to decode political spin and economic nonsense -- this is your chance.

    Economics is everywhere in the public debate, but economists are not. So much of what political leaders say relates to the economy, but so few of them say anything of real substance. Most community advocates, like most politicians, are not economists but most advocates, unlike most politicians, feel uncomfortable talking about things in which they are not expert.

    This course is designed to decode political spin and economic nonsense, and unpack economics for progressive advocacy.

    10am - 4pm, ???
    Cost:
    $295 (incl. GST), lunch included
    Address: ???
    Richard Denniss is the chief economist at the Australia Institute and the author of Econobabble 

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    • Your place in the masterclass is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.
    • All information is correct at time of publication. The Australia Institute reserves the right to make changes to the advertised program information. If this occurs, we will endeavour to provide as much advance notice as possible.
    • If the Australia Institute needs to cancel the masterclass, we will provide as much notice as possible. Under these circumstances we will either offer an alternative class or refund the fee in full. Travel and other attendant costs will not be covered.
    • We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.
    • It is our expectation that all masterclass attendees act respectfully and thoughtfully towards all participants and masterclass tutor. We reserve the right to remove any participant who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, no refund will be offered.
  • Saturday, September 03, 2016 at 10:00 AM
    Exposure 2016

    The Nuclear Money Dump

    "The dollars and the dumps"

    Taking a closer look at the money being spruiked around waste dump proposals. 

    For more details, visit the Exposure 2016 website.

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 at 07:00 PM
    Sustainable Living Armidale

    Mining the Truth

    Mark is the Principal Adviser at The Australia Institute. He specialises in mining and energy issues, particularly relating to the economic impacts of coal and gas mining. This role includes research and engaging with stakeholders from communities, industry and government across Australia, particularly in regions heavily impacted by mining.

    For more information, and to attend, see the Sustainable Living Armidale website

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 109 rsvps
    Uni Pub, 17 London Circuit (opposite the Cupping Room)

    Politics in the Pub: Shane Rattenbury

    Join us for what will sure to be an interesting and informative Politics in the Pub with ACT Greens Minister, Shane Rattenbury, on the thought provoking topic 'Courage and Community.'

    In 2008, Shane was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the electorate of Molonglo, and became the first Greens Speaker of a parliament anywhere in the world. As the Greens Spokesperson on Climate Change and Environment and Attorney-General, he worked to secure an ambitious climate change target and campaigned for equal marriage rights.

    Shane was re-elected to the Assembly in 2012 and appointed as the first ACT Greens Minister, taking on key portfolios such as Territory and Municipal Services and Education. In that time, Shane Rattenbury has been integral to driving and delivering some of the biggest reforms Canberra has ever seen –- from leading the nation on climate action, to our world-class renewable energy targets, to changing the conversation on light rail.

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 160 rsvps
    Uni Pub, 17 London Circuit (opposite the Cupping Room)

    Politics in the Pub: Election Wrap

    Elections don't end political debates; they reset them.

    Join us for Politics in the Pub, as we unpack the 2016 Federal Election and answer your questions about the campaign and the new Parliament.

    You’ve seen the social media reactions, listened to the radio and read the paper. We know who will form government and a large chunk of who will be in the Senate.

    But now for the hard part: what does it all mean?

  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 213 rsvps
    Uni Pub, 17 London Circuit (opposite the Cupping Room)

    Politics in the Pub: Katy Gallagher

    We're excited to announce that Senator Katy Gallagher will be joining us for Politics in the Pub, 6pm Thursday 23rd June.

    A Labor Senator for the Australian Capital Territory, Katy Gallagher is also a former Chief Minister of the ACT.

    As ACT Treasurer, Katy Gallagher helped steer the ACT through the global financial crisis, delivering record levels of capital works in 2009-10 which has supported jobs and economic activity through the worst of the slow down.

    In December 2014 Katy resigned as Chief Minister to take up a casual vacancy in the Senate to replace Kate Lundy, and has elevated been elevated to the Federal Labor frontbench, taking up responsibility as Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations.

    Katy has a strong connection to Canberra having grown up in the national capital and undertaking her schooling and tertiary education in the ACT. Katy currently lives in Canberra's northern suburbs with her partner, three children and dog.

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 12:15 PM · 12 rsvps
    Maurice Blackburn, Level 10 / 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

    Inglis Tour Melb Boardroom Lunch

    Please join The Australia Institute for a light lunch in Melbourne to talk elections, good policy and the role of a think tank.

    Over two decades the Australia Institute has become one of the nation’s most influential think tanks. Canberra-based and fiercely non-partisan, we seek to help lead and shape important public debates.

    Ben Oquist, our Executive Director, has twenty plus years experience working in and around the federal parliament. He is perfectly placed to help navigate what is happening in the election and what might come afterwards.

    The lunch is held under Chatham House rules, to promote a free-flowing discussion.

    RSVP danc@tai.org.au by Friday 27th May

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 06:30 PM
    Carrington Hotel, Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW

    HV Evatt Memorial Dinner 2016 - with Jim Stanford

    Time: 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm, Saturday 14 May 2016
    Place: Carrington Hotel, Katoomba St, Katoomba
    Cost: $85 (including dinner; not including drinks)
    RSVP: sarah.shrubb@gmail.com or phone: (02) 4784 3064 or 0418 649 497
    Payment: Download the form at the Evatt Foundation website here.

    The HV Evatt Memorial Dinner is an annual dinner commemorating the life and achievements of Herbert Vere Evatt. Previous speakers of the event include Professor George Williams, Julian Burnisde AO QC and Tanya Plibersek MP.

    This year’s, the guest speaker will be Dr Jim Stanford, director of the Centre for Future Work at The Australia Institute, speaking on the topic Building a New Common Sense: Foundations for Changing the Discourse. 

    Jim Stanford is one of Canada’s best-known economics commentators. He served for many years as Economist and Director of Policy with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector trade union (formerly the Canadian Auto Workers), and is the Harold Innis Industry Professor in Economics at McMaster University. He was a founding member of the economics panel The Bottom Line on the Canadian Broadcasting Commission’s flagship television news program The National, writes a regular column for the Globe and Mail, Canada’s major national newspaper, and is the author of Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism.

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 168 rsvps
    Uni Pub, 17 London Circuit (opposite the Cupping Room)

    Politics in the Pub: Budget 2016

    You’ve watched the Treasurer's budget speech, seen the social media reactions, listened to the radio and read the paper. You know the main measures in the budget, or maybe you don't. Either way, what does it all mean?

    The Budget is one of the most values-laden documents the government produces, demonstrating what the government values via what it chooses to fund and, perhaps more importantly, what it doesn't.

    Join us for Politics in the Pub, as our panel of Australia Institute experts get together to call out the econobabble, decipher the confusion, and unpack what's really going on in the 2016 Federal Budget.

  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 144 rsvps

    Politics in the Pub: Cathy Wilcox

    Join us for The Australia Institute's Politics in the Pub with multi-award winning Fairfax cartoonist, Cathy Wilcox to discuss the role of cartoons and cartoonists in political commentary.

    One of Australia’s most accomplished cartoonists, Cathy Wilcox has drawn for The Sydney Morning Herald regularly since 1989, and more recently for The Sun-Herald.

    Wilcox has received several Stanley Awards, the National Museum of Australia’s Political Cartooning award in 2009, and won the 2013 Walkley Award for Best Cartoon for her Sydney Morning Herald illustration “Kevin cleans up”.

    Wilcox has also has published two collections of cartoons, Throw Away Lines and The Bad Guys are Winning, and drawn for many other publications including children’s books.

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 287 rsvps
    Uni Pub, 17 London Circuit (opposite the Cupping Room)

    Politics in the Pub: Andrew Barr

    Join us for what will sure to be an interesting and informative Politics in the Pub with ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, on the thought provoking topic 'Real Agility, How a Truly Innovative Government Works.'

    A proud Canberran, Andrew Barr has been a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly since April 2006, and Chief Minister of the ACT since December 2014. 

    In addition to Chief Minister, Barr also serves as ACT Treasurer, as well as the Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events.

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 309 rsvps

    Richard Denniss: Econobabble

    “Economics is like a tyre lever: it can be used to solve a problem, or to beat someone over the head” -- Richard Denniss

    Laura Tingle will be joining us for Politics in the Pub to launch Richard Denniss' new book Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense.

    What is econobabble? We hear it every day, when public figures and commentators use incomprehensible economic jargon to dress up their self-interest as the national interest, to make the absurd seem inevitable or the inequitable seem fair. This book is designed to expose the stupid arguments, bizarre contradictions and complete lack of evidence upon which much ‘common sense’ about the economy rests in Australia.

    Econobabble is for those who, deep down, have never believed that it makes sense, economic or otherwise, to help poor people by slashing public spending on the services they need. It’s for those who have a sneaking suspicion that it would be cheaper to avoid the effects of climate change than to let them happen and then ‘adapt’. And it’s for those who think it would be more efficient to reduce unemployment than to ship jobs offshore or blame those who are out of work.

    Richard Denniss will be signing books on the night, and you'll be able to pick up a copy of Econobabble if you haven't already.

  • Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 01:30 PM · 66 rsvps
    The Greenhouse, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, VIC 3000

    Richard Denniss: Econobabble Melbourne

    Join this exclusive pre-launch discussion at The Sustainable Living Festival with Richard Denniss ahead of the highly anticipated release of his latest book, Econobabble.

    With trademark humour and precision, Richard Denniss demolishes the tired and misleading arguments of economic ‘experts’, exposing the deceptive dialogue, crazy contradictions and the evidence-free arguments upon which much accepted wisdom about the economy rests in Australia.

    Come to be empowered to decode political spin and economic nonsense, to cut through the babble and reach the truth. Come to learn and laugh. Come to grab a signed copy of Econobabble before it hits the shelves.

    Econobabble is for those who, deep down, have never believed that it makes sense, economic or otherwise, to help poor people by slashing public spending on the services they need. It’s for those who have a sneaking suspicion that it would be cheaper to avoid the effects of climate change than to let them happen and then ‘adapt’. And it’s for those who think it would be more efficient to reduce unemployment than to ship jobs offshore or blame those who are out of work.

    For further information, visit http://www.slf.org.au/event/econobabble/

  • Wednesday, February 03, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 183 rsvps

    Politics in the Pub: Sam Dastyari

    We're excited to announce that Senator Sam Dastyari will be kicking off our Politics in the Pub 2016 series, 7pm next Wednesday 3rd February.

    A Labor senator from New South Wales, Senator Dastyari has risen to become one of the Labor Party’s brightest stars. 

    As the chair of the Senate’s corporate tax avoidance inquiry Dastyari has been a vocal campaigner against corporate tax avoidance. Dastyari was also a key player in the Senate's defence of our existing financial advice laws (FoFA), describing the proposed changes at the time as "nothing more than a gift to a handful of crooks, con men and criminals who have misused the financial advice industry to promote themselves and their own objectives".

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at 07:00 PM · 164 rsvps
    Uni Pub

    Politics in the Pub: The Silent Majority Podcast... live

    Join us for a very special evening, as Politics in the Pub presents The Silent Majority Podcast... live -- for our 2015 Political Wrap-Up.

    In their day-jobs they're Press Gallery reporters Rob Harris from the Herald Sun and Alice Workman from triple j Hack. But by night, they're the Silent Majority: a political podcast described by Fairfax as "the best thing since Serial" and "really GREAT fun" by Glenn Lazarus, QLD Senator. You might also recognise them from Sky News and Insiders Talking Pictures.

    Together, they will be joined by Ben Oquist, Executive Director of The Australia Institute, to discuss the 2015 political year that was.
    Silent Majority... live

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 06:30 PM · 851 rsvps
    Uni Pub

    Politics in the Pub: Richard Di Natale

    Richard Di Natale is only the third leader of The Australian Greens in its more than 20 year history. The Aussie Rules playing, surfing, farming doctor from Geelong is on a mission to make his party the "the natural home for people who've got progressive mainstream values".

    His performance on The Bolt Report last month demonstrated that the new Green's leader was not afraid of challenging questions - and this is your opportunity to put your issue to him directly. RSVP for a great night of politics.

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  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 148 rsvps
    Uni Pub in Canberra, Australia

    Politics in the Pub: Two Futures

    Come along to Politics in the Pub in September to hear Clare O'Neil MP and Tim Watts MP discuss their new book Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment.

    Clare O'Neil and Tim Watts take the long view in this agenda setting book. They identify the dramatic changes looming on the horizon and outline creative ideas for tackling them. Fact-driven and progressive, optimistic and impassioned, Two Futures begins the debate about the decades ahead that we need to have. 

    What will Australia be like in 2040? Will society be more unequal, the fair go long gone? What will drive economic growth? Will our democracy become ever more fractious, or can we revitalise it? And how should we respond to the Digital Revolution, climate change and regional instability?

    These questions are central to Australia’s future—and they’re urgent.

    Clare O’Neil is the federal Labor member for the seat of Hotham, in Melbourne’s south-east. She was Australia’s youngest female mayor and has been a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. She studied public policy as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

    Tim Watts is the federal Labor member for the seat of Gellibrand, in Melbourne’s west. Prior to entering parliament he was a senior manager at Telstra. He has been a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jaques and studied at the London School of Economics.

  • Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne, Australia

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    The Australia Institute is excited to be sponsoring Naomi Klein at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

    As a festival partner, The Australia Institute has 10 double passes* to An Audience with Naomi Klein (now sold out) to give away to you, the donors who support The Australia Institute.

    Please RSVP with your name and contact details to go in the draw to win one of these 10 double passes.

    The winners will be drawn this Friday, 21st August and will be contacted by phone or email.

    An Audience With Naomi Klein will be on Saturday 29 August at 6pm, Athenaeum Theatre

    *Offer is for tickets only

     

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Uni Pub in Canberra, Australia

    Politics in the Pub with Kirstie Parker: 'Closing the Gap' on Indigenous Health

    Come along to our August Politics in the Pub to hear Kirstie Parker speak about the Close the Gap campaign for Indigenous health equality.

    Kirstie Parker is a Yuwallarai Aboriginal woman from northwestern NSW. Kirstie is also a Director of Reconciliation Australia. She has received numerous awards for her work, most recently an Australian Peacewoman Award by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in May 2015.She is an elected Co-Chair of the National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples, and also co-chairs the national Close the Gap Steering Committee, which campaigns for action to achieve Indigenous health equality, and the National Justice Coalition, which campaigns to end the overrepresentation of Indigenous people within the justice system.

    This event is jointly hosted by The Australia Institute, Oxfam and ANTaR ACT.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Uni Pub in Canberra, Australia

    Uncivil Discourse: Politics in the Pub with Gai Brodtmann

    Politics in the Pub in July will feature Gai Brodtmann MP, who will deliver a speech titled “Uncivil Discourse” – and then take your questions. 

    Gai will explore the nature of discourse in politics, the media and the community today. Is it damaging Australia’s democracy? Who is responsible and does it need to change? 

    Gai has been the Member for Canberra since 2010 and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence since 2013. 

    A longtime public figure in Canberra, Gai has experience in the public and community sectors as well as being a successful small businessperson.

    Gai’s public policy interests include education, small business, defence, foreign affairs, superannuation, financial literacy and public administration.

     

  • Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Uni Pub in Canberra, Australia

    Wayne Swan - Politics in the Pub

    Join former Treasurer and former Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan for Politics in the Pub.

    Wayne was treasurer of Australia through the GFC and led Australia through the biggest economic failure of the global economy since the Great Depression. Wayne delivered six budgets in his role as treasurer and was named the world’s best finance minister in 2011.

    Wayne is also a leading voice on inequality issues, publishing a book that tells the story of a patchwork of winners and losers across our society, and working in parliament for reform of the tax and transfer system.

    At Politics in the Pub Wayne will discuss his response to the recent Federal Budget and his view on politics in general as well as taking questions from the crowd.

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Uni Pub in Canberra, Australia

    Unpacking the budget confusion

    You’ve watched the budget speech, listened to the radio and read the paper. You know the main measures in the budget but what does it all mean? Is the government still trying to reduce the deficit? Are they trying to stimulate the economy and are they interested in tax reform? 

    This year's budget has some confusing messages. How can falling iron ore prices be the big villain if they are well above their long run average? After going to two elections on the issue does Tony Abbott think paid parental leave is important or not? Is housing affordability an issue that no party will touch?

    Unpack the confusion and the mayhem of this year’s budget with a panel of Australia Institute economists. Come along to this month’s Politics in the Pub to hear about where the government is trying to take us and how successful they are likely to be. 

  • Monday, May 11, 2015 at 09:30 AM · $450.00 AUD · 6 rsvps
    The Australia Institute Boardroom in Civic, Australia

    Masterclass: Budget lockup

    A Budget Masterclass on how to read, understand and interpret Australian budget papers.

    Being able to confidently understand and interpret budget papers is an highly sought after skill in media, advocacy and not-for-profit organisations.

    The day before Budget Day, The Australia Institute is offering a one-day masterclass which will teach you how to make the most of your Budget lockup.

    Economists David Richardson (Senior Research Fellow) and Matt Grudnoff (Senior Economist) from The Australia Institute will share decades of experience reading and deciphering budget papers. They'll give you tips to make sure you can find what you're looking for, uncover what the Treasurer hopes you'll miss, and show you how to avoid commonly made mistakes.

    Capacity: 10

    Lunch will be provided.

    This course is for you if...

    • You work for a not-for-profit organisation which makes public commentary on the Australian Federal Budget
    • You need a rapid and assured comprehension of the key elements of the budget on the day of release
    • You are going into the Budget lockup on behalf of your organisation 

    Course description

    Starting with the basics of the structure of Budget Papers, topics on the day will include:

    • How to get a 'Big Picture' understanding of the budget
    • Navigating the papers and finding what you're really looking for
    • Common mistakes and how to avoid making them
    • A short briefing on what is expected in the Federal Budget 2015-16

    You will leave this Masterclass with improved skills and a new confidence as you enter the Budget Lockup.

    For more information contact: mail@tai.org.au

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  • Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 08:00 PM
    web seminar

    Fracking the Future - Web Seminar

    The unprecedented expansion of unconventional gas* in Australia is almost always justified on the basis of gas company claims about jobs and economic benefits. However  these claims almost always exaggerate the benefits and ignore the many of the costs.

    In fact, the experience and research shows that unconventional gas provides few jobs and has serious negative impacts on existing industries and the economy more broadly.

    The Australia Institute has led the way in challenging industry spin on the economic impacts of the uncontrolled expansion of gas exports. Mark Ogge has travelled to regions impacted by gas development throughout Australia explaining the Australia Institute's research to local communities and other stakeholders. His presentation will explain the dynamics driving the gas expansion in Australia, the impacts and risks associated with the infrastructure, and the impacts on local industries and the broader economy.

    This event is a web seminar. To join the webinar, register (cost is $6) and on the day we'll send you a log-in link to participate using your computer or smart phone (not ipads unfortunately). All welcome.

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 39 rsvps
    Imprints Booksellers in Adelaide, Australia

    Book launch Adelaide

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    Minority Policy: Rethinking governance when parliament matters explores the influence of marginal parliamentarians, both within the major parties and on the cross benches, in the formations of contemporary public policy. After a period of minority in both houses of the Australian parliament and as the Abbott Government faces the most complex Senate in modern history, this book provides new insight into the supposed chaos on the hill. Do single issue MPs have too much power? Are back-benchers running the government? Is our democracy racing to hell in a hand-basket? 

    Denniss and Prosser delve into a reality of contemporary Australian politics, where previously marginal MPs have become key players in public policy. In doing so, they offer a new approach to linking policy studies with both political science and the real world of politics.

    The book will be launched by independent Senator Nick Xenophon.

    Places are limited, so please RSVP below to secure your place.

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2015 at 06:30 PM
    Forum restaurant, The Darlington Centre in Darlington, Australia

    Sydney briefing event

    The Australia Institute had a huge 2014, by any measure, and we've already had some huge successes in 2015.

    Please join us for a special briefing, where Executive Director Richard Denniss will detail the strategy behind some of the Australia Institute's biggest achievements last year and our Strategy Director Ben Oquist will take you behind the scenes in federal politics and talk about what lies ahead in the lead up to the 2016 federal election.

    Light refreshments will be provided. 

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 06:30 PM
    Institute of Postcolonial Studies (Boardroom) in North Melbourne , Australia

    Book launch Melbourne

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    Minority Policy: Rethinking governance when parliament matters explores the influence of marginal parliamentarians, both within the major parties and on the cross benches, in the formations of contemporary public policy. After a period of minority in both houses of the Australian parliament and as the Abbott Government faces the most complex Senate in modern history, this book provides new insight into the supposed chaos on the hill. Do single issue MPs have too much power? Are back-benchers running the government? Is our democracy racing to hell in a hand-basket? 

    Denniss and Prosser delve into a reality of contemporary Australian politics, where previously marginal MPs have become key players in public policy. In doing so, they offer a new approach to linking policy studies with both political science and the real world of politics.

    The book will be launched by Greens Deputy Leader and Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt MP.

    Places are limited, so please RSVP below to secure your place.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 17 rsvps
    Uni Pub in Canberra, Australia

    Politics in the Pub with Brenton Prosser & Richard Denniss

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    Brenton Prosser and Richard Denniss will discuss their new book Minority Policy: Rethinking governance when parliament matters at Politics in the Pub Canberra on Wednesday 25th March. 

    After a period of minority in both houses of the Australian parliament and as the Abbott Government faces the most complex Senate in modern history, this book provides new insight into the supposed chaos on the hill. Do single issue MPs have too much power? Are back-benchers running the government? Is our democracy racing to hell in a hand-basket? Denniss and Prosser will delve into a reality of contemporary Australian politics, where previously marginal MPs have become key players in public policy. In doing so, they offer a new approach to linking policy studies with both political science and the real world of politics.

     

      

      

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Lounge Bar, Level 3, Uni Pub, in Canberra, Australia

    Politics in the Pub - Julian Cribb, The Age of Food

    Come along to Politics in the Pub with Julian Cribb, the author of The Coming Famine and Poisoned Planet. 

    Dramatic evolution in the global diet, cuisine and consumer preferences will, over coming decades, reshape the foods we eat more profoundly than at any time in history. Driven by emerging scarcities of land, water, oil, nutrients and fish and changes in the climate that gave rise to agriculture, our diet is poised to change profoundly to a sustainable, nutritious, healthy world diet and offer many new opportunities in what is now The Age of Food.

    This is a joint event between The Australia Institute and the United Nations Association of Australia. The UNAA is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to informing the community about the work of the United Nations and seeking to advance the goals of the UN in Australia and around the world.

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  • Tuesday, March 03, 2015 at 06:00 PM

    Manning Clark Lecture - What will Australia be when it grows up?


    180280x190px.jpgDr Richard Denniss, Executive Director of The Australia Institute, will deliver the 2015 Manning Clark Lecture.

    What will Australia be when it grows up? While such questions are often asked of our children they are rarely asked of our country. This lack of inquiry about our future could reflect widespread acceptance that rapid population growth and economic growth constitute our ‘growing up’. Or the relative silence on our future might also reflect the narrowness of political leaders whose vision for our future is confined to the size of the budget deficit.

    RSVP for your complimentary ticket below.

                            

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 06:00 PM
    Lounge Bar, Level 3, Uni Pub, in Canberra, Australia

    Christmas Politics in the Pub

    Come along to our next Politics in the Pub.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 06:00 PM
    Lounge Bar, Level 3, Uni Pub, in Canberra, Australia

    Politics in the Pub - Divestment Themed

    Come along to our next Politics in the Pub.

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 06:00 PM
    Newcastle City Hall, Hunter Room in Newcastle, Australia

    The Battle for Jobs in the Hunter - Newcastle

    Local economies need local jobs to thrive. But can coal and gas, horse breeding, viticulture and tourism co-exist?

    Join us to discuss the future of jobs in the Hunter and where they will come from.

    Speakers: TAI's Richard Denniss and NSW Minerals Council's Stephen Galilee (invited).

    We'll be coming to:

    Muswellbrook - Tuesday 11 November, 6-7pm, Uniting Church Hall, Bridge Street
    Gloucester - Wednesday 12 November, 6-7pm, Senior Citizens Centre, 30 Hume Street
    Newcastle - Thursday 13 November, 6-7pm Newcastle City Hall, Hunter Room.

    For more info: http://www.tai.org.au/content/battle-jobs-hunter

  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 06:00 PM
    Senior Citizens Centre in Gloucester, Australia

    The Battle for Jobs in the Hunter - Gloucester

    Local economies need local jobs to thrive. But can coal and gas, horse breeding, viticulture and tourism co-exist?

    Join us to discuss the future of jobs in the Hunter and where they will come from.

    Speakers: TAI's Richard Denniss and NSW Minerals Council's Stephen Galilee (invited).

    We'll be coming to:

    Muswellbrook - Tuesday 11 November, 6-7pm, Uniting Church Hall, Bridge Street
    Gloucester - Wednesday 12 November, 6-7pm, Senior Citizens Centre, 30 Hume Street
    Newcastle - Thursday 13 November, 6-7pm Newcastle City Hall, Hunter Room.

    For more info: http://www.tai.org.au/content/battle-jobs-hunter

  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 06:00 PM
    Uniting Church Hall in Muswellbrook, Australia

    The Battle for Jobs in the Hunter - Muswellbrook

    Local economies need local jobs to thrive. But can coal and gas, horse breeding, viticulture and tourism co-exist?

    Join us to discuss the future of jobs in the Hunter and where they will come from.

    Speakers: TAI's Richard Denniss and NSW Minerals Council's Stephen Galilee (invited).

    We'll be coming to:

    Muswellbrook - Tuesday 11 November, 6-7pm, Uniting Church Hall, Bridge Street
    Gloucester - Wednesday 12 November, 6-7pm, Senior Citizens Centre, 30 Hume Street
    Newcastle - Thursday 13 November, 6-7pm Newcastle City Hall, Hunter Room.

    For more info: http://www.tai.org.au/content/battle-jobs-hunter

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 06:30 PM
    Lounge Bar, Level 3, Uni Pub, in Canberra, Australia

    An evening with Anthony Albanese

    Come along to our next Politics in the Pub, an evening with Anthony Albanese.

    Anthony is the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and the Shadow Minister for Tourism. In the last government Anthony was Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the House of Representatives.

    As well as his political interests, Anthony is an avid supporter of the South Sydney Rabbitohs. He will surely talk about their recent win as well as express his views on politics. Questions will be taken from the floor so come along and ask Anthony something yourself.

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 07:30 PM
    Uni Pub in Canberra, Australia

    Politics in the Pub - Cathy McGowan MP

    Cathy McGowan shot to prominence by winning the seat of Indi from former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella in the last Federal election. Her community based campaign was the first of its type, spearheaded by a woman who is known for her unorthodox successes.

    Her grassroots campaign style, which won her a seat from a supposedly safe incumbent, now inspires communities and prospective independents to engage in politics. A life member of Australian Women in Agriculture, Cathy has also been responsible for setting up similar organisations in Ireland, Papua New Guinea and India. Cathy will talk about her experience in politics so far, her innovative campaign, and will take questions from the floor.