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  • Is Democracy Dying? - John Keane



    Reports of the death of democracy may be greatly exaggerated. However, there is mounting evidence that many people are losing trust in our democratic institutions. Today people in countries we regard as non-democratic often have greater confidence in their governments to act in their interests than we do. Observers pin the blame on our out-of-touch governments, corrupt media and politicians, big corporations and a growing gap between rich and poor. More than a few disaffected citizens are meanwhile attracted to new populisms because they feel dragged down by economic dissatisfaction, broken promises, decline and injustice.


    Speaker:  John Keane


    In his talk, John Keane will survey recent trends to suggest that democracy urgently needs reimagining if it is to address the dangers and opportunities posed by current global realities. His talk will offer a radically new interpretation of the twenty-first century fate of democracy and why, despite everything, it may survive the current anti-democratic trends and remain a global ideal.

    Renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy, John Keane has been described by the ABC as one of 'Australia's great intellectual exports'. 

    He is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), and Distinguished Professor at Peking University.  He is the Director and co-founder of the Sydney Democracy Network.

    Keane has contributed to The New York TimesAl Jazeera, the Times Literary SupplementThe GuardianHarper’s, the South China Morning Post and The Huffington Post.

    His latest book, The New Despotisms, on the global rise of despotism and the decline of democracy in the West, is to be published by Harvard University Press in early 2020.


    Pre-purchase tickets below, or RSVP without purchasing a ticket (pay at the door). 


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  • A WA Think Tank?

    • Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:30 AM
    • Room M6, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
    • 12 people are going

    This event is part of the WA Labor 2019 State Conference Fringe Program and will be held on Saturday 24th August from 10:30 am.  In addition to completing your details below, please note an additional registration for members of WA Labor is required here online.  Non-members of WA Labor are welcome but need to be sponsored as observers by a member of WA Labor. If you wish to be sponsored please also email Rob Knox here.

    Australia has a number of progressive think tanks, including the Evatt Foundation, the McKell Foundation, Per Capita, Australian Fabians, The Dunstan Foundation, The Whitlam Institute. Is there a need for a uniquely West Australian think tank?  If so, how might this differ from models elsewhere? How might we make one happen?


    Dr Sally Talbot, MLC, is a past Board Member of the Evatt Foundation and past President and Assistant State Secretary for WA Labor. She has previously worked as a philosophy academic at Murdoch University and has wide-ranging research and policy interests.


    Philip O'Donoghue is WA Convener of Australian Fabians. He previously worked as Deputy Director of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and as National Coordinator Collaborations with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.


  • Webtopia on The Web


    "Webtopia: The world wide wreck of tech and how to make the net work" written by Peter Lewis, Director of Essential Media is one of Australia’s leading public campaigners and commentators with more than two decades experience in media, politics and communications. His presentation on Thursday 29th, will be lived streamed online with Q & A undertaken via Please RSVP with details below. For those logging in online detail will be forwarded via email. Those in Perth are welcome to attend in person, noting that Peter Lewis will be streaming in from Sydney.