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Erik Jensen in conversation with Karen Middleton

Date: Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Cinema Theatre, Kambri Cultural Centre, Kambri Precinct, University Avenue, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 
Registrations: Please click here.


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Erik Jensen in conversation with Paul Barclay

Date: Tuesday, 16 July
Time: 6:00 p.m. for 6:30 p.m. start
Venue: In store at Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary St, West End QLD
Tickets: $10.00, book & ticket $25.00. Please book online


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Erik Jensen on ABC RN Breakfast

Erik Jensen on ABC RN Breakfast

It's just over five weeks since Australia elected its 46th Parliament, which contrary to most opinion polls and pundit predictions was supposed to have a Labor-led government.

As we know, the Coalition, or perhaps it was Prime Minister Scott Morrison, pulled off a remarkable victory; even he described it as a miracle.

Award-winning biographer and journalist Erik Jensen had a box seat on the Morrison campaign trail and he's penned his observations for the latest Quarterly Essay, titled The Prosperity Gospel.

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Rebecca Huntley on ABC Conversations

Rebecca Huntley on ABC Conversations

Rebecca Huntley is a well-known social researcher who's been looking into what Australians really want from their leaders.

The 2019 Election result was a surprise to her, as the social research she’d been conducting in the past few years suggested voters were in the mood for change.

However when a version of it was offered to them by the Labor Opposition, most voters didn’t go for it at the ballot box.

She’s also asking herself some hard questions about the veracity of the polling process, in an era of information overload.

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Rebecca Huntley in The Sydney Morning Herald “Time to stop polling and start listening: why we got election so wrong”

Rebecca Huntley in The Sydney Morning Herald “Time to stop polling and start listening: why we got election so wrong”

It probably doesn’t matter to people who were hoping for a Labor victory that, once all the votes are counted, the final two-party preferred numbers will not be far off many of the published national polls; the polling, once you move to a state and seat level, becomes unreliable, moving well beyond the margin of error.

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Rebecca Huntley on ABC Life Matters

Rebecca Huntley on ABC Life Matters

Climate change policy has been one of the most divisive issues of the last decade, but social researcher Rebecca Huntley and economist Matthew Warren say we have now reached a tipping point when it comes to public opinion on the issue.

But are Australians ready to do what it takes to avoid catastrophic climate change? If so, what climate change and energy policies could get the country there and how much will it cost?

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Rebecca Huntley on The Drum

Rebecca Huntley on The Drum

Election Special: Western Sydney

Host: Ellen Fanning 
Panel: Rebecca Huntley, Abul Rizvi, David Borger, Maria Kovacic and Cindy Tan 
In a special episode from Parramatta NSW, the panel discusses growth, population, infrastructure & fairness in one of the key election battlegrounds

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Rebecca Huntley on JOY FM’s Saturday Magazine

Rebecca Huntley on JOY FM’s Saturday Magazine

Most of the time Rebecca listens to people and there is a growing chasm between what she hears in people’s workplace and homes, to what is being heard in political spheres.

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One Nation sting confirms voters' concerns over our political donation system, writes Rebecca Huntley

One Nation sting confirms voters' concerns over our political donation system, writes Rebecca Huntley

I am often asked the question, what do Australians want from democracy? What do they want from good government?

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Rebecca Huntley on RN Breakfast

Rebecca Huntley on RN Breakfast

Social researcher Dr Rebecca Huntley has heard a call for change from what she describes as the "un-silent majority", with political action lagging behind the national mood for democratic reform and fairness.

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Donations 'more influential' than polls in Australian politics, says Rebecca Huntley

Donations 'more influential' than polls in Australian politics, says Rebecca Huntley

“The biggest change we need to crack in Australia is donation reform, we have to change the money that's involved in Australian politics,” she said. “When you change the money, you change who the politicians listen to. Even though it seems like not as pressing an issue as health or jobs it's fundamental.”

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Review of Net Loss by Stephanie Trigg, The Conversation

Review of <em> Net Loss </em> by Stephanie Trigg, <em> The Conversation </em>

The essay is a mosaic of cultural allusion that is meaningful precisely because it is held together by the narrative self that analyses and makes these connections.

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Why your most personal moments are too precious for Instagram

Why your most personal moments are too precious for Instagram

Art critic Sebastian Smee has a message for all social media users this Christmas: it's OK to be alone with your own thoughts.

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Review of Net Loss by Alex Tighe, Australian Book Review

Review of <em> Net Loss </em> by Alex Tighe, <em> Australian Book Review </em>

You probably own a smartphone. Chances are it’s in your pocket right now, or at least within arm’s reach – don’t pick it up. Fight the habit.

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Sebastian Smee on Radio National's Life Matters

Sebastian Smee on Radio National's Life Matters

Sebastian Smee on how to protect our tender souls from being obliterated by the internet

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Getting the people behind the Uluru statement

The essay, Follow the Leader, from my perspective, is ultimately a challenge for those of us who are outside the system to look at ourselves as a fundamental part of the problem in Indigenous affairs. We allow our political leaders to remain comfortably ignorant. And while they are comfortably ignorant, they will fail us as leaders.

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Laura Tingle on 'leadership'

Recent events have left Australians, and indeed the world, wondering what makes a truly good leader. 

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Laura Tingle on The Garret Podcast

Laura Tingle on The Garret Podcast

As a commentator, you've got to think about issues that aren't necessarily immediately in play, you put them in a broader context, you I suppose allow yourself a little more indignation sometimes, or possibly a little bit more compassion.

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How Australia could drift to a 'strongman' leader

How Australia could drift to a 'strongman' leader

While Australia has been dealing with leadership instability, other countries have moved in an increasingly authoritarian direction.

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