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Book Launch: Safety Net

Proudly hosted by the John Curtin Research Centre

We are thrilled to have Bill Kelty launching Mulino’s Safety Net: The Future of Welfare in Australia.

Here, economist and Labor MP Daniel Mulino explains how the Australian welfare state was created – and what we need to do to protect and extend it. The welfare state is one of the crowning achievements of the twentieth century, giving citizens access to healthcare, pensions, disability and unemployment benefits. In this deeply researched and lucid account, Mulino looks to the challenges facing today’s welfare state and reflects on what steps must be taken to protect and extend it.

This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

Date:   Tuesday 16 August

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings St Kilda, 112 Acland St, St Kilda, VIC 3182

Price:   This is a free event.

David Baker

Author Talk: David Baker

Join history and science writer David Baker as he discusses his new book, The Shortest History of the World, which follows the continuum of historical change in the cosmos – from the Big Bang, through the evolution of life, to human history. Combining knowledge from chemistry, biology and physics with insights from the social sciences and humanities, The Shortest History of the World takes a bird’s eye view of 13.8 billion years.

 

David Baker is a Macquarie University academic and the world’s first PhD in Big History, a new approach to the history of the world that combines understandings from chemistry, physics and biology, archaeology and anthropology. He is also the writer of the YouTube series Crashcourse Big History, co-hosted by bestselling YA author John Green in partnership with the Big History Project.

Date:   Friday 19 August

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Location Ashfield Library, 260 Liverpool Street, Ashfield NSW

Price:   This is a free event.

Saul Griffith

Byron Bay Writers Festival: How Do We Transform the Future? with Saul Griffith

Rapid decarbonisation, sustainable farming and low-impact lifestyles. Are these just pipedreams or a near future reality? Saul Griffith, author of The Big Switch, and Claire O’Rourke, author of Together We Can, discuss the green future we must pursue and how it can be achieved. Moderated by Ben Roche, Vice President (Engagement) of Southern Cross University.

Event Partner: Southern Cross University

Date:   Thursday 25 August

Time:   2:00pm

Venue: Southern Cross University, Lismore Campus, Military Rd, East Lismore, NSW 2480

Price:   This is a free event.

Daniel Mulino in conversation with Amanda Tattersall

Economist and Labor MP Daniel Mulino explains how the Australian welfare state was created – and what we need to do to protect and extend it

The welfare state is one of the crowning achievements of the twentieth century, giving citizens access to healthcare, pensions, disability and unemployment benefits. This unprecedented expansion of the state was a product of the postwar period of the late 1940s, when governments ramped up investment in this grand safety net. By the 1970s, half of all government spending went towards social-welfare programs, but today the welfare state stands at a crossroads, beset both by political opposition and funding pressures as the population ages.
 
Australian Labor Party MP Daniel Mulino provides a sweeping account of the history of welfare in Australia and abroad, from Bismarckian Germany to present-day Canberra. In this deeply researched and lucid account, Mulino looks to the challenges facing today’s welfare state and reflects on what steps must be taken to protect and extend it.

Date:   Thursday 25 August

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW 2037

Price:   $12

Micheline Lee

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Soul Food: Writing as a Tool For Survival with Micheline Lee

Date:   Friday 26 August

Time:   9:00am

Venue: Melaleuca Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Margaret Simons

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Leaders for the New Age with Margaret Simons

Date:   Friday 26 August

Time:   10:15am

Venue: The Saturday Paper Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Jess Hill

Byron Bay Writers Festival: The Power of Rage with Jess Hill

Date:   Friday 26 August

Time:   11:15am

Venue: Southern Cross University Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Micheline Lee

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Able with Micheline Lee

Date:   Friday 26 August

Time:   11:30am

Venue: Melaleuca Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Margaret Simons

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Truth and Other Lies with Margaret Simons

Date:   Saturday 27 August

Time:   9:00am

Venue: Greenstone Partners Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Saul Griffith

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Brave New Green World with Saul Griffith

Date:   Saturday 27 August

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Southern Cross University Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Sara El Sayed

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Coming of Age with Sara El Sayed

Date:   Saturday 27 August

Time:   10:15am

Venue: Greenstone Partners Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Bronwyn Adcock

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Regenerative Farming with Bronwyn Adcock

Date:   Saturday 27 August

Time:   11:15am

Venue: Southern Cross University Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Margaret Simons

Byron Bay Writers Festival: The Mungo Panel with Margaret Simons

Date:   Saturday 27 August

Time:   11:15am

Venue: Melaleuca Marquee, North Byron Parklands, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Mark McKenna

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Shaping Australian History with Mark McKenna

Date:   Saturday 27 August

Time:   1:45pm

Venue: Southern Cross University Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Sara El Sayed

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Reaching Across the Generation Gap with Sara El Sayed

Date:   Saturday 27 August

Time:   1:45pm

Venue: Greenstone Partners Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Jess Hill

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Surviving Domestic Violence with Jess Hill

Date:   Saturday 27 August

Time:   2:00pm

Venue: The Saturday Paper Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Saul Griffith

Byron Bay Writers Festival: The Electric Revolution with Saul Griffith

Date:   Saturday 27 August

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Southern Cross University Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Bronwyn Adcock

Byron Bay Writers Festival: The Limits of Science with Bronwyn Adcock and Joëlle Gergis

Date:   Saturday 27 August

Time:   4:00pm

Venue: Southern Cross University Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Bronwyn Adcock

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Building Resilient Communities with Bronwyn Adcock

Date:   Sunday 28 August

Time:   9:00am

Venue: Southern Cross University Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Mark McKenna

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Scratching Society's Underbelly with Mark McKenna

Date:   Sunday 28 August

Time:   10:15am

Venue: The Saturday Paper Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Bronwyn Adcock

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Creative Recovery with Bronwyn Adcock

Date:   Sunday 28 August

Time:   11:30am

Venue: Southern Cross University Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Jess Hill

Byron Bay Writers Festival: An Equal World: Overcoming Patriarchy with Jess Hill

Date:   Sunday 28 August

Time:   12:30pm

Venue: Melaleuca Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Joëlle  Gergis

Byron Bay Writers Festival: Solastalgia: What We Are Losing with Joëlle Gergis

Date:   Sunday 28 August

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: The Saturday Paper Marquee, 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Joëlle  Gergis

Joëlle Gergis in conversation with Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is in-conversation with Joëlle Gergis discussing Humanity’s Moment: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope.

 

Acknowledging that the world as we know it is coming apart is an act of courage.

If I live to look back at this troubled time, I want to say that I did all that I could, that I was on the right side of history.

The question is, do you want to be part of the legacy that restores our faith in humanity?

When climate scientist Joëlle Gergis set to work on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, the research she encountered kept her up at night. Through countless hours spent with the world’s top scientists to piece together the latest global assessment of climate change, she realised that the impacts were occurring faster than anyone had predicted.

In Humanity’s Moment, Joëlle takes us through the science in the IPCC report with clear-eyed honesty, explaining what it means for our future, while sharing her personal reflections on bearing witness to the heartbreak of the climate emergency unfolding in real time. But this is not a lament for a lost world. It is an inspiring reminder that human history is an endless tug-of-war for social justice. We are each a part of an eternal evolutionary force that can transform our world.

Date:   Monday 29 August

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary St, West End, QLD 4101

Joëlle  Gergis

Joëlle Gergis in conversation with Dr Simon Bradshaw

Dr Joëlle Gergis is a world-leading climate scientist, Climate Councillor, and author of both the IPCC 6th Assessment report, and new book: Humanity’s Moment: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope.

Speaking to Dr Simon Bradshaw, Research Director at the Climate Council, this online event is a unique opportunity to dig deep into the reasons we should all maintain hope in the face of the climate crisis, and why we’re in such a critical moment to push for action right now.

Date:   Tuesday 30 August

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Hosted by Climate Council [online only]

Price:   This is a free event.

Joëlle  Gergis

Joëlle Gergis in conversation with Tim Flannery

Date:   Wednesday 31 August

Time:   7:00pm

Venue: Ryan's Hotel, 138 Phillip St, Thirroul, NSW 2515