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Alan Tudge MP, on the legacy of Helen Hughes and the future of indigenous affairs in Australia @ Thai Nesia
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm

Speaking out in an intellectual ghetto: The legacy of Helen Hughes and the future of indigenous affairs in Australia

The legacy of Helen Hughes and the future of indigenous affairs in Australia

The Hon Alan Tudge MP in conversation

 Tuesday 1 April 2014

Indigenous affairs in Australia has been divided by two orthodoxies – culture vs economic development. The culture camp views indigenous culture as something which must be preserved and promoted separately from mainstream Australia, via culturally-appropriate policies for many areas of life including housing, employment and schooling. Opponents to this view have argued that the economic development of indigenous people must come first to ensure they have access to the same health, wealth and justice as the rest of the population. The economic development view, articulated most vocally in recent years by the late Helen Hughes and her son Mark Hughes, has pricked the ears of conservative intellectuals and policy-makers, but can we expect to see a shift in indigenous policy under the new federal government?

Join us for a discussion about the future of indigenous affairs in Australia and whether this ideological divide can be reconciled.

Date: Tuesday 1st April 2014
Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm start
Venue: Thai Nesia, 243 Oxford Street Darlinghurst
Cost: $66 (+GST) for dinner, drinks and contrarian conversation


The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Alan Tudge is federal representative for the seat of Aston in outer East Melbourne. Prior to entering parliament Alan was a consultant with BCG, an advisor to former Education and Foreign Ministers and Deputy Director of Noel Pearson’s Cape York Institute. His areas of policy interest include education and indigenous affairs and he is co-founder of Teach for Australia which supports top graduates to teach in disadvantaged schools.


Marriage Equality is Not All Gay Times @ The Macquarie Hotel, 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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Marriage Equality is Not All Gay Times
Matching Rights With Responsibilities in the Gay Marriage Debate

Featuring “Skeptic Lawyer” Helen Dale from the UK
Freedom Commissioner Tim Wilson

Thursday 1 May 2014

The Macquarie Hotel, 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
6:30 for 7pm start
$66 includes dinner and drinks

Opponents of equal marriage often make a case against equal marriage using scientific research that allegedly supports ‘traditional’ marriage. Meanwhile, its defenders rely on “inevitability” and a claim to rights rarely matched with responsibilities. A lack of genuine intellectual enquiry has led to a stalemate.

So does the “evidence” stack up? And is it responsible to give way to inevitability without defining the obligations which accompany the rights demanded?

About our speakers

Helen Dale has degrees from Oxford, UQ and Edinburgh and now works in commercial law at a private practice in Edinburgh, where she has a particular interest in start-up finance, angel investing and entrepreneurship. She won the Law Society of Scotland’s annual essay award in 2012 for her paper ‘A Plea in Law for Equal Marriage’ and she writes regularly for The Skeptic. About 20 years ago she wrote the novel ‘The Hand That Signed The Paper’ under the pseudonym Helen Demidenko. The book won the Miles Franklin Award (among others), and went on to cause significant controversy.

Tim Wilson is Freedom Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission. Former roles include Director of Climate Change Policy and the Intellectual Property and Free Trade Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs and Senior Fellow at New York’s Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. Tim has studied global public health policy and diplomacy in a joint program of Geneva’s Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développment and the World Health Organisation and participated in The Australian newspaper’s Shaping Our Future: Ideas to Change a Century series on reforming healthcare financing.

ICU for a failing democracy @ Mahjong Room
Aug 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

 ICU for a failing democracy

How alternative models could save the best of a bad lot

After a long hiatus, Thought Broker is excited to invite you to the next Shaken & Stirred event in Sydney on the evening of Thursday 27 August.

In 2014, the Australian National University found that 43% of Australians no longer think it matters which major party is in government. The study also revealed a significant decline in support for democracy over the past seven years.

With a growing demographic of Australians believing that the model of democracy is out-dated and dysfunctional, what can we do to improve the system.

We will discuss the cause of failure and whether the “best of a bad bunch” can be saved.

Joining us to discuss the state of modern democracy is Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, the founder of newDemocracy Foundation. Belgiorno-Nettis argues that modern democracy was born of privilege and nurtured through class conflict and that as a society, we have lost sight of the true genius of democracy; trusted public decision-making.

In conversation with Luca Belgiorno-Nettis is Chris Kenny who is currently a SKY NEWS LIVE anchor on Viewpoint and is a Columnist and Associated Editor at The Australian. He is a political commentator and author who takes “an unashamedly rationalist approach to national affairs”. After leaving journalism in 2000, Kenny became a political advisor to Liberal Premier Rob Kerin and switched to the federal scene as Media Advisor and then Chief of Staff for Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.

Thursday 27 August

6:30 for 7pm start

Mahjong Room, 312 Crown Street, Surry Hills

$55 for set banquet menu

Since 2008, Thought Broker has presented interesting speakers on controversial topics at its Shaken and Stirred Supper Club. The Sydney audience is made up of policy advisors, academics, economists, lawyers, journalists and sundry other mid-career professionals interested in ideas. As non-partisan contrarians, the goal of these events is simply to present thoughtful speakers on interesting topics.

As usual, we are proud to present a range of speakers guaranteed to disagree with one another and most of the audience for a delightful evening of intelligent fun.

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