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Life in Canberra

A Woman’s Place is in the Assembly

Former members of the ACT Legislative Assembly, Annette Ellis (ALP), Giulia Jones (Canberra Liberals), and Caroline Le Couteur (The Greens), recently presented at the National Library of Australia about their experiences as women in politics. For Annette and Giulia who were both brought up in political households where politics was discussed “around the kitchen table”, going into politics may have seemed like a natural progression.  … Read more.

Emily Kam Kngwarray at NGA

Writing in The Canberra Times (Panorama supplement) recently, journalist, Ian Warden highlighted the importance of being exposed to the finest art of the finest artists’ works. He was commenting on his visit to Canberra’s National Gallery’s exhibition of the works of senior Anmatyerr woman, Emily Kam Kngwarray. He opined that viewing such art improves our character-building wonders.  … Read more.

Australian Political Book of the Year

Canberra’s National Press Club was abuzz recently with the announcement of the winner of the 2023 Australian Political Book of the Year. The judging panel of the ABC’s chief political correspondent, and author, Laura Tingle; Australian political journalist, and radio and television host, presenter and commentator for the ABC, Barrie Cassidy; and ANU Political Science Emeritus Professor, John Warhurst, considered that Niki Savva’s Bulldozed: Scott Morrison’s fall and Anthony Albanese’s rise met the required criteria for the award.  … Read more.

Upcoming events: MCH

In a talk entitled AUKUS – AN Expensive Folly? at Manning Clark House (11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest) on Sunday, 29 October at 3-5pm, the head of the International and Security Affairs program at the Australia Institute, Allan Behm, will discuss AUKUS. The discussion will centre on whether nuclear submarines and increased defence spending will deliver increased national security as well as considerations of Australia’s cultural and historical experiences that have shaped Australia’s security thinking.  … Read more.

Craig Foster: MCH 2023 lecture

The 2023 Manning Clark lecture is to be delivered by Craig Foster co-Chair (with renowned Olympian, Nova Peris) of the Australian Republican Movement (ARM), at 6pm on 2 May at Manning Clark Hall, Kambri Cultural Precinct, ANU. As one of Australia’s most respected sportspeople and broadcaster, social justice advocate and human rights campaigner, in Australia’s Third Act: Reconciled, Independent, Truly Multicultural, Craig will focus on the meaning of contemporary Australian identity, social and cultural changes since the 20th century, lessons from the 1999 Referendum and advances in historical understanding leading to a powerful national movement of truth-telling and reconciliation.  … Read more.

MCH: The Politics of Civility

This year’s Dymphna Clark Lecture “The Politics of Civility” will be presented by The Guardian’s political reporter and blogger, Amy Remeikis. The author of the bestselling book, On Reckoning, and a regular contributor on The Drum, Insiders, The Project, and various ABC Radio National programs, in this presentation, Amy will discuss who “gets a seat at the table”, “has the power to speak”, gets their views heard and has the power to deem who can be included.  … Read more.

Fair Game: Lessons from Sport

Renowned long-time sports broadcaster, and current patron of the Early Morning Centre for the homeless and disadvantaged in Canberra, and Ambassador for various other sport-related endeavours, Tim Gavel, will be in conversation with federal MP, Andrew Leigh, about Andrew’s latest essay: Fair Game: Lessons from Sport for a Fairer Society & A Stronger Economy.  … Read more.

Hanging By A Thread

The ACT Textile Arts Association Hanging by a Thread exhibition and bazaar will feature art and jewellery, bags, hats, wall hangings, paintings, sculptural forms and household items, and showcase the creative endeavours of these Canberra textile artists and hobbyists. With their specialities including dyeing, fabric manipulation, machine and hand embroidery, silk painting, stencil work, stamping, felting, beading and printing, the exhibition will be at Queanbeyan Art Society Gallery, 6 Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan, daily 10am-2pm, 9-22 September.  … Read more.

Upheaval: Disrupted lives in journalism

Edited by academics, Andrew Dodd and Matthew Ricketson both of whom have also worked in the media, Upheaval: Disrupted Lives in Journalism, is the result of 260 interviews with 57 journalists who, with the exception of one, were made redundant from various Australian media outlets in 2012-2016. Produced with technical support from the National Library of Australia (NLA), the book details people’s shock at going from many years of the hurly burly of journalism to the ranks of the unemployed, and, how fewer numbers and changed dynamics also changed Australia’s media landscape.  … Read more.

Exeter: fashion and food

The tiny NSW Southern Highlands village, Exeter, located in the Wingecarribee shire, is just two hours’ drive from Canberra, boasting an array of attractions. The village is also handy for anyone visiting the nearby towns of Bundanoon, Moss Vale, Robertson and Bowral. Exeter hosts the popular Exeter Village Market on the first Saturday of the month, where a vibrant mix of community producers and vendors sell many items, including art and craft, clothing, plants, jams and preserves, meat, a variety of foods, jewellery, knitwear, leathergoods and homewares.  … Read more.

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