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Sydney Writers' Festival: Civil Disobedience - is it just for the Intelligentsia?

Thought Broker / Shaken and Stirred

Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (AEST)

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Civil Disobedience - is it just for the Intelligentsia?

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In heavily regulated Australia, the notion of civil disobedience as a means of effecting change has all but died out. While we participate loudly in the 'big-ticket' politics, the status quo goes largely unquestioned. We simply break the laws we don't wish to uphold. Perhaps the only determinant of whether this is considered a crime or a misdemeanor is our social strata. So do laws which apply unequally still deserve to stand unquestioned?

Thought Broker, publishers of Binge Thinking magazine, put a panel on trial in this interactive audience-centric event.

In a discussion moderated by Thought Broker, publishers of Binge Thinking magazine, the panel and audience will discuss the concept of civil disobedience as outlined by Henry David Thoreau.

The panel:

The Lawyer – Associate Prof David Hamer from Sydney University - David Hamer is an Associate Professor at Sydney Law School. He is particularly interested in how courts use evidence to reach conclusions about guilt and liability. How good a job do courts do? How many guilty people go free, and how many innocent people get convicted and imprisoned? How important is factual accuracy anyway? To what extent do facts play second fiddle to values, policies and prejudices? David has published widely on these topics in Australia and internationally.

The Social Commentator – Cassandra Wilkinson – Cass Wilkinson is the author of Don't Panic - Nearly Everything is Better Than You Think published by Pluto Press in 2007. Her speech at the 2008 Battle of Ideas on internet censorship has been downloaded several thousand times and carries a five star YouTube rating. She has written on Happiness Economics in Happiness [Spinney Press 2008] and on effective programs for the poor in Right Social Justice [Connor Court 2012]. She is currently an opinion contributor to The Australian newspaper and regular commentator for Sky News Agenda and ABC The Drum.

The Satirist – Charles Firth - Film-maker, writer, director, and also a co-founder of the decidedly disobedient comedy team, The Chaser. He was The Chaser's US correspondent for a number of years, during which time he also wrote the bestselling non-fiction book American Hoax. Nowadays he runs a small media conglomerate, which produces The Roast, a daily satirical news bulletin, which combines the integrity of Today Tonight, with the balanced reporting of The Bolt Report. Charles also does silly work for otherwise respectable corporate clients creating videos that people like to send to each other. He has worked on projects for Google, Fairfax, Greenpeace and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, plus a number of other faceless men.

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Sydney Writers Festival
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3
Hickson Road, Walsh Bay


Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (AEST)


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Thought Broker is a communications company specialising in the dissemination of complex ideas.

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