23 - WhatsApp - Current Affairs Discussion Group A Ron James - weekly sessions from 10.00 to 11.45 on Wednesdays starting 29 July to end of the semester
This group uses WhatsApp for communication to members. The group discusses political, social and other topics. Members have the opportunity to participate. The main topic for the week is usually posted on a Wednesday. Breaking news is posted as it happens. Members are invited to respond, or post articles or other items of interest at any time, as they wish.
7 - Zoom - Why Waste a Crisis? Raymond Sexton - 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Wednesday 5 August
Is it time to vacuum the corners and Renovate the Nation? With the establishment and status quo struggling for answers in the current COVID-19 crisis, Raymond asks is it time to refurbish a range of Australian constitutional, political, economic and social issues or mind sets? In Chinese the word for Crisis loosely translates as ‘opportunity riding on a dangerous wind’. In his opinion there are some elements of the Nation that need renovation Is it time to wean ourselves off the economic steroids of Resource/Commodity extraction/exporting? Should we update the Constitution with a Bill of Rights? Is it time to fully reconcile with our Indigenous Community? Should Dual Citizens be eligible to stand for the Federal Parliament? Should we have an Australian Monarchy? Should we finally tackle Climate Change in a mature, pragmatic way? Should we develop a core Manufacturing/Technology capability in a range of essential sectors in the interests of national security? What about an independent Foreign Policy? Oh, I nearly forgot, is it time for a new more representative National Flag?
30 - Zoom - Conversations: members choice Dr Anthony Ash - 4 monthly sessions from 12.30 to 1.45 on Wednesdays 12 August, 9 September, 7 October, 4 November
The format of each session is a presentation of something and a discussion. The class will own its own momentum with members offering a topic and more people joining. Sometimes the discussion may follow the presentation or more likely the presentation will be punctuated by the discussion. Each session runs for about ¾ of an hour. Class members will suggest and present topics or organise a speaker. Topics might be something serious such as the massacre of Indigenous people in Tasmania or something lighter such as the Fairy Tree in Fitzroy Gardens or the origins of Waltzing Matilda. We will endeavour to have the topic advertised before the sessions.
38 - Zoom - A Miscellany of Short Talks Dr James Keipert - 1 session from 2.00 to 3.45 on Tuesday 6 October
What do boards, CEOs and executives of modern companies actually do? Are we sleepwalking towards the next financial crisis? More asylum seekers arrive by air now than they did by boat. Some problems starting to arise in aspects of modern life.
48 - Zoom - Pick a Plague Dr Anthony Ash - 3 weekly sessions from 10.00 to 11.45 on Thursdays 22 and 29 October and 5 November
Continuing in the successful style of our previous Pick a Colour, Pick a Dish and Pick a Tune, this time we are going with the outrageous and provocative title of Pick a Plague! We use the term plague in the widest sense: from the great plagues of history, to everyday things that plague us, such as banal TV advertising – disturbing to amusing! Themes for each of the three sessions will be decided and advertised well in advance. Members are encouraged to contribute with brief or longer presentations or discussions, and experts will be invited to contribute.