Sydney Democracy Network
Everything Political
July 2017
Everything Political lists all events of political interest in Sydney: both on and off campus and hosted by SDN, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University of Sydney or other Sydney organisations. Please contact if you would like to list an event in next month's newsletter.
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Post Truth Initiative | Scientific fraud and truth

The check and balances of peer review have traditionally been seen as the best way to ensure ethical scientific and medical research. But how does the community deal with fraud when it does arise? Are the small numbers of incidences of fraud just an aberration, or are there cultural issues that need to be addressed?

A Sydney Ideas, Westmead forum


  • Professor Jennifer Byrne, Molecular Oncology, Sydney School of Medicine
  • Rebecca Halligan, Director, Research Integrity and Ethics Administration, the University of Sydney
  • Other speakers to be confirmed

When: 5.30-7.00pm Monday 17 July 2017
Where: The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, 176 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, NSW 2145

Please register here

Ukraine Democracy Initiative | Decommunisation: the Democratic Transformation of a Post-Totalitarian Society

This talk examines the legacy of seven decades of Soviet totalitarian rule and its long-term impact on the identity of Ukrainian citizens. Volodymyr Viatrovych will consider the economic transformations and new democratic procedures required for shaking off this inheritance and building a new integrated national policy based on individual freedoms and human rights. He will focus as well on the problem of the 'Lenin' in the minds of Ukrainians and highlight how the experiences of post-communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe are being used in Ukraine to overcome the legacy of totalitarian power.

Speaker: Volodymyr Viatrovych

When: 6.00-7.30pm Wednesday 5 July 2017
Where: History Room S223, Quadrangle Building, the University of Sydney NSW 2006

Please register here

SDN on The Conversation
June 26, 2017
Rumours of the death of multinational tax avoidance are greatly exaggerated
Michael West, the University of Sydney

The Australian government took out ads this month boasting of victory in the fight against multinational tax avoidance. It is no small irony that taxpayers forked out for this bald-faced lie.

June 23, 2017
Act now to protect your digital rights, Big Brother and his Little Sisters may be watching
Jack Linchuan QiuChinese University of Hong Kong

Sooner or later, China will recognise the value of digital assets. This adds to the urgency of citizens ensuring they control the data trails that tell the world what they think and do.

June 16, 2017
As Trump ups the ante, executive powers should worry Australians too
Anna Boucher, the University of Sydney and Daniel GhezelbashMacquarie University

Under US law, the president must publish all of their executive orders for public view. The Australian government is under no such obligation.

June 7, 2017
Deliberative democracy must rise to the threat of populist rhetoric
Nicole CuratoUniversity of Canberra and Lucy J ParryUniversity of Canberra

Populist politics would appear to have left deliberative democracy by the wayside, but innovations that engage citizens in reasoned decision-making have much to offer.

June 6, 2017
No flies on Australia’s richest union
Michael West, the University of Sydney

The NSW Business Chamber insists that arguing against entitlements for low-paid workers and victims of domestic violence qualifies as a charitable exercise.

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Monday 3 July 2017
Lowy Institute | The View from Beijing with New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief Jane Perlez
Speakers: Jane Perlez and Merriden Varrall

Tuesday 4 July 2017
AIIA NSW | The Influence of Global Corporations
Speaker: John Mikler

Lowy Institute | Two Decades after the Asian Financial Crisis: Have the World's Financial Firefighters Learned Anything?
Speaker: Stephen Grenville

Wednesday 5 July 2017
Lowy Institute | AMP China Lecture: China and the Global Economic Order
Speaker: Paul Blustein

Ukraine Democracy Initiative | Decommunisation: the Democratic Transformation of a Post-Totalitarian Society
Speaker: Volodymyr Viatrovych

Thursday 6 July 2017
Lowy Institute | An Address by Senator the Hon Penny Wong Australia's National Interests in a Time of Disruption
Speaker: Penny Wong

The Ethics Centre | The Spider's Song - Teaching Ethics to Children
Speaker: Simon Longstaff

Politics in the Pub | Human Rights Priorities for 2017 & Beyond
Speakers: Elaine Pearson and Emily Howie

Friday 7 July 2017
Sydney Ideas | Professor Steven Cowley on Fusion: the Perfect Energy Source
Speaker: Steven Cowley

Saturday 8 July 2017
India-Pakistan Crisis: in the Shadow of Kashmir and Kulbhushan Jadhav
Speaker:  Jehangir Karamat

Tuesday 11 July 2017
UNSW Globalisation and Governance Research Network | Resurgence or End of Populism? Reflections on Populism ‘outside the West’
Speakers: Ashutosh Varshney, Martin Krygier and Adele Webb

Sydney Ideas | The Suburban Harvest - Food@Sydney Seminar Series
Speakes: Brian Jones, Jennifer Kent, Laura Fisher and Ananth Gopal

Thursday 13 July 2017
Politics in the Pub | Why We Urgently Need a Federal Level ICAC
Speakers: Michael Ahrens and Lee Rhiannon

The US Studies Centre | Howard on Trump
Speakers: John Howard and Paul Kelly

Monday 17 July 2017
Sydney Ideas & Westmead | Scientific Fraud and Truth
Speakers: Jennifer Byrne and Rebecca Halligan

Tuesday 18 July 2017
Lowy Institute | In Conversation With Dennis Richardson AO
Speaker: Dennis Richardson

Thursday 20 July 2017
China Studies Centre | World War II with the Flying Tigers
Speaker: Deborah D. L. Chung

Politics in the Pub | Miscarriages of Justice: a Night with Richard Ackland
Speaker: Richard Ackland

Monday 24 July 2017
The Ethics Centre | Everyday Ethics Book Launch
Speaker: Simon Longstaff

Tuesday 25 July 2017
AIIA NSW | The Prospects of Syria
Speaker: Bob Bowker

Wednesday 26 July 2017
China Studies Centre | Defining Britishness in the Great Depression: Major Louis Cassel and His League for British Whites in 1933 Hong Kong
Speaker: Vivian Kong

Sydney Environment Institute | Climate Change in the City
Speaker: Harriet Bulkeley

The Ethics Centre | The Ethics of Bias
Speaker: Adam Ferrier

Thursday 27 July 2017
Sydney Ideas | Outside the Square: Are Humans the Only Beings That Matter?
Speakers: David Schlosberg, Astrida Neimanis and Alana Mann

Politics in the Pub | A Universal Basic Income, Merits & Implications
Speakers: John Tomlinson and Gigi Foster

Lowy Institute | 2017 Lowy Lecture: UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
Speaker: Boris Johnson

Friday 28 July 2017
Sydney Southeast Asia Centre | Book Launch: Digital Indonesia
Speakers: Gerard Goggin, Ross Tapsell and Bede Moore

Monday 31 July 2017
Sydney Ideas | The Films of Mohamed Al-Daradji: a Conversation with the Filmmaker
Speaker: Mohamed Al-Daradji

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