Sydney Democracy Network
Everything Political
November 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.
Trump's U$A: ways to fix a dishonest system - David Cay Johnston
The United States, like Australia and other countries with modern economies, gets played by multinational corporations who earn profits in their country, but siphon profits out as tax-deductible expenses – expenses companies pay to themselves. It is as if individuals could get a tax break by moving money from their right pocket to their left.

These tax breaks are not based on real expenses, or economic reality, but on shams and faux calculations. They rest on nothing more substantial than moving symbols around on pieces of paper. And these tax breaks certainly are not honest, legal though they may be.

Even in Trump’s America, there are powerful new solutions to unreal and unfair tax systems. David Cay Johnston will walk through ways to ensure that taxation of corporations is accurate, honest and fair for citizens.

About the speaker
David Cay Johnston is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, an IRE Medal and the George Polk Award. He is editor and founder of a news website that reports on the Trump administration, and author of The Making of Donald Trump, Political Biography of the Year (Britain), and The Trump Factor: How He’s Making Things Worse for Most of Us (forthcoming 2018).

He is a specialist in economics and tax issues, and has taught business regulation, property and tax law at Syracuse University’s law and graduate business schools. In March 2017, he famously released a portion of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return. The Washington Monthly describes him as “one of America’s most important journalists.”

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SDN recommends
2 November 2017 | 2017 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture & Award Ceremony - Black Lives Matter Global Network
Hosted by the Sydney Peace Foundation
Speakers: Larissa Behrendt, Archie Roach, Maxine Clarke and Clover Moore

20 November 2017 | Truth, Evidence, and Reason: who can we believe?
Hosted by the Post-Truth Initiative and Sydney Ideas
Speakers: Sarah Haider, Tom Nichols, James A Lindsay, Caroline West and Nick Enfield

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October 26, 2017
We cannot deny the violence of White supremacy any more
Yolanda MosesUniversity of California, Riverside

White Americans have been in denial about the fact that police go after Black men and other men of colour. But the research and statistics kept by state and federal agencies show this happens.

October 25, 2017
Nothing but truthiness: Adani and Co’s post-truth push for the Carmichael mine
Benedetta BreviniUniversity of Sydney and Terry WoronovUniversity of Sydney

There are telltale signs when regard for the facts of the matter is sacrificed to 'truthiness' to win a political debate.

October 17, 2017
Come hide with us – bean counters raid big law firms
Michael WestUniversity of Sydney

The Big Four accounting firms are headhunting senior lawyers by the score. Could this be a way to assert legal professional privilege over tax advice for their multinational clients?

October 16, 2017
We just Black matter: Australia’s indifference to Aboriginal lives and land
Chelsea BondThe University of Queensland

Despite the promise of Black Lives Matter, it has not been taken up as a central political movement by Indigenous Australians.

October 12, 2017
Black Lives Matter is a revolutionary peace movement
Melina AbdullahCalifornia State University, Los Angeles

The peace and justice Black Lives Matter seeks require a fundamental transformation of a system that preys on and benefits from Black suffering.

October 4, 2017
Why are we still pursuing the Adani Carmichael mine?
Michael WestUniversity of Sydney

Following the ABC's Four Corners program 'Digging into Adani', the question that remains is: why is the project still being pursued at all?

September 29, 2017
The pathologies of populism
John KeaneUniversity of Sydney

Current events show that the old problem of populism is making a comeback, and that populism is indeed an autoimmune disease of our age of monitory democracy.

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Wednesday 1 November 2017
Trump's U$A: Ways to Fix a Dishonest System
Speaker: David Cay Johnston

Thursday 2 November 2017
Department of Government and International Relations | The Political Logic of the Developmental State: Korea and Taiwan's Smart Grids Strategy
Speaker: Sung-Young Kim

Sydney Peace Foundation | 2017 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture & Award Ceremony - Black Lives Matter Global Network
Speakers: Larissa Behrendt, Archie Roach, Maxine Clarke and Clover Moore

Friday 3 November 2017
Sydney Ideas | A Moment or a Movement? Black Lives Matter and the Future of US Race Relations
Speakers: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Rodney Diverlus and Stan Grant

Sydney Peace Foundation | 2017 Sydney Peace Prize Gala Dinner
Speakers: Linda Burney, Luke Pearson, Tracey Spicer and Archie Roach

Monday 6 November 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Environmental Justice 2017 – Looking Back, Looking Forward
Speakers: Julian Agyeman, Amita Baviskar, Robert Bullard, Maxine Burkett and Robyn Eckersley

Sydney Ideas | The Spectacle of Justice in Post-war East Asia and Japan's Struggle with History
Speaker: Barak Kushner

Tuesday 7 November 2017
Sydney Ideas | The Future of Environmental Justice
Speakers: Robert Bullard, Maxine Burkett, Kyle Powys Whyte and Lauren Rickards

Wednesday 8 November 2017
Sydney Ideas | Water, Energy, Food and Conflict: Regulation and Security in the Indian Subcontinent
Speakers: Brahma and Bill Pritchard

Sydney Ideas | The 19th Party Congress: What Will Xi Jinping Use His Power for?
Speaker: Willy Lam

The Ethics Centre | Uniting a Nation After the Postal Survey
Speaker: Tim Wilson

Thursday 9 November 2017
Department of Government and International Relations | How to Be a Successful General: Military Decision-making in the 21st Century
Speaker: Anthony King

Politics in the Pub | Off Shore Detention Centres: Australia's Shame
Speakers: Ian Rintoul and Lee Rhiannon

The US Studies Centre | Survey Says: Understanding the Same-sex Marriage Vote
Speaker: Simon Jackman

Sydney Ideas | Food Justice in the City: Toward a Just and Sustainable Food System
Speakers: Leslie Lindo, Julian Agyeman, Nick Rose and David Schlosberg

Lowy Institute | Trump Goes to Asia
Speakers: Lowy Institute’s expert panel

Tuesday 14 November 2017
Evatt Foundation | Inequality in NSW: Living in a Two-speed Economy
Speakers: Jo Schofield and Frank Stilwell

Wednesday 15 November 2017
The Ethics Centre | Ethics at Work - Sydney
Speaker: David Burfoot

Thursday 16 November 2017
Politics in the Pub | Economics for a Warming Planet: Limits to Growth, the Simpler Way and the Steady State Economy
Speakers: Ted Trainer and Haydn Washington

Monday 20 November 2017
UNSW Arts & Social Sciences | FASStival
An interactive multi-media exhibition
Post-Truth Initiative and Sydney Ideas | Truth, Evidence, and Reason: who can we believe?
Speakers: Sarah Haider, Tom Nichols, James A Lindsay, Caroline West and Nick Enfield

Tuesday 21 November 2017
Lowy Institute | Address on Australia and the Pacific by the Hon. Richard Marles MP
Speaker: Richard Marles

Institute of Sustainable Futures, UTS | The Next Disruption: Business Opportunities in Shifting to 100% Renewables
Blackfriars EnergyLab

Sydney Ideas | Aerial Aftermaths: The Visual Culture of Everyday Militarisation
Speakers: Caren Kaplan and Peter Hobbins

Wednesday 22 November 2017
Lowy Institute | Aus-PNG Network Social Evening

Monday 27 November 2017
Lowy Institute | Book Launch: John Curtin’s War by John Edwards
Speaker: Paul Keating

Sydney Ideas | Digital Rights: What Are They, and Why Do We Need Them?
Speakers: Ellen Broad, Nicolas Suzor and Ariadne Vromen

Tuesday 28 November 2017
Sydney Ideas | Truth Fake News Will Set You Free?
Speakers: El Chigüire Bipolar and Julian Morrow

Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre | Beyond the Climate Elephant: From Climate Denial to Public Engagement
Speakers: Kari Norgaard and David Schlosberg

Lowy Institute | In Conversation with Gideon Rachman and Michael Fullilove
Speaker: Gideon Rachman

Wednesday 29 November 2017
AIIA NSW | Charteris Dinner and Oration 2017
Speaker: Allan Gyngell

Sydney Ideas | The Israelis and the Occupation - Gideon Levy, Israeli Journalist and Commentator
Speakers: Gideon Levy, Antony Loewenstein and Dirk Moses

Thursday 30 November 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Communicating the Environment: From Climate Denialism to Action
Speakers: Benedetta Brevini, Alana Mann and Kari Norgaard


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