Upcoming events and forums

Important discussions, events and forums are taking place across Australia next week on the nationally critical issue of federation reform, Uber and urban transport, the ripple effect of poverty, government communications, and building a stronger voice for women on social media. Here are some of The Mandarin‘s picks.


Tonight, Oct 7 – Melbourne: Can we really handle the truth? ABC’s Sarah Ferguson is giving the 2015 A.N. Smith Lecture, on “Freedom from Information – Australia’s War on Transparency”. Notionally about journalism, this year’s address might be of interest to many public officials:

“While governments – and major institutions – find new ways to limit transparency – the media industry itself is equally culpable, trading away its freedom to investigate for short term access. There is a war on transparency underway and the media is colluding with the wrong side.”

Position of Strength

Monday, Oct 12 – Canberra: @TwitterAU and our sister publication Women’s Agenda are hosting a free social media workshop at the National Press Club about building a stronger voice for women. Unofficially, it’s tailored at public servants and ministerial staff in the national capital. The workshop will be followed by networking and a Q&A with Children’s eSafety Commissioner Alastair MacGibbon and possibly senior government female minister.

Ripple effect of poverty

Monday, Oct 12 – Perth: Coinciding with Anti-Poverty Week, CEDA are hosting an event with the WA Minister for Community Services Tony Simpson and others to discuss the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s latest report on poverty.

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