Secret City: Fact, fiction and Australian politics

Speaker : Chris Uhlmann

7-11 Barry Drive Teaching Centre, Australian National University (TBC)

7pm – 12 July 2018

Members $20 (MCH members or govt support concession, full-time students).

Non-members $25

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The Prime Minister likes to paraphrase Mark Twain saying, “only fiction has to be credible”. Perhaps that’s because he has lived through the incredible last decade of Australian politics.

In 2008 Kevin Rudd was in his first year as PM, enjoying a 70 per cent approval rating and, apparently, settling in for a long run. In November that year, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States and America looked like it would finally become the land it imagined itself to be.

What went wrong? Come and find out the details, insights and perspectives!

About the speaker: Chris Uhlmann is a leading Australian political journalist. After many years working for the ABC, in August 2017, Uhlmann moved to Nine News replacing Laurie Oakes. He had previously held the positions of the political editor for the 7.30 report, 14th presenter of AM for ABC radio and ABC News political editor. In 2008, Uhlmann received the Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing. With Steve Lewis, Uhlmann has written a series of political novels set in Canberra: The Marmalade Files (2012), The Mandarin Code (2014) and The Shadow Game (2016). These feature a political reporter, Harriet Dunkley, investigating a conspiracy involving China, the USA and Australian security organisations. In 2016 the first two books were adapted as the Australian television series Secret City.

Poetry evening

Thursday, May 24, 2018

7pm for 7.30 start

11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest ACT 2603

$10 includes nibbles and wine

Contact Hazel Hall – hazelsshall@gmail.com

A reminder about Manning Clark Poetry this month. It should be a packed night!

Kathleen Bleakley (Wollongong). Kathleen Bleakley lives with her partner – in life and art – ‘pling, between the escarpment and the sea, in Wollongong. She has three collections (with Ginninderra Press) – Azure, (2017) Lightseekers, photography by ‘pling, (2015). and jumping out of cars, with Andrea Gawthorne, images by ‘pling, (2004).

Alison Thompson (Berry). Alison Thompson lives on the south coast of NSW and is a member of the Kitchen Table Poets. Her poems have been published here and overseas. She has published a chapbook Slow Skipping  (PressPress). Alison won the DPP Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry prize (2011) and the 2016 Poetry d’Amour Love Poem Contest.

Chris Mansell (Berry). Among Chris Mansell’s latest publications are Verge,  Stung, Stung More, Spine Lingo, and Schadenvale Road.  Seven Stations (a song cycle with music by Andrew Batt-Rawden) was released by Hospital Hill on CD. Chris won the Queensland Premier’s Award for Poetry, Amelia Chapbook Award (USA) and the Meanjin Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize and has been short-listed for the National Book Council Award and the NSW Premier’s Award. Her site is chrismansell.com.

Australia without the US Alliance

Wednesday 23 May 5.30 for 6pm

 Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest

Australia has long depended on America, not just for our own defence but for the security of our wider neighbourhood and the maintenance of a stable order in Asia. For much of the time that has worked, on balance, quite well for Australia. But in recent years our dependence on America has grown while America has for many reasons become less and less dependable either as an ally or as a guarantor of regional stability. So today Australia has to look very carefully at the challenges America now faces in Asia and the risks and benefits to us of depending on it in future as we have done in the past. And we have to ask anew what the alternatives to such dependence might look like.

Speakers: Professor Hugh White and Professor Joan Beaumont

Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. He has worked on Australian strategic, defence and foreign policy issues since 1980.

Joan Beaumont is an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. She specialises in the history of Australian foreign policy and the Australian experience of war.

MCH members $5, concession (Government Support) and full-time students $10

Non-members $15.00

Booking: https://www.trybooking.com/VTLA

The UN Nuclear Ban Treat

Thursday, 3 May 2018  —   5.30 for 6pm start

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, ACT

MCH members, concession (govt support) and full-time students $10

Non-members $15

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Speaker: Professor Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (CNND) in the Crawford School, The Australian National University and co-Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN).

He was Vice Rector and Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations) from 1998–2007.

Educated in India and Canada, he was a Professor of International Relations at the University of Otago in New Zealand and Professor and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University, during which time he was also a consultant/adviser to the Australian and New Zealand governments on arms control, disarmament and international security issues.

He was a Commissioner and one of the principal authors of The Responsibility to Protect (2001), and Senior Adviser on Reforms and Principal Writer of the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s second reform report (2002).

He was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo (2007–11), Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (2007–10) and Foundation Director of the Balsillie School of International affairs in Waterloo, Ontario.

 

 

 

1917 : a revolution against Das Kapital?

Speaker : Humphrey McQueen

23 April 2018, 5.30 for 6pm

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest

 MCH members, concession and full-time students $10 (non members $15)

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Responding to Antonio Gramsci’s 1919 suggestion, the talk will weave together a trio of anniversaries:

  • 150 years since the publication of Das Kapital in September 1867
  • the 200th anniversary of the birth of its author, Karl Marx, on 5 May 1818
  •  the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, erupting in October 1917.

humphrey-mcqueen[1]Speaker: Humphrey McQueen is a Canberra-based historian and activist at work on yet one more Marxist account of the origins of capital, to be titled The Revolution Inside Capital.

For access to a selection of his writings over fifty years, see www.surplusvalue.org.au

 

Down by Dymphna’s Garden

Sunday March 25th —– 4.00 to 6.00 pm
Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest

It’s FREE to come along and enjoy – please book here

Devonshire Tea can be purchased on the day.

Sow the seeds for the renewal of Dymphna Clark’s 1950’s kitchen garden.

Join us for an afternoon of live music, Devonshire Tea and gardening presentations.

Thanks to an ACT Government Community Garden Grant, the old kitchen garden site at Manning Clark House will be refurbished as a community asset.

Join us for a short presentation from our soil and compost experts Mr Gerry Gillespie and Dr Amardeep Wander.

Then enjoy songs, including from the Australian composer Penelope Thwaites AM,
sung by exceptional soloists with a repertoire not often heard in
our city:

❀ Kenneth Goodge -Tenor
❀ Hannah Belnick – Soprano
❀ Rudie Darby – Soprano

❀ Fleur Millar – Conductor
❀ Sam Rowe – Pianist
❀ Manning Clark Choristers

Admission is free, although gold coin donations appreciated.

Whither the ABC

27 February 2018 – 5.30 for 6pm

 Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest

MCH members, concession/full-time students $10, non-members $15.00

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Whither the ABC – a panel discussion featuring Genevieve Jacobs (ex ABC), Jack Waterford (ex Canberra Times) and Ebony Bennett (Australia Institute) about the Australian Broadcasting Corporation which will end with questions and answers from the audience.

Genevieve Jacobs has been a print and radio journalist throughout her career and spent more than a decade working for the ABC in Canberra, most recently as the Mornings presenter. She works with a number of Canberra charities and not for profits and has an enduring interest in building and strengthening community engagement.

Ebony Bennett is the Deputy Director of Canberra-based think tank The Australia Institute and has worked in federal politics for more than a decade. Bennett has published research on gender and street harassment and regularly appears as a commentator on Sky News and as a contributor for the Guardian and Fairfax publications.

Jack Waterford is the former Editor-at-large at The Canberra Times and writes a regular column.

 

Author Richard Denniss and ABC presenter Genevieve Jacobs

Book title: Curing Affluenza

14 December, 5.30 for 6.30pm

Venue: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, ACT

Members (and concession) $5, non-members $10

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Richard Denniss will be talking about his latest book  ‘Curing Affluenza’ in conversation with Genevieve Jacobs of ABC radio.

‘Affluenza is that strange desire we feel to spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t know . . .’

Richard DennissA truly modern affliction, affluenza is endemic in Western societies, encouraged by those who profit from aculture of exploitation and waste.

So how do we cure ourselves?

In this sparkling book of ideas, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial.

We should cherish the things we own – preserve them, repair them, and then gift or sell them when we no longer need them. We must foster new ways of thinking and acting that do not squander limited resources and which support the things we value most – vibrant communities and rich experiences.

The book will be available and signed by the author. There will be plenty of time for discussion.

MCH 20th anniversary celebration

20th anniversary celebration

of Manning Clark House Inc.

Saturday
November 25 th
5.00 – 7.00 pm

Members $10, non-members $20

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ImageMCHLowres#1Sebastian Clark invites you to join the MCH community for a couple of hours celebrating 20 years of Manning Clark House being established as an historic home for contemporary discussion and debate.

This will be a festive occasion in the gardens, with nibbles, drinks, an insightful overview of the last 20 years and an operatic performance by superb soloists and the Manning Clark House Choristers.

 

Poets Moya Pay and Sarah Rice

MCH Poetry Group

 23 November, 7 pm – $10 entry refreshments provided.

Venue: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest.

All welcome!

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Moya Pacey is a Canberra poet. The Wardrobe, her first collection, was a runner-up for the ACT Writers Centre Poetry Award in 2010.  In 2015, she published One Last Border: poetry for refugees with Hazel Hall and Sandra Renew (Ginninderra Press).   In 2017 Recent Work Press will publish her second collection.  She co-edits ‘Not Very Quiet’ an online poetry journal for women.

 

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Sarah Rice won the 2014 Ron Pretty and Bruce Dawe poetry prizes, co-won the 2013 Writing Ventures, and 2011 Gwen Harwood awards, and has been shortlisted in numerous others. Her art-book of poetry Those Who Travel (prints Patsy Payne) is held in the NGA and her collection, Fingertip of the Tongue, was published in September by UWAP this year.

Festival of Ideas – is democracy in Australia working?

Discussion, food and music – join us and have your say.

Saturday October 14th  

10.00 – 4.30 pm

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest

MCH members, government income support and full-time students $30. Non-members $40.00

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The democratic experiment in countries around the world has been about the free contest of ideas, interests, and groups, along with tolerance for opponents and respect for their legitimacy. But the history of democracy globally is strewn with examples of extremists and demagogues manipulating prejudice, insecurity, and fear in a bid for power. Recent events in the United States of America and Europe suggest these examples are not relegated to history.

So how does Australia fare in this environment? Join us, and have your say as to whether democracy in Australia needs revamping and if so, what might we do about it?

Program covers presentations and discussion on:

  • what people think about our political parties
  • who controls the policy agenda
  • perspectives from different community groups
  • limitation of ideas covered in election campaigns
  • does French President Macron offer new approaches
  • what can we do to increase real democratic engagement.

 

Opportunity, merit and Australian democracy

13 October, 6.30 pm

The Muse Restaurant, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston

Dinner $90 per person OR Festival Ticket: 13-14 October Dinner and Day of Ideas, $110 (members) $120 (non-members)

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Australians have prided themselves in the myth that opportunity is open for all. But the evidence that birth and luck play an outsized role in our lives is overwhelming. So how has the idea of a meritocracy survived for so long?

Join Professor Frank Bongiorno for fine dining at the Muse restaurant. For dinner, wine, and conversation with one of Australia’s most active public intellectuals on the future of opportunity and merit in Australia’s social democracy.

Speaker: Frank Bongiorno is Professor of History at the Australian National University. He is an Australian labour, political and cultural historian. His recent works include The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (2012), and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015)

North Korea Today and Tomorrow

Monday 9 October 2017, 5.30pm for 6pm 

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest

MCH members, concession (Government Support) and full-time students $5

Non-members $10.00

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Dr Leonid Petrov is one of Australia’s leading experts on North Korea. In this talk he will summarise the domestic and international policies of Pyongyang and provide several possible scenarios for Korea and the region that include peaceful co-existence, violent unification and even a nuclear Armageddon.

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Leonid Petrov graduated from the Department of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University in 1994, where he majored in Korean History and Language. In 1994-1996, he worked as interpreter for the South Korean National Soccer Team and participated in the 26th Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1996-2002, Leonid Petrov worked on a doctoral thesis at the Australian National University. Between 2003 and 2005, Dr. Petrov conducted post-doctoral research at the Academy of Korean Studies in Seongnam and taught Korean History at the Intercultural Institute of California in San Francisco. In 2006-2007, he was Chair of Korean Studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Between 2009 and 2012, Dr. Petrov taught Korean History and Language at the University of Sydney. Currently, he teaches Cross-Cultural Management, Strategic Intelligence and other subjects at the International College of Management in Sydney (ICMS). Starting from 2007, Dr. Petrov has been involved in a number of projects sponsored by the Australian Research Council.

How does Australia decide to go to war – should the Parliament decide?

Speaker : Ernst Wilheim

Tuesday, 19 September – 5.30 for 6pm start. Finishes 7.30.

Venue: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest.

$5 for MCH members, government income support and full-time students, $10 non-members

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The decision to go to war is arguably the most important decision any government can make. Yet it is the least regulated of any government decision.

We have all observed the many hours of parliamentary debate and back room negotiation on controversial legislation. Yet Australia can be taken to war on the whim of our Prime Minister.

How can this be?

Lawyers refer to ‘the Royal prerogative’ to go to war.

Is the Royal prerogative the relic of a bygone era? Is it consistent with contemporary values, with the modern perception of the role of the Parliament and the ultimate sovereignty of the people?  How do similar countries deal with the decision to go to the war? What are the alternatives? Is a requirement for prior parliamentary approval feasible? These are some of the issues to be explored.

Ernst Willheim is a Visiting fellow at the College of Law, ANU. Before his formal retirement he was a senior officer of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. In that capacity, he has appeared as counsel in the High Court and other appellate courts, lead Australian delegations to international conferences, established and headed the Office of General Counsel and headed other legal policy divisions. Ernst has published widely on public law matters, constitutional law, administrative law, international law, refugee issues and indigenous issues. Ernst is Vice President of Manning Clark House.

 

 

New economic directions

The circular economy project of the European Union is a ground breaking initiative.      Questions are being asked whether mainstream economic policies in Australia are appropriate within a world of climate change impacts and growing inequality.

This forum will look at new economic directions including policies to redistribute income and address the imbalance between capital and labour.

Wednesday 9 August, 2017 – 5.30 for 6pm start. 7pm finish

Tickets – members/concessions $5, non-members $10. Click here to book. 

Venue: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circuit

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David Richardson, The Australia Institute. David Richardson (BEc, MEc) taught at the University of New England and University of Western Australia. Worked in the Research Service, Parliamentary Library (1979-85 and 1996-2007). During the Hawke/Keating years (1985-1996) worked for Ministers Brian Howe and Sen Nick Bolkus. David commenced at The Australia Institute in 2008.

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Caroline Lambert is the  First Counsellor of the Delegation to Australia of the European Commission. Since March 2015, Caroline has been the European Union’s Climate and Environment Counsellor in Australia. Caroline worked for five years in the private office of the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, where she advised on financial, trade and taxation matters and adaptation policy. Between 2007 and 2010, Caroline advised Margot Wallström, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Communication and Interinstitutional Relations and helped design communication campaigns on key European policies.

Invidious Choices – naval war in the Pacific 1914

Speaker: Lieutenant Commander Desmond Woods
RANR Research Officer – Sea Power Centre – Australia – Department of Defence
Thursday 6 July 2017 at 6:00pm
Venue : Manning Clark House. 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest.
War in the Indo Pacific oceans and HMAS Australia in 1914 – Invidious Choices and catastrophe at Coronel and how the build up occurred and the details behind the scenes of how naval war began on this occasion and ended.
Ticket price $5.00 for MHC members, $10.00 for non-members

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Organiser : Shobha Varkey
Ph: 0405064176

Manning Clark Choristers

TERM 2 – April 17 – July 6, 2018

Every Tuesday night – 7.30 – 9.30pm

All welcome – Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, ACT

Members – $50 per term or $5 drop-in

Non-members $60 per term or $10 drop in

Please call Fleur on 0421 187 688 or email: fleurmillar@yahoo.com.au for more information.

Music

Term two of the Manning Clark Choristers is now beginning with choir leader Fleur Millar and pianist Sam Row.

Wonderful concerts are up ahead, including a Choir showcase concert for Manning Clark House members for the Winter Solstice and opportunities to enjoy performing singing in the local South Canberra Community.

We always give a warm welcome to new singers joining our group, and have a great deal of fun, whilst achieving a high level of musicianship with delicious food in the break and always great conversation. 

Music includes beautiful arrangements of the Sky Boat Song, Danny Boy, Wild Mountain Thyme plus loads more.

There are also opportunities to sing short solos in concerts and our concerts include well-known soloists from Canberra as well as young developing artists.

These concerts are in partnership with Fleur-de-lys Vocal Enterprises.

No experience necessary.

2018 Poetry reading program

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Drinks and Nibbles: 7.00 pm
Readings 7.30 -9.30 pm

All welcome

Thursday 22 February

Penny Drysdale (Alice Springs)

Keith Harrison (Sydney)

Thursday 22 March

E A Gleeson (Victoria)

Luke Whitington (Canberra) J

Jane Liddell-King (UK)

Thursday 26 April

Victoria McGrath (Yass)
Merlinda Bobis (Canberra)
Mark Blumer (Canberra: first time reader)

Thursday 24 May

Chris Mansell (Berry)

Alison Thompson(Berry)

Kathleen Bleakley (Wollongong)

Thursday 28 June

Recent Work Press Poets

(readings organised by Shane Strange)

Thursday 26 July

Limestone Tanka Poets

(readings organised by Kathy Kituai)

Thursday 23 August

Russell Erwin (Goulburn)

Penelope Layland (Canberra)

Lizz Murphy (Binalong)

Thursday 27 September

University of Canberra’s Poetry on the Move Event

Paul Hetherington

Moira Egan

Cassandra Atherton

Thursday 25 October

Paul Collis (Canberra)

Jen Crawford (Canberra)

Paul Magee (Canberra)

Thursday 22 November

Recent Work Press Poets

(readings organised by Shane Strange)

Manning Clark Choristers

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The Manning Clark Choristers, with Choir Leader Fleur Millar, and Pianist Sam Row, return for 2018, following a highly successful series of concerts at Manning Clark House in 2017.
If you would like to become a member of the Choristers, have fun, enjoy meeting a great group of people and singing high quality music, then we would love you to be involved.
No previous singing experience necessary and no audition required.
We will be holding some wonderful concerts in 2018, at Manning Clark House and for Fleur-de-lys Vocal Enterprises at fantastic locations in Canberra as well as being joined in concert by some of Canberra’s finest solo singers and young artists.
We also be holding regular workshops and lessons in Feldenkrais, Singing and Acting for Singing.
If you would like to enrol or seek more information please see contact details below, otherwise you can just turn up on the night.
Location: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest
Term One Dates: Tuesday February 6th – Tuesday April 3rd
Time: 730-930, with a break for chats, tea, coffee and biccies!
Cost: $50 per term MCH members. $60 per term non members,
$5 drop in MCH members. $10 drop in non members.
Contact; Fleur Millar 0421187688 fleurmillar@yahoo.com.au.