“3 Minutes to Midnight” and exploration of the state of play on Earth now

It has become clear that, rather than focus attention on the existential issues which Homo sapiens is facing, human institutions remain preoccupied with parochial power games and money matters, regardless of the proliferation of  hair-trigger nuclear missile fleets around the world and the rapid change in the terrestrial climate. When the world’s leading scientists warn of a dangerous shift  in state of the terrestrial climate and the proximity of tipping points, what difference would the election make if both parties support coal mining and export, rendering the country the world’s leading per-capita carbon emitter? When opposed military forces are confronted and dangerous people aim to reach control of red nuclear buttons, with time a confrontation by accident or design becomes inevitable, yet little of this appears to be an issue in the media, rendering the elections in the US and Australia meaningless. Nowadays governments are presiding over an increasingly likely demise of the terrestrial atmosphere and the marine environment. Which planet do these people think they are living on?

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The discussion will be led by Andrew Glikson and Hugh Saddler

Date: 4th October 2016

Time: 6pm

Entry: $10 members $15 non members

Out of the Refugee Impasse

The refugee crisis arising out of the interlocking Syrian conflicts has refocused world leaders’ attention on refugee and asylum policy and practices.

At the September global migration and refugee summit in New York, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claimed that Australia’s border protection policies and humanitarian program were the ideal other countries should emulate.

Not everyone agreed, including the UN Human Rights Commission when it said Australia should show political courage and end indefinite detention of asylum seekers.

In Australia, concern about the human cost of refugee and asylum policies of both the Coalition and the Labor Party has recently been fanned by the publication in the Guardian of some 2000 incident reports concerning the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru.

Manning Clark House has therefore brought together a small panel of speakers who will give their personal views on the questions whether Australia should move beyond the present highly contested policies and practices, and, if so, how this should be done.  The details are:

Out of the Refugee Impasse

Chair:  To be confirmed

Panel: Major General AJ ‘Jim’ Molan, AO DSC (retired), former Coalition advisor and Government envoy

Dr John Minns, Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU and a member of the Canberra Refugee Action Committee

Ms Marianne Dickie, convenor of the LLM stream in the Migration Law Program, ANU School of Law

Venue and time: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, on Tuesday 11 October 2016 at 5:30 for 6 pm, drinks and nibbles before and after discussion

 All welcome: $15 for non-members and $10 for members, membership available at the door

Seats are limited to 50, so to avoid disappointment please RSVP to: info@manningclark.org.au or Alana Mahon on 02 6162 0908 at Marisa Gonzalez & Co, Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm

Speakers:

Jim Molan had a long and distinguished military career as an infantry, aviation and combat unit commander, military attache in Jakarta, and in staff and training postings.  This included service in Solomon Islands, East Timor and Iraq. He retired in July 2008.  Since then, Jim has been an author, speaker and commentator on military and strategic affairs. He was the co-author of the Coalition’s refugee and asylum policy leading up to the 2013 election and launched the policy with Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison.  After the election, he was appointed the PM’s Special Envoy for Operation Sovereign Borders.  Jim was a NSW Liberal candidate for the Senate in July 2016.

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John Minns is Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations with a strong interest in the politics of migration, and in Latin American politics; he was formerly Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at ANU.  He is a member of the steering committee of the Canberra Refugee Action Committee, and has spoken on Australian refugee policy to many community groups.

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Marianne Dickie,  has been with the ANU Migration Law Program since 2006, and has taught in courses for the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and the LLM in Migration Law, serving as both Sub-Dean and Director of the Migration Law Program, and currently as convenor of the LLM stream in Migration Law.  She has received a number of ANU awards for her teaching and student guidance roles.  She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a registered migration agent.  She was formerly a staffer to then Australian Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett, and accompanied him in visiting the detention centre on Nauru during the Howard Government.

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MCH Poetry reading program from August to November 2016

Co-ordinators: Paul Hetherington, Kathy Kituai, Kerrie Nelson

The full program for the rest of 2016 is being finalised, but the following events are confirmed:

Held at at 7:30 pm

 

29th September 

Entry fee $10 or $5 concession

Refreshments provided

The intimate space at MCH is perfect for poetry and features Owen Bullock and Carmel Summers, who are both wonderful readers.

Carmel Summers is a Canberra author and poet.  Her poems and short stories have been published in Australian and international journals and she has been short listed for the Blake Poetry Prize and the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize.  She has a MA in Creative Writing, is a member of Limestone Poets, Bowerbird and the Tanka Huddles. Carmel facilitates creative writing workshops in Sydney and regional NSW.

Owen Bullock’s publications include poetry and fiction, including three books of haiku.  He edited Poetry NZ #45 and anthologies for the New Zealand Poetry Society.  Currently Owen is a PhD Candidate in Writing at the University of Canberra and is on the International Editorial Board for Axon: Creative Explorations (University of Canberra).  He won the Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for Poetry 2015.

 

14th October               The launch of Australia/Japan anthology Poems to Wear (editor Amelia Fielden) by Dr. Carol Hayes, Senior Lecturer. Book  & launch by P.S.Cottier of Colouring In : the Four Seasons of Four Poets responsive tanka (Genie Nakano & Neal Whitman, USA, and Gerry Jacobson & Amelia Fielden, Australia; musical accompaniment by Rupert Summerson).

 

27th October               Adrian Caesar, Paul Hetherington & another TBA

 

Of Foxes & Hen Houses

Of Foxes and Hen Houses: The Story of Why Battery Cages are Still Legal in Australia

 

With all the publicity about how cruel it is to keep hens in battery cages, you may wonder why these cages are still legal? Come to this session and hear the current science on the welfare impacts of battery cages. Learn about Australia’s national standards for poultry and how these are developed. Become informed about the deficiencies in how Australia sets animal welfare standards, with a graphic poultry case study. Find out, too, about RSPCA Australia’s campaign to end battery cages and options to get involved.

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The highly expert speakers will be Dr Jed Goodfellow: a Senior Policy Officer at RSPCA Australia and a Lecturer in Animal Law at Macquarie University. Prior to undertaking his postgraduate research, Jed practised as a prosecutor for RSPCA South Australia, a solicitor for commercial law firm Clayton Utz, and worked as an inspector for RSPCA Queensland; and Dr Kate Hartcher:

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Scientific Officer for poultry at RSPCA Australia, involved in providing science-based information, advice and comment on welfare issues. Kate has an honours degree in Animal Science, and subsequently completed a PhD on the behaviour and welfare of free-range layer hens at the University of Sydney.

There will also be an opportunity for questions.

Wednesday 21 September at Manning Clark House.

The speakers will begin at 6pm. There will be light refreshments from 5.30pm and afterwards.

The session is free but bookings are essential on-line at http://of-foxes-and-hen-houses.eventbrite.com.au or by phone at 0427975500

Advance Australia Where?

Manning Clark House will host a panel discussion on the future of this country. in 3 years in 10 years and in 50 years.

Should we live in a decent society as started last century , then continued in the forties, seventies and eighties? Or do we gurgle trickling down?

The title is “Advance Australia Where?”.

The discussion will be umpired by Genevieve Jacobs and will include:

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Richard Dennis (Australia Institute)

Alex White (UnionsACT)

Alex is the Secretary of UnionsACT, the peak council representing working people in Canberra. He was previously the Campaign Director for Environment Victoria, union services manager for Slater & Gordon Lawyers, and has worked in the disability sector. In 2012 Alex was an Organising Fellow for the Obama 2012 presidential campaign based in Boston, and before that was campaign coordinator and organiser for several unions. Alex is a director of ACTCOSS, and has been a director of Greenpeace Australia-Pacific and The Wilderness Society

Karen Middleton (Journalist)

The event starts at 6.00pm and each speaker has up to 15mins to paint the future of Sunny Australia followed by 45mins of discussion.

The event is on

Thursday 15th of September 2016, 6.00PM START

At

11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest

Admission is $15 Ordinary an $10 Members.

Seats are limited to 50 so please RSVP to avoid disappointment.

Please RSVP to info@manningclark.org.au or 02 6162 0908 (Marisa Gonzalez & Co Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm)

Nibbles and drinks will be served

Manning Clark House 2016

Manning Clark House is back in running for 2016. All MCH work is now being done by Committee members.

We do have lots of great events planned or in the pipeline.

Dr Libby Çonnors spoke wonderfully well on the Aboriginal Frontier Wars on 22 April, at MCH

The Dymphna Clark Lecture held on 28 April with Drusilla Modjeska speaking on PNG colonial history was a great success.

There will also be poetry readings through the course of the year. Details of these events will be progressively released and promoted. See below

Committee members are working hard on fixing up our financial base and so many other aspects of MCH. The garden has been wonderfully transformed and the bedrooms spring cleaned.

As you’re possibly aware we have lost many of our financial sponsers over recent years. Your membership financial support is appreciated more than ever. All members contributions will be receipted.

Communication with MCH can be a bit difficult at times. If you have any difficulties you can try ringing Bas Clark on 03 9329 1696.

On financial matters contact Marisa Gonzalez, marisa@marisagonzalez.com.au

POETRY AT MANNING CLARK HOUSE

Our 2016 Poetry Co-ordinators, Al Hope, Paul Hetherington and Kathy Kituai are facilitating a wonderful program over the year. A number of events have already been pencilled in. Contact  lexope@gmail.com

OTHER EVENTS all very successful and well attended

Jen Crawford, Poetry Book launch,

Dawn Casey, Whitlam and indigenous peoples,

Linda Weste, Poetry Reading,

Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Scientist RSPCA,

Poetry Readings, Judith Crispin et al, .

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Manning Clark Lecture, George Megalogenis, Wither Australia?, 6pm, 20 July, National Library, $20 and $10 for MCH members and low income earners.

Musical Afternoon of Opera, Fleur Millar, 3pm, 25 July, MCH, $20 and $10 for low income earners and MCH members. Refreshments provided.

Toby Fitch, Poetry Launch, 7.30pm, , 28 July, at MCH, $10 and $7 for low income earners  and MCH members. Refreshments provided.

Dr Andrew Glikson, The Climate Titanic and the Melting Icebergs, 6pm, 2 August, $10 and $7 for low income earners and MCH members. Refreshments provided.

Poetry Readings all at 7.30 at MCH, 25 August, 22 September, 14 October, 24 November,  $10 and $7 for low income earners and MCH members. Refreshments provided.

An Evening of Haiku and Tanks Poetry featuring Japanese Tanka poet, Noriko Tanaka. And with Dr Carole Hayes from the ANU launching bi-nation anthology, Poems to Wear. Music accompaniment provided by Rupert Summerson. 7.30, Friday, 14 October.

Refreshments and food provided. $20, $15 for MCH members, $10 for low income earners.

MCH CHRISTMAS PARTY all are welcome, 5pm, 15 December

 

OFFICE BEARERS

President                Bas Clark

Deputy President Paul Hetherington

Treasurer                Marisa Gonzalez

Secretary               Alana Mahon

Public Officer         Frank Bongiorno

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Jen Webb, Ernst Willheim, Andrew Clark, Greer Versteeg, Vicken Babkenian, David Headon, Dionie McAlary, Geoff Lazarus

OTHER IMPORTANT PARTICIPANTS IN MCH

Ron Fraser, Brett Odgers, Kerrie Nelson, Al Hope.

House Infrastructure- Roland Clark, mb 0400 889 853

Website  Information- Marisa Gonzalez, 02 6162 0908 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)