Monthly Archives: September 2016

3 Minutes to Midnight – an exploration of the state of play on Earth now



The discussion will be led by Andrew Glikson and Hugh Saddler

Date: 4th October 2016

Time: 6pm

Entry: $10 members $15 non members

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?

Out of the Refugee Impasse

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest

Tuesday 11 October 2016

a5:30 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: or Alana Mahon on 02 6162 0908 at Marisa Gonzalez & Co, Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm

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


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.


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.


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.

101222: ANU Reporter Portraits. Picture by Belinda Pratten

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