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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.

The future of quality news in Australia – July 12, 2017

Katharine Murphy (Guardian’s political editor) and Caroline Fisher (Asst Prof of Journalism at UC) will deliver a scintillating discussion on the above subject.

Venue – Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmanian Circle, Forrest.

Ticket price $5.00 MHC members, $10 non-members, concessions $5.00

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Organiser: Shobha Varkey Ph: 0405 064 176
shobhamvarkey@gmail.com

 

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

Everyday Ancestors – A Singing Memoir

fleur_milla8x8-1Hi Music Lovers,

 Please find attached information about  the entertaining and unique show – Everyday Ancestors – at the wonderful Manning Clark House, on the last Sunday in November written and performed by Canberra artist Fleur Millar and directed by the  iconic Canberra director Domenic Mico.

 Enjoy a Summers afternoon of singing – you’ll laugh, cry and maybe ‘contact’ some ancestors of your own!

 We hope to see you there, after the show please stay around for coffee, cake and chats! 

 Ciao,

 

 Fleur

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“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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