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Secret trials: The illegal bugging of the Timor Leste Cabinet and the extraordinary prosecution of Bernard Collaery and Witness K

Monday 18 February 2019 at 5.30 for 6pm

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest

Australians reading about secret trials in foreign countries tend to content themselves in the belief that in Australia we have an open court system and an independent judiciary. After all, freedom of speech, the rule of law and an open and independent court system are basic bulwarks of our democracy. Aren’t they? In this talk Ernst Willheim will challenge that comfortable assumption drawing on the extraordinary prosecution  of Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery and Witness K for disclosure of the illegal bugging of the Timor Leste cabinet by Australia’s intelligence agency ASIS in the course of bilateral boundary negotiations between Australia and Indonesia. Another Australian intelligence agency ASIO later raided Collaery’s legal office and seized confidential legal advice to his client Timor Leste. The proceedings are being shielded from public scrutiny. Ernst will discuss the importance of openness in judicial proceedings and the importance of the constitutional principle of freedom of political communication in relation to disclosure of wrongful conduct by public authorities.                 

Speaker:  Ernst Willheim is a Visiting Fellow in the College of Law at the Australian National University. Before his retirement he was a senior officer in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department where he headed several policy divisions, established the Office of General Counsel and was its first head, led numerous Australian delegations to international conferences and appeared as counsel for the Commonwealth in the High Court and other appellate courts. He has published widely on international, constitutional, refugee and indigenous law matters. Ernst was a member of the Australian delegation in several rounds of negotiations with Indonesia on the ‘Timor Gap’. He has published and lectured on the importance of open courts and freedom of political communication, two of the issues to be addressed in his talk.

 

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

Non-members $15.00

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

20th Manning Clark Lecture with Ken Henry AC

Tuesday 12 March at 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre, Cultural Centre, Kambri Precinct, ANU

(precise location, parking details and a map will be available shortly)

Dr Henry will deliver this year’s lecture in the brand new

Kambri Precinct (to be opened in mid-February).

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the lecture

 

Dr Henry is an economist, visionary and successful former public servant. He was the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury from 2001 to 2011, serving under both Coalition and Labor Governments. He chaired the Australia’s Future Tax System Review (the Henry Tax Review) in 2010. Following his retirement in March 2011 he was appointed as Special Advisor to Prime Minister Rudd and chaired the committee which produced the White Paper, Australia in the Asian Century, released in mid-2012. Ken Henry was the Chairman of the National Australia Bank until his recent resignation, and is Chairman of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation at the ANU. He’s also a passionate campaigner for the endangered northern hairy nosed wombat.

 

MCH members $25; MCH concession members $15; concession

(Government Support) and full-time students $20; non-MCH members $30

Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/ZQQA

 

End of Year Conviviality

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH 6 – 8 PM

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest

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Another year has passed!

A full and rich program has been the hallmark of our 2018 program of activities.

Please join us at MCH for drinks, music and convivial conversation to mark the end of our program for this year. 

MCH members, concession (Government Support) and full-time students –  FREE. Non-members – Gold coin donation

PS: There is a birthday to celebrate as well.

Manning Clark House

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Manning Clark House is a not-for-profit venue and organisation and hosts public events in the former home of Manning and Dymphna Clark in Forrest, Canberra.

Manning and Dymphna Clark both believed passionately that Australians should come up with distinctive solutions for Australian issues.

Through events like the annual Weekend of Ideas, the Manning and Dymphna Clark lectures, regular talks and discussion groups, Manning Clark House fosters an environment where members are stimulated to express ideas and discuss major issues. It also acts as a cultural incubator in music, song, poetry, literature, and, of course, history.

The daring modernism of the 65-year-old House in Forrest, Canberra, itself reflects the radical and adventurous spirit Manning Clark House fosters among members. It is a place where Australians can be inspired to make their daily lives richer and more meaningful.

Manning Clark House is funded by donations and membership fees, as well as grants from Melbourne University, the Australian National University, and philanthropic organisations. Please join us.

 

 

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.