The Reckoning

21 Jan, 6:30pm – 22 Jan 2022, 8:40pm
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UNSW Sydney has just been announced as the new Education Partner of Sydney Festival

As part of this partnership, the UNSW Centre for Ideas is presenting a gutsy four-part talk series that combines big conversations with a splash of comic relief to tackle the issues shaping our future. Stan Grant, Richard Holden, Mark Humphries, Dan Ilic, Emma Johnston, Benjamin Law, George Megalogenis, and Laura Tingle are among those on the roll call to discuss pandemic politics, climate (in)action, Indigenous recognition, and our changing national identity.

The Price of COVID

Saturday 22 January | 2.00pm - 3.10pm

After two years of arguing about how to ‘balance’ public health and the economy, it’s time to talk about what we have learned. Benjamin Law, Richard Holden, Sam Mostyn and Yasmin Poole explore how the last two years have challenged our health systems, and shown us what went missing as we globalised our economy.

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Australia's Turning Point

Saturday 22 January | 4.30pm - 5.40pm

What defines Australia in 2022? We’ve always pinned our identity on land and sea, but as our environment suffers, and pressures from the outside world loom, we are at a turning point. Sarah Dingle, Peter Hartcher, Stan Grant, and Emma Johnston will dissect this debate around our national identity, climate in(action) and what we can all do to save Australia.

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Pandemic Politics

Saturday 22 January | 7.30pm - 8.40pm

Politics has been transformed by the COVID era, with national power siphoned towards state premiers, the allergy to massive government spending cured and scientific advice brought to the fore. Fran Kelly, Laura Tingle, Rosalind Dixon, and George Megalogenis put under the microscope the fault lines in our relationship with politics and politicians.

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