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Lunchtime forums

U3A/COTA BYO lunchtime forums

Tuesdays from 22 May to 20 November, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m which includes time for Q & A. Main Hall, Hughes Community Centre. Entrance fee $2. Free tea and coffee provided. You need to bring your own cup. There is a hearing loop in the hall – people with hearing aids should adjust them to the ‘T’ position.

Forums are open to the public and booking is not required. But attendance is on a “first come” basis and doors will be closed if attendance reaches 140.

For further details contact Alex Gosman at

DateForum details
25 June

Immigration – what are the truths behind the trends in Australia’s immigration figures

Presenter: Abul Rizvi, ex-Deputy Secretary, Dept of Immigration and well known commentator/writer on immigration policy

2 July

A personal perspective on some key aspects of Russian history and culture

Presenter: Kyle Wilson, former Intelligence Analyst (Russia) & Visiting Fellow, Centre for European Studies, ANU
Kyle will be speaking about his personal experiences in Russia

8 July

Undertaking Counter–Terrorism & Protecting National Security

Presenter:Jacinta Carroll, Senior Research Fellow in Counter-Terrorism & Social Cohesion, National Security College, ANU

16 July

The Role of the ACT Human Rights Commission (HRC)

Presenter: Representative of the ACT HRC
The ACT was the first jurisdiction in Australia to enact legislation covering civil and political rights.

23 July

Experiments in Happiness – Building Joy &Connection

Presenter: Rhian Williams (in conjunction with the Mental Health Council

30 July

Why are people disengaged with politics and what do the numbers indicate.? What are possible solutions?

Presenter: Dr Jill Sheppard Lecturer, School of Politics & International Relations, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

6 August

Australia’s Healthcare System – Options for Reform

Presenters: U3A members with health care experience across pharmaceuticals, consumer rights and healthcare analysis.

13 August

Climate Change Update 1 - Impact of humans

Presenter: Professor Will Steffen, Member of the Anthropocene Working Group & the ACT Climate Council.
We are now in a proposed new geological epoch - the Anthropocene - where humans have a dominant role in geology and ecology.

What is the impact of humans on the Earth System as a whole – both the climate and the biosphere?

20 August

Climate Change Update 2 – Adapting to climate change

Presenter: Professor Mark Stafford Smith, fmly Coordinater, Climate Change Adaptation, CSIRO.
Adapting to climate change, including Australia which is particularly vulnerable to such change.

27 August

What constitute good tax system design and directions for reform in Australia? How can the tax system address inequality?

Presenter: Professor Robert Breunig, Professor & Director, Tax & Transfer Policy, ANU
Professor Breunig is one of Australia’s leading Public Policy Economists.

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