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
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
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
Undertaking Counter–Terrorism & Protecting National Security
Presenter:Jacinta Carroll, Senior Research Fellow in Counter-Terrorism & Social Cohesion, National Security College, ANU
The Role of the ACT Human Rights Commission (HRC)
Presenter: Representative of the ACT HRC
Experiments in Happiness – Building Joy &Connection
Presenter: Rhian Williams (in conjunction with the Mental Health Council
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
Australia’s Healthcare System – Options for Reform
Presenters: U3A members with health care experience across pharmaceuticals, consumer rights and healthcare analysis.
Climate Change Update 1 - Impact of humans
Presenter: Professor Will Steffen, Member of the Anthropocene Working Group & the ACT Climate Council.
What is the impact of humans on the Earth System as a whole – both the climate and the biosphere?
Climate Change Update 2 – Adapting to climate change
Presenter: Professor Mark Stafford Smith, fmly Coordinater, Climate Change Adaptation, CSIRO.
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