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Lunchtime Forums

U3A/COTA Tuesday Lunchtime Forums

Forums focus on local events, politics, science, the environment & international events, and run for an hour followed by Q&A.

Sessions will be held in alternating Face-to-Face and Zoom formats on Tuesdays from May to November commencing at 12:45pm.

Pre-registration is required for both formats - see details below for how to register for individual sessions.

Face-to-Face Sessions in Main Hall, Hughes Community Centre.

There is a hearing loop in the hall – people with hearing aids should adjust them to the 'T' position.

Zoom Online Sessions

For further details contact Alex Gosman at

DateForum details
13 September

Living Democracy: An Ecological Manifesto - ZOOM ONLY

Presenter: Tim Hollo, Executive Director, Green Institute, a Visiting Fellow, ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and was a Greens candidate at the recent federal election. He has been actively involved in the community for many years.
Start time: 12.30pm

His first book Living Democracy: An Ecological Manifesto has just been published and Tim will speak to writing the book (drawing on the experiences of his family including escaping the holocaust). He will outline the new approaches people and communities are adopting to face the challenges of a changing world.

Registrations open at 9am on 5 September and close at 5pm on 12 September(unless pre-registered)
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20 September

Do Lobbyists Influence Government Policy - Tales from the Frontline. And what can be done to Improve Transparency in Government Decision Making? - ZOOM ONLY

This discussion will look at how the lobbying "industry" interacts with decision makers including hearing from a number of "lobbyists" before considering further measures to improve transparency.

Speakers include Greg Turnbull (formerly of the Pharmacy Guild and Paul Keating's Press Secretary) and Amanda Lynch (formerly of the
Real Estate Institute).

Tony Shaw (former head of the Australian Communications Authority) will talk on his experience on being "lobbied" on such issues as telecommunications, deregulation, sales of spectrum etc.

Registrations open at 9am on 13 September and close at 5pm on 19 September (unless pre-registered)
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