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U3A/COTA BYO Tuesday Lunchtime Forums

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
16 June

From 1919 to COVID-19: The Spanish Influenza & Us

Presenter: Frank Bongiorno Professor of History ANU (and Head of the History Department)
Professor Bongiorno is the author of The Eighties: the decade that transformed Australia and has also written for the Australian Book Review, TLS, The Times Literary Supplement, The Monthly, The Australian and Fairfax media.

30 June

The 2020 American Presidential Election – and the impact of the pandemic

Presenter: John Angley Recent Austrade / Minister-Counsellor (Commercial), Australian Embassy, Washington DC. Former Senior Policy Advisor including on the staff of a number of ALP Shadow Ministers.

14 July

Impact of COVOID-19 on Immigration & Economic Growth

Presenter: Abul Rizvi. Fmr Senior Executive with Immigration & Communications Dept and commentator on Immigration matters

28 July

Is it possible to maintain the Australian way of life in a changing environment?

Presenter: Jenny Goldie, National Vice-President, Sustainable Population Australia and President, Climate Action Monaro
The 2019/20 summer of hell has raised questions about the ability of Australians to live safely in the bush, the desirability of taking holidays around Xmas, water availability, etc. What are the issues and what are the solutions?

11 August

Australia and Its Relationships with the Pacific Islands

Presenter: James Batley, Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU (former DFAT official and ambassador))

25 August

The Past, Present and Future of Mt Stromlo

Presenter: Brad Tucker, Astrophysicist/Cosmologist, ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt. Stromlo Observatory

8 September

The Australian economy post the pandemic - Policy recipes for a fairer & more equitable society

Presenter: Emma Dawson, Executive Director, Per Capita (a think tank)
Emma was formerly a senior advisor on Digital Inclusion at Telstra, and a senior policy advisor in the Rudd and Gillard governments.

22 September

Arab Spring or Arab Winter - What changes did the 2011 season of unrest deliver?

Presenter: Philip Eliason
Philip was Senior Adviser on Middle East, Africa and International Security to former Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop. He has a continuing contact with the Middle East and North Africa after serving with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Cairo and Damascus at the start of his career.

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