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Lunchtime forums

U3A/COTA BYO lunchtime forums

Tuesdays from 22 May to 20 November, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. 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. No booking required - seating is on a first come basis.

For further Information contact Alex Gosman on

DateForum details
16 October

Music in schools program – Bringing the transformative power of music to students

Speaker: Isobel Ferrier, ACT Manager for Musica Viva(MV)

Producers: Alex Gosman/Martin Linsleys
The MusicaViva story began in 1945 as a chamber music organisation focused on just one ensemble. Over the years it has evolved to embrace ensemble music of all styles and genres, presenting leading Australian and international artists to concert audiences and school students across the country. It reached over 360,000 in 2017.

Activities now embrace the latest digital technologies.

Isobel will talk about the activities of MV in the schools of ACT and how it is inspiring musicians and audiences. This is a great story.

23 October

Income in retirement

Speaker: Basil La Brooy, National Seniors Australia (NSA)
Producer: Ingrid Pepper, COTA

Basil, who is on the NSA Financial Information Desk, will talk about income in retirement which is of great importance with the current low interest rate environment and seemingly constant Government changes to the operations of superannuation.

You may think you have your retirement finances under control but changes in the new financial year could have significant impacts on your financial status?

Basil’s talk will include a quick overview of the key changes that came into effect for this financial year.

30 October

Indonesia update and the lead-up to the 2019 Presidential election

Speaker: Greg Fealy, Associate Professor & Senior Fellow Indonesian Politics at the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
Producer: Gabrielle Watt

Indonesia is our nearest neighbour and often only makes the news when natural disasters occur. Yet with a population over 230 million it is one of the largest democracies in the world and its economy is more than just tourism. A/Professor Fealy will provide an update on Indonesia with a focus on the 2019 presidential elections where President Joko Widodo will be standing for re-election.

Greg Fealy is a scholar of Indonesian politics and history, who specialises in Islam and has written extensively on the subject. He has a particular interest in Islamic political doctrines, Islamisation processes and the role of religion in democratic systems.

6 November

NO EVENT - Melbourne Cup Day!

13 November

Activities of the South Eastern Emergency Management Region

Speaker: Paul Lloyd, Regional Emergency Officer

20 November

Canberra in the local, national and international film festival landscapes

Speaker: Andrew Pike (former proprietor of Electric Shadows theatres)

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