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Tuesday Forums

Forums have a "current affairs" focus covering local events, politics, science, the environment and international events.

Sessions are held via Zoom commencing on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm and run from March to early June and from mid-July to November.

There are two registration options:

* Pre-register for all talks during the year and you will automatically be sent Zoom login details each week, i.e. there will not be any need to register on a weekly basis. (Note: Those who pre-registered in 2023 will automatically be transferred to the 2024 Forums.)
* Register on a weekly basis for the Forums which interest you. Registration will open in the week preceding the talk and the details are advertised with each Forum

DateForum details
23 July

U3A Membership Survey - Findings and follow-up action

Lindsay Rae (President), Simone Clark and Alex Gosman(Vice Presidents)
U3A Canberra recently conducted a member's survey – the first in four years and post COVID. Nearly 1000 members responded to the online questionnaire.

This Forum will outline the major findings of the survey and highlight what activities are underway at the Committee level as a follow up to the analysis of the results of the survey.

Feedback from members will be welcomed during the talk.

  • If you are already pre-registered, you do not need to register on a weekly basis.

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Registrations open 16 July 9AM and close 22 July 5PM.
To register email
Include your U3A membership number in the email.

30 July

Democracy: doing it for ourselves

Nicholas Gruen, CEO Lateral Economics
At a time of much scepticism of the workings of Government in many developed nations, Nicholas will present the case for a standing citizens' assembly to operate as a house of parliament. It offers the opportunity for a more representative and constructive way to represent the people and in the first instance an assembly could be privately funded, via philanthropy and crowdfunding. It will include a discussion in the Q&A segment on the concept of participatory budgeting where a proportion of the budget will be committed to issues that are determined by members of the community (Bob Douglas).

Nicholas Gruen is a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator. He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia's Productivity Commission and founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial. Nick is a regular commentator on a wide range of subjects, not just economics

He has a BA (Hons – First Class) in History (1981) and a PhD in Public Policy from the ANU (1998), and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne (1982). He is Visiting Professor at Kings College London and Adjunct Professor at UTS.

Nick chairs the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australian Chapter) and is Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance.

  • If you are already pre-registered, you do not need to register on a weekly basis.

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Registrations open 23 July 9AM and close 29 July 5PM.
To register email
Include your U3A membership number in the email.

We welcome your comments and feedback via the U3A ACT Facebook site.