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18 July

Presented by Noosa Long Weekend Festival in association with University of the Sunshine Coast

SENATE REFORM
IS IT TIME TO REFORM THE SENATE VOTING SYSTEM?

Paul Keating once famously called it “an unrepresentative swill” and if the past twelve months are a guide, who would argue?

Date Time Price Venue
Sat 18 July 11.00am - Senate Reform Forum - RACV Noosa Resort, 94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
12.30pm - Forum Lunch – RACV Noosa Resort, 94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
$37.50 -Forum only – Full Adult (General Seating) (Includes booking fee)
$32.50 -Forum Only – Concessions (Includes booking fee)
$87.50 -Forum and Lunch (limited to 50 people) (Includes booking fee)
RACV Noosa Resort (Forum) RACV Noosa Resort (Forum Lunch (50 tickets only)
Duration 90 minutes With Q & A - No intermission
Inclusions Forum Lunch
Special 2 course Luncheon, with glass of wine.
(Forum Lunch Tickets are for shared tables.)
Additional Forum Lunch Offer
12.30pm, 18 July at RACV Noosa Resort.
Numbers strictly limited to 50 people.
(Join delegates and moderator for lunch)
Book for the event senate reform

The controversial 2013 Senate results that saw Senators elected on a primary vote of less than half a percent have prompted calls for sweeping changes to the electoral laws. The dysfunction that we witness on a daily basis only adds to the call for change.

Are changes really needed or is this just democracy in action? Why shouldn’t minor parties have more access to Federal parliament?

To help you decide, we’ve assembled a panel of experts eminently qualified to answer this and other related questions about our often misunderstood Senate voting system.

Speakers include; Mal Brough, Kenneth Wiltshire, Glen Druery and Antony Green.

A ‘must see’ forum discussion guaranteed to stimulate and leave us all better informed.

Paul Barclay will moderate this session recorded for RN’s Big Ideas.

university of the sunshine coast
18 July

Presented by Noosa Long Weekend Festival in association with University of the Sunshine Coast

IS MULTICULTURALISM WORKING?

We pride ourselves on being a free and open society.
And it cannot be denied that successive waves of immigrants from many diverse cultures have helped define us.

Date Time Price Venue
Sat 18 July 3.00pm $37.50 -Forum only – Full Adult (General Seating) (Includes booking fee)
$32.50 -Forum Only – Concessions (Includes booking fee)
RACV Noosa Resort, RACV Noosa Resort, 94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Duration 90 minutes With Q & A - No intermission
Book for the event

For decades now, new arrivals have been encouraged to celebrate their ethnic backgrounds while embracing ‘The Australian way of life’.

We call it “multiculturalism”

But is this now under threat?
As feelings reach breaking point in the Middle East and elsewhere, many Australians are questioning the actions of Muslims in our society. At the same time, others are calling for tolerance and greater cultural understanding.

It is a raw topic that needs to be dealt with sensitively, but nor should we shy away from open discussion.

Join us for this special forum where a hand-picked panel of lived experience will set out to enlighten us on an issue that is shaping as yet another challenge for our diverse society.

Speakers include; Robin de Crespigny, Yasmin Kahn and Sharri Markson. Paul Barclay will moderate this session recorded for RN’s Big Ideas..

university of the sunshine coast

20 July

Presented by Noosa Long Weekend Festival in association with University of the Sunshine Coast

Barrie Cassidy - INSIDERS

For the 9th consecutive year, Barrie Cassidy brings Insiders to Noosa

Date Time Price Venue
Mon 20 July 10.30am - Forum – The J Theatre 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa  
12.30pm - Forum Lunch – RACV Noosa Resort, 94 Noosa Drive, Noosa  
$37.50-Forum only – Full Adult (Allocated Seating)
$32.50 -Forum Only – Concessions 
$87.50 -Forum and Lunch (limited to 40 people)
The J Theatre (Forum Only)
RACV Noosa Resort (Forum Lunch Only)
Duration 90 minutes With Q & A - No intermission
Inclusions Forum Lunch
Special 2 course Luncheon, with glass of wine.
(Forum Lunch Tickets are for shared tables.)
Additional Forum Lunch Offer 12.30pm, 20th July at RACV Noosa Resort.
Numbers strictly limited to 40 people.
(Join Barrie and delegates for lunch)
Book for the event Barrie Cassidy insiders

For the 9th consecutive year, Barrie Cassidy brings Insiders to Noosa where he and his colleagues Niki Savva, author, former political adviser to Treasurer Peter Costello
and Prime Minister John Howard, self-described "conservative leftie" and now a columnist for The Australian;  Dennis Atkins, former political adviser and now national affairs editor for The Courier-Mail; and Annabel Crabb, an Australian political journalist and commentator who is the ABC's chief online political writer.

There will be video footage - both profound and perplexing - of announcements by our leaders.
And Barrie will invite the panel's observations and predictions - an invitation that has produced some sensational (and accurate) forecasts in the past.

As always this will be a sell-out and not-to-be-missed event.
Book now to avoid disappointment.

university of the sunshine coast
25 July

Presented by Noosa Long Weekend Festival

CLIMATE CHANGE

Against a background of confusion and conflicting reports on global warming, it’s no wonder Australians are scratching their heads.

Date Time Price Venue
Sat 25 July

10.30am - Climate Change Forum – The J Theatre 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
12.30pm - Forum Lunch – RACV Noosa Resort, 94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads

$37.50-Forum only – Full Adult (Allocated Seating) $32.50 -Forum Only – Concessions
$87.50 -Forum and Lunch (limited to 50 people)
The J Theatre (Forum Only)
RACV Noosa Resort (Forum Lunch Only)
Duration 90 minutes With Q & A - No intermission
Inclusions Forum Lunch
Special 2 course Luncheon, with glass of wine.
(Forum Lunch Tickets are for shared tables.)
Additional Forum Lunch Offer
12.30pm, 20th July at RACV Noosa Resort.
Numbers strictly limited to 50 people.
 (Join delegates and moderator for lunch)
Book for the event

Governments are talking tough but will they deliver? And where does this leave our Government? How does it manage the economic cost? How tangible will the benefits be?

In what will be a lively forum, four eminent Australians, Prof John Hewson, Prof Bob Carter, Geoffrey Cousins and Des Moore grapple with the issue.


Deciphering the science and managing the politics will be a crucial test for the Abbott Government. And what should we make of the latest IPCC report suggesting trends in atmospheric temperatures may be incorrect?

One thing you can count on, this is one debate where the temperatures will run red hot!