19 July

Bias in the Australian Media

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

Date Time Price Venue Duration
Sat. 19 july 10.30am $35 Forum only Outrigger, Little Hastings Street, Resort and Spa 90 min
Sat. 19 july Midday $85 Forum /Lunch* Outrigger, Little Hastings Street, Resort and Spa 90 min
Additional Special 2 course Luncheon, with glass of wine, with delegates of Media Forum Midday, 19th July at OLHSRS.
*Forum/Lunch Tickets are for shared tables. Numbers strictly limited to 50 people.
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There is an increasingly bitter debate being played out in the Australian media about bias in reporting and presenting. The debate extends beyond political issues and has even resulted in legal action on the part of media players.

hedley thomasThis forum looks at the impact on community trust in the media and its reporting and on the integrity of the various media organisations
who are the major participants in this arena? Moderator for this forum will be Paul Barclay presenter and series producer of Big Ideas on ABC RN.

The Panel for this Forum will feature the following speakers:

Hedley Thomas
Hedley has been an investigative journalist with The Australian since 2006. Prior to that he worked for the South China Morning Post,
The Courier Mail and the Gold Coast Bulletin. Hedley is the winner of the prestigious Walkley Award for journalism on five separate occasions and
was also the inaugural winner of the Sir Keith Murdoch Award in 2005 which he won again in 2013.

andrew jaspenAndrew Jaspan
Andrew is the Executive Director and Editor in Chief of The Conversation on line publication.
Thirty years in publishing which has extended from the UK to France and Australia, In that time Andrew was editor of a number of Scottish newspapers, The Observer and the Sunday Herald. Most recently he has been editor of The Age during which time it was awarded the PANPA Newspaper of the Year.

Tom Switzer
tom switzerTom Switzer is the Australian Editor of The Spectator in the UK, a research associate at the United States Studies Centre and teaches diplomatic history at the University of Sydney.

He is a former opinion editor at The Australian (2001-2008) and an editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review (1998-2001).
He has also written for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Dr John Harrison
Dr john harrisonDr Harrison is an award winning university lecturer in journalism and professional communication, and the Undergraduate Program Director of the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland.  Dr Harrison’s most recent book, Communication and new Media: From Broadcast to Narrowcast was published in 2014 and his current research focuses on media ethics and social and mobile media.

University of the sunshine coast

19 July

Reinventing Retirement

Presented by Noosa Long Weekend Festival in Association with the University of the Sunshine Coast and RSL Care

Date Time Price Venue Duration
Sat. 19 July 3.00pm $35 Adult
$30 Concessions
Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa (OLHSRS) 90 min
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Australians are now living longer and there are proportionally more of us over the age of 60 than any time in our history.

Dr Patricia Edgar AM val french adele horanBaby boomers are challenging current negative stereotypes of older people and rather than accepting that retirement means moving from paid work to a lifetime of leisure, some are exploring and entering into new careers and finding new pathways to remain active members of the community.

This forum explores the concept of a more positive approach to ageing from a policy, academic and personal perspective.


Dr Patricia Edgar AM, is a sociologist, educator, film and television producer, writer, researcher, and policy analyst.

She has written a thought provoking book entitled In Praise of Ageing where she turns her attention to ageing policy in Australia.

Val French AM, is a journalist and academic, President and Founder of Older People Speak Out (OPSO) and has a Centenary Medal and Commonwealth Senior Achiever Medal. Val is very active in lobbying for the rights of older people.

Adele Horin was the social issues columnist and journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald for 18 years. In 2012 she retired from the SMH and set up her blog Coming of Age which explores how her generation is meeting the challenge of getting older.

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

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21 July

Barrie Cassidy Insiders

In July it will be 10 months since Tony Abbott’s decisive election. So how’s the Coalition government performing? Is it achieving its promise?

Date Time Price Venue Duration
Mon. 21 July 10.30am $35 Forum Adults
$30 Forum Concessions
The J Theatre 90 min
Mon. 21 July Noon $85 Forum and Lunch RACV Noosa Resort 90 min
Additional Special two course Lunch and glass of wine, with delegates of Insiders.
Numbers strictly limited to 40 people. Lunch tickets are for shared tables.
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barrie cassidy Niki Savva Dennis Atkins, Malcolm FarrDoes it have the answers for the challenges of an economy in transition?

Is it meeting the electorate’s expectations - on productivity, the carbon tax, labour market, refugees, the environment and much more? And what about Bill Shorten? Is he leading an effective Opposition with effective alternative policies on key issues?

For the 8th 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 Malcolm Farr, one of Australia’s most interesting and influential journalists and national political editor for au will take the nation’s political pulse and answer questions about behind-thescenes Canberra.

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.

26 July

Should architecture be an expression of local identity?

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

Date Time Price Venue Duration
Sat. 26 July 10.30am $35 Adult
$30 Concessions (On presentation of Concession card)
The J Theatre 90 min*
*no intermission
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Brit AndresenLike politics, should all architecture be local? Rem Koolhaas, the prominent Dutch architect, suggests there is no such thing as local architecture any more - that modern conditions have overtaken our ability to differentiate architecture and our communities from one place to the next.

For Noosa and the Sunshine Coast this is an issue that raises important questions, including: Should regional character be consciously sustained through selective references to the past?

Peter StutchburyShould response to climate and the use of locally available materials unconsciously define place?

Where pressures of growth lead to distinguishing styles or qualities being subsumed by a sameness of new architecture, these questions become even more significant.

Three of Australia’s most celebrated architects – Peter Stutchbury, noted for architecture that reflects place; Norwegian born and trained architect Brit Andresen, now living in Brisbane, noted for projects that redefine relationships with the physical and cultural landscapes of settlements; and Ian McDougall, a founding partner of ARM, one of Australia’s pre-eminent architectural practices, with more than 30 years in the profession – will discuss whether it is possible or even appropriate to express a regional identity through architecture.

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

University of the Sunshine Coast