Australian politics, society & culture

Religion and ethics

As part of the Wednesday Lectures 2016 at the University of Melbourne, Raimond Gaita asks: Is the idea of a common humanity a useful one with which to think about the moral, legal and political relations between people and peoples? Raimond Gaita is a professorial fellow in the Faculty of Arts and the Melbourne Law
At the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference 2016, Professor Anne Aly, newly elected member for Cowan and founding chair of People Against Violent Extremism, speaks about radicalisation, terrorism and human rights.   Melbourne, July 2016
At the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference 2016, Mariam Veiszadeh, ambassador of Welcome to Australia and president of the Islamophobia Register Australia, discusses Islamophobia in Australia. Melbourne, July 2016
Peter Singer is one of Australia’s most distinguished moral philosophers, and his early work continues to have relevance today. His Animal Liberation (1975) has a new foreword by Yuval Harari, the Israeli author of Sapiens. And Famine, Affluence and Morality, his latest book, reprints his 1972 essay of the same
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
An ideology of savagery
By Robert Manne
This conversation between two great Australian political commentators, La Trobe University’s Emeritus Professor Robert Manne and The Project’s Waleed Aly, is part of La Trobe’s Bold Thinking public lecture series.   Aly discusses the rise of ISIS and Islamist extremism in general, including his thoughts on
The argument against euthanasia
By Karen Hitchcock
Meeting the Dalai Lama in the Blue Mountains
By Barry Hill
What is a ‘common humanity’? One of Australia’s most prominent moral philosophers, Raimond Gaita, explores this fragile idea, in a world where we treat asylum seekers as criminals, lock up children and refuse to change the way we live now, despite the dire consequences for the next generations. This Talking
In this La Trobe University Ideas and Society session at the Wheeler Centre, David Kilcullen, author of the Quarterly Essay ‘Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State’, and La Trobe University emeritus professor Robert Manne discuss the rise of ISIS and the threat it poses. David Kilcullen was a senior adviser to
Join acclaimed moral philosopher Peter Singer at the Progress 2015 conference as he discusses the emerging movement of effective altruism, which is both a philosophical outlook on how to live life and a social movement. Singer introduces us to an array of remarkable people who are restructuring their lives to
With his new book, Born Bad, historian James Boyce has turned his mind to the history of original sin. What Boyce discovers is a legacy of guilt that shadows us in the West even today – and not the guilt of doing wrong, but of being wrong. Join this controversial thinker in conversation with Dee Michell at Adelaide
Child survivors of the Holocaust meet in Melbourne
By Jaye Kranz
Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of Melbourne Law School, looks at religious vilification laws and provisions that exempt religions from usual non-discrimination laws, to explore how democracies are both challenged and reinforced by religious diversity.
Barney Zwartz talks to Irish writer Colm Tóibín, Eureka Street editor Morag Fraser, and associate Dean of Communication & Writing at RMIT Peter Horsfield, about the Catholic Church, the new pope, and the likelihood of reform. Melbourne Writers Fest.
The leading Catholic in the nation and spiritual adviser to Tony Abbott, Cardinal George Pell has played a key role in the greatest challenge to face his church for centuries: the scandal of child sex abuse by priests. In his Quarterly Essay ‘The Prince’, David Marr investigates the man and his career: How did he
Anwar Ibrahim is an internationally recognised champion of democracy. The former Malaysian Vice-President has spent years championing free and fair electoral processes at great personal cost. He speaks to Waleed Aly at Adelaide Festival of Ideas.
By James Boyce