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Want to really understand what is going on in the world? Join us to analyse and debate both contemporary and historical political events, in a friendly and stimulating environment, ably supported by our highly knowledgeable tutors.

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Who Wins the New Space Race?

The Chinese Mars Probe is due to land in May. It is expected to relay data back to Earth immediately. There is little doubt - given the state of geo-political play between Xi's China & the West - that such an event will provoke significant world-wide speculation. We discuss its relevance to, and impact on, global relations. DELIVERY MODE... [More]
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<p>The Chinese Mars Probe is due to land in May. It is expected to relay data back to Earth immediately. There is little doubt - given the state of geo-political play between Xi's China &amp; the West

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19 Nov

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Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World

Clive Hamilton (b. 1953) is an Australian public intellectual who has previously written about China’s influence operations in Australia. In this follow-up to Silent Invasion, Hamilton joins forces with Mareike Ohlberg, a Berlin-based researcher whose work focuses on China’s digital policies. Together, Hamilton and Ohlberg have crafted an intricate... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Clive Hamilton (b. 1953) is an Australian public intellectual who has previously written about China’s influence operations in Australia. In this follow-up to <em>Silent Invasion</em>, Hamilton

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22 Nov

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What Next for the Murdoch Dynasty?

Rupert Murdoch turned 90 this year, parts of his worldwide media empire have been sold, and the rest is now in the hands of the 4th generation of the Murdoch dynasty. We look at the family’s key role in media and politics in Australia and around the world since Walter Murdoch helped establish the ABC in 1932. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face COURSE... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>Rupert Murdoch turned 90 this year, parts of his worldwide media empire have been sold, and the rest is now in the hands of the 4th generation of the Murdoch dynasty. We look at the family’s key

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23 Nov

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Battle of the Eureka Stockade - December 1854

The battle of the Eureka Stockade in 1854 was the culmination of long-standing grievances including exorbitant licence fees, police brutality and lack of voting rights imposed by the Victorian colonial government. Driven to extreme measures, the ‘diggers’ on the goldfields, who hailed from more than 20 countries, gathered and formed the Ballarat... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>The battle of the Eureka Stockade in 1854 was the culmination of long-standing grievances including exorbitant licence fees, police brutality and lack of voting rights imposed by the Victorian

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25 Nov

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The Rise and Fall of Donald Trump

We will chart the trajectory of the political career of President Donald Trump. How do we explain his unexpected rise to power, and his dramatic fall? Some see Trump as part of a wider authoritarian populist trend in contemporary democracies. If this is correct, does this mean we can expect more politicians like Trump in the future? DELIVERY MODE... [More]
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<p>We will chart the trajectory of the political career of President Donald Trump. How do we explain his unexpected rise to power, and his dramatic fall? Some see Trump as part of a wider

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29 Nov
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<p>We will chart the trajectory of the political career of President Donald Trump. How do we explain his unexpected rise to power, and his dramatic fall? Some see Trump as part of a wider

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29 Nov

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The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities

Many people in the West, and especially within the American foreign policy establishment, believe that the US should pursue a profoundly liberal foreign policy which could be described as “the pursuit of liberal hegemony”. The aim of this ambitious strategy is to turn as many countries as possible into liberal democracies, while also fostering an... [More]
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<p>Many people in the West, and especially within the American foreign policy establishment, believe that the US should pursue a profoundly liberal foreign policy which could be described as “the

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06 Dec

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Nobel Prize Winners: Albert Einstein (1921) & Willy Brandt (1971)

125 years ago, on 10 Dec 1896, Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel died. Since 1901 that day is commemorated each year by the awarding of five Nobel Prizes in Stockholm and Oslo. 50 years ago, in 1971, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was the then German Chancellor Willy Brandt for his efforts to normalise relations between West Germany... [More]
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<p>125 years ago, on 10 Dec 1896, Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel died. Since 1901 that day is commemorated each year by the awarding of five Nobel Prizes in Stockholm and Oslo. 50

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10 Dec
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<p>125 years ago, on 10 Dec 1896, Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel died. Since 1901 that day is commemorated each year by the awarding of five Nobel Prizes in Stockholm and Oslo. 50

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10 Dec

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Remembering 1921: 100 Years Later

1921 was dominated by the impact of World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1919-1920. The newly established Weimar Republic in Germany was floundering under the savage clauses of the post WWI Treaty of Versailles. The race riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma shocked the world. Communist Parties were formed in several nations in the wake of the Russian... [More]

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What Have We Learned from the Pandemic of 2020?

The ethical, moral, economic and social consequences of the 2020 global pandemic have been monumental. We were confronted with many stark images of death and suffering across the world as the contagion spread early in 2020. As the world and Australia moves towards recovery in 2021 we need to take heed of valuable lessons for the future regarding... [More]

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Making Sense of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are now very controversial. This presentation will explain what they are about, why they are attracting so much attention, and how they could evolve. This presentation will not constitute financial advice.... [More]
$22 Limited

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are now very controversial. This presentation will explain what they are about, why they are attracting so much attention, and how they could evolve. This

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27 Sep

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