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Politics at Lunchtime

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The Incredible Untold Story of Oleg Gordievsky - Russian and British Spy

Over the thirty years from the fifties to the nineteen eighties Gordiesvky worked for the British as a double agent. He was the most senior Russian KGB agent ever to become a spy for the west and a confidant of both Thatcher and Reagan. But eventually he was betrayed by an American working for the CIA and he tried to flee Moscow.... [More]
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Over the thirty years from the fifties to the nineteen eighties Gordiesvky worked for the British as a double agent. He was the most senior Russian KGB agent ever to become a spy for the west and a

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21 Jan

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The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE): A Brief Introduction

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OCSE) is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Now headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the OCSE has its origins in the 1973 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe held in Helsinki, Finland. In 2019, the OCSE has 57 participating countries as members,... [More]
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<p>The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OCSE) is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Now headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the OCSE has its

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03 Feb

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Democracy Matters: The Strengths of Australian Democracy

Democratic processes in Australia are unique in many ways. We consider the strengths of our system and the impact they have on social coherence. This conversation will start with the democratic web that connects the Australian Constitution, state and national electoral commissions and having three levels of government. And what is the role of... [More]
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Democratic processes in Australia are unique in many ways. We consider the strengths of our system and the impact they have on social coherence. This conversation will start with the democratic web

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07 Feb

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Celebrity Politics... The Next Big Thing?

The 2016 election of Donald Trump as US President has been described as the first ‘Celebrity Election’ in the West. More recently the trend continues. In the Ukraine celebrity comedian Volodymyr Zelensky became President and a former Ukrainian rock-star(sic), Svyasoslav Varachuk, has entered parliament there. Boris Johnson has been described, even... [More]
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The 2016 election of Donald Trump as US President has been described as the first ‘Celebrity Election’ in the West. More recently the trend continues. In the Ukraine celebrity comedian Volodymyr

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10 Feb

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The Visegrád Group: A Brief Introduction

The Visegrád Group, named after the Hungarian castle-town of Visegrád, traces its origins to a summit meeting of leaders from Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland held on February 15, 1991. Since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the Visegrad Group now has four members (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland), and so it is... [More]
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<p>The Visegrád Group, named after the Hungarian castle-town of Visegrád, traces its origins to a summit meeting of leaders from Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland held on February 15, 1991. Since

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17 Feb

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Democracy Matters: Behind the Scenes on Election Day

What are the checks and balances that keep our elections fair and independent? How does the Australian Electoral Commission manage the greatest peacetime logistical operation each federal election? Who are the people manning the polling booths on election day and what happens to your vote after the polls close at 6 pm?... [More]
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What are the checks and balances that keep our elections fair and independent? How does the Australian Electoral Commission manage the greatest peacetime logistical operation each federal election?

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21 Feb

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The Great Barrier Reef and the Battles to Save It

Today the Great Barrier Reef is in crisis from climate change. Earlier in the 1960s it was threatened by oil drilling. Learn about the battles not only to save the Great Barrier Reef but the world’s oceans. Why are our oceans in such a serious shape? Why do many fear their collapse?... [More]
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Today the Great Barrier Reef is in crisis from climate change. Earlier in the 1960s it was threatened by oil drilling. Learn about the battles not only to save the Great Barrier Reef but the world’s

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24 Feb

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Security in the Post-Soviet Space: A Brief Introduction

The countries of the Post-Soviet Space (i.e. the fifteen former Soviet republics which together once made up the USSR) are faced with a number of common security problems, in relation to various cultural, economic, military and/or political issues. In this one hour course, we will briefly survey six international organizations that have been... [More]
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<p>The countries of the Post-Soviet Space (i.e. the fifteen former Soviet republics which together once made up the USSR) are faced with a number of common security problems, in relation to various

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02 Mar

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Democracy Matters: Mapping Australian Democracy

Democracy is much more than elections, politicians and the media. We are joined by the Sydney Alliance to hear about the bits of democracy we walk past every day in Sydney, without realising they are there. Find out about the Sydney Alliance CBD walking tours, designed to bring to life the people, key moments and places where our democracy springs... [More]
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Democracy is much more than elections, politicians and the media. We are joined by the Sydney Alliance to hear about the bits of democracy we walk past every day in Sydney, without realising they are

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06 Mar

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Whistleblowers: Why are "Truth Tellers" Vilified and Prosecuted?

In recent times several democratic governments have pursued whistleblowers in the name national security. Do politicians have contempt for the truth? Are Julian Assange and Edward Snowden cyber terrorists or publishers or patriots? Why is the Australian government now pursuing “Witness K” and his lawyer Bernard Collaery after the 2012 revelations... [More]
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<p>In recent times several democratic governments have pursued whistleblowers in the name national security. Do politicians have contempt for the truth? Are Julian Assange and Edward Snowden cyber

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09 Mar

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