Climate Emergency: Facing Extinction and What to Do About It

Online via Zoom , Australia

Jane Morton As the earth heats up and tipping points pass, scientists are warning we risk the collapse of ecosystems and the deaths of billions of people. But our political system is broken, the mainstream media are not fully informing us about the dangers we face and our leaders are failing to protect us. It’s […]

Ethics, Peace and Folly… Occam’s Razor and the New “Swiss Army Knife”

Online via Zoom , Australia

Philip Wollen OAM Philip examines the challenges facing the environment and the existential threats to human and non-human survival. He draws on Economics, Environmental Science, Ethics, Human Rights, Theology, Law, Philosophy and Literature, concluding with a call on our Conscience, Character and Compassion for an “Ahimsan” (Non-Violent) world. Bio: Philip Wollen OAM, Australian of the […]

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Challenges for a settled society in a Post COVID19 era with 10%+ unemployment

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Simon McKeon Join Simon McKeon AO in conversation with Dr Paul Tonson of Humanists Victoria regarding the implications of a future presenting many difficulties, especially for those at the bottom of society’s pecking order. Bio: Simon is an Australian lawyer, philanthropist and yachtsman. He brings his experience as a senior executive at Macquarie Group and […]

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Ducks are People Too

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David Mould Join animal activist, David Mould, in this discussion with Paul Tonson, Humanists Victoria member. For some years, David has been at the forefront of a group that wants to see duck shooting outlawed in Victoria, as it is in other States. To this end, David has been willing to challenge duck shooters on […]

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Drug Law Reform

Online via Zoom , Australia

Ash Blackwell Ash will talk about about the challenge to embrace compassionate evidenced based reform in a world of stigma and prejudice. Following his presentation, there will be time for discussion and questions from participants. Ash is very ready to hear opposing views, and we anticipate a lively discussion! Bio Ash Blackwell has been actively […]

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Truth Telling about Australian Genocide Denial

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Description: While holocaust means a huge number of deaths, genocide is defined by the UN Genocide Convention as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group". Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War […]

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Brian Ellis’s ‘New Enlightenment’

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The Enlightenment promised a politics of human equality and freedom, but today we have neoliberalism which delivers neither. How did this come about? And what is to be done? In this seminar Tony Lynch will present and discuss Brian Ellis’s intriguing answers to these questions. Bio: Tony Lynch is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Politics […]

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Origins of Australasian Peoples

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HV Public Lecture In the last decade DNA evidence has established another early human species, the Denisovans, and revealed how they interacted with other hominins, including the Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens. Dr Irene Gallego Romero, from the Integrative Genomics Unit, School of Bio-sciences, at the University of Melbourne, has been involved in this exciting new […]

The Transgender Experience

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HV Public Presentation via Zoom Michelle McNamara is an out and proud transgender woman. She is an activist in the LGBTI community and a committee member of Transgender Victoria and the Australian GLBTIQ+ Multicultural Council. She is a teacher of biotechnology and VicHealth ambassador for the 'This Girl Can' campaign to help women overcome barriers […]

The Shift from Occident to Orient: What it Means for Australia

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HV Public Presentation via Zoom The Western world, dominated by Europe and United States, is steadily giving way to a new world in which other civilisational centres are emerging or re-emerging. This shift means the West will have to foster a spirit of dialogue with other world-views, other notions of public discourse. Only a sustained […]

Strategies, Activism and Ethics for Shareholders

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HV Public Presentation via Zoom Stephen Mayne is a well known shareholder activist, Manningham city councillor and Walkley-Award winning journalist. He has been bold and creative in speaking truth to power for more than twenty years. He was a whistleblower about Jeff Kennett’s share dealings in 1997 and founded Crikey.com in 2000, for which he […]