Economic modelling says inland Australian towns are finished, destined to empty out into the cities. But after travelling to the Tasmanian town of Scottsdale Di Martin finds a community defying those predictions as it forges a new future for itself. The crisis in country towns - not what you’d expect.
Country towns: death or deliverance - Background Briefing - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Speaker(s): Professor Catherine Malabou, Dr Michael O’Rourke, Dr Danielle Sands
Recorded on 2 June 2014 in New Theatre, East Building.
Speaking both as a woman and a philosopher, Catherine Malabou will guide us through the philosophical, cultural, and biological questions surrounding gender and sexual difference.
Catherine Malabou is a professor of modern European philosophy at Kingston University.
Michael O’Rourke is a lecturer in the School of Arts and Psychotherapy at Independent Colleges, Dublin.
Danielle Sands is a visiting lecturer in the Department of English at Queen Mary, University of London and a Forum for European Philosophy fellow.
Credits: Tom Sturdy (Audio Post-Production), LSE AV Services (Audio Recording) Event posting
Speaker(s): Professor Thomas Piketty
Chair: Professor Tim Besley
Recorded on 16 June 2014 in Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street.
What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Thomas Piketty’s latest findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
Thomas Piketty is a professor of economics at the Paris School of Economics, an alumus of LSE and author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Speaker(s): Dr William MacAskill
Recorded on 3 June 2014 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.
Should I work for a non-profit organisation in Africa? Or should I go into the City, and try to earn as much as I can to donate to good causes?
William MacAskill is a research associate in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford and is also president of 80,000 Hours ethical career advisory service.
Good job Bad job: Finding work in the global labour market - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
On Rear Vision the new geography of jobs, finding work in the global labour market. Where you live could decide if you have a good or bad job. According to Prime Minister Tony Abbott ,workers who’ve lost their jobs don’t need to worry they will transition from “good jobs to better jobs”. In today’s rapidly changing labour market the better jobs could be in the next city, state or another country.
Iain Campbell, Senior Research Fellow , Centre for Applied Social Research at RMIT in Melbourne.
Professor Arne Kalleberg, Professor of Sociology , University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Professor Scott Baum, Griffith University, School of Environment
Professor Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics, Centre for Full Employment and Equity at the University of Newcastle
Brent Wilton, Secretary General , International Organisation of Employers
Lizzie Crowley, Senior researcher ,Work Foundation , London
Work foundation (http://www.theworkfoundation.com/DownloadPublication/Report/360_The%20Geography%20of%20Youth%20Unemployment%20FINAL%2008%2004%2014.pdf)
Flexible employment (http://www.ioe-emp.org/fileadmin/ioe_documents/publications/Policy%20Areas/employment/EN/IOE_Flexible_Forms_of_Work_eng_06_03.pdf)
Red Alert Suburbs (http://e1.newcastle.edu.au/coffee/pubs/reports/2013/CofFEE_EVI_V2_Report_2013.pdf)
Old to New Economy jobs (http://capseecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/04/2014-Kalleberg-SSS-Presentation.pdf)
Dancing with Dragons - The Chinese Debutante Balls - Hindsight - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Dragon Festival Ball, held annually for forty years, was the crowning glory of the Sydney Chinese community’s social calendar.
It became known for its elegant debutantes, who graced the floors of the ball’s glamorous venue, the city’s Trocadero Dance Palace, as well as its’ Miss Dragon Ball Princess pageant. The Dragon Ball was also the major fundraiser for the Young Chinese Relief Movement, a youth organisation backed by the Nationalist Party in China, and later Taiwan. This program features the stories and memories of the ball’s organising committee, former debutantes and their partners, as well as the inaugural Miss Dragon Ball Princess of 1961.
Ray and Julie Yee
Dr Shirley Fitzgerald, historian
Title: Red Tape, Gold Scissors; the story of Sydney’s Chinese
Author:Dr Shirley Fitzgerald
Publisher:Halstead Press 2008
The Kuo-Min Tang in Australia - Hindsight - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The story of an association which began, at the turn of the 20th century, as a local club and became the regional headquarters of a worldwide political party. Dr Sun Yat-sen’s revolutionary movement in China had a strong support base among the Chinese in Australia, who came together in 1910 to form the Young China League. A decade later, out of these origins, the Chinese Nationalist Party of Australia, the Kuo Min Tang, became an official organisation, with branches in Sydney and Melbourne, and later, formed in other cities, and regional towns.
The story of the KMT sheds new light on the wider history of Chinese emigration and settlement in Australia, and on the impact of a century of political change in China upon the Chinese diaspora.
The association still has an active membership and a solid presence in Sydney and Melbourne today.
Judith Brett, Author, political commentator and Professor of Politics at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
Dr John Fitzgerald, historian
Dr Mei-Fin Kuo, Research Fellow, Swinburne University
Eugene Seeto, CEO, KMT Association, Sydney
Title: Unlocking the History of the Australasian Kuo Min Tang 1911 - 2013
Author: Judith Brett & Mei-Fen Kuo
Publisher:Australian Scholarly Publishing 2013
Title: Making Chinese Australia; Urban Elites, Newspapers, and the formation of Chinese Australian Identity 1892 - 1912
Author: Mei-Fen Kou
Publisher: Monash University Publishing 2013
Rethinking work in Australia - Saturday Extra - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
In one generation the nature of work in Australia has undergone profound change.
We know that the old model of the male breadwinner is gone, and the labour market is much more complex, but what precisely is driving these changes?
Is it what most people want and can we predict how people will work in the future?
Professor Sue Richardson, Principal Research Fellow at the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University, South Australia.
Since 2008 British Pubs have been closing at a rate of three per day.
The decline has been attributed to shifts in local economies, as pubs struggle to compete with large department stores selling liquor at vastly reduced prices.
But there could also be a cultural factor at play, with British people drinking 23 per cent less beer than they did a decade ago.
The prospect of facing life without a ‘local’ has gotten so dire that a government task force has been established, with the recent appointment of a Minister for Community Pubs.
Tom Stainer, Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), a not-for-profit consumer rights organisation campaigning for real ale and community pubs
Investing in a fossil fuel free future - Saturday Extra - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
How are moves to divert investment away from fossil fuel companies influencing climate change policy?
The environmental movement to stop fossil fuels has entered into a new phase by the way of a share index.
A month ago the FTSE Developed ex Fossil Fuels Index Series was launched, a share index that excludes companies linked to the exploration, ownership or extraction of fossil fuels.
Some institutions are starting to take note and are changing investment decisions. And a new report launched this week in Australia is also targeting individual investors to assist them in becoming climate conscious investors.
But is it making a difference to influencing government policy on climate change?
Pilita Clark, Environment correspondent, The Financial Times
Charlotte Wood, Campaign director for 350.org and leader of Go Fossil Fuel Free Australia
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