Most people agree that democracy in Australia and elsewhere has serious challenges and flaws, which must be faced if we are not to drift, or be forced, into worse alternatives.
The Brisbane Dialogues, in collaboration with newDemocracy Foundation, is pleased to present a Big Dialogue to refresh and update thinking on the biggest and oldest question society has always faced – how best to govern ourselves?
Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time …” Winston Churchill, 1947
This Big Dialogue will attempt to identify what the biggest problems are and what can be done about them. As always, we will have a small number of panelists with widely-differing perspectives to facilitate an in-depth, long-form discussion, in a congenial, conducive setting. The discussion will be moderated to keep it focussed on a limited number of themes or topics.
David Fagan, author and communications professional, former Editor-in-Chief of Queensland Newspapers
AJ Brown, professor of public policy and law in the School of Government & International Relations, Griffith University, board member of Transparency International
Theodora Le Souquet, strategist, tech MD, hands-on arts supporter, aspiring candidate for the US Senate
Iain Walker, CEO of newDemocracy Foundation
“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” Joseph Joubert, French Romantic/Enlightenment period writer