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    Ireland, Brexit and the EU

    Date Tue, 03 Mar 2020
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000

    Owen Feeney, Ireland’s Consul General to New South Wales, will examine Ireland’s approach to the UK’s departure from the European Union.  He will outline the background to Ireland’s priorities in relation to the Brexit negotiations between Brussels and London, Ireland’s on-going commitment to the European Union and wider developments in Irish foreign policy, including the ambitious new Global Ireland plan.



    Note: This address will be under the Chatham House rule.

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    Secrecy, Ignorance and Fear: The Making of Australia’s Security State 

    Date Tue, 10 Mar 2020
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000

    Brian Toohey, author of Secret: The Making of Australia’s Security State (published in September 2019), will discuss the bipartisan political support in Australia for new laws that severely erode long-standing individual liberties and undermine the ability of whistle blowers and the media to expose abuses of power. He has concluded that Australia’s political leaders increasingly promote secrecy, ignorance and fear.

    Australia’s national security establishment refuses to welcome China’s rise. Instead, it agitates for an increased US military presence in the region; under US influence it advocates a confrontational approach to Beijing and a strategy aimed at damaging the Chinese economy. Toohey will advocate that traditional government departments once again drive policy – not zealots in the...

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