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Politics and the Public Good

SYMPOSIUM 2009 VALUES FOR LIVING IN THE 21st CENTURY

Wednesday 14 October 2009

In this together: Can a republic include nature?

  Marion Maddox Jay Weatherill Peter Buckskin

    About the theme:
    With seventy percent of Australians supporting a move to a republic, and avowed republicans leading both major political parties, it is timely to consider what values might inform a new national understanding.

    In this together: Can a republic include nature?
    Praying for rain or battening down for a storm, raising meat for the table, or coaxing the dough to ferment, people depend utterly on the rest of nature. Even if we let our attention slip, nature will never let us forget for long.

    If we limit our view of the 'public good' to mean just people‘s good, we get destruction instead.

    As we rethink our ideas of nation and citizenship, rights and justice, we had better find a place for the myriad species that cannot vote, but participate.

    Main Speaker:
    Associate Professor Marion Maddox (Macquarie University, Centre for Social inclusion)
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    Panel member:
    Dr Lynn Arnold (Chief Executice Officer, Anglicare SA)
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    Panel member:
    Kris Hanna (Independent Member, SA Parliament)
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    Chairperson:
    Ms Geraldine Hawkes (Executive Officer, SA Council of Churches)

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