Conversation Club - When Queensland Happens

Friday 26 July 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Ticket $10.00
Tickets available until 26 July 2019 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Avid Reader in conjunction with The Conversation and ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas present When Queensland Happens.

Chaired by Big Ideas host Paul Barclay, our panel includes political scientist Anne Tiernan and regional researcher John Cole.

On election night, right across Australia, it was the question on everyone’s lips: ‘what just happened in Queensland?’

As the Prime Minister stood to give his victory speech – declaring “How good’s Queensland!” – progressive voters flooded social media with calls for a #Quexit, sharing images of Queensland being lopped from the Australian map. Others shared jokes using an insurance ad tagline: Help for When Queensland Happens.

Now that the dust has settled, it’s worth looking more closely at the 2019 election result. Is Queensland really so different from our southern neighbours? What were the key issues that the pre-election polls missed? And why was the vote in inner Brisbane so different to many regional parts of the state?

Avid Reader has teamed up with our friends at The Conversation to bring you this Conversation Club panel discussion, as a follow-up to our sold-out pre-election event.

Professor Anne Tiernan is Dean of Engagement at Griffith University. A political scientist, Anne is respected for her independent, research-informed analysis and commentary on national politics, public administration and public policy. Anne consults regularly to Australian governments at all levels. She also leads a research team that studied all 30 federal Queensland electorates before the 2019 election.

Professor John Cole OAM is the University of Southern Queensland’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Engagement. John has more than 30 years of senior leadership experience in all three levels of government, industry and academia, and is a long-time adviser internationally on sustainable development, innovation, and the future. John has a particular interest in building more resilient regional communities, and currently serves as Chair of Queensland’s Rural Economies Centre of Excellence and the Clean Growth Choices Consortium. In the late 1980s he was a Queensland adviser in the office of Ian Sinclair, the Leader of the federal National Party. During the Beattie-Bligh years, John led many of the Queensland Labor government’s sustainability initiatives in the EPA and later the Office of Clean Energy 

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