John Keane | Democracy is Failing the Planet
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Democracy is Failing the Planet

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Published 13 February 2012 | St. James Ethics Centre – IQ2 Oz, ABC Big IDEAS

Why should we assume that democracy is the best of all political systems?

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Arab world demanding freedom and democracy. And countless numbers have been prepared to die in exercising these demands. But here, in the relative comfort of the Sydney Recital Centre, IQ2 panelists hammer each other in a robust debate as to whether democracy is failing the planet.

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Chaired by Dr. Simon Longstaff, The Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre


Professor Clive Hamilton

Public Ethics and Vice Chancellor, Charles Sturt University. Founder and former Executive director of The Australia Institute, a public interest think tank.

Cheryl Kernot

Leader of the Australian Democrats in the mid 1990’s and Shadow Labor minister for 3 years. Currently Director of Social Business at the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW.

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis

Joint Managing Director, Transfield Holdings and Founder of The New Democracy Foundation, researching new forms of government.


Professor John Keane

Professor of Politics at University of Sydney and at theWissenschaftszentrum Berlin and Director of the recently-founded Sydney Democracy Initiative.

Professor Steven Schwartz

Vice-Chancellor Macquarie University. His academic research spans clinical psychology, psychiatry, public health and medical decision making.

Martine Letts

Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Specialised in arms control and disarmament on postings in Geneva, Vienna and policy officer in the Dept. Of Foreign Affairs and Trade.