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Love of language

David Malouf, writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

David Malouf talks about the importance of language and literacy, and his love of language, but also laments its overuse and debasement.

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language

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The science of recycling water

Dr Simon Toze, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

A nice drop – recycled water discussion and tasting, 20 March 2010

Simon Toze explains various processes for recycling water, the kinds of chemicals that appear in water (such as pharmaceuticals, oestrogen and plasticisers) and makes a case for drinking recycled water.

environment, food, science

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Language and identity

Jeanie Bell, Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Jeanie Bell, a Jagera and Dulingbara woman, talks about the importance of language to Indigenous identities, the impact of the forcible loss of language and culture, and the attempts to revive Indigenous languages.

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conflict, indigenous, language

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Public opinion on recycled water

Dr Kelly Fielding, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

A nice drop – recycled water discussion and tasting, 20 March 2010

Kelly Fielding gauges the levels of support for and opposition to recycling water for human consumption, and explores the reasons behind each position.

audiences, food, science

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The language of power and persuasion

Julian Burnside, barrister, activist and writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Julian Burnside reflects on the importance of words in his life as a barrister, an activist, and a writer.

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language, politics

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The case against recycling water for drinking

Dr Peter Collignon, Canberra Hospital

A nice drop – recycled water discussion and tasting, 20 March 2010

Peter Collignon explains why he believes that recycling water is a bad idea – particularly where there are other options – for various reasons including the health risks.

disease, food, science

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A life in dictionaries

Dr Bruce Moore, Australian National Dictionary Centre

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Bruce Moore describes how his life in dictionaries, and in Australian English, began when he was teaching army cadets old and middle English languages.

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language

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Tasting and discussion

Mark Juddery, Dr Simon Toze, Dr Kelly Fielding and Dr Peter Collignon

A nice drop – recycled water discussion and tasting, 20 March 2010

Mark Juddery, National Museum of Australia, facilitates the recycled water taste test and discussion among the panellists and audience.

food, science

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Living language

Susan Butler, Macquarie Dictionary, and Roly Sussex, University of Queensland

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Susan Butler and Roly Sussex discuss the idea that a living Australian English is all about change and infiltration by ‘multiple, parallel streams’ as spoken by Aboriginal people, Southern European migrants, English-speakers in other countries and so on.

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language

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Bendable learnings

Don Watson, writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Don Watson looks at the triumph of modern management-speak and how those who favour the deliberately obscure and the falsely scientific are driving us all nuts.

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audiences, language, media, politics

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