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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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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 Sunshine harvester

Leah Bartsch, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 10 March 2010

For many decades, Sunshine Harvester Works was a significant landmark in Sunshine, a suburb in Melbourne’s industrial west. Museum curator Leah Bartsch explores research into the stories and objects of Sunshine.

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agriculture, collection, industry

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Water and the spirit

John Archer, writer

4 March 2010

John Archer shares his experience of travelling the world recording the stories, legends, myths and rituals of cultures that revere water.

environment, spirituality

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From Fish Creek to the Mann River: Hunter-gatherer transformations in western Arnhem Land, 1948–2008

Professor Jon Altman, Australian National University

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 19 November 2009

Jon Altman describes transformations in the customary economy of Aboriginal people in western Arnhem Land over 60 years – a comparative analysis made possible because of research undertaken by Frederick McCarthy and Margaret McArthur in 1948.

economy, food, indigenous

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