Too often, the big issues feel ill-served by parliamentary question time or the 24-hour news cycle. Big issues and bigger ideas deserve informed and passionate consideration. Beyond the soundbites, beyond the sloganeering, beyond the posturing, there’s the debate.
The Wheeler Centre and St James Ethics Centre combine once again in 2012 to bring you another series of Intelligence Squared debates.
Established in 2002, IQ2 has spread from across the globe, bringing the traditional form of Cambridge and Oxford Unions-style debating – with two sides proposing and opposing a sharply formed motion – to Melbourne Town Hall.
Arguing for the proposition will be Marcia Langton, Michael Gawenda and Catherine Deveny. Speaking for the opposing side will be Julian Burnside, Gretel Killeen and Arnold Zable.
Michael Gawenda is a former editor in chief of The Age. He is a Walkley Award winning journalist, columnist and former foreign correspondent.
Catherine Deveny is a comedy writer, comedian, author, social commentator and broadcaster well known for her work as columnist with The Age newspaper, and as an ABC regular on shows like Q&A. She is in constant demand as corporate speaker, after dinner entertainment, panel member and guest lecturer, and to deliver key note addresses and participate in debates.
Julian Burnside QC is an Australian barrister who specialises in commercial litigation and is also deeply involved in human rights work, in particular in relation to refugees.
Dr Simon Longstaff is Executive Director of St James Ethics Centre and chairs the Intelligence Squared debates in Sydney and Melbourne.
Professor Marcia Langton AM holds the Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne.
Gretel Killeen is a writer, performer, voice artist and journalist. She is currently completing her directorial feature film debut.
Arnold Zable is a writer, novelist and human rights advocate, and one of Australia’s most-loved storytellers.