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Festival of Dangerous Ideas SATELLITE

03 September 2016 - 03 September 2016

Can't make it to Sydney? The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is coming to you!

Sydney Opera House in association with The Ethics Centre and Blacktown City Libraries present Festival of Dangerous Ideas SATELLITE.

Sydney Opera House is once again live streaming two 2016 festival highlights, bringing some of the world’s leading thinkers to Blacktown City Libraries to discuss and debate the important ideas of our time. 

Beginning with Break a Rule a Day, best-selling author and journalist Lionel Shriver toys with the theory that a rule broken daily is better for your health than an apple. Next Annabel Crabb and David Marr will spark a no doubt hilarious debate in The Government We Deserve? off the back of the July election. 

Both talks will be Auslan signed.

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Annabel Crabb & David Marr - The Government We Deserve?

What makes us vote for one candidate and not another? Whichever way we vote, politicians say the electorate always gets it right at the ballot box, while cynics argue we get the government we deserve.  What does our choice of Prime Minister say about us? Did we get it right this time? 

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most popular political commentators, is the presenter of Kitchen Cabinet and writes for The Drum. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and television and has appeared on Insiders and as stand-in host for 7.30. She is Australia’s most-followed journalist on Twitter (@annabelcrabb), a platform she uses to share political news and recipes. Annabel is the author of several books, including Rise of the Ruddbot and the 2014 bestseller The Wife Drought.

David Marr has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners, presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch and now writes for The Guardian. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson) and five Quarterly Essays: “His Master’s Voice”, “Power Trip”, “Political Animal”, “The Prince” and “Faction Man."

Lionel Shriver - Break a Rule a Day

When you're on a bicycle at a red light with no car or pedestrian in sight, do you still wait for the green? Do you obey every single law? Surely fearful compliance with every niggling regulation defies the much-vaunted "freedom" that is the premise of democracy. Maybe that’s what drives our fascination with film and fiction criminality: we envy renegades. Is breaking a rule a day better than an apple for your health? 

Lionel Shriver's books include the international bestselling We Need to Talk About Kevin as well as Big Brother, New Republic, So Much For That, The Post-Birthday World, Double Fault and Game Control. Her latest book is The Mandibles (2016). She writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The Independent. Lionel lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.




  • Max Webber Library, Blacktown
    Level 1, Function Centre
    Saturday 3 September, 11:30am



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