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Barry Jones: What Is to Be Done

Fri 10 Sep, 10am
State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter

Admired by the likes of Al Gore and Bill Gates, writer and former Hawke-era Labor minister Barry Jones has penned a follow-up to his prescient 1982 bestseller Sleepers, Wake! An incisive and cutting analysis of politics at home and afar, What Is to Be Done tackles the challenges of our time, including climate change, the digital age, and increasingly fragile democratic institutions. Jones speaks with philosopher and writer Raimond Gaita about a long-awaited work that answers big questions with new energy and insight.


1 hour


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Raimond Gaita is Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School and The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at King's College London. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Gaita's books include the award-winning Romulus, My Father and A Common Humanity: Thinking About Love & Truth & Justice.

Barry Jones was a Labor member of the Victorian and Commonwealth parliaments, led the campaign to abolish the death penalty, and became Australia’s longest-serving Minister for Science from 1983 to 1990. He received a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest award, in 2014, and, at the age of 88, is a ‘living national treasure’.

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