It may only be September but 2016 has already been filled with politics. From the Australian and American federal elections to Britain’s Brexit, it appears there’s no escaping politicians and their tricks.
Perhaps this is why our recent event at South Bank’s The Ship Inn on 18 August was so popular. Or perhaps it was the expert panel (Prof Anne Tiernan, Ms Anne Coombs and Ms Janine Walker) that kindly shared their ideas and attempted to ask the tough question, what is wrong with our political system?
Each panellists’ presentation offered different insights and perspectives of the event’s topic. Their different professional and personal backgrounds meant they each approached the question from a different angle.
Professor Anne Tiernan and Ms Anne Coombs drew from their contribution to Griffith Review’s recent edition: Fixing the system, which asks what is broken within our political environment and considers what needs to be done to revive the lucky country.
Ms Janine Walker’s presentation drew from her extensive knowledge of human resources and this history of unions in Australia.
The Q&A was very popular and brought up further political ideas and views, demonstrating just how complicated this topic is.
This enthusiasm also highlighted that although we may have issues with the system, we aren’t giving up on politics just yet.
Watch the event presentation on our Friends of the Library Ustream channel.