The Bellbird River Country Choir by Sophie Green Bellbird River, 1998: Teacher and single mum Alex is newly arrived in the small New South Wales country town of Bellbird River after escaping the city in search of a change of pace and the chance to reconnect with her young daughter. Across town, well-known matriarch Victoria and her globe-trotting, opera-singing cousin Gabrielle find themselves at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives, while local baker Janine and newcomer to the
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Current Affairs Dialogue | Discussion Group
September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Subject will be “Russia’s War on Ukraine: Whys, Wherefores and Global Implications”. Keep it in mind in your viewing, listening and reading over the next few weeks. Come along and contribute; leave more aware and thoughtful.
(Hey, Thursday 29th is just four days after THE major current affair of September, the Grand Final!! We might spare 5 minutes to discuss Geelong’s premiership win. Go Cats!)
Review of 25 August Session:
CAD had its first discussion session on Thursday 25 August.
Subject, as advertised, was “The (Dis) United States”.
Discussion ranged over personal experience and observations from time living in or visiting the USA and focused on three socially and politically divisive current issues:
- The US Supreme Court’s recent decision over-turning constitutional rights to abortion (Roe v Wade in shorthand reference).
- Recurrent mass shootings in the USA and their context of cultural attitudes to gun ownership, racial and geographic divisions and partisan political stances on gun reform.
- The ongoing fall-out from the November 2020 Presidential election and 6 January 2021 Capitol riot. In this third issue, the group ranged over the US electoral system, conspiracy theories, the prospect of a Trump or other “Trumpist” Republican Presidential victory in 2024, whether Trump might be prosecuted or not – with pragmatic considerations of avoiding deeper division, even the risk of civil war and collapse of democracy, and strategic/economic implications for Australia
of various alternative USA scenarios.
Wow! All that in 90 minutes. Bet you wish you were there! Too late, but look on the bright side – you can be at the next monthly CAD session.
1pm for 1.30pm start
Interested in current affairs? Welcome to a new initiative at the BMI designed for you.
Current Affairs Dialogue (CAD) at the BMI:
CAD will launch in The Reading Room 1-3 pm on Thursday 28 July 2022. CAD at the BMI is designed for members and friends who are interested in joining with similarly interested people as listeners and contributors in respectful, informed, analytic and interpretive conversations on issues of significant current public interest. The goal is to have all participants enjoy stimulating discussion and to leave CAD at the BMI sessions feeling their horizons have been extended and their understanding of current affairs deepened.
- how did the issue arise, what are its roots/background/history,
- what is the situation as it stands,
- how might it unfold/ effect change in its own, locale, at national and global levels.; what significance for us.
- The troubled (Dis)United States: Roe V Wade overturn, guns, continuing fall-out from 6 January 2021 Capitol riot. ( N.B. It is proposed to make this the topic to get us started at the first meeting on Thursday 28 July)
- Russia’s ongoing military attack on Ukraine
- The pervasive “Culture “ problem: bad behaviour in Parliament House, football clubs, corporations like Crown and Star Casinos , banks etc. etc.
- Census 2021: What has changed ? Will keep changing? Advance Australia Where?
- Problems and possibilities of our town: Bakery Hill/Bridge Mall proposals, hollowing out of the CBD, Fed Uni’s announced vacating of Lydiard/Camp St buildings complex, all those Council “strategy” plans
- Your suggestions?
This event is a BMI Community Cultural Project – Ballarat’s Oldest Cultural Institution
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