LA TROBE UNIVERSITY ARTS & PLANNING
BEHIND THE CURTAIN SEMINAR SERIES
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Larry Galbraith to conduct a lecture at 121 View Street tomorrow night, 18th May, at 6pm.
LARRY GALBRAITH, senior policy advisor to the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, comes to Bendigo to talk about the challenges faced by local government in the 21st Century, particularly in maintaining local democracy. With more than 30 years experience in frontline politics and the media, Galbraith is promising to provide an illuminating look at the ever-widening gulf between the electorates’ right to make “informed” choices, and state governments’ increasing demands that local governments be run as if private corporations.
Larry Galbraith began working with Clover Moore shortly after she was elected as an independent member of parliament for the seat of Bligh (now Sydney) in 1988. He was a key player in the team which supported Moore’s successful run for the Lord Mayorship in 2004 after a cynical manipulation of the city’s electoral boundaries by the NSW Government went awry. Galbraith was also editor and lead writer for various influential local newspapers and magazines in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Is a city council a quasi-parliament, or a corporation charged with the most efficient delivery of services? What does this mean for maintaining local democracy? Galbraith will speak on these questions and others at La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo on Wednesday May 18 at 6pm.
The event is the second in a program of seminars organised by La Trobe University, Bendigo titled BEHIND THE CURTAIN. One of the coordinators of the program, Dr Sofia Ahlberg, said that the series is “responding to the massive revolt against the conspiracy of silence and the proliferation of spin in recent times”. Speakers, both countercultural and establishment, are being invited to explore the collapse of boundaries between private and public influences in the circulation of knowledge, and how it can no longer be contained by official channels in the digital age.
For further information on the up and coming seminar and program please contact:
T: 03 5444 7230