Public Lecture: Democratic Dream or Democratic Illusion?

With the Federal election fast approaching, questions about Australian politics and democracy are hot on our minds. Does the majority actually rule? Has voting changed? How democratic is democracy?

In association with our current exhibition Majority Rules, we will be hosting a public lecture on Wednesday 18 September where political commentators Emeritus Professor David Black and Dr Harry Phillips will discuss all of these questions and more.

By Wednesday 18 we will all know the verdict of this Saturday’s election. Whether you are looking to celebrate or commiserate, join us as Professor Black and Dr Phillips unpack Australian democracy.

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Public Lecture: Democratic Dream or Democratic Illusion?

When: Wednesday 18 September 6.30 -7.30pm
Where: State Library Theatre, 25 Francis St Perth
Free event, no bookings required.

Emeritus Professor David Black has taught history and politics for more than thirty years at Curtin University of Technology. He has been a prominent television and radio commentator on electoral politics in WA and has authored numerous books and websites on WA political history. Professor Black has also written extensively on the life and achievements of war time Prime Minister John Curtin.

Dr Harry Phillips has been at the forefront of political and civic education in WA for four decades. As a political scientist his writings on parliament, electoral law, elections and sport have been widely published. Currently Harry Phillips is a Parliamentary Fellow (Education), an Honorary Professor at Edith Cowan University, an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University of Technology and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.

For more information please visit our website: http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/whats_on/events

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