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Is the Housing Boom a Bursting Bubble?

Join the Binge Thinkers for a debate with two diametrically opposed economists on Sydney’s favourite topic – house prices.

Date: Tuesday 6 July
Time: 6:30pm for 7pm
Venue: Cochin, Fouveaux St Surry Hills
Cost: $50 for food, wine and dissent.
RSVP essential: shakenandstirred@thoughtbroker.com.au

Dan Denning is the author of 2005’s best-selling The Bull Hunter (John Wiley & Sons).  He’s the managing editor of resource newsletter Diggers and Drillers and the editor of The Daily Reckoning Australia.


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Government Anarchy

with Nev Kennard

All life and all society is in fact “anarchic”, including democratic nations and governments. The big difference between the calm order of a declared anarcho-capitalist society and the semi-chaos and unpredictability of our democratic constitutional nation-state is the rule-by-whim which parliamentarians and congresses try to keep power and their cosy jobs.

Date: 27 April 2010
Venue: Mahjong Room
Time: 6:30 for 7pm
Cost: $40 including dinner and wine
RSVP: thoughtbroker@gmail.com

About our speaker:
Neville Kennard is a Sydney-based businessman, and is an ardent advocate of individual freedom, free markets, to the degree that he now thinks that people can do without [compulsory and coercive] governments altogether, and our societies will be much calmer, safer and more predictable. He was an early supporter of the Centre for Independant Studies, and its first Chairman, but now despairs of the effectiveness of think tanks, which he believes have become part of the Establishment and help to legitimise coercive government.

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Shaken and Stirred presents

Why it’s more important to offend than be offended:

The triumph of larrikinism in Australian culture

with Tony Moore

Launch Party for the first issue of

Binge Thinking:

a collection of relfections and refutations by Shaken and Stirred participants

Date: Saturday 5 December 2009

Time: 6:30 for 7:00pm start

Venue: Garden of bohemian delights, 437 Darling Street, Balmain

Cost: $35 (includes food, drinks and a copy of Binge Thinking)

RSVP essential: thoughtbroker@gmail.com

About Tony Moore

Dr Tony Moore is a cultural historian who lectures at Monash University. His career spans publishing, journalism and documentary making at the ABC. His first book The Barry McKenzie Movies analysed the cultural significance of the ‘Ocker’ cinema genre of the 1970s and his most recent film was Bohemian Rhapsody: Rebels of Australian Culture. He is inaugural commissioning editor of the new Cambridge University Press series Australian Encounters. A self-confessed libertarian social democrat, Tony is a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and former president of the NSW Fabian Society.

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Shaken and Stirred


Last Drinks in the Paddy McGuinness Private Library

Book Fair and Beer Sizzle

When: Saturday 21 November 09

Where: 437 Darling St, Balmain

Time: 10am to 4pm

On Saturday 21 November 2009, the eclectic collection of one of Australia’s most contrary intellectuals will be on sale to the public. From Palgrave to poetry, PP McGuinness‘s private collection spanned all genres of literature and thought. Be there early to nab one of only five copies of Madame Bovary.

All profits will go towards the publication of Binge Thinking, a collection of thoughts from Shaken and Stirred events.

For more about Shaken and Stirred Events, click here: https://thoughtbroker.wordpress.com/about/

For further information, please contact Leonie Phillips and Parnell McGuinness at thoughtbroker@gmail.com

Listen to a radio interview on ABC Canberra here.

Read the mention in SMH Diary here and the Weekend SMH article here.

Inner West Courier article 27 October 2009

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Shaken and Stirred SUPPER CLUB presents:

John Hirst


Why Australia Should Abolish Compulsory Voting

Date: Monday 14 September 2009
Time: 6.30 for 7:00pm
Venue: Pazzo, 583 Crown St, Surry Hills
Cost: $50
RSVP: thoughtbroker@gmail.com

JOHN HIRST is a historian and Scholar Emeritus of La Trobe University and honorary professor of history at the University of Sydney.

He was founding Convenor of the Australian Republican Movement in Victoria and a member of the Prime Minister Keating’s Republic Advisory Committee.

For the Howard government, he was the chair of the Civics Education Group which oversaw the preparation of materials for the ‘Discovering Democracy’ programme in schools.

He has written books on convicts, the origins of democracy in New South Wales, Albert Facey, federation and the republic. He was co-editor of the Oxford Companion to Australian History. His most recent books are Sense and Nonsense in Australian History and The Australians; insiders and outsiders on the national character since 1770 . His latest book The Shortest History of Europe will be published by Black Inc next month.

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Shaken and Stirred, the Supper Clubbers, are back.

On Sunday, 9 August 2009, Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor of The Hindustan Times, will talk on ‘Asia, Geopolitics and Freedom’ over a leisurely Sunday lunch at Sel et Poivre.

Time: 1:30 for 2:00pm
Date: Sunday, 9 August 2009
Venue: Sel et Poivre
Address: 263 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, Sydney

RSVP to thoughtbroker@gmail.com by Thursday 6 August 2009

About our speaker
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri is the Foreign Editor of The Hindustan Times and a
leading figure in Indian policymaking circles. He was previously an
editorial writer for The Telegraph and The Statesman of Calcutta. Pramit has
a BA in history from Cornell University. More recently, he was a Hubert H.
Humphrey Fellow at the University of Maryland – College Park; media fellow
at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy; South Asia fellow at the Henry
Stimson Centre in Washington DC, and a Visiting Fellow at Cornell
University’s South Asia department. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin
Society, the Liberty Institute of New Delhi and the Aspen Institute Italia.
Pramit has written widely on India’s foreign and international economic
policies. He is a regular talking head on Asian television and radio
stations. This year he has spoken at the Aspen Institute World Economy
Conference, the Centre of Independent Studies annual consilium in Australia
and at Singapore’s Institute for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Shaken and Stirred presents a Saturday lunch event on 18 April 2009.

Professor Julian Savulescu
Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

will speak on

Bioliberation or Biothreat?

Time: 12pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Time to Vino, Stanley St, East Sydney
Cost: $35 for food; a selection of wines will be available at extra cost
RSVP: thoughtbroker@gmail.com – places are strictly limited at this event

About our speaker
Professor Savulescu is Head of the Melbourne-Oxford Stem Cell Collaboration, devoted to examining the ethical implications of cloning and embryonic stem cell research. Previously, he was Director of the Ethics of Genetics Unit at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He was Director of the Bioethics Program at the Centre for the Study of Health and Society at the University of Melbourne and the Chair of the Department of Human Services,Victoria, Ethics Committee. Professor Savulescu is qualified in medicine, bioethics and analytic philosophy, and has been published widely in academic journals and the media. Savulescu’s areas of research include: the ethics of genetics, especially predictive genetic testing, genetic enhancement and gene therapy. Research ethics, especially the ethics of embryonic stem cell research, as well as new forms of reproduction, including cloning and assisted reproduction. He is well known for his work on human enhancement and performance-enhancement in sport.

Click here for an amuse bouche: Supermouse and Superman: The Dawn of Biological Liberation

For further reading, visit the Uehiro Centre’s blog: http://www.practicalethicsnews.com/

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