Melbourne

Sunday, June 2

This event celebrates two of the most powerful and soulful voices of Australia. Bonded by a desire to effect change, Deline Briscoe and Liz Stringer will take to the stage and come together in true unity, reflecting the positive reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. 3pm. Wesley Anne, 250 High st, Northcote. $20. Organised by Songlines Aboriginal Music.

Documentary about America's most outspoken academic and critic of Israeli and US Middle East policy.
6.30pm.
Plus panel discussion with: Antony Loewentstein (freelance journalist, author & co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices); Samah Sabawi (Palestinian from Gaza, poet and playwright), Jeremy Salt (Professor of Political Science, Bilikent University, Ankara). 8pm.

State Library Conference Centre,
Entry 3, Latrobe St, City.

Entry by donation (minimum $5).

Can a modern democracy retain its democratic values while imposing a military occupation on another state? This is the question posed by director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz (James' Journey To Jerusalem, MIFF 04) in this, the latest of his meticulously researched documentaries. He zones in on the legal framework behind Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, asking some hard questions of the system's architects (military judges and attorneys) in order to justify the laws in light of their consequences. 6:30pm. Greater Union Cinema 5.

Tuesday, November 10

Brunswick and Coburg's dramatic history and role in the 1916-17 conscription referenda will be presented by Michael Hamel-Green, including the role of leaders such as John Curtin, Adela Pankhurst and Frank Anstey, some of whom were locked up in Pentridge jail. 6:30pm. St Ambrose Community Centre, 287 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. For more info ph 0490 182 041.

Ask Australians what kind of home they want, and odds are they will say a detached house on a big block. The new report from the Grattan Cities Program, The Housing We'd Choose, shows that when residents are asked to make real-world trade-offs between housing and location, the picture is far more varied.

Come and hear Grattan Cities Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly in conversation with John Daley on the challenges to Australian cities and governments.

Registration 5:45pm; seminar 6pm.

The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City.

Thursday, September 11

It has been 41 years since the US-backed coup against the popular and democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende in which thousands were killed and tortured. 11am-10pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. For more info ph 0410 031 794, 9878 9799, 0425 539 149.

Thursday, March 21

The book by Alan Fewster, with a foreword by Humphrey McQueen, is at once a gripping adventure story and a piece of serious historical research. For the first time, it places an Australian firmly at the heart of Ceylon's independence movement and examines his legacy, which arguably, continues to this day. 6:30pm. New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton.

Thursday, June 21-Sunday, June 24

People no longer read books, still invest in the stock market and live on junk food. Evolution is going backwards. We're getting dumber. Xavier Toby asks why. 7pm (6pm Sunday). The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, South Melbourne.

Friday, September 4 - Friday, September 11

It has been 42 years since the overthrow of the popular and democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende in Chile. After nearly 42 years the Chilean people have continued the struggle and are still fighting for real democracy and better conditions of living, which have not improved even under successive, so-called 'democratic' governments. Foyer, Victoria Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. Organised by LASNET.

Tuesday, May 20

Conflict palm oil is making its way into snack foods consumers purchase every day. It is untraceable and contributing to habitat loss and the extinction of critically endangered species in Indonesia (orangutans, elephants, rhinos, sun bears, tigers etc). Pressure corporations to remove conflict palm oil from their products. 12:30pm. St Kilda Beach in front of the Sea Baths, 10-18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda.

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