SERIES

IQ2 Debate

DATE & TIME

 27 AUGUST 2019  

6:30 – 8pm

LOCATION

SYDNEY TOWN HALL
483 George St
Sydney NSW 2000

PRICE

TICKETS FROM $49

IQ2 Debate: Democracy

Knifed PMs, hung parliaments, disaffected voters.

“There’s an old political slogan you might remember … the public get the politicians they deserve. Through all the political turmoil over the past decade I can’t help but draw your attention to your own culpability.” – Alexander Downer

Is it our fault, rather than the politicians’, that six Prime Ministers have been unable to serve a full term in over a decade?

Fair enough, we want to hold our parliamentarians to high standards. We put them in the office and we can take them out if they don’t serve us.

But we’re not letting political leaders take risks or make mistakes without relentless criticism. Perhaps we are being too pessimistic too soon and that’s inhibiting good policy. Maybe we need to be smarter with how we cast our votes and more patient with our expectations of government.

2019 Debates:

12 JuneStop Idolising Youth
27 AugustDemocracy (motion for debate coming soon)
23 OctoberMasculinity (motion for debate coming soon)

Speakers

Details and full speaker lineups will be announced in advance of each debate. As always, we can guarantee some of the sharpest and best informed commentators in Australia.

About Intelligence Squared:

IQ2 is the Australian arm of the international debate series, Intelligence Squared, which is also held in London, New York and Hong Kong. Speakers have eight uninterrupted minutes to share their ideas – a luxury in today’s fast paced media environment of 15 second grabs and political party spin lines. Help us shape our world with ethics and intelligence.

With thanks to our media partner

Who is it for?


  • THE ACTIVIST
  • THE CHANGEMAKER
  • THE DIPLOMAT
  • THE NEWS JUNKIE

What you'll take away


  • 01CHALLENGING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING IDEAS
  • 02KEY FACTS AND TALKING POINTS OF THE MAJOR ISSUES
  • 03NEW PERSPECTIVES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE DEBATE