Events

  • Adelaide Supporter Meet and Greet with ARM CEO Michael Cooney

    • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    • The Astor in Adelaide, Australia

    Come and join ARM National Director and CEO Michael Cooney and other local supporters of an Australian republic for a drink and discussion about the year of campaign activities ahead in SA. All welcome - invite your friends!

  • 'Problematic Nationalism: When did Australia discover its Australianness?' with Dr Benjamin T Jones

    • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 04:15 PM
    • McDonald Room, Menzies Library, ANU

    This event is presented by the ANU School of History as part of its Seminar Series. All are welcome to attend this free event. 

    Australian nationalism is a riddle. While 1 January 1901 serves as a neat starting point for an etiological myth, the historical record is clear, Federation was a celebration of Britishness. It did not mark Australia’s emotional separation from Britishness but elevation to dominion status. The dual patriotism was effortless and Australians saw no contradiction in defining themselves as ‘better Britons’.

    So when did the nationalistic velvet divorce take place? Historians and social theorists have looked to the
    past to find a unique ‘Australian legend’. The Anti-Transportation League, campaigns for responsible government, Eureka Stockade, the Anzac myth, Gallipoli, and Curtin’s Look to America speech, have been seen as links in the long chain of Australian national theory. As Neville Meaney warns however, the best these episodes can offer is a history of ‘thwarted nationalism’. Was there a post-war Australian awakening? Do the Whitlamite 70s or the republican 90s reveal an Australian moment? Or does the rise of Hansonism suggest that Britishness has survived these nationalist moments and still retains currency as a cultural identifier? When did Australia discover its Australianness?

    Benjamin T. Jones is a DECRA Fellow in the School of History at the Australian National University. He is currently working on an ARC project titled Aristotle’s Australia that traces the civic republican tradition in the twentieth century. His books include Atheism for Christians (2016), Republicanism and Responsible Government (2014), and Project Republic (2013). His next book is titled This Time: Australia’s Republican Past and Future and will be released on Australia Day 2018 through Black Inc. He is also editing a book titled Elections Matter ... Even when you think they don’t to be published next year through Monash University Press.

  • Perth Supporter Meet and Greet

    Come and join ARM National Director and CEO Michael Cooney and other local supporters of an Australian republic for a drink and discussion about the year of campaign activities ahead in WA. All welcome - invite your friends.

  • 'How to make a republic real' with ARM CEO Michael Cooney

    The stars are aligning for an Australian republic. With a majority of Australians, a majority of Federal parliamentarians, the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader and every state and territory government leader backing the change, there's never been a better opportunity to make it real.

    ARM National Director and CEO Michael Cooney will discuss this and more at the Foghorn on 31 August 2017.

    Michael Cooney is National Director and CEO of the Australian Republic Movement. He previously served as Speechwriter to Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard MP, was the founding Policy Director at Per Capita and Principal Policy Adviser to Federal Labor Leaders Kim Beazley and Mark Latham. He is the author of The Gillard Project (Penguin, 2015). Prior to joining the Australian Republic Movement he was the Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre think tank.

  • The Blackfriars Lecture Series has become the premier opportunity to showcase research and opinion leaders within the Canberra community.

    Speakers are drawn from politics, academe and public life to develop a dialogue on a particular annual theme.  In 2017 the theme is Diversity and Empathy: Opportunities for Leadership and the speakers will challenge the community to enter more deeply into conversations envisioning Australia’s future and the qualities we need in our present and future leaders.

    Join us on 6 September 2017 to hear from ARM National Director and CEO Michael Cooney on the topic Diversity, Empathy, Tradition: Challenges to Australian Leaders.

    Please arrive at 5:30pm (registration and refreshments) for a 6pm lecture.

    Registrations are essential. For further information or to register contact OCD.Canberra@acu.edu.au or (02) 6209 1129.

     

  • Canberra Supporter Meet and Greet

    Come and join other local supporters of an Australian republic for a drink and discussion about the year of campaign activities ahead in the ACT with special guest Michael Cooney, ARM National Director.  All welcome - invite your friends.

     

  • London Supporters Meet and Greet

    • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    • Phoenix Pub in Victoria, United Kingdom

    Come and join fellow ARM supporters of an Australian republic for a drink and discussion about the year of campaign activities ahead.