Saturday Talks

The Saturday Talks will be conducted in either the Batemans Bay or Baylink Community Room, and begin at 10.00am and finish by midday. A $2 door charge is made for all attendees to defray venue hire costs and to pay for tea and coffee.
People wishing to attend any of these talks are asked to register their interest with Ross Thomas by email at rossthomas083[at] or, if necessary, by phone on 0402 132 698.  Details of the program for 2017 are as follows:

Semester 2

Two new talks have been scheduled for Semester 2 at this stage. Some others are possibilities, but firm dates have not yet been settled with the speakers concerned. Once these have been agreed, members will be advised about the talks through Town Crier.

The Climate Change Debate

Saturday 22 July, 10am-12 noon
Batemans Bay Community Centre

Dr Howard Brady, who describes himself as ‘a historical geologist’ will be speaking about this matter at 10am in the Batemans Bay Community Centre. Awarded as Alumnus Scientist of the Year by the Northern Illinois University in 2001, the award citation noted that Dr Brady was internationally recognised for the work he had done in tracing the climate and geological history of Antarctica, where he had several postings with the United States Office of Polar Programs.

Dr Brady considers that the climate debate is ‘a mess’, with exaggerated claims made on both sides. His talk on this occasion will focus on those issues, and will also review changes in the climate over the past  15 million years. While recognising that the rise in atmospheric CO2 in the last 150 years is mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels, Dr Brady controversially considers that fears about very high sea level rise this century are misplaced. His views about the climate debate are elaborated in the book he wrote about it – ‘Mirrors and Mazes: a guide through the climate debate’ – and this will be available for sale on the day.

Gallipoli from the Turkish perspective

Saturday 16 September, 10am – 12 noon
Batemans Bay Community Centre

Harvey Broadbent is an Associate Professor (retired) who now operates as a media consultant and historian and is an accomplished public speaker. He also remains an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University. Having studied closely the Turkish defences at Gallipoli, he has found the subject to be a most interesting  one, as it adds a valuable perspective to our understanding of the outcomes of 1915.

Where is Indonesia Headed?

Saturday 18 November, 10am – 12 noon
Baylink Community Room

On this occasion Hal Hill, the Emeritus Professor of South East Asian Economies at the Australian National University, has chosen to speak on “Where is Indonesia Headed”?

In selecting this topic Professor Hill has said his talk will have a broad ‘development’ flavour – covering not just economic development in  Indonesia but its social and political development as well.

These are enormously important issues, not only for Indonesia but for Australia and the Asia-Pacific region generally. Geography makes Indonesia of key strategic significance to Australia, as does its huge population, its potential to become an economic powerhouse and the cultural differences which exist between our societies.