Shepparton / Democracy: it’s a big word, but what does it really mean in 2019?

Okay, so after a long day of classes, the last thing you might want to do is go to another lecture.

But trust us – we’ve got a terrific guest speaker coming to the Shepparton Campus, one we reckon students will get a lot from.

Barry Jones is a politician, writer and lawyer well known in Australia for his work on television and radio.

He’s preparing to deliver this year’s John Furphy lecture on 1 October, with an address entitled Democracy’s Existential Crisis, the Digital Challenge, the Trump Phenomenon and Newton’s Third Law.

Important stuff, right?

“Liberal democracy faces its greatest existential crisis since the 1930s and is being displaced by emotive, and often poorly informed populism,” Barry says.

“Smart phones, computers and the world wide web have changed our behaviour and communication, and challenge conventional education.

“The Trump Phenomenon is exploiting the digital revolution with the use of tweets as a primary form of communication, and the moves to break down misogyny, racism and fundamentalism appear to provoke a backlash on gender, race and religion.

“Newton’s Third Law of Motion, ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction,’ seems curiously applicable.”

Come and hear the Hon Dr Barry Jones AC on Tuesday 1 October.

Arrive at 5.45pm for some pre-lecture drinks. The lecture begins at 6.30pm.

Tickets are free, but they’re going fast though! Register here ASAP.