ACU hosts Socratic Forum

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Melbourne, 5 February 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Craven will join other notable public figures to debate Commonwealth-State relations in a Socratic Forum event on 21 February, hosted by ACU’s Melbourne Campus (St. Patrick’s).

The Socratic Forum is a part of a national discussion series aimed at encouraging frank, non-partisan and open debate of issues of importance to the Australian community.

In the discussion entitled “That Canberra is taking too much power from the states,” Professor Craven will represent the affirmative voice, with former Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Reverend Professor Brian Howe AO in the negative. Director of the University of Melbourne Centre for Public Policy Professor Brian Galligan, Director of the Griffith University Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law Professor Charles Sampford, Head of the LaTrobe University’s School of Politics Professor Judith Brett, and the leader of the Australian Democrats Senator Lynn Allison have also confirmed their participation in the forum.

What:        Melbourne Socratic Forum, Topic: That Canberra is taking too much power from the states

When:       Thursday 21 February 2008, 6:30 pm

Where:      Mercy Theatre, ACU Melbourne Campus (St. Patrick’s), 115 Victoria Pde, Fitzroy 3065

RSVP:        Sandeep Varma, 03 9953 3851 or

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