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Politics in the Pub 2017

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and New Farm Neighbourhood Centre

Politics in the Pub is a free, Q&A style debate which tackles the most pressing contemporary issues for both Australia and the world.

Each topic is addressed by a panel of experts from a range of disciplines. Following a panel discussion is the opportunity for the audience to pose their questions directly to the panel.

Wed 17 May: Securing our welfare – time for a Basic Income?

The Australian social security system is a frequent subject of media and public attention, the controversy over “robo-debts” being the most recent example.

With social security absorbing nearly one-third of the national budget, Governments are always concerned about the cost and seeking ways to whittle this down.  Contrastingly, a wide range of organisations are concerned about the inadequacy of some payments, with rates being so low as to prevent recipients from securing paid employment.

Our social security system is highly complex and costly to administer. Add the changing nature of the employment market and growing economic inequality into the mix and you’ve got a raft of challenges to address.

Is it time for a re-think?  Is Universal Basic Income the solution?

The evening’s topic, “Securing our Welfare:  is it time for a Basic Income?” will be addressed by a powerful line up of speakers:  Professor Greg Marston, Head of the School of Social Science at UQ and the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) representative in Australia;  Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retail Association  and Director of NRA Legal; Professor John Quiggin, ARC Laureate Fellow in Economics, UQ; Rachel Watson, Chair of Queensland Shelter and Manager, Service Innovation and New Business, Wesley Mission Brisbane;  and Graham Young, Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Progress, a Centre-right think tank.

ABC Journalist and Presenter Paul Barclay will facilitate the discussion and later broadcast it as a Radio National Big Ideas program.

In this Q&A style event members of the public will be invited to put their questions to the expert panel.

2017 Politics in the Pub dates:
Tuesday 29 Aug
Tuesday 21 Nov

Writers+Ideas is supported by O’Neill Architecture and RPS.



Politics in the Pub is a fantastic way of getting people together to discuss the issues that matter most to the inner city community

Fiona Hunt Co-ordinator NFNC


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm every day.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 90 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

There is a wide array of accommodation close to our venue that caters to every budget. Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp HotelSofitel BrisbaneKirribilli Riverfront ApartmentsEdward Lodge and Heal House for both short term and longer visits.