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Outspoken Presents – Gareth Evans

December 10, 2017 @ 5:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Outspoken is delighted to be able to present a conversation with





Gareth Evans has recently published a memoir, Incorrigible Optimist, in which he looks back over the highs and lows of his public life as a civil libertarian, law reformer, industry minister, international policymaker, educator and politician. He explains why he continues to believe that a safer, saner and more decent world is achievable, and why, for all its frustrations, politics remains an indispensable profession, not only for megalomaniacs, but also idealists.

Mr Evans will be in conversation with Steven Lang.

Gareth Evans was a representative for the Australian Labor Party in both the Senate and the House of Representatives for twenty-one years, from 1978 to 1999. During that time he served as a member of Cabinet for fourteen years in the Hawke and Keating governments, including seven and a half as Foreign Minister, a role in which, it is univerally acknowledged, he excelled.

After leaving politics he became President and CEO of the International Crisis Group from 2000 to 2009, during which period the organisation grew to become the pre-eminent international non-government organisation (NGO) working on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.

He is presently the Co-Chair of the international advisory organisation The Responsibility to Protect (R2P), from 2010 to 2015 he was Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Canberra-based Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and remains the Patron and Emeritus Convenor of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. He is also the Chancellor of the Australian National University.

He has written or edited eleven books including A Cabinet Diary, Inside the Hawke-Keating Government, and the new book he’ll be discussing on the night, Incorrigible Optimist.

the intelligence, acuity and considerable common sense of Evans’s analysis shines through … If you read nothing else this year on matters like race, reconciliation, cooperation, weapons control, R2P, distributed leadership and how to do politics, read this.”
— James Walter, Australian Book Review
Outspoken is proud to work with two bookstores in Maleny, Rosetta Books (bookseller on the night) and Maleny Bookshop. We thank Anne Brown, Tyyni Lang and Fi Hunter for their continued support of our events. We’d also like to thank Maleny Community Centre for their help, they’ll be running the bar. Complimentary biscuits and cheese from Maleny Cheese will be available pre-show.

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December 10, 2017
5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
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Steven Lang


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