Rampant: can a city thrive again?

This event looks at the past and present of Sydney's nightlife and the government of social spaces.

In recent years there has been a crackdown on Sydney's nightlife that has had a disastrous impact on the social life and labour of its denizens.

The Baird government has stepped up draconian policing of social minorities including queers, drug users, youth and sex workers. They have dogmatically rejecting progressive approaches to public health and urban policy that once shaped how these groups were treated by authorities.

We will screen Rampant: How A City Stopped a Plague, (2007), a documentary that tells the remarkable story of how "junkies, poofters and whores" became crucial players in Sydney's early response to HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.

A panel of prominent figures will then discuss what can be learnt from this history of policy innovation and how its lessons can be applied today.

Topics of discussion include policing the night; reducing drug and alcohol-related harm and violence; maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture of social participation in our city; and communal creativity.

This event is organised by Unharm, a grassroots organisation working to make drug use as safe, positive and ethical as it can be. Proceeds will go to Unharm to support its community and campaign work.



Julie Bates - Pioneering Australian activist for sex worker rights and the rights of people who use drugs

Bridget Haire - President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Orgnisations & Research Fellow at UNSW's Kirby Institute

Tyson Koh - Campaing Manager of Keep Sydney Open and Producer of ABC's Rage.

David Shoebridge MP - NSW Greens MP and strong advocate of civil rights

Superintendent Frank Hansen APM - Chair of the Ted Noffs Foundation Board; drug & alcohol policy advisor with a career spanning 40 years in the NSW Police Force.


Kane Race - Event Organiser, chair of Unharm's Queer Contingent

Will Tregoning - Director of Unharm

August 17, 2016 at 7pm - 9pm
New Theatre
542 King St
Newtown , NSW 2042
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