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.

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PANELLISTS

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.

CHAIRS:

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

Will Tregoning - Director of Unharm

WHEN
August 17, 2016 at 7pm - 9pm
WHERE
New Theatre
542 King St
Newtown , NSW 2042
Australia
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CONTACT
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TICKETS
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Catherine Scott Buster Thomas Marvell Jedaum Miguel Moonriver Smith Keith Birch Sam Zubrycki Tablina Herbzeler Sophie Louise Hindes Danny Xanadu Miraculous Matthew Parsons Maddy Dwyer Kat Dopper Sarah Ferny Dean Murphy Karen Brown Mike Dw Marcus King Marco Lupoli Iyan Oosh Carmel Melouney Gary Schliemann Mickie Quick Peta Wolifson David Abram Caeley Wesson Everett O'Donnell Jack Sebastian Jeweller Aña Wojak James Lindsay Julie Letts Chris Sinclair Catherine Driscoll Beau Kirq George Last Eleanor L Barz David Crawford Emil Cañita Andrew McLachlan Yvette Danielle Matt Barrie Daisy Lapetite Leon Thomas An Ne Richard Goska Elle Triantafillou Reg Domingo Jan Fil Georgia Delgado Teejay Davis

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Catherine Scott
Buster Thomas Marvell
Jedaum Miguel Moonriver Smith
Keith Birch
Sam Zubrycki
Tablina Herbzeler
Sophie Louise Hindes
Danny Xanadu
Miraculous Matthew Parsons
Maddy Dwyer
Kat Dopper
Sarah Ferny
Dean Murphy
Karen Brown
Mike Dw
Marcus King
Marco Lupoli
Iyan Oosh
Carmel Melouney
Gary Schliemann
Mickie Quick
Peta Wolifson
David Abram
Caeley Wesson
Everett O'Donnell
Jack Sebastian Jeweller
Aña Wojak
James Lindsay
Julie Letts

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  • Will Tregoning
  • Catherine Scott
  • Buster Thomas Marvell
  • Jedaum Miguel Moonriver Smith
  • Keith Birch
  • Sam Zubrycki
  • Tablina Herbzeler
  • Sophie Louise Hindes
  • Danny Xanadu
  • Miraculous Matthew Parsons
  • Maddy Dwyer
  • Kat Dopper
  • Sarah Ferny
  • Dean Murphy
  • Karen Brown
  • Mike Dw
  • Marcus King
  • Marco Lupoli
  • Iyan Oosh
  • Carmel Melouney
  • Gary Schliemann
  • Mickie Quick
  • Peta Wolifson
  • David Abram
  • Caeley Wesson
  • Everett O'Donnell
  • Jack Sebastian Jeweller
  • Aña Wojak
  • James Lindsay
  • Julie Letts