Friday Forum: Afghanistan, Australia and Islam

Friday, October 5th, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Afghan MinaretGrant and Janna Lock spent 24 extreme years working in the hot spots of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

They will be speaking at the Friday Forum as part of their tour of Tasmania where they have been speaking about their experiences and sharing some of their adventures.

The title of Grant’s book, Shoot Me First, arose from a confrontation near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the home of kidnappers, heroin dealers, and Taliban.  Grant was confronted by an angry crowd of bearded, Kalashnikov-toting men who objected to him rebuilding a defunct girls’ school.  “If you do not stop your workmen, we will shoot them,” the burly leader shouted.  Grant recalled the girl he had met the day before.  She said that she wanted to go to school so she could become a doctor.  He took a deep breath, eyeballed the bearded man, and said, “If you are going to shoot them, you will have to shoot me first.”

Shoot Me FirstGrant brings to the Friday Forum his first-hand experiences of hotspots in the Middle East.  He brings a unique perspective, able to assess Australian culture and the role of Islam and religion from an informed perspective.

FORUM HELD: FRIDAY OCTOBER 5, 2012, 1pm-2pm at the cathedral.

Audio available: mp3 Q&A

Also relevant – a public lecture by Professor Harry Gerber on Afghanistan: What has the West Achieved?

Friday Forum: Spinning Sex For Sale

Friday, October 26th, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The Philosophies and Policies of Prostitution in Australia

Matthew Holloway is a freelance writer and social justice advocate from Tasmania, where he stood for state and federal parliament and co-founded Tasmanians for Transparency. Matthew has worked as a Counsellor and Social Worker in Melbourne with disadvantaged people including sex workers. Matthew currently works as spokesperson for NORMAC ‘Nordic Model Australia Coalition’ as well as working with males facing homelessness. Matthew has previously had articles published in Tasmanian Times, Eureka Street and Online Opinion and won second place in the Margaret Dooley writers awards 2012.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 26, 2012, 1pm-2pm at the cathedral.

Audio available: mp3 Q&A

Concert: Songs of the Stage

Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

The Australian Army Band Tasmania is holding a concert in the beautiful St David’s Cathedral, Hobart on Saturday the 27th of October and would like to invite you and your family.

Our Concert Band will bring to you an hour of entertainment with Songs of the Stage featuring our two talented vocalists, Musicians Amelia Johnson and Nic Courto. You will recognise themes from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, West Side Story and many more!

The concert will be held at St David’s Cathedral 125 Macquarie Street, Hobart beginning at 2pm. Entry is with gold coin donation to benefit Hobart Legacy and the Cathedral.