Presenter Tony Jones standing by before the ABC's Q and A program filmed live from the Empire Theatre, Monday, June 04, 2012. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle
Presenter Tony Jones standing by before the ABC's Q and A program filmed live from the Empire Theatre, Monday, June 04, 2012. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle Kevin Farmer

Splendour Forum to reunite Tony Jones and Tim Wilson

ABC TV journalist Tony Jones will be reunited with Human Right Commissioner Tim Wilson at the Splendour Forum 2015.

Jones and Wilson had a heated debate last week about the appearance of Zaky Mallah in a previous episode of Q&A.

Splendour's Q&A won't be broadcast on ABC TV, but punters can experience democracy live in action when Tony 'I'll take that as a comment' Jones is joined by Greens co-deputy leader Senator Larissa Waters, Liberal MP Wyatt Roy, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, Guardian columnist Van Badham and spy lawyer Bernard Collaery.

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CIA WHISTLEBLOWER

Another Splendour Forum event this year (presented with The Guardian) is a keynote interview with the former director of CIA counterterrorism operations in Pakistan, John Kiriakou.

Mr Kiriakou was the first agent to reveal the CIA had been torturing prisoners and that torture was official US government policy approved by President George W. Bush.

Kiriakou is joined by lawyer and former ACT Attorney-General Bernard Collaery, who is defending 'K, an ASIS agent who revealed Australia used its state spies to bug the cabinet room of one of the world's poorest nations, East Timor, to benefit a big oil company.

 

THE FRACKMAN

This year's film and panel will be The Frackman, a documentary about the experience of a former Queenslander roo-shooting Chinchilla resident after the arrival of the CSG industry to his area. This film features a number of local anti CSG activists.

The Guardian's Adam Brereton will host a panel with Dayne Pratzky (aka The Frackman), film-maker Richard Todd, the Australian Industry Group's energy adviser Tennant Reed and National Toxics Network adviser Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith to debate the future of energy and who owns it.

FIRST DOG

Another film and panel event will be Truth, Lies and Oh Look a Bunny.

Gasp as the Guardian's much-loved cartoonist, First Dog on the Moon, holds the nation to account for its folly in a 30-minute live show.

First Dog on the Moon will be joined by Julian Morrow (The Chaser), Lisa Pryor (Sydney Morning Herald), Van Badham (The Guardian) and MC Adam Brereton (The Guardian) for a panel discussion and Q&A to explore the spectrum of lies, truths and half-truths the media like to tell.

Splendour in the Grass will be held at North Byron Parklands in July 24-26.

For more details visit the Splendour website.


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