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Why Are We Still There?
Code: 169  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs
Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Nathan Mullins, Karen Middleton, James Brown (facilitator)
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Is Australia’s announced earlier withdrawal going to increase chances of a win and what would a win look like? SBS Chief Political Correspondent Karen Middleton, author of An Unwinnable War and Nathan Mullins, former Special Forces Commando and author of Keep Your Head Down, talk to the Lowy Institute's James Brown.

Nathan Mullins (Australian)

Nathan Mullins is an ex-cop, ex-soldier with the Australian Reserve Special Forces in Afghanistan and former security consultant in Iraq. He was also a volunteer in humanitarian emergencies for Australian Aid International. He is currently a security advisor for Australian Volunteers International and author of How to Amputate a Leg and Keep Your Head Down. When he’s not travelling, he lives in Melbourne with his wife and three daughters.

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Karen Middleton (Australian)

Karen Middleton is a political journalist with more than two decades’ experience reporting on national and international affairs in print and broadcast media. A former president of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and a Churchill fellow, she is chief political correspondent with SBS Television, a long-time newspaper columnist and radio commentator, and a panellist on the ABC’s lnsiders program. Karen was in Washington DC on September 11, 2001 and has reported from Afghanistan in 2007 and 2011.

James Brown (Australian)

James Brown served as an officer in the Australian Army prior to joining the Lowy Institute. He commanded a cavalry troop in Iraq, was attached to Special Forces in Afghanistan, and received a commendation for his work in the Solomon Islands. He also served as an instructor at the Army’s Combat Arms Training Centre and as an operational planner at the Australian Defence Force Headquarters Joint Operations Command. James studied economics at the University of Sydney and completed graduate studies in strategy at the University of New South Wales.