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BAD PEOPLE - AND HOW TO BE RID OF THEM

Geoffrey Robertson's recent theatre show recounted some key moments from his career which touched on the human rights aspects of big topics such as the death penalty and the pursuit and trial of Julian Assange. An inspirational talk from a truly good-hearted humanist who sees right through the justifications and rationalisations for human rights abuses that the power-hungry cling to. And all done with wit and wisdom.

Robertson's latest book outlines an emerging Plan B for punishing human rights abusers- 'Magnitsky Laws', which could impose debilitating sanctions on 'bad people'. The book explains the background and potential of these laws - early versions of them have been introduced in the US, Canada and Britain, and they are now being considered in Australia.

WHAT ARE THE WORLD'S MOST PEACEFUL NATIONS?

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Do you know what Peace is? Like many Australians who have grown up here, you may think of it simply as being an absence of war. Steve Killelea reframes and expands this to a far more nuanced concept - Positive Peace. This encompasses the complex set of conditions that, once the guns have fallen silent, enable the citizens of a nation to grow and prosper, without fear. He draws the analogy with personal health - a healthy person is more than simply being without disease.

But Steve didn't stop at definitions. He sought to measure it because without means of measurement, how can anyone assess meaningful change? Plus, he really wanted to answer a burning question - What is the planet's most peaceful nation? Enter the Institute of Economics and Peace.

In 2007, Steve established an organisation that would embark on this quest, corralling the data and statistics and developing their analysis. Their efforts produced the Global Peace Index which is now used by nations, NGOs and the World Economic Forum as part of the 'report card' indicators of national social and economic performance.

In this very accessible and personable telling of this mission, along with Steve's personal journey which gave rise to these insights, he has presented us with a wonderful overview into where all nations' leaders efforts should be focused for our continued existence on this planet. Craig Kirchner

STAN GRANT ON A GEOPOLITICAL JOURNEY

Stan Grant is one of our foremost observers and chroniclers of the world in crisis. Weaving his personal experiences of reporting from the front lines of the world's flashpoints, together with his deep understanding of politics, history and philosophy, he explores what is driving the world to crisis and how it might be averted. He fears the worst, but begins to chart the way forward. There is bitterness, anger and history here, but there is also the capacity for negotiation, forgiveness and hope.

A powerful and incisive analysis of the state of our world, and our place within it.

NATIONAL RECONCILIATION: THE LIBERAL CASE

Senator Andrew Bragg says there exists a restlessness in broader Australian society for the nation to come to terms with truth-telling around our past and to acknowledge fully the place of our First Nations people in our nation's past, present and future.

National Reconciliation Week in 2021 was May 27 - June 3. The theme of 'More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.' urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. #MoreThanAWord #NRW2021

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