Re: [-empyre-] Re: empyre Digest, Vol 15, Issue 1

Hi blakkbyrd,

I am responsible for putting together the list of guest this month and
understand where you are coming from.

A number of people from the organisations you mentioned were invited to be
guests but did not commit to the discussion. Initially, I was wanting a
discussion that had an Asia Pacific focus - seeing that I am the moderator from
this region. Sedition was a topic that I thought was a hot issue, and that we
could start from the new Anti-Terrorist laws and then push out to look at other
relevant international cases.

Even though our guests are not predominately Australian, they are well equipped
to discuss the topic of sedition. It is my hope that the guests this month can
engage interested people from Australia to participate and the discussion can
develop from there....

Tracey Benson


greetings fellow empyryeans

Whilst I welcome a discussion on anti sedition laws and their possible
impact on artistic freedom, I am somewhat puzzled at the choice of guests.

It would beappropriate to include in the discussion at least one
Australian arts law specialist, someone with an informed position on the
proposed legislation; perhaps someone from NAVA, someone from ozco and
maybe one or two arts pollies.

Instead we are being led in this discussion by two USA people? Sorry, I
don't get it? Can't we form an opinion on this without being led by the


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