Recent Events

Polis Series – Federal Election

03 Apr 2023 Recent Events

Polis Series – 3rd, 10th & 1st May with Federal Candidates Debate on 9th May

With the Federal Election upon us, Bookoccino is pleased to be hosting a series of discussions-debates on key voting issues.

Location: At Bookoccino (66 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon)
Time: 4-6pm
Entry is free and all are welcome

We will be blocking off the car parking spaces in front of the bookstore for seating. There will be some seating provided, but feel free to BYOCC (bring your own camp chair!)

Beer, wine & books will be available to purchase.

Expect stimulating discourse from some of our sharpest political observers and public intellectuals.

Our ‘Polis’ series will culminate in a public debate between Mackellar candidates, moderated by Geraldine Doogue on 9th May from 7-9pm, location TBC.

Here’s the lineup…


Sunday 3 April: Climate Change 

Martijn Wilder, former head of Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Founding partner Pollination.
Tim Flannery, internationally renowned environmentalist; head of the Climate Council
Moderator: Marian Wilkinson, author of The Carbon Club
4-6pm at Bookoccino

Sunday 10 April: Foreign Affairs & Defence 

Paul Kelly
, editor-at-large, The Australian

James Curran, Professor of History Sydney University
Moderator: Geraldine Doogue
4-6pm at Bookoccino


Sunday 1 May: Do we need a federal ICAC?

On Sunday, 1 May, Bookoccino will host the third in its series of critical  electoral issues. “Do we need a federal ICAC?” is this Sunday’s topic for discussion and debate. “Yes,” says Anne Davies, veteran journalist, currently political editor at The Guardian. “No,” says Chris Merritt, legal affairs editor at The Australian. Moderator will be Quentin Dempster, long-time ABC correspondent.

Anne Davies, Political Editor, The Guardian
with Quentin Dempster
4-6pm at Bookoccino

BYO camp chair

66 Old Barrenjoey Rd
Avalon 2107

(02) 9973 1244