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Mistrust and Trust in Institutions in Australia

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Today, human existence depends upon the effective functioning of a large number of interrelated institutions and organisations. We have no choice but to depend upon them, but this dependency is at times uncomfortable, and even unsafe.

Institutions that have historically been fundamental in the development of Australian society have been subjected to significant scrutiny and in the process have been shown to be corrupt and causing harm to people. The Church, banks, aged care providers and disability providers as well as the police have all recently had public displays of failure in their primary purpose and lost the trust of significant segments of the community. Many have been shown to prioritise profit over community service.

Cynicism about the behaviour of governments has increased notably in the last seven years. In the current coronavirus crisis, governments around the world need to draw on the trust of the governed, and this is now problematic.

Whom can we now trust in Australian society and why? How can we better understand what is happening? Can this be related to the psychological underpinnings of trust and mistrust?

We hope to explore these questions in a series of three Zoom workshops.

June 11th, 25th and July 9th 2020. 7-9pm AEST

Booking fee: $75 – Members / $105 – Non-members


June 11
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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PO Box 2005,
Brunswick East, VIC 3057

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