D4B Debates

(L to R) Dr Nang Si Si Win (Ying) with Dr Susan Banki. Shane Brady with Thein Moe Win and Jessica Mudditt.

Sunday 16th May 2021 – PODCAST No. 1

PODCAST STATUS: Completed

PODCAST RELEASE: Released Saturday 22nd May 2021

Theme 1: Background to the February 1st coup

Myanmar has now been under military rule for three months. Here below is a link to a timeline of the major events since Feb 1 compiled by The Irrawaddy.

Source: https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-coup-highlights-90-days.html

Panellists (3): Jessica Mudditt & Thein Moe Win + Dr Susan Banki

Host / Facilitator: Shane Brady

Commences: 6pm to 8pm Sunday 16th May 2021

Venue: The Art Syndicate, 344 Bourke Street, Surry Hills – Sydney Australia

Sunday 23rd May 2021 – PODCAST No. 2

Theme 2: ‘The CRPH, National Unity Government & the International response to the coup’

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“The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) has been formed by the following Representatives to resolutely perform those necessary activities and duties that have been entrusted upon us by the people, to ensure the unconditional release of those detained including the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the State Counsellor, and to conduct the regular functions of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.”

Source: https://crphmyanmar.org/who-we-are/

  • Full list of NUG Ministers Source: https://www.nugmyanmar.org/en/

Panellists (3): Chris Sidoti * + Christopher Lamb ** + Dr Nang Si Si Win (Ying)

Host / Facilitator: Shane Brady

Commences: 6pm to 8pm Sunday 23rd May 2021

Venue: The Art Syndicate, 344 Bourke Street, Surry Hills – Sydney Australia

* Chris Sidoti is an Australian former member of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar who is now one of three ex-UN experts on the recently formed Special Advisory Council for Myanmar.

** Christoper Lamb is a former Australian Ambassador to Burma (1986-1989). He is also the president of the Australia Myanmar Institute and Honorary Assoc Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Sunday 30th May 2021 – PODCAST No. 3

Theme 3: Australia’s Role in Burma: Past, Present & Future.

“As a longstanding supporter of Myanmar’s democratic transition, Australia has been reviewing its Myanmar policy settings. We have also undertaken extensive consultations with our international partners particularly our ASEAN neighbours, Japan and India. The political stability of ASEAN member states is essential to achieving our vision for a secure, peaceful, prosperous and open Indo-Pacific region with ASEAN at its centre.

Australia has had a limited bilateral Defence Cooperation Program with Myanmar’s military, restricted to non-combat areas such as English language training. This program will be suspended.

Australia’s development program is also being re-directed to the immediate humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable and poor including the Rohingyas and other ethnic minorities. We will prioritise the most pressing humanitarian and emerging needs and seek to ensure our humanitarian engagement is with and through non-government organisations, not with government or government-related entities, as is currently the case in some parts of the program.

Australia’s autonomous sanctions regime already includes an arms embargo that prohibits supplying weapons to Myanmar and targeted sanctions on a number of individuals. We continue to review our sanctions regime.” – Foreign Minister Marise Payne – 7th March Statement (Excerpt) Source: www.foreignminister.gov.au 

Panellists (3): Dr Roger Lee Huang + Dr Tun Aung Shwe + Nicholas Coppel CSI

Host / Facilitator: Shane Brady

Commences: 6pm to 8pm Sunday 30th May 2021

Venue: The Art Syndicate, 344 Bourke Street, Surry Hills – Sydney Australia

Sunday 6th June 2021 – PODCAST No. 4

Theme 4: Humanitarian Assistance to Burma

“We are witnessing a compounding crisis of unprecedented severity and complexity. Myanmar had managed to halve poverty, and with its democratic transition was showing signs of firming up fragile human development gains. Now it feels like a push-back to 2005. The combined effects of COVID-19 and the political crisis have caused a systemic shock which could lead to a long-lasting disruption in Myanmar’s development trajectory, unless addressed and resolved soon,” said Kanni Wignaraja, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific. Source: UNDP Press Release 30th April 2021

Panellists (4): Geoff Cohn OAM +  Janelle Saffin MP + Deputy Minister Naw Htoo Phaw + Dr Khon Ja

Host / Facilitator: Shane Brady

Commences: 6pm to 8pm Sunday 6th June 2021

Venue: The Art Syndicate, 344 Bourke Street, Surry Hills – Sydney Australia

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