Political SPIN at SPIN Fest

Barcham 16 October 2013

SPIN Fest is about things that spin, and there’s no spin quite like political spin.

This Sunday Political SPIN will take place from 3 till 4 and may just include more political spin than this writer can actually stomach. If you think you can handle it, the event is “free” although you still have to pay for entry into the Museum of Australian Democracy where it is held (a measly $2 for adults), but they advise getting there a bit early as there is limited seating.

The lineup of panellists looks quite impressive.

If the dark art of political spin is your passion – or pet hate – an event this Sunday afternoon (October 20) will be to your taste.

As part of the Centenary of Canberra’s big SPIN weekend, the hallowed surrounds of the House of Representatives at Old Parliament House is the venue for a panel discussion on political spin moderated by ABC TV’s Sabra Lane.

The seasoned political spin doctors taking part include former Liberal ACT Senator Gary Humphries, former GetUp! national director and more recently unsuccessful Greens ACT Senate candidate Simon Sheikh and Simon Banks, director of major public affairs company Hawker Britton.

Other panellists are communications and government relations professional and former political adviser Jo Scard, and PhD candidate and University of Canberra journalism tutor Carolyn Fisher whose career includes news reporting for the ABC and a stint as a ministerial media adviser.

The General Manager of the Centenary of Canberra, Adam Stankevicius, said that the program for the big SPIN weekend could hardly ignore one of the national capital’s key characteristics.

“Whatever your political views, the discussion is certain to both amuse and outrage,” Mr Stankevicius said.

“The panellists are sure to try to outdo each other with their take on what is truth and what is not in the hothouse of political argument.

“Their contrasting styles, backgrounds and political persuasions will make for some lively discussion and fascinating examples of spin.”

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