Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/01/13/HOPE_2010_Crisis_Catharsis_Renewal Social commentator and activist Eva Cox condemns the tendency of politicians to prey on voters' fear and anxiety in order to win elections. "Fear is the antidote of hope," Cox says, arguing for sharing and fairness rather than scaremongering. ----- What do you hope for in 2010? When the Sydney Festival and ABC's Radio National posed that question to nine panelists, including a social justice activist, an indigenous leader, a university vice-chancellor who is also a priest, a Sudanese refugee and a recorder player, there were some very interesting answers. Noel Pearson hopes a functional Australian republic will follow successful reconciliation. Yar Mayen hopes that her new life in Australia will be successful and peaceful. Millie Rooney hopes for a bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes. Get your hopes up: this event is full of ideas that will get you thinking about your future. This event was filmed in the Angel Place Recital Hall, Sydney and was presented by the Sydney Festival and ABC Radio National, and is part of an ongoing Radio National project to get listeners to offer their hopes, fears and dreams for 2010. Eva Cox AO is an Austrian-born Australian writer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator, and activist. She has been an active advocate for creating more civil societies. She is a long term member of Women's Electoral Lobby. She is now involved in projects looking at social and ethical accounting for responsible business enterprises.
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