The current crisis in Ukraine may be half a world away, but is it more relevant to us than it might first appear? More than just a foreign war, the Russia-Ukraine war represents a clash of ideals that underpin the way humankind sees itself. While this isn't the first war of its kind, it comes at a time when modern civilisation finds itself searching for answers amidst uncertainty and volatility.

How important is freedom in the utopian project of human flourishing? Where do we source our ideals as communities and countries? Would we fight for them if they were threatened? Join our panel of experts and bring your concerns to a provoking discussion that seeks to make sense of the big issues by tackling the big questions.

Tickets: $25 per ticket.

Nibbles provided on arrival and Drinks available for purchase.

Meet the panelists

Priyan (Max) Jeganathan is an international speaker and Director of 'Thinking Faith'. Born in Sri Lanka, Max moved to Australia as a refugee. He practised law and then worked as a political and policy advisor in Canberra. He is now based in Singapore. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Law and his research interests relate to the relationships between faith, politics, public policy, economics and moral reasoning. He is passionate about helping people make sense of current issues and life’s big questions through the lens of the Christian message. 

Stephen Mullighan has served as South Australian State Treasurer in the Malinauskas Government since 2022. He is a Member of Parliament representing the Assembly seat of Lee for the Labour party since 2014. His portfolios have included Transport infrastructure, Planning and Urban Development. Prior to his appointment as Minister, he led Deloitte’s economics team in Adelaide providing economic advice to corporate clients, non-profit sector and state and federal governments. 

Dr Natasha Moore is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity. She has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and is the author of For the Love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined and, most recently, The Pleasures of Pessimism. She has worked for CPX since 2014 and written on topics that include books, movies, politics, food, domestic violence, Scripture in schools, war, thanksgiving, and freedom of speech. 

Senator the Hon David Fawcett has been Senator for South Australia in the Australian Parliament since 2011. Prior to this he was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Wakefield from 2004-2007. Under the Morrison government, he served as Assistant Minister for Defence, Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade as well as being a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. Before Parliament David had an extensive military career as an experimental test pilot, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was the Commanding Officer of Australia’s flight-test centre, responsible for the research and development of aircraft and helicopters for both Air Force and Army.