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The Bare Pit 2023

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Back by popular demand, The Ethics Centre in association with the Parliament of NSW goes beyond the stoush with The Bare Pit: In Victory and Defeat.

You are invited to sit in the chamber alongside a panel of current MPs and ex-parliamentarians from all sides, as they lay bare their perspectives, cracking open the human dimension of politics, exploring the pertinent topic In Victory and Defeat 

Hear rare personal insights into how it feels to slog hard and fall short; succeed and remain gracious; endure personal sacrifices; and continue to be ethical when the idea that ‘the ends justify the means’ can be so enticing – all while being in the public eye.

Your host, The Ethics Centre’s Dr Simon Longstaff AO, will encourage the speakers to be candid as he leads them through a range of scenarios where these dynamics play out: at election time, in the party room, in cabinet and more.

Guests include the Minister for Finance and Natural Resources, The Hon Courtney Houssos MLC; Shadow Minister for Health, Matt Kean MP; Greens member Cate Faehrmann MLC; former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly The Hon Jonathan O’Dea; and journalist and member of the Press Gallery Ashleigh Raper.

The Bare Pit, a play on the ‘bear pit’ reputation of the Legislative Assembly, is a unique collaboration between The Ethics Centre and the Parliament of NSW, giving audiences unfiltered access to the workings of Parliament in this free event, offered both in person and livestreamed.


The name of this event, The Bare Pit is a pun on ‘bear pit’, a well-known colloquial term for the Legislative Assembly chamber, in the past often synonymous with bravado and a combative style of debate. In this take, panellists from all sides of politics appear together to unpack preconceptions of Parliamentary behaviour, as they lay ‘bare’ their own experiences. 


Friday 16 June

1:00pm - 2:00pm

6 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000 and livestreamed online

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