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IQ2 Debates - 2018 Season

27 March - 23 October 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Tickets From $49
The famous Debate series returns to Sydney in 2018. This year marks 10 years of sharp, honest, fair and feisty Intelligence Squared debates in Australia.

To celebrate, we’re bringing you a whole new range of topics as compelling as they are polarising. In these highly participatory debates, once both sides have their say, the decision as to who emerges victor lies entirely in your hands.
In these politically divided times, public discussions about our thorniest global and local issues often descend into name-calling and personal attacks, leaving us further apart than ever.
But to us, the refusal to engage with different or opposing perspectives is far too dangerous an idea.
That's why we're proud to be bringing you the tenth exciting season of IQ2 Debates in 2018.

Up to six speakers have eight uninterrupted minutes to share their perspectives and new thinking. In today's fast-paced, multimedia world of 15-second grabs and 24-hour news, this in-depth exploration of the issues that matter offer a rare opportunity to pause and reflect and discover where you really stand.

Join us at Sydney Town Hall, along with some of Australia's brightest minds from all walks of life and sides of the spectrum, as we come together to keep respectful conversation and debate alive and kicking in 2018. 

Should we be worried about the stratospheric rise in power of the tech giants – Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon? Is the work of feminism done? What are we prepared to sacrifice for clean energy? Is capitalism failing us?
For a limited time, save big with an IQ2 subscription package to all four debates – starting at just $49 +BF .
2018 debates:
27 March | The Tech Giants
5 June | Feminism  
28 August | Energy
23 October | Capitalism

Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

Your booking will deliver one ticket for the full IQ2 2018 season.
Tickets for each individual debate will be sent out via Eventbrite by Monday 12 March 2018.
Why not give the gift of intelligent debate and new ideas to a friend or loved one and help us raise the level of debate in 2018.  Gift certificates available by emailing

The IQ2 Debates are proudly supported by Australian Ethical




You come to IQ2 to challenge your thinking and broaden your knowledge. Now, you can sharpen your mind even further. Our good friends at New Philosopher magazine have given us 5x one-year magazine subscriptions to give away to some of our lucky IQ2 subscribers.

To go into the draw to win, all you have to do is buy a four-debate subscription to IQ2 between 5pm 20 February, and 5pm 27 March (AEDT), and tell us in 25 words or less what you're looking forward to most about this year's debates. Winners drawn 28 March 2018. One entry per transaction. Enter by buying your subscription now!


Details and full speaker lineups will be announced in advance of each debate. As always, we'll offer four compelling and entertaining nights with some of the sharpest, wittiest and best informed commentators in Australia.

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