To commemorate the 30-year anniversary of Mardi Gras, Is 50 the new 30? will be the apt topic of choice for this year’s Great Debate.

Featuring at the popular ACON fundraising event this year will be the ever outrageous Bob Downe, author Jean Kitson, comedienne Jackie Loeb, journalist David Marr, the ABC’s Bernie Hobb, SBS executive Bruce Meagher and, just to top off the shenanigans, Craig Reucassel from The Chaser.

For one evening only, young will be pitted against old in a ruthless battle to determine exactly what our attitudes are towards growing old (dis)gracefully, how far is too far in the quest for the fountain of youth and when, if ever, does it become inappropriate to party like it’s 1988?

As Mardi Gras crosses over into the dirty 30s, we felt it was entirely appropriate for our debaters to explore the prickly issue of age, beauty and attitude, and how it manifests itself in the gay and lesbian community, ACON event coordinator David Wilkins said.

The Great Debate takes place on 13 February, Seymour Centre, cnr Cleveland St and City Rd. Bookings: 9351 7940.

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