‘Issue #30’-Sydney Papers Online

THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT – A MID-TERM REPORT

2017-05-12T19:37:09+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

With reaction to the Abbott Government’s second budget a great deal more favourable that that which greeted the budget for 2014, The Sydney Institute brought together four political commentators to assess how the government could be seen to be doing. Jennifer Hewitt, National Affairs columnist, for The Australian Financial Review, Chris Kenny, columnist with The [...]

THE BANDAR LOG – A LABOR STORY OF THE 1950s

2017-04-20T17:07:42+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

Australian Canberra Press Gallery journalist Alan Reid was both a player and an observer of the great Labor split of the 1950s. From his experience, he not only came to a very dark view of political players on all sides but also wrote a novel – The Bandar Log – depicting the machinations of both [...]

MEMOIRS OF A SLOW LEARNER

2017-04-20T16:21:44+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

Joining Helen Trinca and Ross Fitzgerald for a discussion of Canberra journalist Alan Reid’s novel on the Labor Split of the 1950s, journalist, former Quadrant editor and MP Peter Coleman added his reflections on life as an intellectual over six decades. In his Memoirs of a Slow Learner, Coleman gives a narrative and intellectual history [...]

POLITICAL FICTION AND NON-FICTION – ALAN REID’S THE BANDAR LOG

2017-04-20T17:03:19+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

Australian Canberra Press Gallery journalist Alan Reid was both a player and an observer of the great Labor split of the 1950s. From his experience, he not only came to a very dark view of political players on all sides but also wrote a novel – The Bandar Log – depicting the machinations of both [...]

THE UNTOLD STORY OF AUSTRALIA AND THE SOVIET JEWS 1959-1989

2017-04-20T17:05:26+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

For 50 years, until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the Soviet Union ran a campaign of repression, imprisonment, political trials and terror against its three million Jews.  In Australia, political leaders and the Jewish community contributed significantly to the international protest movement which eventually triumphed over Moscow’s tyranny and led to the modern Exodus [...]

SMALL BUSINESS AFTER THE 2015 BUDGET

2017-04-20T17:06:07+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

The Hon Bruce Billson is the Minister for Small Business and was also a minister in the Howard Government in 2007. As reported in the Herald Sun business section after the 2015 Budget, Billson has first hand experience of running a small business As the Herald Sun reported: “Tapping into his own experience and consulting [...]

CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA

2017-04-20T17:07:32+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

At the 1967 referendum, Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census and allow the Commonwealth to create laws for them. Today, nearly 50 years on, there’s a groundswell of support for Indigenous heritage to be recognised in the Constitution. As Indigenous groups and government work towards a model [...]

UNHOLY FURY: WHITLAM AND NIXON AT WAR

2017-04-20T11:34:05+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

As the Nixon White House went increasingly on the defensive in early 1973, reeling from the lethal drip of the Watergate revelations, the first Austraian Labor prime minister in twenty-three years looked to redefine ANZUS and Australia's global stance. In his new book, Unholy Fury the US Alliance and the Whitlam-Nixon Crisis, James Curran draws on [...]

INTRODUCTION TO THE HON JULIE BISHOP

2017-04-20T17:03:08+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

  INTRODUCTION TO THE HON JULIE BISHOP MP MIKE BAIRD   I would like to acknowledge, first and foremost, Sydney Institute chairman Nick Johnson. Congratulations on your work. And, of course, Gerard and Anne Henderson: congratulations on what you have created. The Sydney Institute is something very special. It is a central part of Sydney, [...]

THE LEGACY OF THE MAGNA CARTA

2017-04-20T17:03:33+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

On 15 June 1215, English King John, in the meadow of Runnymede beside the Thames between Windsor and Staines, sealed the document now known as the Magna Carta. It is a document some 3,550 words long written in Latin. Some of its chapters seem of minor importance but there are also chapters which are still  [...]