‘Issue #30’-Sydney Papers Online

Address to 2015 Annual Dinner, Sydney Institute

2017-04-20T17:04:59+10:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

The guest speaker for The Sydney institute’s Annual Dinner 2015, held on Monday 27 April, was The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australia’s Foreign Minister.  The Hon Julie Bishop is also the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998. Julie Bishop was [...]

THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT – A MID-TERM REPORT

2017-04-20T17:05:38+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 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 [...]