Heading in the Right Direction: Much More Work to Do

2017-04-20T15:41:16+10:0022 December 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

In the political upheaval that saw The Hon Tony Abbott replaced as PM by The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's Minister for Finance, Senator The Hon Mathias Cormann, was a survivor. Mathias Cormann is a senator from Western Australia. On Monday, 28 September 2015, Mathias Cormann addressed The Sydney Institute to outline the progress made under [...]

Kidnapping for Ransom – The Graeme Thorne Tragedy

2015-12-22T00:00:00+11:0022 December 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

When eight-year-old Graeme Thorne was kidnapped on his way to school, in July 1960, Australia was gripped with fear and loathing. Just weeks earlier, Graeme’s parents had won a fortune in the Opera House Lottery and this had attracted the attention of the perpetrator, Stephen Bradley. Mark Tedeschi QC is an Australian barrister, law professor, photographer [...]

Building Life After 70 – Frank Lowy’s Story

2017-04-20T15:51:16+10:0022 December 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

Jill Margo
AM is a columnist with The Australian Financial Review and a biographer and author, most recently of Frank Lowy – A Second Life which is a sequel to her first volume on Frank Lowy’s life. As one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, Frank Lowy has left a mark on his adopted nation in a [...]

Defending Australia’s National Interests in a Changing World

2017-04-20T15:49:55+10:0022 December 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy is Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Defence. In the Rudd Labor Government, Stephen Conroy was the Minister for Communications. Over decades, Labor and non-Labor in Australia have pursued a bi-partisan approach to Australia’s Defence needs and alliances. Senator Conroy’s hopes for Australia’s future [...]

Tragedy and Scandal – Mrs Mort, Eugenia and the Courts

2017-04-20T15:51:40+10:0022 December 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

Suzanne Falkiner is a publisher and author, most recently, of Eugenia (XOUM 2014) and Mrs Mort's Madness, a forensic study of the story of one of New South Wales’ most intriguing murders. Sydneysiders, in 1920, could hardly have imagined how it was that murder had happened in the sitting room of a bungalow in quiet [...]

1975 – Myths Revisited

2017-05-12T19:34:56+10:0022 December 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

 Professor Anne Twomey is Director of the Constitutional Reform Unit at Sydney University and author of  numerous constitutional law studies especially The Chameleon Crown - The Queen and her Australian Governors She has expert knowledge of the legal story surrounding Sir John Kerr’s actions and what followed. On Monday 9 November 2015, Anne Twomey joined [...]

Canberra Knights: The Rise and Fall of the Public Service Mandarins

2017-04-20T15:53:04+10:0022 December 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

The word “mandarin”, as applying to those government bureaucrats closest to political leaders, first became commonly used in Australia after the election of Gough Whitlam’s government in 1972. Since then, heads of significant departments have increasingly come to be seen as an influential part of successive governments. Professor John Nethercote, Adjunct Professor at the Australian [...]

Remembering The Dismissal

2017-05-12T19:36:00+10:0022 December 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

The Hon John Howard, prime minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007, is also an author - his most recent work The Menzies Era - and commentator on Australian politics. As a young MP in 1975, and Liberal back bencher, John Howard witnessed many of the events of November 1975 at close range. On Monday [...]

Fear and Greed – Australia and the Rise of Asia

2017-04-20T16:08:16+10:0022 December 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

Professor Michael Wesley is director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and an author, most recently of Restless Continent: Wealth, Rivalry & Asia’s New Geopolitics which is an integrated account of the economic, political and strategic trends across the world's largest continent and which provides a guide for thinking about Asia's future [...]

Remembering The Dismissal

2017-04-20T15:37:52+10:0022 December 2015|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

Paul Kelly is editor-at-large at The Australian, journalist, commentator, author of numerous books and co-author of The Dismissal - in The
 Queen’s Name. With Troy Bramston, Kelly has pulled together a comprehensive version of the story of events of 11 November 1975 from fresh interviews, new archival material and a reinterpretation of events. On Monday [...]

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