The Sydney Papers Online Issue 47

THE BATTLE FOR LAE AND THE PACIFIC WAR

2019-07-17T12:10:56+10:00Categories: Paper, Sydney Paper Archive|Tags: , |

The capture of Lae was the most complex operation for the Australian army in the Second World War. In many ways it was also a rehearsal for the D-Day invasion of France, with an amphibious landing combined with the first successful large-scale Allied airborne operation of the war. Phillip Bradley is an historian and author [...]

WRITING BIOGRAPHY IN THE 21ST CENTURY – THE LIFE OF WILLIAM MCMAHON AND OTHERS

2019-07-17T12:00:44+10:00Categories: Paper, Sydney Paper Archive|Tags: , |

Today, biographies seek to reveal and understand the lives of their subjects, shedding light on both their times and the people who rose in them, while avoiding the temptation to indulge in flights of fancy or amateur psychological assessment. So how do the political biographies of Australia’s prime ministers and public figures stand up? Dr [...]

STATECRAFT AND WORLD ORDER        

2019-07-17T12:00:54+10:00Categories: Paper, Sydney Paper Archive|Tags: , |

The ancient Greeks hard-wired a tragic sensibility into their culture. By looking disaster squarely in the face, by understanding just how badly things could spiral out of control, they sought to create a communal sense of responsibility and courage - to spur citizens and their leaders to take the difficult actions necessary to avert such [...]

CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH – KING OF THE AIR

2019-07-17T12:00:59+10:00Categories: Paper, Sydney Paper Archive|Tags: , |

Charles Kingsford Smith was the most commanding flyer of the golden age of aviation. In three short years, he broke records with his astounding and daring voyages: the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia, the first flight across the Tasman, the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland. A tickertape parade was held in [...]

LAUNCHING FEDERATION’S MAN OF LETTERS – PATRICK MCMAHON GLYNN

2019-07-17T12:01:03+10:00Categories: Paper, Sydney Paper Archive|Tags: , |

On Thursday 6 June 2019, the Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University, Professor Greg Craven, joined The Sydney Institute’s Anne Henderson to launch the P M Glynn Institute’s Federation’s Man of Letters.  As Greg Crave explained, polymath Glynn should not have been a man who fell through history’s cracks. But he has. The publication of Anne [...]

 FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE MEDIA

2019-07-17T12:01:09+10:00Categories: Paper, Sydney Paper Archive|Tags: , |

Australian Federal Police raids on the offices of the ABC and the home of a journalist with The Australian provoked a heated debate over press freedom in Australia during June 2019. Predictably, the debate gained widespread media coverage as the Australian media voiced its collective disapproval of the raids. To offer a more nuanced appraisal [...]

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE MEDIA

2019-07-17T12:01:14+10:00Categories: Paper, Sydney Paper Archive|Tags: , |

Australian Federal Police raids on the offices of the ABC and the home of a journalist with The Australian provoked a heated debate over press freedom in Australia during June 2019. Predictably, the debate gained widespread media coverage as the Australian media voiced its collective disapproval of the raids. To offer a more nuanced appraisal [...]

LABOR AFTER THE 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION – WHERE TO NEXT?

2019-07-17T12:01:19+10:00Categories: Paper, Sydney Paper Archive|Tags: , |

Michael Sexton SC is the NSW Solicitor General and author of The Great Crash: the short life and sudden death of the Whitlam Government. Brad Norington is Associate Editor at The Australian and has been writing about national and international politics over two decades. He was also The Australian’s Washington Correspondent during the Obama presidency. On Monday [...]

AUSTRALIA VOTES – AN EVENING AFTER THE ELECTION

2019-07-17T11:31:19+10:00Categories: Paper, Sydney Paper Archive|Tags: , |

On Saturday 18 May 2019, Australia voted and the opinion polls were wrong. Prime Minister Scott Morrison pulled off what had been predicted to be an impossible win. In March 2019, at The Sydney Institute, Caroline Overington and Paul Kelly could not see the Coalition winning. On Monday 20 May 2019, author and Associate Editor [...]

ROBERT MENZIES’ PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

2019-07-18T09:59:20+10:00Categories: Paper, Sydney Paper Archive|Tags: , |

David Furse-Roberts, Research fellow at the Menzies Research Centre and editor of Menzies – The Forgotten Speeches joined forces with Dr Catherine Runcie, contributing editor of Reclaiming Education: Renewing Schools and Universities in Contemporary Western Culture, at The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 22 May 2019 to discuss the concern many feel over scholastic standards and the decline [...]