Name: DR Timo Henckel

Bio: Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU

The World Financial Crisis: How Did It Happen? – 28th January 2009

Andrews Government in Pursuit of Liberty’s Erosion

Where are Australia’s civil libertarians when you need them most? In the modern era, the human rights of all Australians have been most adversely affected during World War II and in the current pandemic. In the 1920s and into the 1940s, the civil libertarian with the highest profile was probably Herbert Vere Evatt. A former […]

Issue 514

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 514 18 September 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Sydney Crime and the 1919 Pandemic – Nerida Campbell

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History repeats with good governance in retreat

As a continent that interacts with the rest of the world, Australia cannot escape depressions, recessions or pandemics. However, colonial (before 1901), state and federal governments can make such disasters worse than should be the case. The depression of the early 1890s, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the recession of the early 90s and […]

Issue 513

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 513 11 September 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Liberalism after the Pandemic – Tim Wilson

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Truth unmasked: No, we’re not all in this together

Last week there was a question in Melbourne. And this week, across the Pacific, came an answer from San Francisco. On August 28, inner-city Melbourne-based ABC presenter Jonathan Green put out the following tweet towards the end of the Republican National Convention: “Watching trump — louche, glib, a shambling slob, slumped at the lectern, mouthing […]

Issue 512

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 512 4 September 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Grim power still in symbols of past

Perhaps it’s the advent of social media with the abundance of emojis and the like. Or maybe we live at a time so contemporary that there is scant historical awareness. Whatever the reason, communism and its past and present followers receive a relatively good media, with the exception of today’s Chinese Communist Party. And fascism […]

Issue 511

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 511 28 August 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The Lethal Collision of Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Ageism – Margaret Somerville

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Labor faces a divergence between its old and new base

When the Australian Labor Party splits it does so over policy — not personalities. So bitter are these disputes that those who have left, or been expelled from, Labor are invariably labelled “rats”. On Thursday, The Australian broke the news that Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon had told the Blenheim Partners podcast that Labor could divide in much […]

Issue 510

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 510 21 August 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

COVID-19 and The Challenge for The Courts – Michael Kirby

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE MEDIA

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 […]

Issue 509

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 509 14 August 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF COVID-19

Professor Gigi Foster is Director of Education at the UNSW. She received her BA from Yale (majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics) and her PhD in economics from the University of Maryland.​ Professor Foster’s research interests and contributions lie in the areas of education, social influence, behavioral economics, and the multi-disciplinary analysis of human behavior […]

REFLECTIONS DURING A PANDEMIC

Catherine McGregor is a freelance writer and a graduate of the Royal Military College who served in the Australian Defence Force for more than three decades including three operational deployments overseas. A well known commentator on television and in the press, McGregor has spent the pandemic reflecting on what it has meant for our national […]

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF COVID-19

Dr Tanveer Ahmed is a Sydney based psychiatrist and author. He works in private practice at the Hills Clinic, a public facility at Bankstown Community Health and visits jails for forensic assessments. He is the author of two books, The Exotic Rissole and Fragile Nation and has had various roles in the media, in both […]

OVERFLOWING ANGER VS VOICES OF HOPE – THE WORLD AFTER THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD

Barbara Heineback, former communications executive and strategic consultant with the Clinton Administration, now lives in Australia. Speaking for The Sydney Institute’s “virtual” talks program, Barbara Heineback gave an historical perspective of Black Lives Matter, reflecting on the death of George Floyd and its aftermath – the impact both domestically and globally. She reflected on American leadership, […]

FINDING YOUR BIRTH MOTHER – TEN DOORS DOWN

The Hon Robert Tickner grew up on the New South Wales mid-north coast and became an Aboriginal Legal Service lawyer and an alderman of the Sydney City Council. In 1984 he won the federal seat of Hughes, and in 1990 he became the federal minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. He is Australia’s […]

EMERGING FROM THE PANDEMIC: WHY IT WILL BE IMPORTANT TO MAKE THE MORAL CASE FOR POLICY REFORM

Parnell McGuinness a business owner, writer and communications strategist specialising in complex ideas and business-focused communications. She also fortnightly column for the Australian Financial Review on politics, economics, good ideas and great disasters. On 20 May 2020, Parnell McGuinness joined Adam Creighton, Economic editor at The Australian, in a discussion about the outlook both politically […]

GETTING OUT OF LOCKDOWN – ECONOMIC OUTLOOKS AFTER THE PANDEMIC

Adam Creighton is Economics editor at The Australian. He is also an award-winning journalist with a special interest in tax and financial policy. In 2019, he was a Journalist in Residence at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Adam Creighton has written for The Economist and The Wall Street Journal from London and […]

THE HIGH COURT’S DECISION ON THE RELEASE OF LETTERS BETWEEN GOVERNOR-GENERAL SIR JOHN KERR AND BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Anne Twomey is Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Reform Unit at the University of Sydney. She worked for the High Court of Australia as a Senior Research Officer, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Research Service as a researcher in the Law and Government Group, the Commonwealth Senate as Secretary to the Senate Legal and Constitutional […]

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PARENTING OUR AGING PARENTS

Jean Kittson is an author, public speaker, actor, comedian and scriptwriter for stage, television, theatre and radio. Jean is also the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia as well as a founding director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation and a founding ambassador for Ovarian Cancer […]

POLITICS AND THE PANDEMIC

As the lockdown in Australia took effect during the first half of 2020, well known commentator and Editor-at-Large at The Australian Paul Kelly, spoke for The Sydney Institute in a filmed for Youtube broadcast about the implications of the pandemic for political and economic life in the Australian states. Paul Kelly’s speech filmed on 6 […]

Australia & China after Covid-19: Two Views – Tony Abbott & Tim Harcourt

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Coronavirus: How did Victoria get so much so wrong?

Around two months ago I walked up a one-way street in the Sydney CBD. A young man, wearing a mask approached me and asked, firmly but courteously, if I would use the opposite footpath. I did so. On looking around, I noticed two parked police cars and a bus. After passing the bus I looked […]

Issue 508

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 508 7 August 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Foolish Left no judge of economic success

Last weekend was a relatively quiet one in so far as news goes. Apart from the pandemic, that is. And an unexpected discussion about supply-side economics. On Friday July 24, Josh Frydenberg addressed the National Press Club in Canberra following the release, the previous day, of the Economic and Fiscal Update. Initially he focused on […]

Issue 507

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 507 31 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Academic freedom bows at the altar of social media

It’s out with philosophers John Stuart Mill, John Locke and Isaiah Berlin and it’s in with “the internet, social media and trolling”. According to the majority judgment of the Federal Court of Australia in James Cook University v Ridd handed down on Wednesday, that is. Peter Ridd was employed by James Cook University for 27 years […]

Issue 506

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 506 24 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

State Border Closures & the Section 92 Challenge in the High Court – Rosalind Dixon and Anne Twomey

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Whitlam dismissal ‘bombshell’ is nothing more than a fizzer

When it comes to promoting conspiracy theories in Australia, the left intelligentsia is tops. Remember the claim that the anti-communist Robert Menzies’ Coalition government organised the 1954 defection of diplomats Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov from the Soviet Union’s embassy in Canberra to discredit Labor leader Bert Evatt in the lead-up to the election that year? […]

Issue 505

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 505 17 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Warren Mundine & Josephine Cashman – Indigenous Australia in the Time of Black Lives Matter

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None of us is perfect, so why all this negative focus?

Perhaps the wisest teaching of the Christian faith turns on the doctrine of the fall — sometimes referred to as original sin. Namely, the notion that we are born imperfect and will die imperfect. This is said to be a consequence of the original sin of Adam when he disobeyed God’s commandment — but it’s […]

Issue 504

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 504 10 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Kalgoorlie 1920 is no guide to Eden-Monaro today

Contrary to the prevailing mythology advanced by some commentators, there is no meaningful comparison between the Kalgoorlie by-election of December 1920 and today’s by-election in the NSW seat of Eden-Monaro. Sure, the former took place at the time of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1919-20 and the latter is under way during the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Issue 503

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 503 3 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

YET AGAIN – LITTLE BOY LOST

Missing William Tyrrell by Caroline Overington Harper Collins 2020 ISBN:9781460758687 RRP $34.99 (pb) By Anne Henderson In popular crime fiction, the master detective pursues the clues, trusts instincts hewn over years of tracking the movements and signs in suspects and cracks the case after several mistaken scents. In a matter of weeks, even days, the […]

THE CHILDREN’S BACH RECONSIDERED

The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner Text Publishing 2019 ISBN: 9781922268365 $19.99 (pb) Reviewed by Peter Hayes About once a year on average I see someone giving Helen Garner’s 1984 novella The Children’s Bach an extravagant one-line review. Recently I saw an Oxford professor tweeting, “If you’re looking for something extraordinary to read, Helen Garner’s […]

LIBERATING ITALY FROM THE FASCISTS

A House in The Mountains – The Women Who Liberated Italy From Fascism by Caroline Moorehead Chatto & Windus 2019 ISBN: 9781784741419 RRP $35 (pb) $60 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson As the world undergoes a revision of historical monuments, care of the protests led by Black Lives Matter, it is timely to reflect on the […]

LAUGHING TILL THE END – WE ALL NEED IT

We Need to Talk About Mum and Dad – a Practical Guide to Parenting Our Ageing Parents by Jean Kittson Macmillan 2020 ISBN:9781743538890 $34.99 (pb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It’s not something we try to think about. Dying. Certainly not for ourselves – though we do expect our parents to die before we do. And, […]

SAVING BRITAIN IN WAR AND PEACE – A COALITION OF OPPOSITES

Attlee and Churchill – Allies in War; Adversaries in Peace by Leo McKinstry Atlantic Books London 2019 ISBN: 9781848876606 $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Extraordinary times can produce extraordinary outcomes. None quite so unusual or extraordinary as the partnership during the Second World War of Conservative Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his Labour parliamentary colleague […]

AINSLEY GOTTO’S GLASS CEILING

Ainsley Gotto by Ian Hancock      Connor Court Australia 2020 ISBN: 9781925826555 $49.95 (hb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson A very large number of books, both biographies and autobiographies, have been written about Australian federal politicians. However, not many books have been written about the people who work in Canberra. Three interesting ones are The Persuaders by James […]

ABC one-eyed on staff cuts

It is invariably a sad occasion when employees lose jobs through no fault of their own. This applies to the 250 job losses at the ABC that were ­announced by its managing director, David Anderson, on Wednesday. As it does to the forthcoming 6000 job cuts at Qantas, as well as to those recently announced […]

Issue 502

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 502 26 June 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Reflections During a Pandemic – Cate McGregor

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Acknowledge past injustice without rewriting history

On Wednesday, ABC News and on television and the influential ABC AM radio program made much of an incident where a member of the NSW Police Force tactical operations unit had done a parody of the Aboriginal “welcome to country” ceremony. The occasion was a rowdy Christmas party in December last year at an inner-city […]

Issue 501

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 501 19 June 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The US After the Death of George Floyd: Overflowing Anger vs Voices of Hope – Barbara Heinebeck

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Left quickly turns on its own in Black Lives Matter debate

It was just a matter of time before the contemporary left started turning on itself. After all, this had been the practice of communist and other radical left-wing movements in the 20th century. Splitting is what ideologues do to proclaim the truth of their particular ideologies. On any analysis, The New York Times is a […]

Issue 500

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 500 12 June 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

No link to Australia but protesters will feel virtuous

Today will see what are presented as Black Lives Matter protests in Australian cities and elsewhere. Protesters will be remembering the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer who has been charged with murder. His three associates face somewhat lesser charges. A driving factor in some of these marches […]

Issue 499

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 499 5 June 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The High Court of Australia & the Release of the Palace Letters – Professor Anne Twomey

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Hugs are nice, but industrial reform is more productive

Perhaps the only acceptable factor of the coronavirus pandemic is the outlawing of the hug, including the group hug — which apparently has been replaced by the virtual hug. This was evident when Scott Morrison addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday. The focus of the talk was the development of skills and reforming […]

Issue 498

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 498 29 May 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

We Need to Talk About Mum & Dad – Jean Kittson

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Coronavirus has left Australia in better shape than most

In one of his final poems before dying at 59, Australian poet James McAuley wrote: “Winter will grow dark and cold / Before the wattle turns to gold. McAuley (born 1917), a Christian, apparently had in mind eternal life. But he well understood his immediate future on this earth, which was dark indeed. Treasury secretary […]

Issue 497

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 497 22 May 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Lockdown in a pandemic – how do we come out? -Adam Creighton & Parnell McGuinness

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Royal commission denies George Pell legal justice

The ignorance of some journalists never seems to surprise. Take, for example, the release last week of the non-redacted report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse covering its case studies in the Catholic diocese of Ballarat and archdiocese of Melbourne. Sections of both reports had been delayed pending the result […]

Issue 496

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 496 15 May 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Coronavirus: Unlike Labor, unions, Scott Morrison is for the workers

It’s only a few months ago that green-left types, including quite a few journalists, took delight in sneering at Scott Morrison as “Scotty from marketing”. Now, however, a more appropriate term would be “ScoMo for the workers”. It was around the turn of the 20th century that the Australian Labor Party was created out of […]

Issue 495

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 495 8 May 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

FIFTY YEARS SOBER: AN ALCOHOLIC’S JOURNEY

Ross Fitzgerald AM is Emeritus Professor of History & Politics at Griffith and author of 42 books, including two memoirs and seven Grafton Everest adventures. Most recently he has published Fifty Years Sober: An Alcoholic’s Journey . In a speech at The Sydney Institute – recorded to camera for podcast and Youtube broadcast – on Monday 23 March 2020, Ross Fitzgerald recalled […]

AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES: A HISTORY

On Wednesday 5 February 2020, at The Sydney Institute, Paul Collins, writer and author of Burn: The epic story of bushfire in Australia, joined Jennifer Marohasy, biologist, columnist and blogger on climate, to present a range of views on the causes, impact and history of bushfires in Australia. Following what had been a unique and [...]

REMEMBERING THE VIETNAM WAR – THE BITE OF THE LOTUS

Carl Robinson lived the Vietnam War first as what he calls “an idealistic US do-gooder” and later as a journalist until he fled Saigon with his Vietnamese wife and some of his extended Vietnamese family on a US helicopter. His memoir of that time is now available in his newly published The Bite of The […]

CHILDREN, READING AND LIBRARIES

Ursula Dubarsovsky is a much awarded Australian writer of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults, whose work is characterised by a child’s vision and comic voice of both clarity and ambiguity. She has won nine national literary prizes, including five New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, more than any other writer in the Awards’ […]

REFLECTIONS ON THE HILTON BOMBING  

Imre Salusinszky is a journalist and author, most recently of The Hilton Bombing: Evan Pederick and the Ananda Marga? On Wednesday 8 April 2020, Imre Salusinszky recorded a talk for The Sydney Institute for podcast and Youtube and was interviewed by Gerard Henderson after his presentation. What follows is the paper given and the transcript […]

AINSLEY GOTTO – WORKING WITH JOHN GORTON

In 1968 the new Prime Minister, John Gorton, appointed Ainsley Gotto, aged 22, as his principal private secretary. She became one of the most talked about young women in Australia.  Hitherto, no woman had been so close to the centre of power, and certainly none was known publicly to be so close. A most private […]

Politics and the Pandemic – Paul Kelly

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Coronavirus: Good trade relationship with China doesn’t mean we’re kowtowing

In the current debate on the Australia-China relationship that has been fuelled by China’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic, one opinion deserves special attention. It is that proffered by former prime minister John Howard as reported in The Australian on Monday. Howard said that Australia should take a pragmatic approach in its relationship with China. […]

Issue 494

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 494 1 May 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The Economic & Psychological Impacts of COVID-19 – Dr Gigi Foster & Dr Tanveer Ahmed

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Malcolm Turnbull’s book omissions tell us more than the inclusions

As readers of Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story Silver Blaze will recall, Sherlock Holmes solves a crime by focusing on a dog that did not bark. It was, in Holmes’s terminology, another “elementary, my dear Watson” moment. It’s much the same with political biographies. Sometimes a former politician’s memoirs reveal more about the author when […]

Issue 493

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 493 24 April 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Morrison right to prioritise the wellbeing of the working class

The awareness gap between some Australians and others in the current economic and social crisis was never more evident than on ABC television’s The Drum, presented by Ellen Fanning, on Wednesday. Early in the program, discussion turned on whether, at a time of pandemic, Australian parliaments should be sitting. Panellist Elaine Pearson was of the […]

Issue 492

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 492 17 April 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Finding My Other Family – Robert Tickner

Robert Tickner speaks to The Sydney Institute about his book Ten Doors Down – the story of an extraordinary adoption reunion. Podcast: Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

George Pell: Fairness trampled by social media mob

The unanimous decision of the High Court of Australia in Pell v The Queen raises an important question. Can a high-profile ­defendant receive a fair trial in the age of rampant social media? Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of historical child ­sexual abuse offences in a second trial following a hung jury at the […]

Imre Salusinszky – The Hilton Bombing: Evan Pederick and the Ananda Marga

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Issue 491

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 491 3 April 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Coronavirus: total economic shutdown not in anyone’s interest

This week Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nicholas Coatsworth said that on a per capita basis Australia had one of the lowest COVID-19 rates in the world — along with one of the lowest mortality rates. In recent times Coatsworth has contradicted some of the alarmist predictions of ABC health reporter Norman Swan, who featured on […]

Ursula Dubosarsky – Reading and Childhood Education

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ABC activists in a coronavirus battle

In my working life I will have lived through four recessions: the mid-1970s, early 80s, early 90s and the likely forthcoming recession. I barely noticed the severe economic downturn on the first two occasions. Between 1973 and 1975 I was a contracted academic at a university. In the early 80s I was a permanent employee […]

Issue 490

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 490 27 March 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s Media […]

Ross Fitzgerald – Fifty Years Sober: An Alcoholic’s Journey

Ross Fitzgerald speaks to The Sydney Institute about his book Fifty Years Sober: An Alcoholic’s Journey Podcast: Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

Coronavirus: Listen to the medics: confused messages create chaos

Scott Morrison responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by announ­cing the creation of a national cabinet composed of the leaders of commonwealth, state and territory governments. It’s not a national cabinet of the kind that was presided over by ­Neville Chamberlain and later Winston Churchill in Britain during World War II, which consisted of Conservative, Liberal […]

Issue 489

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 489 20 March 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s Media […]

The Vietnam War: A Memoir – Carl Robinson

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Panic-buying not a sign of despair

It’s just a week since the video of three women yelling and fighting over toilet rolls in a supermarket in the Sydney suburb of Chullora went viral. Last Sunday evening, the day after the Chullora incident, about 87,000 people attended the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch the final of the women’s T20 cricket World Cup […]

Issue 488

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 488 13 March 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

KANGAROO VALLEY: AUSTRALIANS IN BRITAIN IN THE 1960s

Nicholas Hasluck has served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and as Chair of the Literature Board. Well-known as a writer, his latest work is Beyond the Equator: An Australian Memoir (Arcadia / Australian Scholarly Publishing) On Tuesday, 4 February 2020, Nicholas Hasluck addressed The Sydney Institute to discuss his latest […]

A POLITICAL UPDATE – SETTING THE SCENE FOR 2020

Summer in south-eastern Australia was particularly severe with continuing drought being added to by a prolonged bushfire season. The Morrison Government – having won the “unwinnable election” in May 2019 began 2020 under increased pressure with any Budget surplus looking challenged, especially with the outbreak of the coronavirus virus on mainland China, world markets nervous […]

LABOR – THE STATE OF THE PARTY

Labor’s loss at the May 2019 federal election sent shock waves through the party that had been predicted to win the unloseable election. Polls over months had predicted a Labor win and the party was hugely confident as commentators assumed they would take the reins of office. On Monday 24 February 2020, The Hon Dr […]

A NEW ERA OF FIRE

Summer 2019-2020 was a difficult and dangerous one in many parts of Australia due to a long period of destructive bushfires. Debate continues over their causes and their aftermath. At The Sydney Institute, on Wednesday 5 February 2020, biologist and writer Dr Jennifer Marohasy and writer and researcher Dr Paul Collins, who is also the […]

LABOR – THE STATE OF THE PARTY

Labor’s loss at the May 2019 federal election sent shock waves through the party that had been predicted to win the unloseable election. Polls over months had predicted a Labor win and the party was hugely confident as commentators assumed they would take the reins of office. On Monday 24 February 2020, The Hon Dr […]

A POLITICAL UPDATE – SETTING THE SCENE FOR 2020

Summer in south-eastern Australia was particularly severe with continuing drought being added to by a prolonged bushfire season. The Morrison Government – having won the “unwinnable election” in May 2019 began 2020 under increased pressure with any Budget surplus looking challenged, especially with the outbreak of the coronavirus virus on mainland China, world markets nervous […]

Ainsley Gotto: Working with John Gorton – Ian Hancock

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ABC’s journos have always bitten hand that feeds

It was no surprise to see Paul Keating on ABC television last Tuesday accusing the Coalition government of “ideological contempt”. The former Labor Party prime minister makes occasional ent­rances into the public debate and when he does, the language is invariably lively and memorable. What was surprising turned on the fact Keating was defending the […]

Issue 487

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 487 6 March 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The insidious force of rising foreign interference

The media’s response to Monday’s speech by director-general of security Mike Burgess tended to focus on his comments about right-wing extremism as terrorism. However, as the ASIO head pointed out, “right-wing extremism has been in ASIO’s sights for some time”. Burgess added: “Obviously this threat came into sharp, terrible focus last year in New Zealand.” […]

Issue 486

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 486 28 February 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s Media […]

Labor: The State of The Party – Craig Emerson & Meredith Burgmann

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Sports grant saga kicks off fresh round of hyperbole

In a public forum at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre late last month, speaker Kim Hoggard declared that observing President Donald J. Trump in action was “like watching Rome burn”. The reference was to what she perceived as declining standards across the US under the Trump administration. The taxpayer-funded USSC tends to […]

Issue 485

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 485 21 February 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s Media […]

A STATEMENT BY GERARD HENDERSON CONCERNING THE BOLT REPORT

A STATEMENT BY GERARD HENDERSON CONCERNING THE BOLT REPORT 21 February 2020,  8.42 am I refer to the statement of Paris Street dated 20 February 2020. Initially I should state that I had no intention of upsetting a victim of child sexual assault – of whom I know several.  I am very sorry for upsetting […]

Reforming Australia’s Foreign Investment Laws – Sarah Henderson

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Top journos give themselves an ‘A’ for failure in election

The media believes its principal role is to inform citizens about what is going on. A noble cause, to be sure. It’s just that journalists, as a rule, do not like it when the torch of inquiry is turned on them. Partly because, as a group, they are very sensitive to criticism. Last Monday, two […]

Issue 484

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 484 14 February 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s Media […]

Trump takes on Teheran – Ehud Yaari

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A Political Update: Setting the Scene for 2020 – Paul Kelly & Jennifer Hewett

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A blow as Nationals hero walks away from cabinet

Nationals’ senator Matt Canavan is one of Australia’s most impressive younger parliamentarians. Born on the Queensland Gold Coast in December 1980, he grew up in the low socio-economic Brisbane suburb of Logan. After a career in the Productivity Commission, Canavan worked as Barnaby Joyce’s chief of staff and was elected to the Senate in 2013, […]

Issue 483

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 483 7 February 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Australian Bushfires: A history – Paul Collins & Jennifer Marohasy

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The Kangaroo Valley Set: Australians in Britain in The Sixties – Nicholas Hasluck

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NIKI SAVVA’S “COUP” COP-OUT

Plots and Prayers: Malcolm Turnbull’s Demise and Scott Morrison’s Ascension Author: Niki Savva Publisher: Scribe, 2019 ISBN:  9781925849189 RRP: $ 35.00  Reviewed by Gerard Henderson Niki Savva was a long-time member of the Canberra Press Gallery before changing sides and working as a ministerial staffer and later in the Cabinet Office during the time of […]

ABC’s leading journos out of touch with Australia’s key issues

It is just four months since the ABC’s mission to Bankstown in southwest Sydney. Led by ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose and managing director David Anderson, dozens of the ABC family headed to the outer suburbs for a planning workshop aimed at making content that was more relevant to average Australians than what had previously been […]

A LIFE WITH PRINCESS MARGARET AND OTHER RARE HUMANS

Lady in Waiting – My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner Hodder & Stoughton Zuleika 2020 ISBN-13: 9780306846359 $32.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Before taking up Anne Glenconner’s (now an international best seller) Lady in Waiting – My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown, it is worth reading Craig […]

WINSTON’S WOMEN

Working with Winston – The Unsung Women Behind Britain’s Greatest Statesman by Cita Stelzer Head Zeus 2019 ISBN-13: 978-1643130194 ISBN-10: 1643130196 RRP $42.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson They were called secretaries but their duties could range widely – from endless “taking down” (shorthand) until 3am to looking after fish or butterflies and various other species in […]

SCOTT MORRISON’S SURPRISE VICTORY – AS ASSESSED BY AARON PATRICK

The Surprise Party: How the Coalition Went From Chaos to Comeback By Aaron Patrick Black Inc. 2019 ISBN: 9781760642174 RRP: $29.99 (pb) Reviewed by Gerard Henderson Sydney based Aaron Patrick is one of a trio of journalists who have written a book covering the May 2019 Australian election.  The others are the Canberra-based Niki Savva […]

THE TRIALS OF JOHN HUBERT PLUNKETT

Murder at Myall Creek by Mark Tedeschi Simon & Schuster 2016 ISBN13 9781925456264 ISBN10 1925456269 RRP $25 (pb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Author Mark Tedeschi QC writes, in his Preface to Murder at Myall Creek,  that completing his “easily accessible version” of New South Wales’ Solicitor General and Attorney General (1832-1856) John Plunkett’s life story was no […]

Issue 482

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 482 31 January 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The left media’s different treatment of two very different prime ministers

It is a rare occasion when comments made by two former Australian prime ministers make news on the same day, especially when both are former Liberal Party leaders. The circumstance provides a case study on how the media reports politics. On Thursday Imogen Crump, editor of the University of Melbourne’s Pursuit research news publication, was […]

Somewhere over the ditch there’s an imaginary utopia

It’s a reality of Western democracies that the most estranged citizens tend to come from the most successful and best-educated sections of society. The phenomenon is best described as alienation, a feeling of dissociation from fellow citizens and their elected leaders. Take Melbourne barrister Julian Burnside. He lives a lifestyle to which most Australians would […]

Interview more about ‘look-at-me’ Piers Morgan than Craig Kelly

Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly would be well advised to follow the lead of Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In the days before the British general election on December 12, Johnson was confronted by an ITV producer who wanted him to do a live cross to Good Morning Britain co-presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. […]

Unhappy new year but fires aren’t end of the world

It is understandable why some Australians are reluctant to use the term “Happy New Year” at a time when many have lost their homes to fire and some have perished in the flames. However, there is no reason to project the present tragedy on to a critique of the nation and its leaders. I grew […]

On the road to Apocalypse Soon with Greta Thunberg and her disciples

Since the world, according to Greta Thunberg and her disciples, faces extinction it came as no surprise that this year there was a certain madness in the air — especially among those who regard themselves as progressive. After all, when the end of the world seemed (relatively) nigh it was no surprise that hyperbole, exaggeration, […]

Silly season not the time to convert climate sceptics

It has been said that Christmas is not universally a time of peace and goodwill since many a seasonal get-together leads to arguments among family and friends. If this account is accurate, then it would be best to avoid readers of Guardian Australia as we enter the silly season. Last Saturday the Canberra-based Katharine Murphy, […]

CATHOLICS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Story of our Country: Labor’s Vision for Australia by Adrian Pabst Connor Court, September 2019 ISBN: 9781925826593 RRP $32.95 Reviewed by Keith Harvey This book is unusual and has entered into Australian political literature in an unusual way. Despite the implication in the title, Adrian Pabst is not an Australian but an active member of […]

LIVING LIVES BEFORE THEIR TIME

Noble Savages The Olivier Sisters – Four Lives in Seven Fragments by Sarah Watling Jonathan Cape London 2019 ISBN: 9781473549333 RRP $49.99 (hb) By Anne Henderson In an age when so much importance is given to the study of children’s education, the biographical Noble Savages The Olivier Sisters – Four Lives in Seven Fragments by […]

WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR MUMMY? HOW WOMEN RESISTED THE NAZI OCCUPATION OF FRANCE  

D-Day Girls – The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose Sphere 2018 ISBN: 9780451495082 RRP $49.99 (hb)       Les Parisiennes – How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s By Anne Sebba  Orion Publishing Company 2016 ISBN10 0297870971 […]

FLYING BLIND – INSIDE THE LIFE OF AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST AVIATOR

King of the Air – The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith by Ann Blainey Black Ink, December 2018 ISBN: 9781760641078 RRP $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Students and fans of Australia’s greatest pioneering aviator, Charles Kingsford Smith, should be thankful that historian and biographer Ann Blainey chose to spend her recent years researching the […]

THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE

Condé Nast, The Man and his Empire by Susan Ronald, St Martin’s Press, 2019 ISBN: 9781250180025 RRP $44.99 Reviewed by Shelley Gare Condé Nast, the New York magazine mogul who gave us Vogue, Vanity Fair, House & Garden and Glamour, elite titles that dominated the twentieth century, was sometimes a tightwad “in true millionaire tradition” […]

It’s all about feelings for climate change theorists on fires

As with so many contemporary discussions, what is missing from the debate about the impact of climate change on drought and fire in Australia is a historical perspective. Along with a willingness by some to understand the principle of causality. On December 6, commentator Jane Caro forwarded a tweet to Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon, the member […]

Issue 481

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 481 13 December 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Seven Big Australians: Adventures With Comic Actors

Dr Anne Pender is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of New England. Her most recent book, Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors, is published by Monash University Publishing. In it, Pender talks to seven of Australia’s most successful comedians about their lives and how they work. It is Pender’s thesis […]

A Life Writ Large

Now in his late-eighties, and listed by the National Trust as a “Living Treasure”, Geoffrey Blainey has now published the first volume of his memoires – Before I Forget.  In it, he reflects on his humble beginnings as the son of a Methodist Minister and school teacher, one of five children, and a carefree childhood spent […]

Religious Freedom – Two Views

In 2019, the Morrison government tasked the Australian Law Reform Commission to review current legislation around religious freedom. This was in response to the recommendations put to the government by the findings of the Expert Panel into Religious Freedom in 2018. As debate continued over what the legislation might look like, Labor’s Senator Kimberley Kitching […]

Immigration, Humanitarian Pathways, Sovereign Borders, Skilled Migration and Population

Australia’s immigration policies are the envy of other multicultural Western nations – recently having won the praise of the leaders of the UK and the USA. Some of the most significant changes to Australia’s immigration system in recent years are going to take effect this year. The Hon David Coleman MP is the Minister for […]

Far Left and Far Right Populism in Europe

James Kirchick is a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, journalist and author of The End of Europe: Dictators Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age [Yale, 2017] In an article for The Australian, published on 17 August 2019, James Kirchick wrote: “One of the most profoundly disturbing and perplexing phenomena in the Western world today has been […]

Policies Supporting Opportunity and Aspiration Prevailed

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, a Senator for Western Australia, is the Minister for Finance and Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator Corman has been Australia’s Finance Minister since September 2013 – amid three changes of prime minister. His record is one of stability and progress for the Australian economy. In a wide-ranging […]

Why I Blog – The Quiet Australians

The Hon John Anderson is a sixth-generation farmer and grazier from New South Wales, who spent 19 years from 1989 in the Australian Parliament.  This included six years as Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister. These days, John Anderson is best known for his “John Anderson” blog – offering a range of […]

A Remarkable Ten – They Left Their Mark On Australia and Were Then Forgotten

Ian Macfarlane AC is an Australian economist and was Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, from 1996 to 17 September 2006. He has not let retirement end his endeavours, however, and is now the author of a new book, The Remarkable Australians, that puts together the stories of ten remarkable Australians who were once […]

The World Is Moving On While Australia Stands Still

The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon is Member for Hunter & Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources. After watching his regional seat in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley come very close to a Labor loss, Joel Fitzgibbon has challenged his Labor colleagues to reassess the reasons they lost the 2019 election, raising the issue of Labor’s large […]

Myall Creek Massacre: The Trial That Defined A Nation

In 1838, eleven convicts and former convicts were put on trial for the brutal murder of 28 Aboriginal men, women and children at Myall Creek in New South Wales. The trial created an enormous amount of controversy because it was almost unknown for Europeans to be charged with the murder of Aborigines. It would become […]

Tasmania the Turnaround State

In 2014, The Hon Will Hodgman led his Liberal Party to am historic win in the Tasmanian state elections. On a visit to Sydney, on Wednesday 23 October 2019, the Tasmanian premier addressed The Sydney Institute and outlined how Tasmania is undergoing remarkable economic growth. As he put it:    “For only the fifth time […]

The Crisis on Campus

Universities across the Western world are now educating a majority of high school graduates. What are they being taught? How high are standards? Why is freedom of expression under attack on campus? These questions and many more are the focus of a new book, Campus Meltdown The Deepening Crisis in Australian Universities edited by William Coleman. […]

Housing In Australia – How The Morrison Government Is Backing Australians’ Housing Choices

Housing has become on of the most pressing issues in Australian politics. The cost of housing, the lack of housing and how to fix the problems. The Hon Michael Sukkar MP became the Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer in the newly elected Morrison Government after the 18 May 2019 election. Throwing down the gauntlet, […]

Religious Freedom – Two Views

The Coalition government of Scott Morrison has tasked the Australian Law Reform Commission to review current legislation around religious freedom. This was in response to the recommendations put to the government by the findings of the Expert Panel into Religious Freedom in 2018. As debate continued over what the legislation might look like, Labor’s Senator […]

Israel: Netanyahu, Gant or Other Options

Ehud Ya’ari is an Israel-based Lafer international fellow of The Washington Institute and author of Toward Israeli-Palestinian Disengagement and Peace by Piece: A Decade of Egyptian Policy and Sinai: The New Front? A Middle East commentator for Israel’s Channel Two television and former associate editor of Jerusalem Report, Ehud Yaari has been a Middle East […]

Billy Hughes at Versailles: The New Evidence

Australia was represented at the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919 by the Prime Minister, the colourful Billy Hughes, whom Woodrow Wilson called “a pestiferous varmint” after their repeated clashes over Australia’s claims to the Pacific Islands its troops had taken from Germany during the War. Professor Carl Bridge is Head of the Menzies Centre for […]

Accelerating R&D in NSW

The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP is Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier of New South Wales. On Monday 25 November, Gabrielle Upton addressed The Sydney Institute to outline a new initiative she is leading for the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to accelerate R&D in NSW. ACCELERATING R&D IN NSW GABRIELLE UPTON Key messages: Investment in R&D […]

A Pope and a Greenie: Why More Power Should Be Given to Locals

Ninety years ago, Pope Pius XI warned against the problems of taking power away from individual communities when he coined the modern principle of “subsidiarity”. The malaise affecting modern, western democracy has much to do with us ignoring his wisdom. This trend has been personified most recently through Bob Brown’s sanctimonious convoy to central Queensland. […]

Sydney – What is to be Done?

Australia’s premier city of Sydney has its development problems – and issues of debate. Trams in George Street, high rise in Pyrmont, homeless people in parks and streets, bike lanes and more besides. Is it a case of over development, under development or the wrong development? Councillor Christine Foster hopes to change all that in her […]

The Crisis on Campus

Universities across the Western world are now educating a majority of high school graduates. What are they being taught? How high are standards? Why is freedom of expression under attack on campus? These questions and many more are the focus of a new book, Campus Meltdown The Deepening Crisis in Australian Universities edited by William Coleman. […]

A Year to Remember – How the Coalition Went from Chaos to Comeback

Disunity is said to be death in politics – but not for Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party in election 2019. Morrison and his team took their chance and won a remarkable victory. Over some months, The Australian Financial Review’s Print editor Aaron Patrick interviewed key insiders to reveal the turning points and the cunning schemes behind […]

Australia and the Pacific – Their Prosperity is Our Prosperity

The strategic, economic, technological and environmental changes taking place in the Indo-Pacific, including increased investment and competition for influence, present both opportunities and challenges for our region. Through the Pacific Step-up the Australian Government is helping our Pacific neighbours build their prosperity, strengthen their security, and harness the opportunities that these changes bring, while developing […]

Australian Labor – Looking Back and the Way Forward

Dr Adrian Pabst is Reader in Politics at Kent University and author Story of Our Country: Labor’s vision for Australia.  In 2018, Adrian Pabst spent months in Australia researching Labor’s appeal, or lack of it, among middle Australia. Seeking to answer the questions that now plague the new Labor opposition, Pabst believes Labor has, over some […]

Election 2019: How the Coalition went From Chaos to Comeback – Aaron Patrick

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60 Minutes’ problematic Chinese spy scoop is no Petrov affair

What was worrying about the self-proclaimed world exclusive story China’s Spy Secrets on the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes was the absence of doubt. Nine journalist Nick McKenzie introduced the program with evident certitude when he declared: “It’s probably a safe bet that the all-powerful Chinese President Xi Jinping is not a regular viewer of 60 […]

Issue 480

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 480 6 December 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Behind The Red Velvet Curtain: The Backstage Story of Ballet in Australia – Valerie Lawson

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Issue 30

DIGITAL’S NUMBERS DON’T ADD UP HOW TO BE A BRAIN WHISPERER JIA TOLENTINO VS HELEN GARNER AND IAN MACFARLANE BALENCIAGA AND THE REAL RULES OF REVOLUTION SHORT DIARY OF A LONG TRAIN TRIP VIDEO: OH, WHAT’S CHRISTMAS WITHOUT BILL NIGHY? DIGITAL TRICKERY Robert Sweeney is an American software developer who used to work for Microsoft […]

Iran and the United States: An Update

Behnam Ben Taleblu is a senior fellow at Foundation For The Defence of Democracies (FDD) where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. Behnam previously served as a research fellow and senior Iran analyst at FDD. Prior to his time at FDD, Behnam worked on non-proliferation issues at an arms control think-tank in Washington. […]

Nation’s diminishing appetite for any form of palace coup

Along with 45 per cent of fellow Australians, I voted “Yes” on November 6, 1999 in the referendum as to whether Australia should become a republic.  I would do so again – provided the question was similar. It has been claimed by some republicans that the (then) constitutional monarchist prime minister John Howard rigged the […]

Issue 479

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 479 29 November 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Energy, Mining and Climate: Fact and Fiction – Tony Maher

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Accelerating Research and Development in NSW – Gabrielle Upton

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Malcolm Turnbull just can’t let it go

It is said that loss of high public office in a democracy can bring about a psychological condition akin to grief. This is understandable when men and women of substantial ego and ambition are voted out of office by their peers. Some Australian prime ministers handle the distress better than others.  In recent times, the […]

Issue 478

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 478 22 November 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Election 2019 – How the Coalition went From Chaos to Comeback

SPEAKER:      AARON PATRICK (Print Editor, AFR & author, most recently, of The Surprise Party) DATE:             Wednesday 11 December 2019 *Book from 26 Nov 2019** TIME:              5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:           Election 2019 – How the Coalition went From Chaos to Comeback VENUE:          The Sydney Institute, 47 Phillip […]

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The Crisis on Campus – Dr William Coleman & Dr Gigi Foster

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Activist reporting to fore again in Pell appeal comment

The increasing blur between the journalist as reporter and the journalist as activist was never more evident than before and after the High Court’s decision on Wednesday in George Pell v The Queen. The High Court rejected 21 out of 22 applications for leave to appeal on that day.  However, in Pell’s case, Justices Gordon […]

Issue 477

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 477 15 November 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Australia and the Pacific: Their prosperity is our prosperity – Alex Hawke

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The Conversation and the ABC demean public debate

On any empirical analysis, Australia is one of the most stable democracies in the Western world.  Moreover, it suffers none of the current political tensions that afflict Australia’s closest allies, Britain and the United States, under the leadership of Boris Johnson and Donald J. Trump respectively. Even so, a degree of hyperbole prevails in the […]

Issue 476

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 476 8 November 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Sydney – What is to be Done? Christine Forster

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Israel: Netanyahu, Gantz or Other Options – Ehud Yaari

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Opposition realises it’s the conservative vote that counts

It’s a brave Labor Party parliamentarian and self-declared “progressive” who admits to being “on the same side of an argument as Alan Jones” — on occasions at least. But that’s what Clare O’Neil, the Labor MP for Hotham in southeast Melbourne, told the John Curtin Research Centre on Thursday. O’Neil has not embraced the fan […]

Issue 475

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 475 1 November 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Issue 29

GEOFF MASTERS ON THE EDUCATION MERRY-GO-ROUND THE SILENCE OF THE RACEHORSE ELITE  IF YOU LIKE CHICKENS, READ THIS EVIL AND THE BYSTANDER  FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA GETS FILM-WATCHING WRONG FOOD TERRORISTS IN THE CINEMA   VIDEO: RICKY GERVAIS ASKS ARE YOU A BIT RACIST? THAT SAME OLD MERRY-GO-ROUND MUSIC I read the first news stories about […]

Housing In Australia – How The Morrison Government Is Backing Australians’ Housing Choices – Michael Sukkar

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Andrews dabbles in foreign policy to state’s detriment

Victoria commenced in 1851 as a colony of the United Kingdom. On January 1, 1901 it became a state of the Commonwealth of Australia. It did not have a foreign policy in either capacity. Nor did Australia during its early decades.  On September 3, 1939 prime  minister Robert Menzies declared war on Nazi Germany. His […]

Issue 474

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 474 25 October 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Tasmania, the Turnaround State – Will Hodgman

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Myall Creek Massacre: The trial that defined a nation – Mark Tedeschi

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40 years on, welcome signs of a more constructive Aunty

At the taxpayer-funded public broadcaster, it appears to be a case of in with the new, out with the old and bury the dead. Ita Buttrose, who became ABC chairwoman in February, is a distinct improvement on her predecessors James Spigelman and Justin Milne. She is more willing to accept that the public broadcaster is […]

Issue 473

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 473 18 October 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Ehud Yaari – Israel: Netanyahu, Gantz or Other Options

SPEAKER:       EHUD YAARI (Israel-based Middle East commentator, award-winning journalist and author) DATE:              Monday 4 November 2019 *Book from 17 October 2019** TIME:               5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:             Israel: Netanyahu, Gantz or Other Options VENUE:            The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Please […]

Valerie Lawson

SPEAKERS:     Valerie Lawson (Author, Dancing Under the Southern Skies: A History of Ballet in Australia) DATE:             Wednesday 3rd December *Book from 20 November 2019* TIME:              5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS               TOPIC:           TBA VENUE:          The Sydney Institute, 47 Phillip Street (between Bent […]

Tony Maher – Energy, Mining and Climate: Fact and Fiction

SPEAKERS:     Tony Maher (General President of the Mining and Energy Division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining, Maritime, Energy Union) DATE:             Wednesday 27th November *Book from 13 November 2019* TIME:              5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS               TOPIC:           Energy, Mining and Climate – Fact and Fiction  VENUE:  […]

Dr William Coleman & Dr Gigi Foster – The Crisis on Campus

SPEAKERS:     Dr William Coleman (Associate Professor, ANU College of Business and Economics) & Dr Gigi Foster (Associate Professor, School of Economics at the University of NSW ) DATE:             Wednesday 20th November *Book from 6 November 2019* TIME:              5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS               TOPIC:          The Crisis on Campus VENUE:      […]

Labor must learn to listen before it can lead

The Liberal Party turns 75 this Sunday.  It was on Friday October 13, 1944 that – at the invitation of Robert Menzies – delegates assembled at Canberra’s (old) Masonic Hall to discuss the establishment of a nationwide political movement. The conference commenced on a Friday and continued on Saturday and Monday.  At the time, there […]

Issue 472

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 472 11 October 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The World is Moving While Australia Stands Still – Joel Fitzgibbon

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Scott Morrison and Alexander Downer tell it like it is, but is anyone listening?

The 70th Anniversary on Tuesday of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) coming to power, under the leadership of Mao Zedong, happened to be accompanied by some welcome doses of reality by Australian political leaders past and present. But not before a few commentators exhibited a familiar softness with respect to the Chinese regime. Appearing in […]

Issue 471

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 471 4 October 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Mark Tedeschi – Myall Creek Massacre: The trial that defined a nation

SPEAKER:     Mark Tedeschi AM QC (Author of Murder at Myall Creek: The Trial That Defined a Nation) DATE:             Thursday 17 October 2019 *Book from 3 October 2019** TIME:              5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  TOPIC:            TOPIC:          Myall Creek Massacre: The trial that defined a nation VENUE:          The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, […]

Issue 28

WHAT WE’VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT HARVEY WEINSTEIN JORDAN PETERSON’S CLASSICS COURSE THE ABC QUIZ I CAN NEVER WIN HOSPITALS REVEAL COMMONSENSE’S TIPPING POINT MALCOLM GLADWELL’S EMPTY VESSEL MICHAEL MOSLEY’S RECIPE FOR SHARK ANN PATCHETT’S CAUTIONARY TALE VIDEO CLIP – HOORAY FOR ALL ABOUT EVE MORE HARVEY, LESS ME-ME-ME … #MeToo has been responsible for many outrages […]

Britain’s Supreme Court sides with ‘European’ progressives

On Wednesday, the morning after the unanimous decision of Britain’s Supreme Court in Miller v The Prime Minister, Jonathan Sumption appeared on Adam Boulton’s All Out Politics program on Sky News UK. Lord Sumption retired from the Supreme Court late last year. Earlier this year he delivered the Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4. Boulton […]

Issue 470

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 470 27 September 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

It’s not a conversation when only one view is allowed

There is nothing new about what some have termed the new intolerance. It’s just that contemporary intolerance is more intense and all-embracing than once was the case. Writing in The Spectator this month, Rod Liddle reflected on the gay marriage the BBC recently featured on Songs of Praise, which broadcasts hymns from churches. Not surprisingly, […]

Issue 469

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 469 20 September 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

A Remarkable Ten: They Left Their Mark on Australia and were then Forgotten – Ian Macfarlane

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The pointscoring behind the Liu pile-on

Gladys Liu during Question Time in the House of Representatives Picture: Kym Smith There is a lot to be said for the biblical injunction “by their fruits you will know them”. This is of relevance to claims that Gladys Liu, the Liberal member for the eastern Melbourne seat of Chisholm, is not a fit and […]

Issue 468

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 468 13 September 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Iran and the United States: An Update – Behnam Ben Taleblu

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The Quiet Australians – Why I Blog – John Anderson

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Joel Fitzgibbon – Managing Disruption: Australia’s Place in a Changing World

SPEAKER:         The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP (Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources) DATE:                Wednesday 9 October 2019 *Book from 24 Sept 2019** TIME:                5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:              Managing Disruption: Australia’s Place in a Changing World VENUE:             The Sydney Institute, Level 40, […]

Lesson on Christian leadership ought to begin at home

Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration Kristina Keneally. In Nine Entertainment’s news­papers on Tuesday, Latika Bourke reported Tony Abbott’s speech to the Policy Exchange think tank in support of Britain exiting the EU — Brexit. The heading was “Tony Abbott quotes the Bible in London Brexit speech”. The biblical quote occurred close to the […]

Issue 467

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 467 6 September 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Gabrielle Upton – Accelerating Research and Development in NSW

SPEAKER:       The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP (Member for Vaucluse) DATE:              Monday 25 November 2019 *Book from 11 November 2019** TIME:               5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  TOPIC:             Accelerating Research and Development in NSW VENUE:            The Sydney Institute, 47 Phillip Street (between Bent and Bridge Street), […]

Sydney – What is to be Done?

SPEAKER:       CHRISTINE FORSTER (Councillor, Sydney Council) DATE:              Wednesday 6 November 2019 *Book from 19 October 2019** TIME:               5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:             Sydney – What is to be Done? VENUE:            tba

Alex Hawke

SPEAKER:       The Hon Alex Hawke MP (Minister for International Development & the Pacific; Assistant Defence Minister) DATE:              Tuesday 12 November 2019 *Book from 29 October 2019** TIME:               5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:             tba VENUE:            The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 […]

Christine Forster – Sydney: What is to be Done?

SPEAKER:       Christine Forster (Councillor, Sydney Council) DATE:              Wednesday 6 November 2019 *Book from 19 October 2019** TIME:               5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:             Sydney – What is to be Done? VENUE:            The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Christine Forster

Councillor, Sydney Council

How Cormann saved the election for the Liberal Party

Scott Morrison, centre, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, left, and Senator Mathias Cormann, right, walk out of a press conference in July. It’s just over 100 days since the Coali­tion’s crushing victory over Labor at the federal election in May. Speaking on the occasion of Scott Morrison’s first anniversary as Prime Minister last Saturday, John Howard […]

Issue 466

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 466 30 August 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Australia’s Labor: Looking Back and The Way Forward – Adrian Pabst

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Policies Supporting Opportunity and Aspiration Prevailed – Mathias Cormann

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Issue 27

THE ADDICTIVE SMELL OF RED HERRING FOR WOMEN NEXT STOP IN THE GENDER REVOLUTION   CARDINAL PELL AND THE COMPELLING WITNESS ANYONE ELSE GOT THOSE CASH REGISTER BLUES?  THE JOURNALIST WHO LIKENED HILARY MANTEL TO A GERBIL WW2 AND THE TRUTH ABOUT BRAVERY VIDEO – INSPIRATION IF YOU DON’T LIKE RED HERRINGS   WOMEN DIVERTED […]

Anti-Pell media pile-on has its day despite Weinberg dissent

David Marr is a George Pell ­antagonist who writes for the left-wing Guardian Australia and appears on the ABC. In the Guardian Australia on Wednesday, Marr commented on the decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal in ­George Pell v The Queen. Marr had this to say about Justice Mark Weinberg, who delivered the dissenting […]

Issue 465

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 465 23 August 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Australian Labor – Looking back and the way forward

SPEAKER:         DR ADRIAN PABST (Reader, Kent University & author Story of Our Country: Labor’s vision for Australia) TIME:               5.30 for 6pm                                   LIGHT REFRESHMENTS DATE:                Wednesday 28 August 2019 *Book from 14 August 2019** TOPIC:              Australian Labor – Looking back and the way forward VENUE:             The Sydney Institute, […]

Far Left and Far Right Populism in Europe – James Kirchick

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Billy Hughes at Versailles: The New Evidence – Carl Bridge

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Symbolic gestures do nothing to protect our children

The decision of the Victorian government to force Catholic priests to break the seal (secrecy) of the confessional is the most recent example of symbolic politics.  Meaning it is a gesture which will have scant practical effect and could be counter-productive but is guaranteed to attract substantial publicity. The Catholic Church has taught for centuries […]

Issue 464

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 464 16 August 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Sovereign, Focused, Fair: Immigration Policy under the Morrison Government – The Hon David Coleman MP

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Labor missed the boat by threatening to raise taxes

Former prime minister Paul Keating’s interview with Laura Tingle on ABC television’s 7.30 last Tuesday has set up a debate within the Labor Party over its defeat in the May election. Some Labor supporters agree with Keating that Labor, under Bill Shorten’s leadership, “failed to understand the middle-class economy” that Keating claims to have created along with […]

Issue 463

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 463 9 August 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Behnam Ben Taleblu

 Research Fellow, Centre for Economic & Policy Research, [London] & Emeritus Professor of Economics, Balliol College, University of Oxford

Religious Freedom: Two Views – Senator Kimberley Kitching & Tim Wilson MP

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The Link Between Pope Pius XI and Bob Brown – Senator The Hon Matt Canavan

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Even the Police and 60 Minutes can be Gulled on Occasion

Followers of Nine’s 60 Minutes are used to the hyperbole that invar­iably is associated with publicising the program. For example, last Sunday’s story on Crown casinos was supposed to “rock the found­ations of Australia”. However, a week later, life Down Under seems much the same as before. This serves as a reminder that it was not long […]

Issue 462

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 462 2 August 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

A Life Writ Large – Geoffrey Blainey Remembers

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Issue 26

THE WISDOM OF JOHN MARSDEN AND JONATHAN HAIDT WHY PICASSO NEVER VISITED THE SALK INSTITUTE  CLOVER MOORE’S GREEN BIN FIASCO  THE RAREFIED TASTE OF THE CINEMA CRITIC  DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF ‘THE SAFE PLACE”  A CREATIVE WRITING TEACHER GETS EVEN  VIDEO – HOW TO INVEST THREE HOURS THE GETTING OF WISDOM Facebook has always […]

Will Hodgman

SPEAKER:         The Hon Will Hodgman (Premier of Tasmania) DATE:                Wednesday 23 October 2019 *Book from 9 October 2019** TIME:                5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:              TBA VENUE:             To be advised   Please note this function is for members of The Sydney Institute only. If you’d like to become […]

Q&A kowtows to Alastair Campbell despite his historical ignorance

It’s difficult to understand the reverence sections of the Australian media give to visiting, or fly-in-fly-out, commentators and intellectuals. Take Alastair Campbell, for example, who was introduced by ABC TV Q&A presenter Tony Jones last Monday as “Tony Blair’s legendary spin doctor”. Well, so he was.  It’s just that Blair ceased being prime minister of […]

Issue 461

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 461 26 July 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Where Has all The Satire Gone? What’s Wrong with Australian Satire? – Anne Pender

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Elementary to leave Bob Brown’s wind farm comments unreported

Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes referred to the curious incident of the dog that did not bark. This week witnessed another odd circumstance; namely, the unwillingness of certain media outlets to report former Greens leader Bob Brown’s cry about wind farms in northwest Tasmania. On July 8, the Hobart Mercury published an article by Brown ­expressing […]

Issue 460

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 460 19 July 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

MOBILITY, DRIVING INNOVATION AND ENHANCING OUR LIVEABILITY – TRANSPORT AS A TRUE TECH BUSINESS

With the NSW Berejiklian Government’s win at the state election in March 2019, issues around transport in Sydney and NSW took centre stage as vast underway projects started coming to completion and new projects were started and outlined – from light rail into George Street and the CBD from Randwick to additional Metro routes to […]

THE LINK BETWEEN POPE PIUS XI AND BOB BROWN

  SPEAKER:         SENATOR THE HON MATT CANAVAN  (Minister for Resources & Northern Australia) DATE:                Tuesday 6 August 2019 *Book from 24 July 2019** TIME:                5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS   ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:             THE LINK BETWEEN POPE PIUS XI AND BOB BROWN VENUE:             The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 […]

A New Look at Billy Hughes at Versailles

SPEAKER:         PROFESSOR CARL BRIDGE (Department of History & Menzies Australia Institute, King’s College London) DATE:               Monday 19 August 2019 *Book from 5 August 2019** TIME:                5.30 for 6pm                             LIGHT REFRESHMENTS   TOPIC:              A New Look at Billy Hughes at Versailles VENUE:             The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Michael Sukkar

SPEAKER:         The Hon Michael Sukkar MP (Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Housing) DATE:                Monday 28 October 2019 *Book from 14 October 2019** TIME:                5.30 for 6pm     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY***

Sovereign, Focused, Fair: Immigration Policy under the Morrison Government

SPEAKER:         THE HON DAVID COLEMAN MP (Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs) DATE:                Tuesday 13 August 2019 *Book from 31 July 2019** TIME:                5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS   ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:              Sovereign, Focused, Fair: Immigration Policy under the Morrison Government VENUE:             The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip […]

LABOR AFTER THE 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION – WHERE TO NEXT?

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 […]

LISTENING TO THE NATION – WHAT DO AUSTRALIANS MOST WANT FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT?

Rebecca Huntley is a social Researcher and author, most recently of the Quarterly Essay Australia Fair. Dr Tanveer Ahmed is a psychiatrist, a regular contributor to the Australian Financial Review and author, most recently, of Fragile Nation. During the 2019 federal election campaign, a majority of Australians believed that there would be a change of government and that what […]

WHERE TO NOW? LABOR AFTER THE 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION

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

FEDERATION’S MAN OF LETTERS – PATRICK McMAHON GLYNN

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 Craven explained, polymath Glynn should not have been a man who fell through history’s cracks. But he has. The publication of Anne […]

TAKING BACK THE CLASSROOM – RECLAIMING EDUCATION IN AUSTRALIA

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

DONALD TRUMP’S MIDDLE EAST POLICY

Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He specialises in Middle East security issues. In the administration of President George W. Bush, Doran served in the White House as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate United States […]

REVISITING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ROBERT MENZIES

Who was Robert Menzies, what did he stand for, what did he achieve. Columnist with The Australian and author – most recently – of Robert Menzies The Art of Politics, Troy Bramston has not only researched the official record and published accounts, but has also interviewed members of Menzies’ family, and his former advisers and ministers. He has also been […]

AUSTRALIA VOTED – AN EVENING AFTER THE ELECTION

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 […]

LISTENING TO THE NATION – WHAT DO AUSTRALIANS MOST WANT FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT?

Rebecca Huntley is a social Researcher and author, most recently of the Quarterly Essay Australia Fair. Dr Tanveer Ahmed is a psychiatrist, a regular contributor to the Australian Financial Review and author, most recently, of Fragile Nation. During the 2019 federal election campaign, a majority of Australians believed that there would be a change of government and that what […]

THE BATTLE FOR LAE AND THE PACIFIC WAR

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

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        

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

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

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

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 […]

Concentration camps? You can’t be serious, Tom Keneally

Tom Keneally ‘threw the switch to alienation’ when discussing the issue of refugees and asylum-seekers with the BBC Most Australians appreciate the cut and thrust of the domestic political debate. However, when talking to foreigners all of us have a responsibility to be as factual as possible and to avoid hyperbole. Bestselling author and Booker […]

Claiming unwinnable election gives Libs a season of calm

The most important message from Sky News’ two-part documentary Bad Blood/New Blood, which aired on Tuesday and Wednesday, was provided by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. He said the Liberal Party was in the best position it had been in for some years. The Coalition’s defeat by Labor in March 2007 saw the incumbent prime minister […]

Conservative injection should be easy as learning ABC

Illustration: John Tiedemann What’s interesting about the ABC’s headquarters in Sydney’s inner-city Ultimo in recent times turns on that which is suddenly missing at the top of the organisation — namely, the prevalence of denial that has pervaded the public broadcaster for decades. For eons, the ABC board, senior management and high-profile staff have denied […]

Good governance trumps rigid party agendas

Unlike Bill Shorten, Prime Minister Scott Morrison went into the election with a modest platform. Yet it won both votes and seats.  In October 1980, the Coalition under Malcolm Fraser’s leadership won its third election in a row. A bit like 2019, except the current administration has had three prime ministers — Tony ­Abbott, Malcolm […]

Croatian Six: miscarriage of justice unredressed 40 years on

Four decades on from the (alleged) events of February 8, 1979, a dark stain remains on the Australian criminal justice system. It involves police, prosecutors, trial judges, jurors and appeal courts — all the way to the High Court. Along with intelligence agencies, senior public servants and leading politicians. In Britain it has been accepted […]

There was always a path to victory for Morrison’s Libs

It was informative on election night to watch ABC television’s Annabel Crabb and Andrew Probyn, among others, blaming the opinion polls for the failure of so many journalists and commentators to predict the Coalition would prevail on May 18. Sure, the opinion polls got it wrong this time. But not dramatically so, as American psephologist […]

Shorten has had his Chifley big-end-of-town moment

Labor’s Ben Chifley lost the 1949 election after he took aim at the ‘big end of town Some say Bill Shorten did a John Hewson by losing an unlosable election from opposition. The better view is that he did a Ben Chifley, in that he led the Australian Labor Party to defeat by upsetting some […]

Linking rise of tolerance to Christchurch is a cheap shot

The Project’s Waleed Aly Australia is a significant nation in world affairs and has been at least since the start of World War I in 1914. But it is fair to say that Australia is not well known, even in western Europe and North America. This places a special responsibility on Australia’s politicians and commentators to speak […]

Spare us the abuse, it benefits no one

It’s not surprising why quite a few prominent Australians refuse to appear on ABC TV’s Q&A. Including Prime Minister Scott Morrison who declined an invitation in the lead-up to the 2019 election. Despite a warning of sorts from presenter Tony Jones that appearing on Q&A would provide the prime minister with a great opportunity to […]

Issue 459

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 459 12 July 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The Media and Freedom of Speech: Two Views – Chris Kenny & Chris Mitchell

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Mobility, Driving Innovation and Enhancing our Liveability – Transport as a True Tech Business – The Hon Andrew Constance MP

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Concentration camps? You can’t be serious, Tom Keneally

Most Australians appreciate the cut and thrust of the domestic political debate.  However, when talking to foreigners, all of us have a responsibility to be as factual as possible and to avoid hyperbole. Best-selling author and Booker Prize winner Thomas Keneally did not meet this standard when interviewed by Zeinab Badawi on the BCC World […]

Issue 458

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 458 5 July 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

SENATOR THE HON MATHIAS CORMANN

SPEAKER:        SENATOR THE HON MATHIAS CORMANN (Minister for Finance; Leader of the Government in the Senate; Vice President of the Executive Council) DATE:              Tuesday 27 August 2019 *Book from 13 August 2019** TIME:               5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:             to be advised VENUE:            To be advised   

Far Left and Far Right Populism in Europe

SPEAKER:        JAMES KIRCHICK (Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution; journalist & author The End of Europe: Dictators Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age [Yale, 2017]) DATE:              Tuesday 20 August 2019 *Book from 5 August 2019** TIME:               5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS   TOPIC:             Far Left and Far Right Populism in Europe VENUE:            The Sydney Institute, Level […]

Religious Freedom: Two Views

SPEAKER:        SENATOR KIMBERLEY KITCHING (Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate; Shadow Assistant Minister for Government Accountability) & TIM WILSON MP (Liberal Member for Goldstein; Former Human Rights Commissioner) DATE:              Wednesday 7 August 2019  *Book from 23 July 2019** TIME:               5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:             […]

ARCHBISHOP DANIEL MANNIX – HIS CHURCH AND HIS PEOPLE

The Mannix Era: Melbourne Catholic Leadership 1920-1970 by Patrick Morgan Publisher: Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd, 2018 ISBN:  9781925826166 RRP: $29.95 Reviewed by Paul Henderson Patrick Morgan’s book is a sequel to his book entitled Melbourne Before Mannix.  Indeed, in the preface of The Mannix Era he goes back and mentions some of the interesting issues […]

HE’S BACK – ROBERT GRAVES AND THE WAR YEARS

Robert Graves – From Great War Poet to Good-Bye To All That 1895-1929 by Jean Moorcroft Wilson Bloomsbury Continuum 2018 ISBN: 9781472929167 RRP $50 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson All famous artists have not so famous beginnings. But we look back on them from their peak in recalling their lives. So it is pertinent that, […]

DANCING WITH THE PRINCE OF WALES

Before Wallis – Edward VIII’s Other Women by Rachel Trethewey The History Press 2018 ISBN: 9780750985604 RRP $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Imagine our contemporary world of social media and paparazzi at the time of Britain’s aristocratic Bright Young Things in the 1920s and 1930s. What gossip might have emerged. What sensational headlines might […]

PROFESSOR GEOFFREY BLAINEY REMEMBERS HIS FIRST FOUR DECADES

Before I Forget – Geoffrey Blainey Publisher: Hamish Hamilton, 2019 ISBN: 9781760890339 RRP: $45 Reviewed by Ross Fitzgerald As the Kenny Rogers country song says, you’ve got to know when to hold them and when to fold them. Here Rogers is talking about playing cards as a metaphor for life. Historian and author Geoffrey Blainey certainly […]

THE CROATIAN SIX: AN AUSTRALIAN GROSS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE

Reasonable Doubt:  Spies, Police and the Croatian Six Author: Hamish McDonald Publisher: Doosa Press, 2019 ISBN:  978 0 646 99896 – 1 RRP: $30 Reviewed by Gerard Henderson Anyone who believes that the police, prosecutors, juries and judges always get it right would be well advised to read journalist Hamish McDonald’s Reasonable Doubt.  Likewise those […]

Issue 25

WHAT AMERICA CAN TEACH US ABOUT CIVILITY SAN FRANCISCO – THE CITY WHERE WESTERN DREAMS DIED PUBLISHERS AND THE NAZIS BONANZA DOES ANYTHING HAPPEN TO THE CAT? VIDEO – WHY INCOMPETENT PEOPLE WIN (set to music) WHAT AMERICA TAUGHT ME ABOUT MANNERS Something has curdled in Australia but I had to fly 12,000 kilometres to […]

THE ROAD TO CRADLE

Kindred – A Cradle Mountain Love Story by Kate Legge The Miegunyah Press 2019 ISBN:9780522874518 RRP $44.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson The cover of Kate Legge’s Kindred – A Cradle Mountain Love Story, says it all. Two figures in the black and white photography of the early twentieth century stand in a snow covered […]

CATHOLIC TRIBALISM AND THE FOUNDATION OF MELBOURNE’S NEWMAN COLLEGE 1914-1918

Contesting Catholic Identity: The Foundation of Newman College, Melbourne 1914-18 Author: Michael Francis Publisher: Newman College, 2018 ISBN:  978 0 646 98201 4 RRP: $22 Reviewed by Gerard Henderson   Palm Sunday 1918 was a big day in the history of the Catholic Church in Victoria.  Some 3,000 men and women attended morning Mass at […]

AUSTRALIA VOTES – AN EVENING AFTER THE ELECTION

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 […]

Issue 457

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 457 28 June 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Writing Biography in the 21st Century – The Life of William McMahon and Others – Patrick Mullins

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The Media and Freedom of Speech – Two Views

SPEAKER:      CHRIS KENNY (Author, columnist The Australian & Sky News presenter) & CHRIS MITCHELL (Columnist & former Editor-in-Chief, The Australian) DATE:             Thursday 11 July **Book from 26 June 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS TOPIC:           The Media and Freedom of Speech – Two Views VENUE:          The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, […]

A Life Writ Large – Geoffrey Blainey Remembers

SPEAKER:      PROFESSOR GEOFFREY BLAINEY (Australia’s most significant & popular historian & Author (most recently) of Before I Forget) TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS & ONE GUEST ONLY*** DATE:             Wednesday 31 July 2019 *Book from 17 July 2019** TOPIC:           A Life Writ Large – Geoffrey Blainey Remembers VENUE:          The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor […]

Brad Norington & Michael Sexton – Where to Now? Labor After the 2019 Federal Election

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Where to Now? Labor After the 2019 Federal Election

SPEAKER:      BRAD NORINGTON (Associate Editor at The Australian) & MICHAEL SEXTON SC (Author, The Great Crash: the short life and sudden death of the Whitlam Government) DATE:             Monday 24 June 2019 **Book from 10 May 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS TOPIC:           Where to Now? Labor After the 2019 Federal Election VENUE:          The […]

Issue 456

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 456 21 June 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

ROBERT MENZIES’ PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

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 […]

HOW THE GREAT NAVIGATOR MISSED BASS STRAIT– LOOKING BACK AT JAMES COOK

Margaret Cameron-Ash is the author of Lying for the Admiralty: Captain Cook’s Endeavour Voyage. In her book, she mounts a strong circumstantial case that Cook both discovered Bass Strait and actually gazed upon Sydney Harbour. Her proposition is that Cook and some of his party walked overland from Botany Bay to the Harbour. Her case is […]

THE CROATIAN SIX – AN OLD TERRORISM PANIC

One summer night in 1979, Roger Rogerson and a posse of tough Sydney cops raided a Sydney house where sticks of gelignite were discovered. The Croatian family’s young men were taken off and soon joined by others, arrested in simultaneous raids across the city. For them, and the entire community of migrants from Croatia, it […]

Issue 455

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 455 14 June 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Issue 454

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 454 7 June 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Remembering Patrick McMahon Glynn – Anne Henderson & Greg Craven

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Issue 453

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 453 31 May 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Adventures with Australian Comic Actors

SPEAKER:      PROFESSOR ANNE PENDER (Professor of English & Theatre Studies – University of New England, Author, most recent Seven Big Australians [Monash University Publishing, April 2019]) DATE:             Wednesday 24 July 2019 *Book from 10 July 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  TOPIC:           Adventures with Australian Comic Actors VENUE:           The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor […]

Margaret Cameron-Ash – How The Great Navigator Missed Bass Straight: Looking Back At James Cook

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Issue 452

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 452 24 May 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Catherine Runcie & David Furse-Roberts: Taking back The Classroom – Reclaiming Education in Australia

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Linking rise of intolerance to Christchurch is a cheap shot

Australia is a significant nation in world affairs and has been at least since the start of World War I in 1914. But it is fair to say that Australia is not well known, even in western Europe and North America. This places a special responsibility on Australia’s politicians and commentators to speak with consideration and without […]

Paul Kelly and Caroline Overington – A Night After The Election

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Mobility Driving Innovation and Enhancing our Livability – Transport as a True Tech Business

SPEAKER:      THE HON ANDREW CONSTANCE MP (NSW Minister for Transport and Roads) DATE:             Tuesday 9 July 2019 *Book from 23 June 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS  ***MEMBERS AND ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:            Mobility Driving Innovation and Enhancing our Livability – Transport as a True Tech Business VENUE:           The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor […]

Issue 451

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 451 17 May 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Writing Biography in the 21st Century – The Life of William McMahon and Others

SPEAKER:      DR PATRICK MULLINS (Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Canberra & author of Tiberius with a Telephone: The Life and Stories of William McMahon) DATE:             Wednesday 26 June 2019 **Book from 12 June 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS TOPIC:            Writing Biography in the 21st Century – The Life of William McMahon and Others […]

Hamish McDonald – Reasonable Doubt – Spies, Police and the Croatian Six

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Remembering Patrick McMahon Glynn

SPEAKER:      PROFESSOR GREG CRAVEN (Vice-chancellor, Australian Catholic University) & ANNE HENDERSON (Author, Patrick McMahon Glynn – Federation’s Man of Letters) DATE:             Thursday 6 June 2019 **Book from 23 May 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS TOPIC:            Remembering Patrick McMahon Glynn VENUE:           The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

How The Great Navigator Missed Bass Strait – Looking Back at James Cook

SPEAKER:      MARGARET CAMERON-ASH (Author, Lying for the Admiralty: Captain Cook’s Endeavour Voyage) DATE:             Tuesday 28 May 2019 *Book from 14 May 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS TOPIC:            How The Great Navigator Missed Bass Strait – Looking Back at James Cook VENUE:           The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

A Night After the Election: Australian Politics Today

SPEAKER:      PAUL KELLY (Editor at Large, The Australian and Author) & CAROLINE OVERINGTON (Associate Editor,The Australian and Author) DATE:             Monday 20 May 2019 *Book from 6 April 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS   ***MEMBERS AND ONE GUEST ONLY*** TOPIC:            A Night After the Election: Australian Politics Today VENUE:           The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor […]

Troy Bramston – Revisiting The Life and Legacy of Robert Menzies

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Respectfully, Keating is the pot calling the kettle black

Former Australian Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Paul Keating applaud Opposition Leader Bill Shorten at last weekend’s Labor election campaign launch. Picture: AAP More than a decade ago a man pressed the security intercom at my Phillip Street office in Sydney and asked to see me. I received the message on the second […]

None so superior as the leftist elite

It’s the tale of two stories, from a left-of-centre perspective. The May issue of The Monthly came out on Wednesday. Its lead comment piece is by La Trobe University emeritus professor Judith Brett and titled “Self-interest groups: The Liberal Party has little left but appeals to the hip pocket”. Brett begins by asserting that “this election campaign […]

Fabric of democracy fraying under weight of the mob

Isaac Butterfield was, until now, a little heard of stand-up comedian — until he included Holocaust material in his gig at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this month. According to a report in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, a Jewish woman emailed Butterworth complaining about some of his material. He replied: “If you can’t stand the heat, get […]

We march to honour Anzacs’ unfashionable truths

A half-century ago, among the Left intelligentsia it was fashionable to predict the end of Anzac Day. Perhaps most memorably in Eric Bogle’s song And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda. Bogle’s lyrics, written in the voice of an alienated, wounded World War I veteran, has the Digger observing “the young people ask, what are they marching […]

ALP’s poll position far from decisive

A funny thing happened on the way to reporting the Ipsos poll in Nine’s newspapers on Monday. The phone poll found that, following the federal budget, support for the political parties was as follows: Labor 34 per cent, Coalition 37 per cent, Greens 13 per cent and others 16 per cent. The two-party-preferred vote (the […]

Capacity to pay, not a tribunal, should determine wages

Last week, Bill Shorten said a Labor government “will fix the law so that the Fair Work Commission has the tools to deliver a living wage for Australia’s low-paid workers”. On Tuesday in the budget, Josh Frydenberg delivered money to workers without involving Australia’s centralised industrial relations system. PwC’s Federal Budget Insights made this point […]

Turnbull’s poor 2016 poll performance haunts coalition

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in Bondi earlier this month. Picture: Damian Shaw Since the end of World War II, only six prime ministers have ­attained the position after defeating an incumbent government at an election. On the Coalition side, Robert Menzies (1949), Malcolm Fraser (1975), John Howard (1996) and Tony Abbott (2013). And on […]

Issue 450

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 450 10 May 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Rebecca Huntley and Dr Tanveer Ahmed – Listening to The Nation – What Do Australians Want Most from Their Government?

    REBECCA HUNTLEY (Social Researcher & author, most recently of Quarterly Essay Australia Fair) & DR TANVEER AHMED (Psychiatrist, journalist and television presenter)     Podcast: Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

The Croatian Six: An Old Terrorism Panic

SPEAKER:      HAMISH McDONALD (Author, most recent Reasonable Doubt – Spies, Police and the Croatian Six, [Doosra Media, 2019]; Journalist; former Sydney Morning Herald                                               foreign editor) DATE:             Wednesday 15 May 2019 *Book from 01 May 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS TOPIC:            The Croatian Six: An Old Terrorism Panic

Issue 449

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 449 3 May 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Charles Edel – Statecraft and World Order

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Issue 24

BARRY HUMPHRIES STILL HAS LAST LAUGH (I HOPE) HANNAH GADSBY AND THE NEUROSCIENCE OF JOKES MIKE CANNON-BROOKES AND THE URGE TO YAP NO QUOTAS FOR WOMEN – THIS COULD WORK BETTER ABC RADIO NATIONAL’S RUSSIAN ROULETTE VIDEO – BOB FOSSE IN THE #METOO AGE  THIS WAY TO THE DESERT ISLAND What a dreary, grey future […]

Issue 448

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 448 26 April 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Phillip Bradley – The Battle for Lae and The Pacific War

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The Battle for Lae and The Pacific War

Speaker(s): Phillip Bradley (Historian & author – most recently of D-Day New Guinea) Date: Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 Topic: The Battle for Lae and The Pacific War Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 9 March 2019

Has Politics Really Changed – from Menzies to Morrison

At The Sydney Institute’s Annual Dinner held at The Star on Wednesday 27 March 2019, the Institute celebrated its thirtieth year. Guest speaker at the dinner was The Hon John Howard OM AC who was introduced by Sydney Institute Executive Director Gerard Henderson and thanked by Carmel Mulhern, Group Executive, Legal & Corporate Affairs, at […]

Welfare, Personal Responsibility and the Cashless Debit Card

On Monday 25 March 2019, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Families and Social Services, addressed The Sydney Institute. Paul Fletcher is the Member for Bradfield and entered parliament in 2009.In his speech, the Minister clarified the government’s belief in the positive effects of the cashless credit card for welfare recipients. He also announced […]

What’s Wrong with North Fitzroy?

Most of the Victorian terraces and workers’ cottages in inner Melbourne (and Sydney/Brisbane) have been thoroughly renovated by affluent professional couples and are valued in seven figures. And the pensioners, post-war migrants and even many of the university students have largely drifted away. This change has been driven by structural economic forces – the rapid […]

Communications Policy in Australia – The Road Ahead

With the polls suggesting that a Labor win at the 2019 federal election – due in May  – was all but a certainty, The Sydney Institute invited Labor MP and Shadow Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland to address The Institute on Thursday 14 March 2019. Michelle Rowland was elected to the federal seat of Greenway […]

Escaping from the Rat Race – A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Gustav Weindorfer arrived in Melbourne from Austria in June 1900 and later met and married Tasmanian Kate Cowle. Their love of the natural and wild led them to Cradle Mountain where they eventually built a chalet for guests to stay. Their Waldheim or “home in the forest” was built of King Billy Pine. The couple […]

An Evening Before the Election

With a federal election looming by May 2019, and the polls for many months predicting an easy win for the Labor opposition led by Bill Shorten, The Sydney Institute held a seminar evening discussion on Wednesday 6 March 2019. Leading the discussion were Paul Kelly, commentator, columnist The Australian, editor and author and Caroline Overington, […]

An Evening Before the Election

With a federal election looming by May 2019, and the polls for many months predicting an easy win for the Labor opposition led by Bill Shorten, The Sydney Institute held a seminar evening discussion on Wednesday 6 March 2019. Leading the discussion were Paul Kelly, commentator, columnist The Australian, editor and author and Caroline Overington, […]

Arguing with Family Ghosts – The Unsafe Memoir

Geoffrey Lehmann – writer, poet and tax lawyer – has written his memoirs which he has entitled Leeward – A Memoir. Old Sydney is part of Lehmann’s identity – its harbour and its fringe dwelling neighbourhoods clinging to that view. But his poetry roams much further. Peter Goldsworthy, reviewing Lehmann’s Poems 1957-2013, wrote, “Poets, like mathematicians, often […]

Crafting the Nation: The Story of a Banner, a Bicentennial and a Berth in the Big House of Australian Democracy

Dr Clare Wright is Associate Professor of History at La Trobe University and author of (most recently) You Daughters of Freedom. In an address to The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 20 February 2019, Clare Wright looked back at the struggle a century ago and reflected on how the campaign for female suffrage was hard won. […]

Voluntary Euthanasia: Impacts on Individuals and Society

The Rev Peter Kurti is Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society program at the Centre for Independent Studies and an author, most recently, of Euthanasia – Putting The Culture to Death. Penny Hackett is the President of Dying With Dignity NSW and is presently legal advisor to a funds management and corporate finance business […]

Voluntary Euthanasia: Impacts on Individuals and Society

The Rev Peter Kurti is Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society program at the Centre for Independent Studies and an author, most recently, of Euthanasia – Putting The Culture to Death. Penny Hackett is the President of Dying With Dignity NSW and is presently legal advisor to a funds management and corporate finance business […]

Democratic Pushback: How to Confront the New Authoritarian Powers without Going to War

In the last week of federal parliament prior to Christmas 2018, Michael Danby MHR introduced a Private Member’s Bill to have Australia adopt a Global Magnitsky Act against authoritarian powers’ acts of corruption and abuse of human rights. The Magnitsky Act was enacted by the Obama Administration, authorising the US government to impose sanctions on […]

Australia and China – Different Views

The Hon Bob Carr, former NSW premier and author and Dr Alan Dupont, founder and CEO of Cognoscenti are both close watchers of Australian-Chinese relations. Yet they differ on how Australians should view China. For Carr, the fact that a Lowy Institute poll, on 20 June 2018, showed that 82 per cent of Australians saw […]

Religious Schools and the Sex Discrimination Act

In November 2017, in the midst of parliamentary debate about how to legislate marriage equality after the historic yes vote, the Turnbull government asked former attorney general Philip Ruddock to lead a panel to review the issue of religious freedom. The review has recommended the Commonwealth amend the federal Sex Discrimination Act to provide “that […]

Religious Schools and the Sex Discrimination Act

In November 2017, in the midst of parliamentary debate about how to legislate marriage equality after the historic yes vote, the Turnbull government asked former attorney general Philip Ruddock to lead a panel to review the issue of religious freedom. The review has recommended the Commonwealth amend the federal Sex Discrimination Act to provide “that […]

Creating Opportunity and Encouraging Aspiration: The Key to a Growing Economy and a Stronger Australia

The Hon Josh Frydenberg was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party on August 2018. Prime Minister Scott Morrison soon after appointed him Australia’s treasurer. As the member for Kooyong since 2010, Josh Frydenberg is one of the rising stars of the Liberal Party. On Tuesday 22 January 2019, Josh Frydenberg gave a major address […]

Issue 447

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 447 12 April 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Ann Blainey – Charles Kingsford Smith – Hero and Innovator

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Taking back The Classroom – Reclaiming Education in Australia

SPEAKER:      CATHERINE RUNCIE (Author/editor, Reclaiming Education: Renewing Schools and Universities in Contemporary Western Culture) & DAVID FURSE-ROBERTS (Research fellow, Menzies Research Centre) DATE:             Wednesday 22 May 2019 *Book from 8 May 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS TOPIC:           Taking back The Classroom – Reclaiming Education in Australia VENUE:          The Sydney Institute, Level 40, […]

Listening to The Nation – What Do Australians Want Most from Their Government?

SPEAKER:      REBECCA HUNTLEY (Social Researcher & author, most recently of Quarterly Essay Australia Fair) & DR TANVEER AHMED (Psychiatrist, journalist and television present DATE:             Tuesday 7 May 2019 *Book from 23 April 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS TOPIC:           Listening to The Nation – What Do Australians Want Most from Their Government? VENUE:          […]

A statecraft and World Order

SPEAKER:      CHARLES EDEL (Visiting scholar – US Studies Centre & author of The Lessons of Tragedy – Statecraft and World Order) DATE:             Wednesday 1 May 2019 *Book from 17 April 2019** TIME:             5.30 for 6pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS TOPIC:           TBA VENUE:          The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Issue 446

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 446 5 April 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Michael Doran – Trump’s Middle East Strategy?

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Issue 23

JULIE BISHOP AND THE STILETTO SISTERS  EDMUND CAPON’S FAVOURITE COLLECTOR  THE QUIETLY IMPRESSIVE JOANNA CAPON RICHARD GILL’S LAST MUSIC LESSON VIDEO CLIP – THANK YOU, MICK JAGGER WHY STILETTOS DON’T ADD UP TO HEIGHT If some Australian women are so intent on demonstrating how capable and smart they are, how deserving of quotas that help […]

John Howard – The Sydney Institute Annual Dinner 2019

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Issue 445

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 445 29 March 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

NZ no progressive promised land

*New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern departs Friday prayers in Christchurch yesterday.   Without question, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has handled the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack with exceptional empathy. This has led to a situation where, more than ever, she has been embraced by the left-of-centre media in Australia. Last Sunday, The […]

Lindsay Tanner – A Critical Analysis of What is Wrong with Fitzroy North

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The Hon. Paul Fletcher – The Cashless Debit Card – An Update

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Issue 444

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 444 22 March 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Pell case attracts inaccurate views

R v George Pell was one of the highest-profile cases in the history of criminal law in Australia. Similar in its news impact to Lindy Chamberlain’s conviction (followed by acquittal) in the 20th century and Ned Kelly’s conviction (followed by hanging) in the 19th century. As such, it is more important than usual for reporters and […]

Issue 443

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 443 15 March 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

It’s not uncommon for jury verdicts to be questioned

The reporting on and commentary about R v George Pell ­revealed that many journalists have little knowledge of the legal system — while others have ­projected their views into the coverage. Frank Brennan, chief executive of Catholic Social Services Australia, covers this issue in the current issue of Eureka Street. Here he defends his decision to […]

Revisiting the Life and Legacy of Robert Menzies

Speaker(s): Troy Bramston (Columnist, The Australian and author – most recently – of Robert Menzies The Art of Politics) Date: 13 May 2019 Topic: TBA Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 17 April 2019

Michelle Rowland MP – Communications Policy in Australia – The Road Ahead

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Kate Legge – Escaping the Rat Race – The Story of Cradle Mountain

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Issue 442

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 442 8 March 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

A Night Before the Election: Australian Politics Today – Caroline Overington & Paul Kelly

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The Cashless Debit Card – An Update

Speaker(s): The Hon Paul Fletcher (Minister for Families & Social Services) Date: 25 March 2019 Topic: The Cashless Debit Card – An Update Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 12 – 1.30pm Book from: 7 March 2019

Pell’s ordeal reinforces the case for judge-only trials

In introducing Sky News’s Paul Murray Live on Wednesday, the presenter said Australia has a legal system “with a pretty simple set of rules about it”. Namely, “the police investigate something, the department of prosecutions ­decide to go forward with the case, the case is argued before a court and a jury makes a decision”. Murray added: “If there […]

Issue 441

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 441 1 March 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Arguing with Family Ghosts – The Unsafe Memoir – Geoffrey Lehmann

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Palmer unlikely to upend our stable two-party tradition

There is frequent reference to Australia as a nation of political instability — reflecting the fact that there have been five prime ministers (Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison) in just over a decade. And yet Australians change governments rarely. This is unlikely to alter in the short to medium term […]

Issue 440

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 440 22 February 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Charles Kingsford Smith – Hero and Innovator

Speaker(s): Ann Blainey (Historian & author – most recently of King of The Air – The Turbulent Life of Charles Kindsford Smith) Date: 9 Apr 2019 Topic: Charles Kingsford Smith – Hero and Innovator Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 27 March […]

Trump’s Middle East Strategy?

Speaker(s): Michael Doran (Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington DC) Date: 4 Apr 2019 Topic: Trump’s Middle East Strategy? Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 21 March 2019  

Communications Policy in Australia – The Road Ahead

Speaker(s): Michelle Rowland MP (Shadow Minister for Communications) Date: 14 Mar 2019 Topic: Communications Policy in Australia – The Road Ahead Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 1 March 2019

A Night Before the Election: Australian Politics Today

Speaker(s): Paul Kelly (Journalist and author) & Caroline Overington (Columnist,The Australian & author) Date: 6 Mar 2019 Topic: A Night Before the Election: Australian Politics Today Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: Now  

Crafting the Nation: The Story of a Banner, a Bicentennial and a Berth in the Big House of Australian Democracy – Clare Wright

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Voluntary Euthanasia: Impacts on Individuals and Society – Peter Kurti & Penny Hackett

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Issue 22

HAMISH MCLAREN AND WHY EVEN YOU CAN BE DUPED  LIBRARY’S RENAISSANCE DISCOVERY PROVES BOOKS BEST HOW NOT TO SEND PARCELS  VIDEO: EDDIE IZZARD ON THE REAL COST OF ITUNES THE TITANIA SYNDROME: WHY WE CAN ALL BE DUPES What you see is not always what you get. Nor what you expect or should expect to […]

Border security policy not based on ‘racism’ and ‘hate’

It was one of the more naive propositions from a journalist so far this year. On Tuesday, ABC TV 7.30 presenter Leigh Sales interviewed Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on border protection. The specific focus was on the Labor/Greens/independent bill that passed the House of Representatives, concerning medical evacuations of refugees and asylum-seekers currently on Manus Island […]

Issue 439

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 439 15 February 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Democratic Pushback: How to Confront the New Authoritarian Powers without Going to War – Michael Danby

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ABC’s infatuation with independents is pretty pointless

The obsession of sections of the ABC with the independents, especially those who will contest a winnable seat against the Coalition at the next election, was evident on Monday’s Q&A. Unlike the BBC’s Question Time, on which Q&A is modelled, the Australian program is not spontaneous. Many of the questions are approved by Q&A producer Peter McEvoy before the questioner gets […]

Issue 438

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 438 8 February 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Australia and China – Different Views – Alan Dupont & Bob Carr

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Religious Schools and the Sex Discrimination Act – Amy Maguire & Greg Walsh

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Aunty’s built-in bias is plain when it fails to question its favourites too closely

There is a lot to be said for the biblical saying “by their fruits ye shall know them”. The same is true where there is an absence of fruit. Zali Steggall announced last Sunday that she would be standing as an independent for the seat of Warringah at the forthcoming federal election with the intention […]

Issue 437

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 437 1 February 2019 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Democratic Pushback: How to Confront the New Authoritarian Powers without Going to War

Speaker(s): Michael Danby MP (Member for Melbourne Ports) Date: 11 Feb 2019 Topic: Democratic Pushback: How to Confront the New Authoritarian Powers without Going to War Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 pm for 6 pm Book from: Now

Arguing with Family Ghosts – The Unsafe Memoir

Speaker(s): Geoffrey Lehmann (Lawyer & poet; author most recently of Leeward: A Memoir) Date: 25th Feb 2019 Topic: Arguing with Family Ghosts – The Unsafe Memoir Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 11 February 2019

A Critical Analysis of What is Wrong with Fitzroy North

Speaker(s): The Hon Lindsay Tanner (Former Rudd/Gillard Minister & most recently author of Comeback) Date: 21 Mar 2019 Topic: A Critical Analysis of What is Wrong with Fitzroy North Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 26 February 2019

Voluntary Euthanasia: Impacts on Individuals and Society

Speaker(s): The Rev Peter Kurti (Senior Research Fellow l Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society program, CIS & author of Euthanasia – Putting The Culture to Death) and Penny Hackett (President of Dying With Dignity NSW) Date: 18th Feb 2019 Topic: Voluntary Euthanasia:  Impacts on Individuals and Society Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer […]

This nation of immigrants rightly cherishes its rich past

Like any historical moment, January 26, 1788, changed forever the continent that became the Common­wealth of Australia (on January 1, 1901). This was to be expected since Britain, the most technologically advanced country of its time, established the settlement on the land of Aboriginal tribes, one of the most traditional societies then in existence. In […]

Delivering on our Economic Plan for all Australians – Josh Frydenberg

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Religious Schools and the Sex Discrimination Act

Speaker(s): Dr Greg Walsh (School of Law, University of Notre Dame) & Dr Amy Maguire (Newcastle Law School) Date: 4 Feb 2019 Topic: Religious Freedom and the Sex Discrimination Act Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 pm for 6 pm Book from: Now

Greg Walsh

Author of The Price of Fortune, The Untold Story of James Packer

Our only instability is an infatuation with independents

In the midst of the political instability within many Western democracies, Australia is doing relatively well in the disruption stakes. Sure, Scott Morrison presides over a minority government, but with an election likely in May, and only eight sitting days in the House of Representatives before the budget is handed down on April 2, this […]

Issue 21

ATUL GAWANDE AND DIGITAL’S WRONG TURN HIP RECIPES ON THE CONSCIENCE (WHERE IS JULIA CHILD WHEN YOU NEED HER?) WHY FICTION NOW WALKS ON EGGSHELLS TANYA PLIBERSEK TAKES ON THE TERTIARY ESTABLISHMENT REBEKHA SHARKIE AND SISTERHOOD SPEAK VIDEO – HOW TO REALLY APPLY SCENT A DIGITAL DARK AGE BECKONS The over-reach of our brash digital […]

Nasties, yes, but we’ve never been fertile soil for Nazis

It was sage advice from an unexpected source. In the wake of the United Patriots Front’s “Reclaim St Kilda” rally on January 5, which featured some men giving the Nazi salute, the ABC’s editorial director Alan Sunderland served as a rational voice. Following criticism that ABC news reports had not described the UPF’s leaders as […]

Delivering on our Economic Plan for all Australians

Speaker(s): The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP (Treasurer & Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party) Date: 22 Jan 2019 Topic: Delivering on our Economic Plan for all Australians Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 10.30am for 11 am Book from: Now

Discussion, conversation replaced by the shrill voice of accusation

Not so long ago individuals got involved in what were termed discussions. Now it is fashionable to speak about conversations — including “a conversation” and “the conversation”. The most effective way to stop any such debate developing is for one party to accuse the other of bullying. On Thursday ABC radio’s AM program led off with the […]

No respite from dog of a year

The Year of the Dog began with the hope that 2018 would usher in a time of luck and wellness — a respite for all of us who endure this vale of tears called life. But, alas, the reality of the fall prevailed and the year was ­replete with false prophecy, hyperbole, wish fulfilment, double […]

Coalition could benefit from ‘doing the hypocrisies’

Four decades ago, in a private conversation that was relayed directly to me at the time, Malcolm Fraser spoke of the task of “doing the hypocrisies”. The former Liberal Party prime minister was joking about the necessity, from time to time, to be nice to people whom you do not like or care little about. […]

Escaping the Rat Race – The Story of Cradle Mountain

Speaker(s): Kate Legge (Journalist and author – most recently of Kindred) Date: 11 Mar 2019 Topic: Escaping the Rat Race – The Story of Cradle Mountain Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 26 February 2019  

Australia and China – Different View

Speaker(s): The Hon Bob Carr (Former NSW premier & author) and Dr Alan Dupont (Founder & CEO of Cognoscenti) in conversation with DR Gerard Henderson (Executive Director, The Sydney Institute) Date: 6 Feb 2019 Topic: Australia and China – Different Views Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 […]

Political Choices Matter

On Monday 17 December 2018, The Hon Mathias Cormann – Australia’s Finance minister – addressed The Sydney Institute. It was the day the Morrison Government had released its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report. The report forecast a Budget surplus and predicted a round of tax cuts for wage earners. Mathias Cormann addressed The Sydney […]

International Relations

The Hon Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, addressed The Sydney Institute on Saturday 15 December 2018. His speech was a wide ranging and comprehensive review of the government’s approach to foreign relations especially towards the Middle East. In the prime minister’s speech, he also argued the case for recognition of West Jerusalem as the […]

Political Choices Matter – Mathias Cormann

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Scott Morrison on International Relations

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Wilson case offers a study in contrasting coverage

One of the most important legal judgments this year was that handed down by Judge Roy Ellis in the NSW District Court in Newcastle on December 6. In Regina v Philip Edward Wilson, the judge upheld an appeal and quashed the conviction of Wilson, the ­former Catholic archbishop of Adelaide. Wilson had been convicted in […]

Issue 436

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 436 14 December 2018 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Growth: Why it Matters

Grant King is President of the Business Council of Australia. In an address to The Sydney Institute on Monday 10 December 2018. Grant King outlined why good economic growth equals jobs and opportunity, and a healthy economy. In doing this, Grant King also explained the critical importance of economic growth in meeting community expectations and […]

James Packer and His World

The Packer family – Sir Frank Packer, Kerry Packer and James Packer – has dominated Australia’s media and gaming world for decades. In 2019, James Packer opened up about life with his family. Damon Kitney was given exclusive access by James to tell the story. Damon Kitney is the author of The Price of Fortune, The […]

Enid Lyons: Her Life and Times

To mark the 75th anniversary of Dame Enid Lyons’s maiden speech in the House of Representatives in September 1943, the Menzies Research Centre produced an anniversary edition of Anne Henderson’s Enid Lyons – Leading Lady to a Nation (Connor Court Publishers) At The Sydney Institute, on Monday 24 September 2018, Anne Henderson, Deputy Director of […]

Growth: Why it Matters – Grant King

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Ending the Culture Wars

Across the Western world, nations are dividing along sharply separated lines around identity and individual belief structures. Some columnists write that traditional institutions are under threat as cynicism and disruptive action around campuses and in social media have taken hold. Individuals are attacked for what till now have been accepted community values as issues such as gay marriage, transgender identity, Donald […]

Jerusalem is not out of our reach

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It has been since the creation of Israel in 1948. And it will remain that as long as Israel exists. Every nation decides the location of its capital city. There is no reason a different standard should apply to Israel. All the major democratic institutions of Israel are located […]

Crafting the Nation: The Story of a Banner, a Bicentennial and a Berth in the Big House of Australian Democracy

Speaker(s): Dr Clare Wright (Historian and author, most recently, of You Daughters of Freedom) Date: 20th Feb 2019 Topic: Crafting the Nation: The Story of a Banner, a Bicentennial and a Berth in the Big House of Australian Democracy Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for […]

Issue 435

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 435 7 December 2018 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

James Packer and His World – Damon Kitney

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The Art of Counter-Terrorism

Professor Boaz Ganor is Dean & Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism, Lauder School of Government; Founder & Executive Director, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Israel. On a visit to Australia in, Boaz Ganor addressed The Sydney Institute on Monday 29 October 2018 and gave a comprehensive analysis of the complexities of terrorist activity and the work […]

Why I Am No Longer A Feminist

Bettina Arndt completed a Master of Clinical Psychology before becoming well known as one of Australia’s first sex therapists. She is also a commentator and author, most recently of #MenToo. Bettina Arndt argues that most women are fed up with trivial issues being blown up as sexism. In Australia, as elsewhere, people are turning away from […]

Why I Am No Longer A Feminist – Bettina Arndt

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We can learn a lot about attribution bias from Malcolm Turnbull

It was 6.27am (Donald J. Trump tweeting time) on Thursday when former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reacted to The Australian’s front page headline, “Turnbull plays invisible hand”. The story, by Andrew Clennell and Joe Kelly, reported that Turnbull had been in regular contact with Kerryn Phelps, the newly elected ­independent member for Wentworth. Phelps played a […]

Issue 434

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 434 30 November 2018 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Australia’s Part in Man’s First Walk on The Moon

Many still remain unaware of the significant role played by Honeysuckle Creek, near Canberra, in the telecast of man’s first steps on the moon. The NSW town of Parkes has received most attention because its dish beamed remaining images of Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk to the world, or greater part of it. But it was Honeysuckle […]

Australia’s Part in Man’s First Walk on The Moon – Andrew Tink

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Issue 20

TERMITES INSIDE THE ABC WHAT DO WOMEN REALLY WANT A VERY NORMAL WORKPLACE POETRY IS THE NEW SEX VIDEO: DANCING HIGH INSIDE JOB British social research once revealed that you can tell if your relationship is heading towards the rocks because you start becoming irritated by the way your partner eats. I can’t see or […]

Topic TBA

Speaker(s): Senator The Hon Mathias Cormann (Leader of the Government in the Senate; Minister for Finance and the Public Service)alia) Date: 17th Dec 2018 Topic: Tba Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 3 December 2018  

John Russell: And the Importance of the Australian Arts Documentary

He grew up in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, but Australian John Russell was to become one of the most influential impressionist painters in 19th-century France. He was friends with Rodin, painted with Monet, mentored Matisse and studied with Toulouse Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh, who also became a close friend. Catherine Hunter has had a long career covering […]

Last thing the nation needs is an unnecessary inquisition

Cathy McGowan, the independent member for the Victorian seat of Indi, presents as a community politician who has many a folksy way. Welcomed by Fran Kelly to another appearance on the ABC’s RN Breakfaston Thursday, McGowan responded: “Thank you, Fran, good morning everybody.” She concluded the interview with the same refrain. McGowan’s message to everybody listening […]

Issue 433

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 433 23 November 2018 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Villers-Bretonneux: What Really Happened

In March 1918, the Germans launched an immense offensive that led to Britain’s gravest crisis of WWI. There was widespread concern — under-recognised today — that after years of terrible casualties and hardships the war might be lost. Australia’s soldiers, rushed to the rescue in this climax of the conflict, were influencing the destiny of […]

John Russell: And the Importance of the Australian Arts Documentary – Catherine Hunter

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Let our leaders speak the truth

Many Australians want their politicians to be authentic and to speak the truth as they see it. The problem is that others are in denial about reality. Scott Morrison’s reaction to the murder of Pellegrini’s co-owner Sisto Malaspina on Bourke Street in the Melbourne CBD last week, and the reaction by journalist Paul Bongiorno, illustrates […]

Damon Kitney

Author of The Price of Fortune, The Untold Story of James Packer

James Packer and His World

Speaker(s): Damon Kitney (Author of The Price of Fortune, The Untold Story of James Packer) Date: 6th Dec 2018 Topic: James Packer and His World Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 24 November 2018  

Australia’s Part in Man’s First Walk on The Moon

Speaker(s): Andrew Tink (Historian and author, most recently, of Honeysuckle Creek – The Story of Tom Reid, a Little Dish and Neil Armstrong’s First Step) Date: 27th Nov 2018 Topic: Australia’s Part in Man’s First Walk on The Moon Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for […]

Issue 432

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 432 16 November 2018 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Ending the Culture Wars – Greg Craven

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John Russell: And the Importance of the Australian Arts Documentary

Speaker(s): Catherine Hunter (Arts writer, producer and director; Director of the ABC TV documentary Australia’s Lost Impressionist – John Russell) Date: 20th Nov 2018 Topic: John Russell: And the Importance of the Australian Arts Documentary Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 6 […]

Leftists ignorant in their assault on Douglas Haig for his war service

There used to be a time when ­individuals began an argument in the public debate. Now, in the terms of the modern cliche, they start “a conversation” or sometimes “the conversation”. Meet ACT Labor Party politician Bec Cody. She was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in ­October 2016 and is a member of the […]

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY’S HALF CENTURY – SOME FINE REFLECTIONS ALONG WITH HISTORICAL HOWLERS AND CHARACTER ASSASSINATION OF THE DEAD

From the Paddock to the Agora: Fifty Years of La Trobe University Publisher: La Trobe University Press in association with Black Inc, 2017) ISBN:  9781863959148 RRP: $49.99  Reviewed by Gerard Henderson La Trobe University, main campus at the Melbourne northern suburb of Bundoora, was launched on 8 March 1967.  It was Victoria’s third university – […]

WALKING THE DOGS

(Definitely) The Best Dogs Of All Time by Jadan Carroll, illustrations by Molly Dyson. Scribe, 2018 ISBN (13):9781925713510 RRP $24.99 (hb) **** Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are by C J Frick, illustrations by Liza Donnelly Nero Books, 2018 ISBN: 9781760641023 RRP $19.99 (hb) **** Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff Bloomsbury, 2018 ISBN 1101980907 […]

EMPRESS QUEEN, WIFE AND MOTHER

Victoria The Queen by Julia Baird HarperCollins Publishers 2016 ISBN: 9780732295691 ISBN 10: 0732295696 RRP $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It has a glorious cover and at just under 700 pages is a long read. For all that, it is also a page turner. Julia Baird, in Victoria The Queen, has tackled a larger […]

DOWN BUT NOT OUT IN RURAL AUSTRALIA

Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up by Gabrielle Chan Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd ISBN:  9780143789284 RRP: $34.99 Reviewed by Paul Henderson     Introduction The author of Rusted Off, Gabrielle Chan, has experienced to date a most interesting career. She and her husband have raised a family on a farm […]

WHEN ROYAL MEANT ROYAL – THE (NOT SO) DIVINE RIGHTS OF A PRINCESS

Ma’am Darling – 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret By Craig Brown 4th Estate London 2017 ISBN: 0008203636 ISBN 10: 9780008203634 RRP 22.99 (pb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It helps to be a fan of Britain’s Private Eye to enjoy and fully appreciate what Craig Brown, the satirist who created “The Diary” for Private Eye, has […]

Issue 431

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 431 9 November 2018 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Enid Lyons – Her Life and Times

To mark the 75th anniversary of Dame Enid Lyons’s maiden speech in the House of Representatives in September 1943, the Menzies Research Centre produced an anniversary edition of Anne Henderson’s Enid Lyons – Leading Lady to a Nation (Connor Court Publishers) At The Sydney Institute, on Monday 24 September 2018, Anne Henderson, Deputy Director of […]

The Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund

The Hon John Barilaro is the NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business. He is also the leader of the Nationals in NSW. In March 2018, the NSW government sold its 58 per cent shareholding of the Snowy Hydro Scheme to the federal government for […]

Villers-Bretonneux – What Really Happened – Ross McMullin

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Topic TBA

Speaker(s): Grant King (President, Business Council of Australia) Date: 10th Dec 2018 Topic: Tba Venue: Tba Time: 5.30 for 6pm Book from: 23 November 2018  

Australian Federal Politics on the Eve of The Wentworth By-Election

In August 2018, the Westminster system of government took its toll, yet again, of an Australian prime minister. And, after three weeks of parliamentary power play, former PM Malcolm Turnbull resigned his seat of Wentworth bringing on a much-contested by-election. Amid accusations of a “women problem”, the pre-selection for the Liberal candidate in Wentworth instead […]

Twentieth Century Communism – What Millennials Need to Know

The evil of totalitarian Nazism is a living memory, due in particular to the establishment of Holocaust museums. However, memory of totalitarian communism – in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China, Cambodia, Vietnam and North Korea – is fading in the West. That’s why James Bartholomew, UK author and leader writer, The Daily Telegraph, wants […]

Turnbull joins miserable ghosts haunting living rooms

It was a Friday night in early March 2008 when I received a call from Malcolm Turnbull on my home phone. The (then) shadow treasurer was in an agitated state. He told me Brendan Nelson, who succeeded John Howard as Liberal Party leader in December 2007, was hopeless and should step down. I was not […]

ISSUE 430

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 430 2 November 2018 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s [...]

The Art of Counter Terrorism – Boaz Ganor

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Issue 19

TIGHT FOCUS – BUT IT’S A BIG PLANET MUSICAL INSPIRATION THE HUMAN FACE OF ‘THE OTHER’ THE VOID AND PATRICK CAMPBELL VIDEO – MR CAMPBELL AND HIS STUTTER   TOO CLOSE TO SEE CLEARLY? I once heard that if the majority can’t, won’t or doesn’t speak up, it soon becomes the minority. I couldn’t help […]

Biggest swing? In Wills, Cleary outpolled Wentworth’s Phelps

On Monday morning, ABC TV News Breakfast co-presenter Virginia Trioli announced that last Saturday’s Wentworth by-election amounted to “the biggest swing against the government in recorded political history”. That is a current refrain. But it is not true. It is possible to make this claim only if the Wills by-election of April 11, 1992 did not happen. […]

Issue 429

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 429 26 October 2018 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Fighting Back to Preserve our Freedom

The Hon Dominic Perrottet MP has been the New South Wales Treasurer and the Minister for Industrial Relations since January 2017 in the Berejiklian Government. Perrottet was also elected as the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party in January 2017. For centuries, classical liberal freedoms – of speech, assembly and faith – have […]