Name: DR Timo Henckel

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

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

Issue 540

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 540 7 May 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Q&A ends with Hamish Macdonald interrupting a Liberal MP Can You Bear It? – Geoffrey Robertson QC compares his time in hotel quarantine with the plight of political prisoners; Niki Savva asks whether Josh Frydenberg would […]

Labor has a problem with men

The word around sections of the political commentariat is that the Coalition government in general and Scott Morrison in particular have a women problem. Meaning that the Morrison government is losing support among female voters to such an extent that, if continued, could lead to defeat in the next election, which is due by May […]

Issue 539

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 539 30 April 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Hamish Macdonald lacks courtesy when interrupting Senator Bridget McKenzie on Q+A Can You Bear It? – Dr Peter Collignon struggles to get a word in with Fran Kelly; Dr Norman Swan has a whine about his […]

PLANNING, PROGRESS, AND PRODUCTIVITY POST-PANDEMIC

The Hon Rob Stokes MP is NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces. Addressing The Sydney Institute on Thursday 29 April 2021 – in the Institute’s first face-to-face meeting following COVID-19 social distancing regulations were relaxed – the minister gave a wide-ranging speech on the transformation of global urban development up to 2020, alongside the […]

Five Eyes allies pick up the tab for NZ’s shortsighted policy

Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s visit to New Zealand this week came at a time of increasing disagreement between the two nations on a range of issues. But a viewer who watched the soft interview of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern by ABC TV News Breakfast presenters Lisa Millar and Michael Rowland on Tuesday would […]

Issue 538

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 538 23 April 2021 * * * * Stop Press – A Turnbull-led tag team on Q+A Editorial – It took the ABC three months to issue an obvious correction re the JobKeeper scheme Can You Bear It? – Fitz flubs a John Howard quote and comes out […]

Defiant Voices: The Legacy of Australia’s Convict Women – Babette Smith

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How The Left Failed Its Great Society – Amity Shlaes – Zoom meeting

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Let’s not inflame China tensions with talk of war

It’s a phenomenon of our time that some men and women who receive an honorary doctorate from one of Australia’s tertiary ­institutions say something likely to attain media attention. And so it came to pass on Monday when Christopher Pyne, the former Liberal Party member for Sturt in Adelaide –—and a one-time defence minister — […]

Issue 537

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 537 16 April 2021 * * * * Stop Press – A leftist Melbourne stack on Q&A – with Norman Swan cast as the hero; Malcolm Turnbull to return to Q&A with or without leather jacket Can You Bear It? – Mike Carlton misplaces the start of […]

Crikey, it’s another intellectually light anti-Pell rant

In the wake of Easter, it was “sneering secularist Tuesday” at Crikey this week. The newsletter (editor-in-chief Peter Fray) ran an article by Adelaide-based journalist Tory Shepherd titled “Saints preserve us: what Pell’s Easter homily gets wrong about the holiday”. The reference was to Cardinal George Pell’s article “Reflection and belief in the quiet Eternal […]

Issue 536

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 536 9 April 2021 * * * * ·         Stop Press – Record low ratings for Q&A and a proposal for the ABC; 7:30’s Justin Stevens now plugging failure ·         Can You Bear It? – Fitz on “le tout Sydney” gathering to see Hamilton; Jon Faine (fresh off 25 years at the same prestigious job) […]

WHY DO WE FUND THE ARTS?

Paul Fletcher is the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts. On Wednesday 7 April 2021, Paul Fletcher addressed The Sydney Institute on the topic of funding the Arts. While making it clear that Coalition governments have been consistent supporters of the Arts in Australia, he cautioned that priorities are in constant need […]

Who’d be a guest with an ideological host such as Aunty?

Last Sunday, ABC TV Insiders presenter David Speers told viewers that neither Scott Morrison nor the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women Marise Payne had agreed to be interviewed for the program. Victorian Liberal Party backbenchers Katie Allen (MP for Higgins) and senator Sarah Henderson stepped up to the task and performed very well. But […]

A PIONEER IN A MAN’S WORLD

NOT ALWAYS DIPLOMATIC – AN AUSTRALIAN WOMAN’S JOURNEY THROUGH INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS By Sue Boyd UWA Publishing 2020 ISBN: 978-1-76080-149-6 RRP: $29.99 (PB) Reviewed By Anne Henderson Sue Boyd’s memoir begins with a meeting she had with Prime Minister Gough Whitlam after returning from her first overseas posting as an Australian diplomat in Portugal where the […]

LOUISE MILLIGAN’S WITNESS – FOR HERSELF AND THE GEORGE PELL PROSECUTION

Witness: An Investigation into the brutal cost of seeking justice by  Louise Milligan Hachette Australia 2020  ISBN:   9780733644634 RRP $34.99 Reviewed by Gerard Henderson The front cover of Witness describes the author as a “Walkley award-winning journalist and bestselling author of Cardinal’”. The full title of ABC TV journalist Louise Milligan’s first book is Cardinal: […]

FROM FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – A REFLECTION

On Tuesday 30 March 2021, Dave Sharma, Member for Wentworth and former Australian Ambassador to Israel, gave a Zoom address to The Sydney Institute 30 March 2021. His topic ranged broadly, picking up threads from his multicultural growing up and Australian identity through to international work with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and on to […]

A LITTLE DARK GIRL ALWAYS CARRYING HER RADIO

CODE NAME MADELEINE – A SUFI SPY IN NAZI OCCUPIED PARIS By Arthur J Magida W W Norton & Company 2020 ISBN-10: 0393867552; ISBN-13: 978-0393867558; RRP: $44.95 (HB) By Anne Henderson Winston Churchill called the Special Operations Executive (SOE), which he created under his minister for economic warfare Hugh Dalton in July 1940, the “Ministry […]

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS – PREMIER ASKIN AND THOSE ALLEGATIONS

SIR ROBERT ASKIN By Paul Loughnan Connor Court Publishing ISBN: 9781922449368 RRP: $19.95     Reviewed by Milton Cockburn No biography of Bob Askin has ever been published or, as far as I am aware, attempted. This is odd given that Askin is certainly the most controversial NSW premier since Jack Lang. For an account […]

1960s DREAMING – HOW A DECADE OF SOCIAL PLANNING FAILED TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT

GREAT SOCIETY – A NEW HISTORY By Amity Shlaes HarperCollins 2019 ISBN 0061706426 ISBN-13 9780061706424 RRP: $44.95 (HB) By Anne Henderson Stand-up US comedian Charles Fleischer is credited as the originator of the now well-worn line: “If you remember the ’60s, you really weren’t there.” Well, historians and archivists are another matter. Many were there and kept […]

Liberal rebels spurn party that brought them to political dance

Former Labor prime minister Paul Keating is reported to have declared that if you want a friend in politics get a dog. There are few real friendships in politics since nearly everyone is competing to become prime minister or opposition leader or hold cabinet or shadow cabinet positions. Friendship is one thing. Loyalty is another. […]

Issue 535

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 535 26 March 2021 * * * * Stop Press – 7:30 wheels out the empty chair for Scott Morrison Can You Bear It? – Samantha Maiden claims the circa 2018 parliamentary desk incident could have been prevented if The Liberal Party had run more women at […]

THE RISE AND FALL OF DONALD TRUMP – HOW, WHY AND WITH WHAT EFFECT

As the fallout from the defeat of Donald Trump by Joe Biden in the US presidential election 2020 subsided, on Tuesday 23 March 20021, The Sydney Institute conducted a Zoom meeting for members with former ABC foreign correspondent Zoe Daniel to reflect on what she had found in research for her book, written with colleague […]

Right is wrong at the left-stacked Sydney Writers’ Festival

There is nothing new about the left’s “long march through the institutions”, which presents today as the cancel culture. It was around at least the 1960s when political conservatives found it difficult to state their views on university campuses and elsewhere. It’s just that, in six decades, the march has travelled a long way. The term […]

Issue 534

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 534 19 March 2021 * * * * Stop Press – David Speers chuckles while discussing the sexist abuse of Nicolle Flint Can You Bear It? – Shane Wright on the WA Liberal Party’s shock-horror refusal to surrender a seat to the Labor Party; The Guardian’s Mike Bowers & […]

Daniel Walton – Rebuilding Australia: Seizing the chance to make things in a post-COVID world

Daniel Walton (National Secretary, Australian Workers Union) on Rebuilding Australia: Seizing the chance to make things in a post-COVID world.   Podcast: DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS

REBUILDING AUSTRALIA: SEIZING OUR CHANCE TO MAKE THINGS IN A POST-COVID WORLD

On Tuesday 16 March 2021, Daniel Walton, AWU National Secretary gave an address to The Sydney Institute, filmed for Youtube, in which he set out a vision for Australian manufacturing in an era of new green energy and global, climate change transformation of energy uses. Taking his cue from the innovative government support through such […]

THE AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY AND BUDGET 2021

Robert Gottliebsen has been writing and commentating on the Australian economy for more than half a century. These days, he is a regular columnist for The Australian. As Australia emerged from its 2020 pandemic lockdowns and social distancing, discussion of just how the 2021 Budget would handle the recovery began. In a comprehensive discussion via […]

Journalists need to stick to the facts, not their personal beliefs

In days of old, when most jour­nalists were reporters, a degree of scepticism prevailed with respect to claims by individuals. Nowadays, the increasing number of journalists who regard themselves as activists has led to a situation where large sections of the media believe what they want to believe — and ­campaign accordingly. Take CNN presenter Don Lemon, who is […]

Issue 533

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 533 12 March 2021 * * * * Stop Press: Q&A’s Sandalista Audience Returns to Barrack Against Conservatives  MWD Exclusive: ABC Chair Ita Buttrose Joins the ACTU’s Michele O’Neil & ACOSS’s Cassandra Goldie in Writing an Open Letter to PM Morrison  Can You Bear It? Jane Caro […]

THE VOICELESS DECADES

At a “virtual” function and discussion for The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 8 July 2020, Josephine Cashman, Indigenous lawyer and businesswoman, spoke for The Sydney Institute on the complexities surrounding leadership of Indigenous politics over decades. She was joined by Indigenous leader Warren Mundine who spoke frankly about the “truths” that matter to Indigenous Australians […]

Issue 532

As avid readers are aware, due to technical problems, Issue 532 of Media Watch Dog  did not come out on Friday.  Here it is today. The next issue will go out as normal next Friday. * * * * GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 532 8 March 2021 * * * * […]

All balance lost in the crucible of a witch trial

he past week has witnessed a modern-day remake of Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible with a baying mob, led by sections of the media, condemning Attorney-General Christian Porter as guilty of historical sexual assault without a trial and hoping for a political execution. It’s not a pleasant sight but one that is becoming all too […]

THE VOICELESS DECADES

At a “virtual” function and discussion for The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 8 July 2020, Josephine Cashman, Indigenous lawyer and businesswoman, spoke for The Sydney Institute on the complexities surrounding leadership of Indigenous politics over decades. She was joined by Indigenous leader Warren Mundine who spoke frankly about the “truths” that matter to Indigenous Australians […]

Rock Stars or Dogged Competitors? How to pick an Opposition Leader

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ROCK STARS OR DOGGED COMPETITORS? HOW TO PICK AN OPPOSITION LEADER

On Tuesday 2 March 2021, The Hon Michael Knight AO, former NSW politician and Minister for the Olympics in the Carr Government, spoke for The Sydney Institute in an address filmed for Youtube broadcast. At a time when the federal Labor opposition was facing challenges over its leadership at a time of pandemic, Michael Knight […]

AUSTRALIAN POLITICS – AS SEEN FROM VICTORIA

As debate over the culture within Parliament House Canberra erupted on social media and in mainstream media, and Australians adjusted to a second year under COVID regulations, former president of the Victorian Liberal Party and Sky News commentator Michael Kroger conducted a Zoom Sydney Institute meeting on Tuesday 2 March 2021. His theme was a […]

National cabinet: an exercise in unity minus real power

The real story about Australia’s national cabinet is that no such constitutional entity exists. Australia does not have a national cabinet today and it never has had a national government in the past. In view of this, the Morrison government has done remarkably well in giving the impression of greater unity in the nation than […]

Issue 531

Please note – Issue 532 has been delayed until Monday 8 March (around Gin & Tonic Time) GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 531 26 February 2021 * * * * Stop Press – 7:30 forgets which Prime Minister led Australia out of the Great Depression Can You Bear It? – Michelle Grattan & […]

JOE’S BIDEN’S AMERICA

In the wake of the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election and the instalment of the Biden administration, The Sydney Institute held a Zoom meeting, on Thursday 25 February 2021, with Barbara Heineback, former strategic consultant with the Clinton Administration, and Bruce Wolpe, Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies […]

JOE’S BIDEN’S AMERICA

In the wake of the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election and the instalment of the Biden administration, The Sydney Institute held a Zoom meeting, on Thursday 25 February 2021, with Barbara Heineback, former strategic consultant with the Clinton Administration, and Bruce Wolpe, Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies […]

Issue 530

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 530 19 February 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Steve Cannane fails to challenge Kevin Rudd’s Murdoch Media Monopoly Myth Can Your Bear It? – Nine’s Fitz still in a huff about his alleged lefty love-in; The Sydney Morning Herald’s letters:A conservative-free zone; The Saturday Paper’s […]

Sneering critics underestimate ‘Scotty’ at their peril

John Hyde, the one-time Liberal Party member for Moore in Perth, once told a story about the decline of morale among his colleagues during Malcolm Fraser’s third term as prime minister. As the 1983 election drew near, Fraser asked his colleagues for new ideas that the Coalition could take to the electorate. As Hyde reported, […]

Issue 529

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 529 12 February 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Mark Humphries returns; Adam Creighton resurrected Can You Bear It? – CBD on the provocative Leaks; Sally Neighbour’s non-correction correction, also starring Louise Milligan; Fitz can’t laugh at himself; Insiders to start holding panellists accountable for […]

AUSTRALIAN POLITICS – SCOTT MORRISON AND THE COALITION GOVERNMENT

As 2021 began to emerge from the worst of the pandemic of 2020, the Morrison Government faced new challenges. On Wednesday 10 February 2021, Paul Kelly, journalist, author and media commentator, conducted a Zoom meeting for Sydney Institute members. In a comprehensive discussion, Paul Kelly observed 2021 would be the year the prime minister Scott […]

ABC Four Corners’ Downfall fails to live up to the spin

It’s just over three weeks since ABC television Four Corners executive producer Sally Neighbour proudly tweeted that “the brilliant duo” — presenter Sarah Ferguson and producer Tony Jones — had been dispatched to the US “to cover Trump’s American carnage”. The announcement came as some surprise. For starters, on my count the ABC has three […]

Issue 528

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 528 5 February 2021 * * * * MWD Exclusive – ABC’s Nick Leys Boast that Aunty Finished Second Last in a Four-Horse Race Can You Bear It? Nine’s Peter Hartcher Reckons that Communist China is “Fascist”; The Guardian’s Katharine Murphy’s Big Time Fawn Over Mark Butler; […]

 GROWING UP IN AUSTRALIA – ONE PROTESTANT, ONE CATHOLIC – TWO VIEWS

Executive Director of The Sydney Institute and columnist with The Australian, Dr Gerard Henderson was educated by the Jesuits at Melbourne’s Xavier College and raised a Catholic. Former Justice of the High Court of Australia, The Hon Michael Kirby AC GMC, grew up in a strong Anglican tradition – one that he has described as […]

STAYING WITH THE COUNTRY – A LIFE OF JOHN McEWEN

STAYING WITH THE COUNTRY – A LIFE OF JOHN McEWEN John McEwen: The Right Man, Right Place, Right Time by  Bridget McKenzie Connor Court Publishing ISBN:  9781922449412 RRP $24.95 Reviewed by Paul Henderson John McEwen wrote an autobiography after he retired, but there have been few books written about him. One of those is the […]

ON THE INSIDE WITH CARDINAL GEORGE PELL

PRISON JOURNAL VOLUME 1 – The Cardinal Makes His Appeal By George Cardinal Pell Ignatius Press, Freedom Publishing 2020 ISBN 978-1-62164-448-4 (PB) ISBN 978-1-64229-142-1 (eBook) RRP: $39.95 (PB) By Anne Henderson For Catholics of 1950s Australia, the formal prayers said as the Rosary were very familiar. Families knelt in homes at night and together prayed the […]

LIVING WITH WRITERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

SIGNATURES  – LITERARY ENCOUNTERS OF A LIFETIME By David Pryce Jones Encounter Books 2020 ISBN  (HB) 9781641770903 RRP: $43.50 (HB) By Anne Henderson It’s a plain looking hardback – dark red with gold lettering and no dust jacket. The kind of book you might dig out of your grandparents’ library a half a century and […]

HOW AND WHEN MIGHT LABOR GOVERN

HOW AND WHEN MIGHT LABOR GOVERN The Write Stuff – Voices of Unity on Labor’s Future Nick Dyrenfurth and Misha Zelinsky (editors) Connor Court Publishing 2020 ISBN:9781922449429 RRP: $29.95 (pb) By Keith Harvey The Write Stuff – Voices of Unity on Labor’s Future is a significant book to understand the ALP today. Edited by the […]

THE TRUTH OF THE PALACE LETTERS: DECEIT, AMBUSH AND DISMISSAL IN 1975

In July 2020, the National Archives of Australia released the correspondence between Australia’s Governor General Sir John Kerr and Buckingham Palace during the constitutional crisis of 1975. This came about as the result of a High Court decision brought on by legal action from historian Jenny Hocking. In the wake of the Palace letters release, […]

SIR JOHN KERR AND THE DISMISSAL – THE TRUTH OF THE PALACE LETTERS  

In July 2020, the National Archives of Australia released the correspondence between Australia’s Governor General Sir John Kerr and Buckingham Palace during the constitutional crisis of 1975. This came about as the result of a High Court decision brought on by legal action from historian Jenny Hocking. In the wake of the Palace letters release, […]

IN DEFENCE OF SHAME – A VIEW

Tanveer Ahmed is a psychologist, author and columnist for the Australian Financial Review.  In his new book, In Defence of Shame, Dr Tanveer Ahmed looks at the history and contemporary rise of shame and its overlap with group identity morality and mental health. His arguments pose new perspectives for today’s more secularist Western societies. Monica […]

IN DEFENCE OF SHAME – A VIEW

Monica Doumit is the Director, Public Affairs and Engagement for the Archdiocese of Sydney and a columnist with The Catholic Weekly. Tanveer Ahmed is a psychologist, author and columnist for the Australian Financial Review.  In his new book, In Defence of Shame, Dr Tanveer Ahmed looks at the history and contemporary rise of shame and […]

Peter Cosgrove Book Launch

ON TUESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2020, FORMER GOVERNOR-GENERAL SIR PETER COSGROVE RECORDED A DISCUSSION WITH SYDNEY INSTITUTE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GERARD HENDERSON TO LAUNCH HIS NEW BOOK – YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE JOINED … A MEMOIR. Gerard Henderson: Peter Cosgrove makes a welcome return to The Sydney Institute; he gave our annual lecture some years ago and spoke […]

WRITING ABOUT PAUL RAMSAY

Angela Shanahan – columnist with The Australian – has written the biography of Paul Ramsay, founder of Ramsay Health which has been published as Paul Ramsay – A Man For Others. In a lasting legacy, Paul Ramsay bequeathed funds to establish the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation which will operate through the University of Queensland, […]

LAUNCHING ANGELA SHANAHAN’S PAUL RAMSAY – A MAN FOR OTHERS

Angela Shanahan – columnist with The Australian – has written the biography of Paul Ramsay, founder of Ramsay Health which has been published as Paul Ramsay – A Man For Others. In a lasting legacy, Paul Ramsay bequeathed funds to establish the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation which will operate through the University of Queensland, […]

SYDNEY, CRIME AND THE PANDEMIC OF 1919

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 engendered a look back at the global pandemic of 1919 known as the Spanish Flu. Nerida Campbell is a curator at Sydney Living Museums. Her most recent exhibition and publication, Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties, explores the dark side of the 1920s from wayward flappers to stone-cold gangsters. To […]

A PROTESTANT PERSPECTIVE

Former Justice of the High Court of Australia, The Hon Michael Kirby AC GMC, grew up in a strong Anglican tradition – one that he has described as essentially protestant. Executive Director of The Sydney Institute and columnist with The Australian, Dr Gerard Henderson was educated by the Jesuits at Melbourne’s Xavier College and raised […]

Aaron Patrick & Parnell McGuinness – Australian Politics 2021

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Conflicted ALP struggles to regain its purpose

It was a week in which Australian national politics moved quickly. The lead story in this paper last Saturday was Greg Brown’s exclusive that Scott Morrison has indicated that Australia will work towards net-zero emissions but is in no rush to sign up to a target to achieve this by 2050. For a while, it […]

Issue 527

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 527 29 January 2021 * * * * Stop Press: Michael Rowland fires up on the Daily Telegraph’s Front Page Jackie’s Back Howler of the Week: Virginia Haussegger’s wow factor about female Australian of the Year winners in 2021 – but not in 2015 Can You Bear […]

LOOKING AHEAD – AUSTRALIAN POLITICS 2021

At The Sydney Institute, on Wednesday 27 January 2021, as a second year of pandemic restrictions complicated Australian politics, Parnell McGuinness, columnist with The Australian Financial Review and communications strategist, joined Aaron Patrick, senior correspondent with The Australian Financial Review, to discuss where they saw the Australian political landscape heading as the nation and the world emerged […]

AUSTRALIA – POLITICS 2021

At The Sydney Institute, on Wednesday 27 January 2021, as a second year of pandemic restrictions complicated Australian politics, Parnell McGuinness, columnist with The Australian Financial Review and communications strategist, joined Aaron Patrick, senior correspondent with The Australian Financial Review, to discuss where they saw the Australian political landscape heading as the nation and the world emerged […]

AUSTRALIA – POLITICS 2021

AT THE SYDNEY INSTITUTE, ON WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY 2021, FOLLOWING TALKS BY AARON PATRICK AND PARNELL MCGUINNESS ON “AUSTRALIAN POLITICS – 2021” –  SYDNEY INSTITUTE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GERARD HENDERSON LED THEM IN DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUES RAISED. Gerard Henderson: Thanks for two very informative papers. Now, I follow Parnell’s position, which I think is yours […]

Gestures only serve to divide rather than lead to progress

On ABC TV’s One Plus One on Monday, presenter Stan Grant introduced his guest Kodie Bedford with the following words: “She was a journalist, she’s a writer, she’s a storyteller – just don’t call her an Aboriginal storyteller.” Bedford’s first play Cursed! has just completed a season at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. Born in […]

A BETTER NORMAL AFTER COVID-19

The Hon Tanya Plibersek is Shadow Minister for Education and Training and, until May 2019, was Deputy Leader of the Opposition. In the midst of the 2020 pandemic, Tanya Plibersek also put her mind to the sort of society Australia needed to develop after the experiences of 2020. Editing a collection of essays from a […]

THE RIGHT PATH TO A LABOR VICTORY

At the May 2019 federal election, Labor MP The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon only narrowly won his supposedly blue-ribbon Labor seat of Hunter in NSW. His experience has led him to argue that Labor’s push for more rapid green energy targets have led to a loss of voters in working class electorates like the Hunter Valley […]

Left selective in showing contempt, outrage

It was the incorrect answer to a politically correct question. On Wednesday, ABC Radio National Breakfast presenter Sally Sara interviewed New York-based Anti-Defamation League vice-president Greg Ehrie. The ADL is a leading anti-hate organisation, profoundly opposed to white supremacist groups and other extreme domestic ideologies. Discussion turned on the decision of Twitter and Facebook to […]

Democrats put congress in the grip of cancel culture

Let’s hear it for the aunts and uncles of recent memory. If Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has her way they are destined to be termed a “parent’s sibling”. On New Year’s Day, Pelosi introduced a resolution into the house setting out rules for the 117th congress. Section two includes […]

Uncertainty the only thing certain in 2021

It’s always foolish to make new year predictions — and much the same can be said of new year resolutions. The former invariably turn into false prophecy, the latter frequently fail in the implementation stage. What can be said of 2021 fairly safely is that Australia faces its most uncertain future for seven decades. In […]

Smelling a rat instead of optimism in 2020, year of identity crisis

Whatever happened to 2020, the Year of the Rat? Which, in this time of identity consciousness, is perhaps better termed the Year of the Rat, the Mouse and other Small Rodents. Alas, what was destined to be a time of plenty fuelled by optimism became an occasion of drought, fire, flood and pandemic-initiated (toilet roll) […]

Basic tenet of law spurned in ongoing pile-on of George Pell

On Wednesday night ABC Online ran this heading: “Judge in George Pell appeal case to preside over inquiry into Afghanistan war crime allegations”. The reference was to the decision by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to appoint judge Mark Weinberg QC as special inspector of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan inquiry. Now, Weinberg is one […]

The Right Path to Victory – Joel Fitzgibbon

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Workers know a job is better than no job

In the early 1980s, I worked in the central office of the commonwealth government department responsible for securing the implementation of awards determined by the (then) Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, now termed the Fair Work Commission. During the 1982-83 recession, unemployment rose to more than 10 per cent. This was at a time when Australia’s […]

Issue 526

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 526 11 December 2020 * * * * Stop Press – David Speers & Michael Rowland still ignorant of US election system Media Watch Dog Exclusive – An in-depth analysis of the ABC’s Blackburn Report re The Drum & Insiders MWD to take WEB Can You Bear […]

DEBUNKING CONSPIRACY THEORIES – THE DISMISSAL

The Truth of the Palace Letters: Deceit, Ambush and Dismissal in 1975 by Paul Kelly &  Troy Bramston  MUP 2020 ISBN: 9780522877557 RRP: $29.99 (pb) Reviewed by Gerard Henderson The strength of The Truth of the Palace Letters: Deceit, Ambush and Dismissal in 1975 is that it demolishes two seemingly conflicting conspiracy theories.  The first […]

A LIFE WELL LIVED – AND ENJOYED

You Shouldn’t Have Joined: A Memoir by  Peter Cosgrove Allen & Unwin 2020 ISBN: 9781760878528 RRP $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson “You shouldn’t have joined”  is an excellent autobiography by Sir Peter Cosgrove. It is well written, covers a variety of topics and deals with a number of people who crossed his path. Cosgrove points […]

SCORES TO SETTLE – A ROUND OR MORE WITH LADY BLACK

Friends & Enemies – A Life in Vogue, Prison & Park Avenue by Barbara Amiel Pegasus Books 2020 ISBN10 1472134214 ISBN13 9781472134219 RRP – $65.99 (hb) – $34.99 (pb) by Anne Henderson Like its author, Barbara Amiel’s recently published Friends & Enemies – A Life in Vogue, Prison & Park Avenue is gutsy, candid, cutting, acute in […]

DAVID AND GOLIATH – HOW A BRITISH SOCIALIST TOOK ON STALIN AND WON

Ernest Bevin – Labour’s Churchill by Andrew Adonis Biteback Publishing 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78590 598 8 RRP – $42.24 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson In the reconstruction of Western Europe after World War II, one of the most significant figures was the UK Foreign Secretary, Labour’s Ernest Bevin. Without his efforts at the many negotiating […]

OH DARLING – HOW VERY HOME COUNTIES

Diary of an MP’s Wife – Inside and Outside Power By Sasha Swire Little, Brown 2020 ISBN10 1408713411 ISBN13 9781408713419 RRP: $49.99 (HB) By Anne Henderson There are various acidic assessments in Sasha Swire’s now published diaries – take your pick of some that give a flavour: “Truth is those Patersons really piss me off” […]

REVELATIONS APLENTY IN MURDER AT SEA

Dark Secrets: The True Story of Murder in HMAS Australia by Robert Hadler Publisher: Wilkinson Publishing 2020 ISBN: 9781925927436 RRP $29.99 (pb) by Paul Henderson Dark Secrets is about a young sailor, Jack Riley, who was murdered by two other sailors on HMAS Australia, the flagship of the Royal Australian Navy, in March 1942. The brutal […]

MOVING WITH THE WORLD – CHESTERTON’S CHURCH UNDER ATTACK

Sacred & Profane: Faith and Belief in a Secular Society By Peter Kurti (foreword by Henry Ergas) Connor Court 2020 ISBN: 9781922449238 RRP: $32.95  (pb) By Monica Doumit Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or […]

Letter to ABC’s chair is well within minister’s remit

The announcement by Communications Minister Paul Fletcher on Tuesday that he had written to ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose concerning the Four Corners program titled Inside the Canberra Bubble, which aired on November 9, was big news and rightly so, but in no sense history making. In May 2003, Howard government communications minister Richard Alston wrote […]

Issue 525

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 525 4 December 2020 * * * * Stop Press – The Project: News Delivered Inaccurately Can You Bear It? – Richard Ackland remembers Alan Ramsey – sort of; Fran Kelly & Laura Tingle on Australia-New Zealand relations; Cathy Wilcox’s Australia Alienation MWD Exclusive – Mark Humphries deletes […]

Trump ‘truth tellers’ need a refresher course in history

In her speech to the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation on November 12 (it was released on November 23), ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose decided it was appropriate to have a few parting shots at the (almost certainly) outgoing US President. Having favourably quoted The New York Times as asserting that Australia’s “conservative government” would go […]

Issue 524

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 524 27 November 2020 * * * * STOP PRESS: CATCHING UP ON THE ABC’S DIVERSITY ISSUE – STARRING JAMES MORROW, LEIGH SALES & VIRGINIA TRIOLI EDITORIAL: ITA BUTTROSE’S ABC LECTURE – AN EXERCISE IN DENIAL CAN YOU BEAR IT? NINE NEWSPAPERS’ CBD COLUMN & HOBART DINNER […]

Disagree with other views? Shut down the platform

During an uncharacteristically turbulent period in Australian politics, four incumbent prime ministers were dumped by their colleagues in less than a decade — namely Kevin Rudd (2010), Julia Gillard (2013), Tony Abbott (2015) and Malcolm Turnbull (2018). All four experienced huge disappointment, even grief, along with a sense of bitterness at not being able to […]

Issue 523

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 523 20 November 2020 * * * * Can You Bear It? – Stephen Brook disappoints Comrades Millar & Kennedy with his lack of Murdoch-phobia; Crikey’s false prophet Charlie Lewis; Four Corners first out of the block for a W.E.B.; Janine Perrett’s (media) secret; Jimmy from Hesket calls into Raf […]

After Covid-19: A New Normal? – Tanya Plibersek MP

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Labor’s climate realist knows it’s all about that base

t was around three decades between the start of World War I in July 1914 and the end of World War II in August 1945. In between, most of the world changed dramatically, never to return to its antebellum status. Yet we are led to expect that governments and political parties can commit realistically today […]

Issue 522

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 522 13 November 2020 * * * * Stop Press – Jacqueline Maley & Hamish Macdonald forget Julie Bishop – but Pru Goward remembers; ABC presenter Paul Kennedy complains about taxpayer funding for (non-ABC) media Editorial – Why the ABC campaigns against Sky News Can You Bear […]

You Shouldn’t Have Joined – Peter Cosgrove

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US election 2020: People speak but pundits don’t hear

Perhaps the most considered comment in the wake of the US election was proffered by David Brooks. The New York Times columnist tweeted on Wednesday: “Our job in the media is to capture reality so that when reality voices itself, like last night, people aren’t surprised. Pretty massive failure. We still are not good at […]

Issue 521

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 521 6 November 2020 * * * * Stop Press – 7:30’s predictably anti-Trump US election coverage; Tom Gleeson’s Hard Point; Hamish Macdonald on his intolerant audience MWD Exclusive – The Hon Jennifer Coate AO, The COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry & Burden of Proof – A New […]

The Truth of the Palace Letters – Paul Kelly & Troy Bramston

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COVID-19, COURT HEARINGS AND AUTOMATED DECISION-MAKING

The Hon Michael Kirby QC CMC is an international jurist, educator and former judge. He served as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (1975-83); Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84); Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (1983-4); President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (1984-96); President […]

INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA AT A TIME OF “BLACK LIVES MATTER”

As riots and activists became the news in the US after the death of black American George Floyd at the hands of police, the issues of Indigenous deaths in custody in Australia and the state of Indigenous welfare became a discussion point yet again. At a “virtual” function and discussion for The Sydney Institute on […]

Democracy under attack from the censorious Left

Democratic politics, which can only function within a system of representative government, turns on the successful and peaceful regulation of difference. In other words, democracy is all about ­debate and discussion. In contemporary Western societies, this concept is under attack, primarily from the left, by means of de-platforming individuals. This amounts to non-violent silencing, or […]

Issue 520

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 520 30 October 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 TRANSITIONAL FORCE OF AMERICA’S FIRST (FOREIGN BORN) FIRST LADY

Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs Adams by Louisa Thomas Penguin Press New York 2016 ISBN: 9781410488145 (hb) ISBN: 9780399563133 (pb) ISBN: 9781101980828 (eb) RRP $25 (pb) $50 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It says something about US presidents and their families that there have been only two foreign born US first ladies – US first […]

ELIZABETH MACARTHUR AS WE NEVER KNEW HER

A Room Made of Leaves  by Kate Grenville Text Publishing 2020 ISBN: 9781922330024 RRP: $39.99 (HB) By Anne Henderson Historians do their best with the remnants of the past at hand to decipher various truths of events and the people who made them happen. But it seems it is left to novelists to fill in […]

LOOKING AGAIN AT JAMES COOK’S LEGACY

Captain Cook’s Epic Voyage by Geoffrey Blainey Penguin Viking 2020 ISBN: 978 1 76089 509 9 RRP: $34.99 (HB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Looking back and looking back with the perspective of time is no bad thing. But looking back on events and people and recasting them out of ignorance and with ideological blinkers is […]

FELLOW TRAVELLERS TO THE END

The Mystery of Olga Chekhova  by Antony Beevor Penguin Books 2004 ISBN: 0 14 30 3596 (pb) ISBN: 0-670-03340-5 (hc) Reviewed by Anne Henderson No century in history has captured historians and scholars quite like the twentieth century with its political upheavals, bloodshed, revolutions, social dislocation and technological advancement brought on by world wars. The brutal […]

TODAY’S LIBERALISM – HOW TO WALK WITH MENZIES IN MIND

The New Social Contract – Renewing the liberal vision for Australia by Tim Wilson Connor Court 2020 ISBN: 9781922449030 RRP: $32.95 (PB) Reviewed By Paul Henderson This book is a very good read. It covers both aspects of liberalism and compares it with other forms of government. It is a very detailed and well argued […]

Late-night tweets reveal truth about ABC’s culture

Isn’t it interesting that so many of the best and brightest at the ABC, who spend their professional lives critiquing the political errors of others, make such mistakes themselves? Take the case of ABC chief political correspondent Laura Tingle, who appears regularly on 7.30. In my Media Watch Dog blog on October 16 I publicised the story […]

Issue 519

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 519 23 October 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 […]

Growing up Protestant & Catholic: Two Views – The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG & Gerard Henderson

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THE NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT – LIBERALISM AFTER CORONAVIRUS

Tim Wilson MP has been the Member for Goldstein since 2016, is Chairman of the House of Representatives Economics Committee and a Fellow of the P.M. Glynn Institute at the Australian Catholic University. Many will remember Tim Wilson as a former Human Rights Commissioner. On Monday 7 September 2020, Tim Wilson spoke for a Sydney […]

THE LETHAL COLLISION OF TWO PANDEMICS: COVID-19 AND AGEISM

Margaret Somerville is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney and was the founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill university in Toronto, Canada. Somerville has authored several books – The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit; Death Talk: The Case Against Euthanasia and […]

KEEPING CHINA’S RISE PEACEFUL

Om Tuesday 11 August 2020, The Hon Tony Abbott joined Tim Harcourt in a Sydney Institute YouTube broadcast. Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has been a strong supporter of free trade with China. However, with increasing tensions over the increase in China’s influence and resistance to appeals over human rights, Abbott believes Australia must […]

WE NEED CHINA – CHINA NEEDS US – CHINA, DIVERSIFICATION AND POST-COVID19 ECONOMY

Tim Harcourt is the JW Nevile Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, a former chief economist of the Australia Trade Commission and host of The Airport Economist www.theairporteconomist.com . On Tuesday 11 August, Tim Harcourt joined former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott to speak about ongoing Australia/China relations in the face of growing […]

SECTION 92 OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE CLOSURE OF STATE BORDERS

Anne Twomey is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney and Director of the Constitutional Reform Unit. Among her many publications are The Veiled Sceptre – Reserve Powers of Heads of State in Westminster Systems (2018) and Pitt Cobbett – A Portrait of Australia’s Constitution at 1919 (2019). On Wednesday 22 July 2020, […]

CHALLENGES TO STATE BORDER CLOSURES AND SECTION 92 AND THE 2020 PANDEMIC

Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law at the University of NSW. Her work focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional design, constitutional democracy, theories of constitutional dialogue and amendment, socio-economic rights and constitutional law and gender, and has been published in leading journals in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. On Wednesday 22 […]

ICAC lines up a third innocent Liberal premier

It’s not clear yet but NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption could be about to achieve, in cricketing terms, a hat-trick. In this case it is the clean bowling of three successful NSW Liberal Party premiers — none of whom is corrupt. Without question, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has suffered huge personal embarrassment and considerable reputational […]

Issue 518

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 518 16 October 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 […]

Budget’s pandemic spending is the right thing to do

Despite the prevalence of the cliche “history repeats itself” — it rarely, if ever, does so. World War II was different from its predecessor. The Depression of 1929-31 was dissimilar from that of four decades earlier. And the Spanish flu of 1919-20 can be distinguished from the COVID-19 pandemic a century later. The same can be […]

Issue 517

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 517 09 October 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 […]

Remembering Paul Ramsay – Tony Abbott & Angela Shanahan

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Amy Coney Barrett is Trump’s Supreme Court pick, not the ‘Catholic choice’

It was a straightforward yet significant question. Once a week, ABC Radio Sydney 702 runs a “Trump Tuesday” segment. Richard Glover is the presenter and the usual guest commentator is David Smith from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. The USSC is essentially a hangout for supporters of the Democrats or […]

Issue 516

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 516 02 October 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 […]

Shame in Today’s World: Two Views – Tanveer Ahmed and Monica Doumit

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Kept in dark like mushrooms while Victoria suffers

At last. On Wednesday evening, the ABC’s 7.30 program discussed the Victorian COVID-19 hotel quarantine inquiry. Headed by former judge Jennifer Coate, it began proceedings on August 17. This first event was covered by 7.30, which presents itself as Australia’s leading news and current affairs program. And then the inquiry was dropped completely by 7.30 […]

Issue 515

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 515 25 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 […]

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 thank