The Sydney Institute publishes:

Associates, Student Associates and Full Subscribers receive The Sydney Institute Quarterly and access to The Sydney Papers Online as part of their subscription. The Sydney Papers Online and The Sydney Institute Quarterly can also be subscribed to individually. Back issues of The Sydney Papers and The Sydney Institute Quarterly can be purchased from The Sydney Institute.


The Sydney Papers was The Sydney Institute’s bound quarterly, published from 1989 to 2008, at which point it became an online publication (see above). The publication carried all the speeches given at The Sydney Institute. Over 700 guest speakers at The Sydney Institute’s weekly forums contributed papers on all manner of topical issues from economics and history to science and the arts. Politicians, writers, artists, poets, mathematicians, movie makers, historians, indigenous leaders, business leaders and many more have addressed The Sydney Institute in that time, including significant international figures.

A partial archive of The Sydney Papers may be found here. It is necessary to have an Informit subscription in order to access these files.


The Sydney Institute Quarterly was first published in November 1997. It replaced two journals – namely Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch and Commercial Issues. The inaugural issue of Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch was published in April 1988 – over a year before the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. It was the first media commentary in Australia which looked critically at the role of journalists, editors, presenters and producers. Since 1997, Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch has been published as part of The Sydney Institute Quarterly. The Sydney Institute Quarterly also published Stephen Matchett’s popular column, “Review of the Reviewers” along with articles by Anne Henderson and book reviews by John McConnell. Recent contributors have also included Professor Douglas Kirsner, Bishop Tom Frame and Geoffrey Luck. Occasionally transcripts from the question/discussion period at Institute functions are published in The Sydney Institute Quarterly – along with correspondence.

The full The Sydney Institute Quarterly archive may be found here.