Few words are so frequently invoked and so little understood as 'Neoliberalism'. This collection of essays, edited by our Professorial Research Fellow Anna Yeatman, is a 'must read' for those interested in a deeper understanding of neoliberalism and its ramifications. This publication is a working paper in the Whitlam Institute's flagship Human Rights and Public Life Program.
With the curtain coming down on another year, summer beckons and we'll be briefly blacking the lights here at the Whitlam Institute.
Our year kicked off with Graham Freudenberg delivering that extraordinary Commemorative Gough Whitlam Oration to a packed St Kilda Town Hall and just seemed to take off from there. We have continued to develop on every front whether it is the public policy program, our burgeoning education and outreach work or the maturity of the Prime Ministerial Collection and the associated 'Whitlam legacy' activities.
Close on 9,000 people were involved in activities here at our home in the Female Orphan School and many thousands more of course attended events elsewhere, read our publications, made use of our resources or came upon us in the media. A record-breaking 3,759 school students submitted essays to this year's What Matters? competition.
These are exciting times for the Institute. For we can see quite clearly where we can and would like to be: building on the Whitlam legacy through scholarly research and broad access to the Prime Ministerial Collection; exerting a greater influence on public policy discourse and in policy formation; enthusing younger people about our democracy and the prospects for on-going social reform; and involving greater and greater numbers of Australians in the life of the Whitlam Institute. We remain ever conscious of Gough's determination to 'liberate the talents and uplift the horizons of the Australian people'.
January 4 will see us back ready to get moving on what's shaping up to be an exciting 2016.
See you then,
Join us for a special evening on Friday 4 December, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, to celebrate the festive season at the Female Orphan School.
The halls of the Female Orphan School will ring with the sounds of community choirs. Elves will roam throughout the building spreading joy to children of all ages. There will also be children's craft activities, and a visit from Santa.
The popular Victoriana Sydney exhibition will be on show, and there'll also be a very special 'Whitlam Christmas' in the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Reading Room!
Register for this free event at: www.christmas-at-fos-2015.eventbrite.com.au
We celebrated the biggest ever What Matters? Competition with a star-studded celebration on September 9 for the 13 finalists from NSW, the ACT and Tasmania.
Over 3700 entries were received from over 260 schools, making it a very special achievement to be selected as a competition finalist.
Amelie Brown was announced as the Overall Competition Winner for her powerful entry Ben Matters - a remarkable achievement, particularly for a 10 year old! Congratulations to Amelie and all competition finalists.
Applications are now open for the Inaugural E.G Whitlam Doctoral Scholarship.
Established by Western Sydney University to honour Gough's contribution to the Australian nation and, specifically, to its political, social, and cultural development. The scholarship will be co-administered and supervised by the Whitlam Institute and the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.
For more information, including application deadlines and scholarship information please visit the Western Sydney University Graduate Research School website.