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Launched to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic relations with China, the Whitlam and China online exhibition provides an opportunity to explore the extraordinary events that led to this dramatic shift in Australian foreign policy.
In this new paper commissioned by the Whitlam Institute, former diplomat and Ambassador Dr Stephen FitzGerald AO traces the political, social and cultural developments that led to Whitlam’s bold decision to visit, and later extend diplomatic recognition to the People’s Republic of China.
The paper draws on his own experience as part of Gough Whitlam’s historic 1971 delegation to China, and paints a vivid picture of those great moments. The paper is also a call for Australia’s current attitude toward China to be imbued with the same courage and independence that drove Gough Whitlam to make his ground-breaking 1971 visit.
Expanding the Economy: Perspectives on Growth, Well-being and Prosperity
Presented by the Whitlam Institute in partnership with the University of Western Sydney School of Business
Wednesday 24 October 2012, InterContinental Sydney
While economic ‘growth’ tends to feature in public discourse as a given, the reality is that economists and policy makers of various persuasions are struggling with a more complex set of questions and contested positions: most critically, is the current growth-dependent economic system sustainable and, if not, what are the options for adaptation or more comprehensive systemic change?