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New Publication: “The Things Which Must Be Done…" The Honourable Bob Debus AM

In our latest Perspectives Paper, the Hon Bob Debus AM explores how lessons from the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and beyond have been neglected or ignored. How our fixation on 'tough on crime' rhetoric contributes to skyrocketing incarceration rates, seeing funding diverted from rehabilitation and diversionary programs and instead into funding prison beds. How a comprehensive response to the issues of incarceration remains entwined with the foundational infrastructure of community support, land rights and self-determination.

It is the "practical things" that Debus focuses on. "Practical things" that we must not equate with minimal reforms, but see as the actions upon which reform is built and meaningful change is realised.

Read it here.


New publication: Professor Anna Yeatman on Gough Whitlam and Rhetoric

Leadership starts with the ability to articulate a vision, but what happens next?

In our latest publication, Professor Yeatman explores the central importance of political rhetoric for creating civil possibility, for articulating and therefore continually creating institutions such as the parliament, the political party, the public sector and the federal system of government. 

What's most striking about Professor Yeatman's paper is not so much what it says about Gough but what it tells us about contemporary Australian politics.  

Read it here.


What's On at the Female Orphan School

Visit the Female Orphan School, home of the Whitlam Institute, in 2016. There is so much to see and do - check out our What's On guide for events and activities between July and December 2016 - including a Saturday Open Day on 15 October.