Gough Whitlam and the Social Democratic Imagination: the challenge for contemporary public policy

"Throughout my public life I have tried to apply an over-arching principle and a unifying theme to all my work.  It can be stated in two words: contemporary relevance."

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On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Dismissal and a little more than one year after Gough's death, join some of our country's most celebrated thinkers and writers for a very special day at the Whitlam Institute as we allow ourselves to imagine a contemporary Australia in the light of Gough's social democratic vision.

The occasion offers an opportunity for those with an interest in public policy to participate in and contribute to the development of visionary and intelligent policy discourse in Australia at this time. 

Friday 6 November 2015

9:30am - 5:30pm

Female Orphan School
Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus
Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere

Professor Jenny Hocking Gough Whitlam and the social democratic imagination - his core ideas
Discussant: Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno

Professor Anna Yeatman Gough Whitlam's vision of the Australian res publica: creating possibility in rhetoric and action
Discussant: Distinguished Professor Jeff Malpas

The Hon Dr Barry Jones AC Gough Whitlam's vision of social democracy with a focus on parliament and party
Discussant: Graham Freudenberg AM

Dr Brendan Lim Whitlam's Constitutional Vision
Discussant: Professor Rosalind Dixon

Hon Andrew Leigh MP Gough Whitlam's conception of national economic management and its role in social democracy
Discussant: Tim Harcourt

Dr Tim Soutphommasane Beyond white settler society: reimagining Australia: Gough Whitlam's vision

Gough Whitlam and the Social Democratic Imagination Program Schedule

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