The Whitlam Institute has lodged a submission with the Senate Inquiry into the Newstart allowance. The Whitlam Institute submission makes an irresistible case on the grounds of fairness for an increase in the Newstart Allowance.
A record number of entries to the Whitlam Institute’s What Matters writing competition in 2019 has unearthed a deep and compelling passion among young Australians on many of the fundamental issues facing humanity and the nation.
I agree with Lisa’s observation when she first became associated with the competition, that she never really bought the idea that young people aren’t interested in the big issues. We hear this again and again, young Australians homogenised into this stereotype of a disengaged, entitled teen glued to a screen – more interested in selfies than the world around them…
The Whitlam Institute is saddened by the news of the passing of Graham Freudenberg and our sympathies extend to his family and friends.
Graham Freudenberg’s contribution to Australia is forever etched into our political and cultural fabric. His speeches defined our nation, and his words carry as much force today as they did when they were written.
Read the story of Frances, a Female Orphan School volunteer who recognised a newspaper advertisement in our new exhibition: “We did something like that.” And then, a moment later: “Oh, this is it. I was there, I’m in this photo.”
The Whitlam Institute has announced the appointment of its newest Distinguished Fellow, the Hon. Susan Ryan AO. Susan Ryan will lead new Whitlam Institute research that will take a contemporary look at the revolution in Australian women’s rights that took place during the Whitlam era. The landmark Forum, Revisiting the Revolution: Whitlam and Women, will be the first time that such an extensive group of leading women advocates and contributors from the Whitlam era comes together to consider the impact of Whitlam era reforms, for today and tomorrow’s women.
The Whitlam Institute is deeply saddened by the death of Bob Hawke, who was, in the words of Gough Whitlam in 2009, “one of the Labor Party’s and the Labor movement’s greatest leaders.”
On the occasion of Bob Hawke’s 80th birthday Gough wrote, “Bob’s achievements over his 80 years have been legion. It is especially worth noting that Bob was granted this country’s highest civic honour before he even entered the National Parliament.”
On Wednesday 20 March 2019, the Whitlam Institute hosted a Community Consultation on Human Rights and Technology, as part of a major review by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow and Whitlam Institute Director Leanne Smith discussed the implications of emerging technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Human Rights, and the large audience shared their thoughts and questions. Watch the video here.
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG reviews Whitlam’s particular interest in international law and relations. His strong emphasis on international law, and treaty law in particular, was timely, and became a signature theme of his government and life.
On Friday 8 March 2019, the Spy: Espionage in Australia opened to a sold-out crowd at the Whitlam Institute.
This exhibition, on tour from the National Archives of Australia, reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.
On 6 March 2019, Director Leanne Smith was the guest of Albury City Council, addressing a crowd of Albury locals at the LibraryMuseum on the legacy of the Whitlam Government and Gough’s special relationship with the region. The visit coincides with the showing of Whitlam Institute exhibition The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in His Century at the Albury Library Museum, on display until 24 March 2019
Professor Hilary Du Cros, E. G. Whitlam Research Fellow A lunchtime symposium delivered at the Whitlam Institute on Tuesday 19 February 2019.
Professor du Cros research presentation included a discussion of the urgent need for up-to-date national mapping of sites of historical and cultural significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
New research from the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University calls for a national database of places of Indigenous historical and cultural significance following revelations that national protection for significant places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which were introduced during the Whitlam era, have been severely diminished under subsequent governments.
The UN estimates that 90% of casualties in contemporary conflicts are civilians, the majority of whom are women and children, but despite this impact fewer than 4% of signatories to peace agreements and less than 10% of negotiators at peace tables are women.
Professor Heidi Norman presented a symposium on her research into land rights in south eastern Australia, reflecting on the legacy of the Whitlam Government which, she says, was the first government in Australia to seriously take on land rights.
Whitlam’s courageous and monumental final shift away from the White Australia Policy has, and will continue to, go down in Australian history as fundamental building block of the national identity and national unity we share today. There is no going back.
In his Oration, Bret Walker SC spoke to “the need to require our elected representatives and especially their executive delegates in the Ministry and Cabinet, to allow us sufficient information to check them, test them, and remind them of their representative capacity…this irreducible need for information about government is not to be seen through an individualist prism: it is not a personal right, but rather an imperative of a representative, parliamentary democracy.”
In Charting Uncertainty Professor Sharon Bell sounds an alarm for universities that are missing opportunities to ‘help address those great challenges of our time and tie the higher education sector to an urgent national and global endeavour’.
This 17th Perspectives paper is by Justine Grønbæk Pors, Associate Professor in the Copenhagen Business School. It makes a claim for a deeper conversation about education, which is captured in the paper title: What kind of children will we get out of this?
Twenty-five years on from the first release of Michael Pusey's work Economic Rationalism in Canberra, five diverse authors including Pusey himself reflect on how economic rationalist ideas - now more commonly referred to as neoliberal ideas - have shaped policy and debate in Australia.
While there is a great deal to consider in each of these papers the underlying message is the need not simply to be diligent in affirming and preserving the proven strengths of our key democratic institutions but to be looking at this time to institutional development that aligns with our expectations of an open, fair and genuinely democratic society.
Offering a unique perspective as a diplomat, academic and Australia's first Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Dr FitzGerald called on Australia to be confident in pursuing a foreign policy that is independent and also which has a keen eye to our own national interests, and that is principled and consistent both domestically and abroad.
The sixteenth publication in our Perspectives series (released February 2017), The Question for Our Times: Institutional Design for Free Society, by Whitlam Institute Professorial Research Fellow Professor Anna Yeatman, examines what lies beyond market neoliberalism and makes a compelling argument for the existence of a genuine alternative.