• Professor George Williams AO - Excerpt from public forum

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    *This is an excerpt from the public forum: Terrifying! Liberty, Threats & Australia’s New Security Legislation. The full public forum is available to watch at https://youtu.be/2xVAkIsQW0I

    Presented by the Whitlam Institute, UWS School of Law, NSW Writers' Centre and Riverside Theatres on 4 June 2015

    Since the tragedy of 9/11, successive Australian governments have introduced a raft of new laws for the purposes of countering terrorism on our shores. For most Australians it has proved well-nigh impossible to keep up with the legislation, let alone fully appreciate the implications for themselves and their rights under Australian law or for the institutions and cultural expressions that underpin our democracy.

    Professor George Williams AO, leading Australian constitutional lawyer and public commentator
    Mr Paul Murphy, CEO, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
    Ms Karen Middleton, political journalist, seasoned commentator and writer.
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  • Democracy today with an eye on tomorrow Play all

    The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney, Catalyst and Unions NSW were delighted to jointly host this exceptional gathering of internationally renowned thinkers in August 2013 for an all too rare public conversation on the questions that are shaking western democracies to their foundations.
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  • Back to Blacktown: 13 November 2012 Play all

    On 13 November 1972 the towering figure of Gough Whitlam took the stage at Blacktown's Bowman Hall. The hall was packed to overflowing. That night proved to be one of the most significant in Australian political history, and Gough Whitlam delivered the speech that changed a nation.

    40 years on from this speech, on November 13 2012, the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney booked out the Bowman Hall for a night of commemoration and celebration. More information is available at www.whitlam.org/news_and_events/back_to_blacktown
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  • Federalism, Education Provision and the Common Good Play all

    Federalism, education provision and the common good

    The Whitlam Institute, together with project partners the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the Foundation for Young Australians, and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, hosted this seminar in Sydney in May 2012.

    Speaker 1: Professor Alan Reid AM
    School of Education, University of South Australia
    Drawing on his expertise in the areas of educational policy, social justice and education, and the history and politics of public education, Professor Reid discussed the public purposes of education in the contemporary context.

    Speaker 2: Br Kelvin Canavan fms AM
    Executive Director Emeritus, Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Sydney and Visiting Professor at the Australian Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame.
    Br Canavan addressed the particular experience and contribution of Catholic education.

    Speaker 3: Mr Bill Daniels
    Executive Director, Independent Schools Council of Australia
    Mr Daniels spoke on the nature and extent of private education as a public good.
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  • Marriage Equality: The International Experience Play all

    2 March 2012, Sydney: As Australia moves forward with consideration of legislation allowing Same Sex Marriage, the Whitlam Institute and Catalyst were very pleased to jointly host this timely and important forum exploring the experience of those countries that have adopted laws providing for marriage equality. We were very fortunate to have two respected international figures, Professor Lee Badgett and Mr Boris Dittrich, guests of Australian Marriage Equality, to address the question drawing on the legislative experience and the existing body of relevant research.
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