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Whitlam Oration 2018
5 Jun 2018

The Whitlam Oration has become a respected platform for prominent Australians to provide serious commentary on the contemporary relevance of the Whitlam Legacy and to contribute to public debate. This Oration continues this great tradition.


An essay on higher education by Professor Sharon Bell
14 Sep 2017

With higher education in the spotlight and legislation before the federal parliament, the Whitlam Institute has released this paper, which offers a bold and personal account of how universities have ‘fallen from grace.’


17 Mar 2017

The 2017 Whitlam Institute Gough Whitlam Oration by Dr Stephen FitzGerald AO was a landmark and timely address on Australia's place in the world.

Offering a unique perspective as a diplomat, academic and Australia's first Ambassador to the People's Republic of China - appointed...


19 Aug 2016

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...


25 Jul 2016

Whitlam’s policy program was compelling because he had a clear and principled conception of social democracy that was relevant for the times. It was a conception of social democracy that straddled two eras: (1) the development of the post-war welfare state that married the tasks...

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