Whitlam Institute

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Western Sydney University


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...

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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...


23 May 2016

Dr Edward Nik-Khah's Smoke and Thalidomide is an examination of the power of economists - and their constructed institutions - in the mobilisation of the US pharmaceutical industry in the 1970s, and their continued influence in how the industry controls our knowledge about drugs today....


18 Apr 2016

Gareth Evans examines how non-state actors are increasingly of more importance in the prevention and resolution of crisis and conflict.


The global issues with which policymakers the world over are now grappling cover a formidably broad canvas of economic, environmental, social,...


7 Mar 2016

In 1975, the year the Racial Discrimination Act was introduced by the Whitlam Government, Australia's population was just over 13.5 million. Fast forward 40 years and 24 million people now call Australia home, living in relative harmony in a rich and vibrantly multicultural society....


25 Feb 2016

This Whitlam Institute Perspectives paper by the Hon Barry Jones AC is a passionate plea for political leadership which has the gumption, intellectual power and persistence to "shatter old beliefs, look towards transcendent possibility and tell a story to be proud of". This paper takes...


18 Nov 2014

All living things are diminished: Breaking the national consensus on the environment was authored by The Honourable Bob Debus AM - lawyer and broadcaster; NGO leader; and longserving politician in the NSW and Federal Parliaments.

"Our history shows that some substantial degree of...

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10 Sep 2014

What happens to democracy when the fossil fuel industry collides with global warming?


Democracy is caught in a collision between two forces: the need to respond to global warming by cutting carbon emissions, and the demands of the fossil fuel industry...

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