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Democracy in Action

July 28th, 2016

‘Democracy is the worst form of government,’ Winston Churchill famously said, ‘except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time’. Greg Sheridan, Gareth Evans and Sally Warhaft But democracies come in very different shapes and sizes. And they’re always evolving; sometimes in response to pressure from within the body politic,...

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Philip Ruddock

July 13th, 2016

Earlier this year, Philip Ruddock declared his intention to retire from politics after a 42-year career. As ‘Father of the House’ – the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives in Canberra – Ruddock has served in Fraser, Howard and Abbott/Turnbull governments, as a key player in several turbulent and transformative periods of...

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Real Recognition

June 8th, 2016

In a new collection of essays,It’s Our Country, editors Marcia Langton and Megan Davis bring together diverse ideas from leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander thinkers and leaders including Dawn Casey, Noel Pearson, Patrick Dodson, Nyunggai Warren Mundine and Mick Mansell. Each offers a perspective on what constitutional reforms could –...

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Roger Cohen

May 25th, 2016

Award-winning journalist and author Roger Cohen meets Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft for a wide-ranging spotlight conversation on his memoir, his body of work and his perspective on international affairs. 'There's been a tremendous commitment of blood and treasure to far away places, and the results seem pretty paltry.' Roger Cohen Cohen has...