Category Archives: Politics

Aristotle persuades

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Aristotle lived in Athens in the fourth century BC.  No idler, he would spend his mornings speculating and adding to the gross sum of human knowledge in fields as divergent as philosophy, ethics, politics, biology, psychology and astronomy.  And then, …

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‘Kairos’ – the opportune moment.

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The Greeks of antiquity had two words that referred to time.  The first, chronos, was the measure of the time of day.  The second word was kairos and it had a quite strategic meaning for leaders.  It refers to the …

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Farewell Nelson Mandela

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Meeting Nelson Mandela some 13  years ago remains a vivid and inspiring moment in my life.

Madiba’s last visit to Australia was on the eve of the 2000 Olympics.  He was taking part in a University of  Sydney symposium, “What makes …

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Hawke recalls Franklin campaign

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July 2013 marked the 30th anniversary of the Australian High Court’s decision to stop the building of the Franklin Dam in Tasmania’s wild south-west. The Court divided 4-3 in favour of upholding the Commonwealth’s intervention to override Tasmania’s approval of …

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ANZAC at Villers-Bretonneux

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The numbers are astonishing.  In Canberra, more than 30 000 turned out for the ANZAC Day dawn service.

In northern France, Jane Rowe and I joined thousands of other Australians at the memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.  This is sacred ground for Australia. …

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Truth and “The Thick of It”

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Creator of the BBC's brilliantly satirical and true-to-life The Thick of Itin discussion with Peter Thompson at the IPAA conference 2012

Armando Iannucci’s keynote, “It’s funny because it is true” at the IPAA Convention in Melbourne, had 800 people rocking with laughter at the strange similarities between truth and fiction.  Iannucci is the genius who devised The Thick of It for …

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