Monthly Archives: July 2004

Don II

Political scientist Don Aitkin has a really interesting posting in the APPRN discussion currently underway. It begins: I’ve now read the book, and enjoyed it. I’m impressed with the thought, the comprehensive coverage and the engaging level of the writing. … Continue reading

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On the Box in Ballarat

Pre-recorded an interview with Judi Hogan for State Focus Victoria. It’ll go to air throughout Victoria (except Melbourne) on Saturday August 14. Lots of topics, but with a special focus on Eureka and the Republic. Judi tells me she’s also … Continue reading

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Well Schooled

Interesting interview on Friday with Tim Petterson, a journalist who writes for the newsletter of the Australian Education Union, which represents Victorian school teachers. We write about schools in the Rethinking Australian Social Policy chapter (pages 198-202), and are fairly … Continue reading

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Triple J interview

Pete and Andrew’s interview with Steve Cannane on Triple J went to air on Monday 19 July. I’ll see if I can get my hands on a copy of the audio file and post it up here. [Posted by David … Continue reading

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On the airwaves

Mac and I have been running around doing some more interviews today. We did a pre-recorded number on SBS Radio (not sure when it’ll be on), a long one with Insights Magazine, and then an interesting one with Lindy Burns … Continue reading

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Caught out (what Howard really said about Bradman)

The Oz has published our reply to Howard’s claim that he never said Bradman was the greatest ever Australian. You can read it on the letters section of today’s Oz (page seven of eight) or click here to read all … Continue reading

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Forget Kyoto

Banged out an op-ed earlier today which will appear in Tuesday’s SMH on Australia’s appallingly high levels of carbon emissions. Here is the intro: Recent calls by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Robin Batterham, for Australia to halve its greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading

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Just how great does the PM think Bradman was?

The PM has got his knickers in a knot about some comments that we make in our chapter on Australian national identity and that both the Weekend Australian and the Sunday Telegraph have extracted. Here’s part of what the PM’s … Continue reading

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The Sky's the limit

Few more media things today. Mac did an interview with ABC Riverland and charmed the local listeners with his knowledge of every footy star the region has produced in the last two decades. A high bar has been set for … Continue reading

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Waltzing into fair drub of the drab

Somebody at the Canberra Times has obviously had a quick squiz at the book. Here’s part of what appeared in last Thursday’s CT under the title “Waltzing into fair drub of the drab” GOD WILLING, we’ll be hearing our national … Continue reading

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"Rebels with a cause"

I’ve managed to get my hands on an electronic copy of The Weekend Australian’s review of IA. Here’s a little extract: …four exceedingly earnest, Harvard-educated, young Australian products of globalisation have combined to propose their own shake-up of Australian political … Continue reading

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The magic of television

Very funny interview this morning on the Today show. Despite repeated clarifications in the lead up to the interview, the Today show still presented as Aussie US political insiders from opposing sides of the fence!! Viewers were told that I … Continue reading

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Bright and early Mon morning

For those of you up early, Pete and I will be doing a little interview on the Today show (Channel 9) tomorrow at approximately 6.40am. Best I get to bed…

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Conversation of the Nation

Did an interview on Mal Garvin’s “Conversation of the Nation” radio show earlier tonight. Like a lot of people this week, Mal was particularly interested in our thoughts on national identity and how we communicate these ideas to a broad … Continue reading

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Eureka!

If there was one place in Australia that was ever going to be interested in our proposal to make the Eureka uprising the centerpiece of our national story (Chap 1 – Aust. National Identity) it is Ballarat. Earlier in the … Continue reading

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Review of IA in The Australian

There is a pretty good review of IA by Emma-Kate Symons in the Weekend Australian. It’s called “Rebels With Causes” — it’s online here, but it appears that you have to pay for it….I’ll see if I can post it … Continue reading

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The PM weighs in (sort of)

The extract from our chapter on Australian National Identity (ch 1) in last weekend’s Sunday Tele has provoked a few responses this week, including one from the PM! I’ll try to find an online link to it….

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Debate, Disagree, Discuss

Richard Curtain’s Australian Public Policy Research Network is currently discussing Imagining Australia. To have your say, register here. You can choose either to receive all postings by email, or simply to view the discussion in your web browser. All four … Continue reading

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Little extract in The Australian

The Australian have included a brief extract from IA on today’s opinion pages. This one comes from Chap 4 (Sustaining Growth & Prosperity). The bit they’ve extracted and the way they’ve laid it up is a bit confusing, but essentially … Continue reading

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"It can fit 200 easy"

Book launch went off a treat last night. We each said a few words (which we’ll try to post up here later) and then Paul Kelly coordinated a Q & A session, before we sat down to sign some books. … Continue reading

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Launch of Imagining Australia

Today I promise we’ll be on time! We’re launching the book tonight and anyone is welcome to come. The venue is Harts Pub which is on the corner of Essex and Gloucester St. in the Rocks (for a map click … Continue reading

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First foursome

We really enjoyed the interview with Peter Thompson this morning on Radio National. Such a delight to chat with someone who understands what the book is about. The audio file for the full half-hour interview is here. (If you don’t … Continue reading

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Monday radio interview

Next interview will be with all of us at around 7.30am on Monday morning on Radio National with Peter Thompson. To listen click here.

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Interviews on Monday morning

Our Sunday morning radio interviews (Pete and Andrew on Melbourne’s ABC 774, Mac on 2UE) went well today. For me, the hardest thing was to know how much detail to provide in the answer. Too much, and you can feel … Continue reading

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Radio interviews on Sunday

We have a couple of radio interviews on Sunday 11 July. At 10.15am Mac will be doing an interview with Peter Higgins on 2UE (to listen click here. At 10:50am Pete and Mac will be doing an interview with Peter … Continue reading

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www.imaginingaustralia.com goes live

Just in time for the launch of IA, http://www.imaginingaustralia.com has gone live. Also, the Weekend Australia has published an extract. of the book. Am still trying to figure out exactly how they’ve done this extract — looks like a heavily … Continue reading

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Jet plane

Crazy day today tying up loose ends….Pete and Mac are now enroute to airport and I have to go now too — more from London. [Posted by David Madden]

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The Global AIDS Crisis

Can’t go to bed without noting the sobering reminder in today’s papers that what is arguably the greatest preventable catastrophe in human history is only getting worse. In just a few years I have no doubt that people will look … Continue reading

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Interviews

Just did our first interview. Was with Sunanda Creagh from SMH. Should be appearing in this Saturday’s “News Review” section. She was especially interested in our thoughts on national identity — a subject to which we devote the entire first … Continue reading

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Preparations cont.

Have been madly trying to put the final bits of content up on our website and make sure that it’s ready to go live before the weekend. A tedious start to my birthday, but The Australian is apparently extracting some … Continue reading

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