By John Keane Edward Gough Whitlam has passed on, leaving behind millions of citizens saddened by scores of eloquent obituaries reminding us how, once upon a time, Australian politics produced world-class leaders courageously committed to the public good. I must confess I shed tears upon hearing news of...

By John Keane The dwindling but still determined protesters in Hong Kong now face a vicious media assault on everything they stand for by central party propagandists in Beijing, writes John Keane. Now entering its third week, its numbers dwindling but its determination and purpose still remarkably...

Speaker: Prof Jonathan Bogais Event: The New Despotisms, 2014 Festival of Democracy Venue: The University of Sydney Time: 27 September 2014 Please notice that the video is part of the symposium The New Despotisms, each speaker addresses concisely on a specific topic. Dr Jonathan Bogais is a specialist in foreign affairs...

In partnership with Sydney Democracy Network and Sydney Fringe Festival, Archibald finalist Wang Xu exhibits for the first time a series of works called “The silenced: from 1957 until today”, which pays homage to so-called ‘rightists’ who dared to speak out for democracy and freedom of...

By Colleen Lewis, Monash University A fundamental lack of trust is at the heart of Australian politicians’ extremely poor reputation. It is the main reason why people’s opinions about their elected representatives have mutated from healthy scepticism into corrosive cynicism. Unless we can find a way...

The following John Keane interview with Claude Leblanc, 'Beijing has misjudged the situation in Hong Kong', appeared in the Paris-based newspaper, L'opinion, 30 September 2014. John Keane, professeur de sciences politiques
 à l’Université de Sydney et au Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin Vous avez déclaré que la situation à Hongkong pouvait...

By John Keane Are political developments in Hong Kong heading for a second Tiananmen massacre? A fortnight ago, partly to provoke discussion, partly to sound an alarm, I suggested in a radio interview that unless the Chinese government wisely handled the fast-unfolding dynamics, things in Hong...

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