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...

Sydney Ideas event with Jonathan Fenby , 18 September 2014 -  China’s rise has been the most important global event since the end of the Cold War and has led to forecasts that it is destined to rule the world. Following the publication of his...

By Robert Lamb Beneath all the lachrymose histrionics, the excuses and claims about the false consciousness of those oppressed by the English, the plain and indisputable fact is that Scots rejected the prospect of separating from the United Kingdom spectacularly: 55% said no, against 45% yes. Referendum...

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