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‘Decades of government outsourcing and waves of senior redundancies have left much of the nation's public service unable to provide proper and effective advice to politicians and their voters, say two former Treasury bosses.’
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‘part history, part enlightened analysis, part commentary, part provocation and part mea culpa’ – The Saturday Paper reviews Blood Year by David Kilcullen.
“Simply put, the Islamic State is, or is on the verge of becoming, what it claims to be: a state.”
Read an extract from QE58: Blood Year by David Kilcullen online at the Sydney Morning Herald.
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Join us at The Greek Club where Stan Grant speaks about his Quarterly Essay - The Australian Dream: Blood, History and Becoming.
In a landmark essay, Stan Grant writes Indigenous people back into the economic and multicultural history of Australia. This is the fascinating story of how fringe dwellers fought not just to survive, but to prosper. Their legacy is the extraordinary flowering of Indigenous success – cultural, sporting, intellectual and social – that we see today.
Date: 30 November 2016
Venue: The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone St, West End QLD 4101.
Tickets: $15.00. Please book online.
In Quarterly Essay 64, The Australian dream: blood, history & becoming, Stan Grant takes a deep and passionate look at Indigenous futures, in particular the fraught question of remote communities. Moving beyond simplistic talk of “lifestyle choices,” Grant explores what makes for a sustainable community and life, and then asks: what can we do to instigate change?
The author talk is followed by question time and the opportunity for book signing.
There is seating for 100 people and standing room is available. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. If you have specific accessibility or seating requirements, please contact the library prior to the event.
Date: 1 December 2016
Venue: Stanton Library 234 Miller Street North Sydney New South Wales 2060.
Tickets: This is a free event. Please book online.