Comrade — It’s Time Again!
Moderator: Paul Bongiorno • Christine Sykes, Jenny Hocking, John Faulkner and Paul Kelly
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Whitlam Government being elected to office. Our panel talks all things Gough and reflects on our country’s identity and what we want from our leaders now and into the future.
Christine Sykes’ first novel, The Changing Room, was inspired by her experience as a volunteer stylist helping women find clothes for their work interviews. Now retired, Christine enjoys life’s simple pleasures and is regularly involved in tap dancing, acting, painting and playing the flute. Gough and Me is Christine’s deeply personal memoir of social mobility, cultural diversity, and the unprecedented opportunities that the Whitlam era gave one Australian working-class woman.
Jenny Hocking is emeritus professor at Monash University, Distinguished Whitlam Fellow at the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University, and Gough Whitlam’s award-winning biographer. Her latest book is The Palace Letters: The Queen, the Governor-General, and the Plot to Dismiss Gough Whitlam.
John Philip Faulkner is an Australian former Labor Party politician who was a Senator for New South Wales from 1989 to 2015. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Keating, Rudd and Gillard Governments.
Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large at The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. Paul has covered Australian governments from Gough Whitlam to Scott Morrison. He is a regular television commentator on Sky News. He is the author of numerous books, including Triumph and Demise on the Rudd-Gillard era and The March of Patriots, a re-interpretation of Paul Keating and John Howard in office. His most recent book is Morrison’s Mission: How a Beginner Reshaped Australian Foreign Policy.
Paul Bongiorno is a columnist for The Saturday Paper and a 30-year veteran of the Canberra press gallery.