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19 November 2019
The fourth UNSW Canberra Howard Government Retrospective Conference focussed on 2004–2007, commencing with Indigenous Reconciliation, the Northern Territory intervention, and the election that saw the Coalition lose office and the Prime Minister his seat in parliament.
Speakers at the conference included former Prime Minister John Howard, senior Coalition and Labor figures, leading commentators and notable academics.
In addition to assessing the Howard Government’s successes and shortcomings, the conference considered the Coalition’s electoral victory in October 2004, the downfall of Kim Beazley and rise of Kevin ‘07’ Rudd, and ultimately, the Coalition’s electoral defeat in November 2007 after nearly 12 years in office.
The conference was held at the National Press Club on November 18 and 19, 2019.
8 October 2019
UNSW Canberra marked the 20th anniversary of the UNAMET and INTERFET deployments to East Timor with a one-day symposium at Russell Offices in Canberra on Tuesday 17 September.
The event explored the enduring significance of the intervention for Australia’s operational preparedness and covered a plethora of topics relating to how the Defence Industry has been able to develop over the two decades since the deployment.
Speakers at the symposium included former prime minister John Howard, General the Honorable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC(Mil) CVO MC (Ret’d), the East Timorese Ambassador to Australia and former refugee, Abel Guterres, former Queensland Governor and diplomat Penny Wensley and senior ADF personnel and Defence Department staff.
27 August 2019
In the wake of another series of mass shootings – all too common in the United States – Australian firearm laws are again being held up as an example of successful firearms legislation.
UNSW Canberra Professor Tom Frame, the author of the upcoming book Gun Control: What Australia got right (and wrong) and the Director of the Howard Library, said there is a lot that America can learn from the Australian experience despite a number of key differences.
22 August 2019
Staff at UNSW Canberra’s Howard Library are saddened by the passing of one of Australia’s much-loved and globally recognised parliamentarians, the Honourable Tim Fischer, AC, Australia’s 11th Deputy Prime Minister.
Tim Fischer was the Country Party member for Sturt in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from February 1971 until August 1980. He represented the electorate of Murray from September 1980 until he resigned in October 1984 to contest the 1984 Federal Election on behalf of the National Party.
12 June 2019
Seventeen UNSW Canberra alumni were recognised for their contribution to Australian society in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours, including UNSW Canberra Professor Tom Frame.
Professor Frame, Director of UNSW Canberra’s Public Leadership Research Group received the honour of a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division for significant service to higher education, to the Anglican Church of Australia, and to the community.
4 December 2018
The Howard Library has officially opened at Old Parliament House.
Former Prime Minister John Howard and other members of the Howard family were joined by Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the opening of the prime ministerial library.
Director of the Howard Library, Professor Tom Frame, says the Library – a combination of exhibitions and archives – is the first of its kind for Australia, housing a collection of official papers, personal papers and memorabilia from John Howard’s time as Prime Minister (March 1996-December 2007).
17 October 2018
We’ve all heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – a mental condition that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event. Often associated with the experiences of war, it can manifest as flashbacks, anxiety and intense feelings of distress.
A lesser known, but comparable experience that can impact returning service people is moral injury.
UNSW Canberra leads the Australian conversation and research effort on moral injury – an experience that can occur when an individual’s value system is disrupted by morally challenging experiences.
19 January 2018
Those hoping to take a sneak peek of the Howard Library at Old Parliament House are in luck - it is opening its doors for a preview this month.
While the UNSW Canberra initiative is not yet officially open to the public, interim galleries will be on display on select days throughout the school holidays.
On show are a collection of historical artefacts, political memorabilia and official gifts from John Howard's time as Prime Minister of Australia between 1996-2007.
13 December 2017
“If you thought 50 years ago that a father and a daughter would have PhDs from something called UNSW Canberra it would have been a foreign language.”
That’s according to Professor Tom Frame, whose 28-year-old daughter, Kelly, celebrates her PhD graduation from UNSW Canberra on Wednesday.
It will be 25 years, nearly to the day, that Kelly’s father Tom completed the first history PhD at the university campus.
17 August 2017
The inner workings of the Howard Coalition Government will be revealed to the public through the creation of a new Library at Old Parliament House, Canberra.
The Howard Library, will be established by UNSW Canberra later this year and will house a collection of non-official documents, personal papers and memorabilia from John Howard’s time as Prime Minister of Australia between 1996-2007.
The Library’s Director, Professor Tom Frame says the Howard Library will promote and advance the principles of Public Leadership through research and education.