Evatt Newsletter - Special events notice

Welcome to a special events issue of the online newsletter of the Evatt Foundation.


Reconciliation: the way ahead - an Evatt conversation

The Evatt Foundation presents a conversation between Mick Dodson & Henry Reynolds

Professor Mick Dodson is co-chair of Reconciliation Australia and the 2009 Australian of the Year. In his speech to the National Press Club in April 2009, he challenged the notion of practical versus symbolic reconciliation: "I want to do my best to put an end to the misguided notion that reconciliation comes in two discrete and opposing forms - practical, meaning worthwhile and effective; and symbolic, meaning near enough to worthless".

Professor Henry Reynolds is an eminent Australian historian whose primary work has focused on the frontier conflict between European settlement and indigenous Australians. His latest book, co-authored with Marilyn Lake, Drawing the Global Colour Line (MUP), won the 2009 Prime Minister's Literary Award for non-fiction and has been hailed as a model for the new global history.

The conversation will be in the Sydney Trades Hall Auditorium, 4 Goulburn Street Sydney (enter via Sussex St). The date is next Monday 8 March 2010. The time is 6.30 p.m. for 7.00 p.m. The cost is $25 ($20 for Evatt members). RSVP the Evatt Foundation: phone: 8090 1170; or email: admin@evatt.usyd.edu.au

The Big Pictures: privatisation & prisons

We are pleased to announce the screening of Business Behind Bars. This film is about one of the most powerful and recession-proof industries today. As overcrowding intensifies in Australian prisons, governments are turning to the private sector to manage and own correctional facilities. This film takes an inside look at the private prison entrepreneurs who are paving a new future in the Australian correctional system and for the prisoners in their care. For those who wish to participate, after a short intermission, the film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Professor David Brown from the University of NSW. A regular commentator on criminal justice issues, David has co-authored or co-edited 10 books; published 26 chapters in books, and over 100 articles in journals and in published conference proceedings.

The film will be screened in the Sydney Mechanics Institute, 280 Pitt Street. The date is Thursday 25 March. The time is 6 p.m. Entry is by donation.

Other info

The Tolpuddle Martyrs: Injustice within the law

The Evatt Foundation has received a new stock of the new edition of Herbert Vere Evatt's history of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Elegantly published by Sydney University Press with a new introduction by Geoffrey Robertson QC, the book marks the 175 years since the transportation of the Martyrs to Australia. Everyone in the labour movement will want this fine work.


The Evatt Foundation is part of the University of Sydney with an office in the Sydney Trades Hall. Please update your contact details.


Support the ideals of the labour movement.

Do you have a view? Send-a-Letter

If you would like to submit any commentary on the material published on this site for publishing in our letters section, please use our feedback form.