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Annual Conference of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia Inc



Thursday 13 & Friday 14 October 2016

Fourth Floor Conference Room, National Library of Australia ACT


In its broadest sense the term public policy refers to the range of means by which government and public agencies determine or influence how society functions. In the shaping and making of any public policy, numerous individuals and groups may interact with government in competitive and collaborative ways to identify problems and influence policymakers to act in a particular way. The shaping of any public policy is rarely uncontested, and is commonly the outcome of the interaction of institutional structures, individuals and groups with differing values and power, economic and social forces, and unfolding events.

Participants will speak across a broad range of policy topics from many perspectives: political lobbying, issues of gender and education, historical and sociological concerns and indigenous policy. Political editor Chris Uhlmann will be talking about the melding of fact and fiction in politics.

Chris Uhlmann is one of Australia’s best known and most respected political broadcasters.  He began his journalistic career with The Canberra Times as a 29 year old copy kid, after failed stints as a student priest, storeman and packer and security guard. He co-hosted Canberra’s top rating breakfast program before switching to federal parliament as ABC radio’s chief political correspondent in 2006. He has anchored the flagship current affairs programs AM and 730 and in 2008 he won a Walkley Award for broadcasting interviewing. He is now the ABC’s political editor. He has co-authored three political novels with Steve Lewis: The Marmalade FilesThe Mandarin Code and Shadow Game (out in September). The first two have been made into a six part mini-series Secret City, which screened on Foxtel in June 2016. He is married to the federal member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann.

The 2016 Annual ISAA lecture will be delivered by veteran broadcaster, Quentin Dempster, on ‘The media in Australia - distorting influences and redeeming efforts’, 5.30-6.30 pm on Thursday 13 October at the National Library of Australia.

ISAA acknowledges the support of the National Library of Australia in staging this conference. Download the 2016 Conference Program for all information about conference sessions and how to register.