Sydney Journalists Club remembered 20

Sydney once boasted of one of the world’s wildest and wooliest Journalists clubs. Unique in Australia, the club owned its own city building which served as a centre for strikes, union meetings, offered literary awards, held a star studded guest speaker series and a library founded by one Australia’s leading poets and featured, lets admit it, a good deal of drinking.
Memorabilia from the Sydney club, which closed in 1997, is informing a major research project on Australian contemporary journalism history by the University of Technology Sydney.

Club members included a who’s who of Australian journalism, as well as movie stars like the iconic Chips Rafferty and Academy Award winner, Peter Finch and Prime Ministers, Robert Menzies and John Curtin.

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Mates : mindless reporting on faceless men 1

Labor governments have been crippled by leaders appointed for their obedience to factions and state public services paralysed by generations of political appointments. The people selected to fill these highly paid and powerful positions are drawn from a shrinking Labor Party and its mates and relatives. More…