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PUBLIC TALK: Friends of the UWA Library Speaker

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Today's date is Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Friends of the UWA Library Speaker : WA Politics and Premiers Other events...
About the talk

Peter Kennedy met and interviewed the past 11 WA premiers after starting in journalism at The West Australian in 1970. In his talk he will touch on the background of each of the premiers, including aspects of which even he was unaware, despite dealing with them in a professional capacity.

He will assess how the premiers reflected the State at the time they were in charge, and also name the leaders he believes have had the greatest impact on WA. The 44 year time span starts with the iron ore boom, concluding with the winding down of the oil and gas boom.

The premiers loved announcing the new projects involving billions of dollars of investment so crucial to the national economy. But how well did their governments handle the demand for increased services to cater for the new industries and tens of thousands of people attracted by the well paid jobs and opportunities?

About the Speaker

Peter is Perth born and educated. He graduated from The University of WA with an arts degree, majoring in economics, and started his working life as a high school teacher, spending four years at Bunbury Senior High School.

He joined The West Australian in 1970 and in 1977 moved to The Sydney Morning Herald where he reported on NSW politics, and also federal politics in Canberra. He returned to Perth in 1984 as press secretary to then deputy premier, Malcolm Bryce.

He rejoined The West Australian in 1986 before moving to the ABC in 1990. There he presented the Morning and Drive programs on Perth's 720, before being appointed State Political Reporter for ABC TV News in 2000.

Peter retired from that post in 2010 and became an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle, while writing a book on the Western Australian premiers he has known and interviewed - 11 in all. The book was jointly launched last year by former premiers Richard Court and Geoff Gallop.

He currently writes the back page Political Perspective column in the weekly WA Business News, and is a guest commentator on ABC Radio.

Members Free, Non-Members $5 donation
Speaker(s) Peter Kennedy
Location Reid Library Ground Floor Meeting Room, UWA (Doors open 7.00pm - talk commences 7:30pm)
Contact Susan O'Connor <[email protected]> : 6488 2354
Start Tue, 09 Jun 2015 19:00
End Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:00
Submitted by Susan O'Connor <[email protected]>
Last Updated Thu, 28 May 2015 13:35
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