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After the Referendum

13 September 2023

Professor Matthew Ogilvie 

When goodwill and unity prevail, the best people will have the most prominent voices. When ill will and divisiveness prevail, the loudest voices will be those who seek division and revenge. 

I fear that the ‘Voice’ campaign has divided our nation. Whichever way the referendum goes, if we can heal from the divisive experience (and I emphasise ‘if’) it will take years.  

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Last Saturday’s Colloquium was the big event of our year.  It lived up to our expectations and indeed soared beyond: all papers were well and evenly matched in their force and relevance.  


Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition 

This talk was delivered by Christopher Dawson Centre‘s Director, Dr David Daintree, at the first official Sydney dinner held on 27th October 2022 at The Royal Automobile Club of Australia.

Lovely of you all to turn up tonight at what is the Dawson Centre’s first official venture beyond Tasmania and ‘the Athens of the South’.  I thank you all from my heart, but my warmest thanks must go to Sophie York and Naomi Spinks.  Sophie for her precious friendship and passionate energy on behalf of Christian civilisation; Naomi, as assistant director of the Centre, for her loyal dedication as our anchor in Sydney.  I should apologize, by the way, for appropriating the term ‘Athens of the South’ for little old Hobart.  I’ve since been reminded that Adelaide has long claimed it for its own.  I guess I’m guilty of cultural appropriation – never a good look when an old white geezer does it. 

Once in a while Providence throws up a splendid synchronicity of famous births.  The second-last decade of the fifth century (480-490 AD) was one of those special times.  What other period and place in history has produced three people whose influence on the centuries to come has been as potent and far-reaching as St Benedict, Boethius and Cassiodorus?  

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