Looking West

A panel discussion

Co-presented with Griffith Review

Griffith Review turns the spotlight on Western Australia in the latest edition, Looking West. Western Australia is central to national prosperity. Perth has grown into a boomtown the likes of which Australia hasn’t seen since the 1850s, and some of the world’s richest people now hark from WA. But what will be left when the mining boom deflates?

Join Griffith Review editor Professor Julianne Schultz; Helen Trinca, managing editor of [[i|The Australian]]; David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and Professor Geoff Gallop, former premier of WA and Director of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney, in a discussion about the history, environment, politics and creative impulses that inform the state.

WA is on the cusp of reconciling the past and creating a new future. Looking West will challenge what you think you know about the state.

‘When we became the richest state, the boom state, the engine of the nation’s great good fortune, the onset of smugness was almost instant…There were two gospels holding sway on the western frontier: the first was Unbridled Development and like unto it the second – Western Australian exceptionalism. And many were faithful.’ – Tim Winton (in interview)


Professor Geoff Gallop

Professor Geoff Gallop is Director of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney. He was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1986 to 2006 and the Premier of Western Australia from 2001 to 2006. In 2008 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council, Chair of the Australia Awards Board and Member of the International Education Advisory Council.

Helen Trinca

Helen Trinca grew up in Perth and moved to Sydney in 1980. She has held a number of senior jobs in Australian journalism and is at present managing editor of The Australian. Helen has co-authored two books on work and industrial issues: Waterfront: The Battle That Changed Australia (with Anne Davies, 2000) and Better than Sex: How a Whole Generation Got Hooked on Work (with Catherine Fox, 2004). She is the author of the biography Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John (2013). Her essay 'Like a tourist with benefits' is published in Griffith Review 47: Looking West.

David Ritter

David Ritter is CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, a role he took up in 2012 after five years working with Greenpeace, London on global issues. Previously, he worked as a lawyer and an academic. He is a regular contributor to Griffith Review, most recently to Looking West. He is an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Australia and a Fellow of the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney.

Professor Julianne Schultz

Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editor of Griffith Review. Professor Schultz is a member of the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research and chairs the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She sits on the editorial board of The Conversation and is a member of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Pool of Peers. She became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and the community in 2009 and an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities the following year. She has served on the board of directors of the ABC and Grattan Institute, and chaired and been a member of many advisory boards with a particular focus on education, journalism and creativity.

Griffith Review No 47 Looking West is published in conjunction with Curtin University. Copies will be on sale at the venue (RRP $28.00)