The Sydney Institute

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Group.png The Sydney Institute  
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FounderGerard Henderson
HeadquartersSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Membership• Jacquelynne Willcox
• Amy Mener
• Simon Edwards
• Louise Clegg
• Joe Gersh
• George Karagiannakis
• Nicholas Johnson
• Carmel Mulhearn
• Katherine O'Regan
• Tony Warren
• Mike Zorbas
Australian business-friendly talking forum

The Sydney Institute is a private[1] Australian policy forum founded in 1989.[2] The institute took over the resources of the Sydney Institute of Public Affairs which ceased activity in the late 1980s.[3]

The institute was opened on 23 August 1989 by then New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner with supporting remarks from Bob Carr (then NSW Opposition Leader). It recieves its funding from unnamed partners "in the Australian business community".[4]

Columnist and writer Gerard Henderson is the executive director of the institute. His wife, Anne Henderson, who is also an author, is the deputy director.


The institute holds weekly forums and an annual dinner at which a lecture is given by a person who has been deemed to have made an important contribution in a particular field at either an international or national level. From time to time the institute organises and hosts international conferences; addresses to the institute are published in The Sydney Papers. The institute also publishes The Sydney Institute Quarterly.

Gerard Henderson writes a regular weekly column for The Sydney Morning Herald and The West Australian. Henderson also comments on public radio and appears occasionally on the ABC TV Insiders programs.[5]

Speakers at the Sydney Institute have included Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey, former prime ministers Kevin Rudd, John Howard and Malcolm Turnbull, current prime minister Scott Morrison, former Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, Nobel Prize recipient Peter C. Doherty, General Peter Cosgrove, former Reserve Bank Governor Ian Macfarlane, former Chief Justice Murray Gleeson and writer David Malouf.

International figures such as Dick Cheney, Jung Chang, William Shawcross, James A. Kelly, Alexander Dubček, John Ralston Saul and Tariq Ali have also given lectures.

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