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Professor Jenny Hocking

Head of School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies

BSc (Mon); BEc (Mon); PhD (Syd)

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Recent Grants and Awards

ARC Linkage Grant (2009-2012) with Partner Organisations the National Library of Australia and the National Archives of Australia, Gough Whitlam: A Living Democracy

Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History (Melbourne University Publishing/Miegunyah Press 2008) short-listed for The Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literature 2009; long-listed for the Walkley Awards Non-fiction Book Award 2009.

Latest Work

Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History

This moment was not his alone, nor could it ever have come about without him … Gough Whitlam turned to Graham Freudenberg, touched him lightly on the shoulder, saying, ‘It’s been a long road, Comrade, but we’re there’, and walked out to meet the spotlight … From his childhood in the fledging city of Canberra to his first appearance as Prime Minister (playing Neville Chamberlain), to his extensive war service in the Pacific and marriage to Margaret, the champion swimmer and daughter of Justice Wilfred Dovey, the biography draws on previously unseen archival material, extensive interviews with family and colleagues, and exclusive interviews with Gough Whitlam himself. Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History illuminates the path that took one man to power and was shortlisted for The Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literature 2009. View details and purchase the book from Readings.

Biography

Professor Jenny Hocking is a well-known biographer and a highly regarded scholar and commentator on Australian politics, counter-terrorism and security matters. Her latest work Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History (Melbourne University Publishing. 2008, 2009) is the first of a two-volume biography of the former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. Jenny has written extensively in these fields and her work has appeared in scholarly journals, newspapers, radio and television. She is a regular commentator on Australian politics and security matters in Australian media and for Radio Netherlands, and contributed the entries on Gough Whitlam and Lionel Murphy to the Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. Professor Hocking is also the author of two earlier biographies, Lionel Murphy: a Political Biography (Cambridge University Press. 1997, 2000); Frank Hardy: Politics Literature Life (Lothian Books. 2005) both of which were short-listed in national literary awards. She has appeared as a guest of several writers’ festivals including the Sydney and Melbourne Writers Festivals.

Jenny Hocking has also written extensively on counter-terrorism and democracy most recently in Terror Laws: ASIO, Counter-terrorism and the Threat to Democracy (UNSW Press. 2004). She is a member of the Executive Board of the International Australian Studies Association, a Series Editor of the Journal of Australian Studies and a long-standing Trustee of the Lionel Murphy Foundation, a not for profit organisation awarding national and international scholarships to postgraduate students. Jenny Hocking has made several submissions to parliamentary inquiries, including the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, regarding the development of Australia’s counter-terrorism laws and her public presentations, invited papers and key-note addresses to national and international conferences include the University of Waikato, New Zealand, the University of Newcastle, the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia and the UNESCO Wheeler Centre for the Book, Writing and Ideas in the State Library of Victoria.

Research Interests

Jenny Hocking was appointed Head of the School of Journalism and Australian Studies (now the School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies) in 2010. Prior to this she was Research Professor and Director of Research with the National Centre for Australian Studies in the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts. Her PhD, from the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Sydney, was on Australia’s early counter-terrorism developments and her research interests continue to focus on this field as well as Australian political biography.

Keywords

Australian politics, political biography, counter-terrorism, labour history

Areas of Supervision

Jenny Hocking is an experienced and dedicated supervisor of research students and this is one of her great interests. She takes great delight in seeing students develop their ideas and their research and establish a publication record. Her areas of supervision and expertise include:

  • Australian labour history
  • Australian biography
  • Public sector broadcasting
  • Communications and media policy
  • Australian governance
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Australian politics

Current Research Projects and Grants

Political Biography

Jenny Hocking is the author of three major political biographies, most recently of the former Labor Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History (Melbourne University Publishing/Miegunyah Press 2008/2009). Her previous biographies are of the former Attorney-General and High Court justice Lionel Murphy, Lionel Murphy: A Political Biography (Cambridge University Press. 1997, 2000), and of the Australian communist, political activist and author Frank Hardy, Frank Hardy: Politics Literature Life (Lothian Books. 2005). Lionel Murphy: A Political Biography was short-listed for the South Australian Literature Awards for best non-fiction in 1997, Frank Hardy: Politics Literature Life was short-listed in the 2006 NSW History Awards and Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History was short-listed for The Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literature 2009 and long-listed in the Walkley Awards non-fiction book 2009. . Jenny co-wrote the award-winning documentary film about Lionel Murphy, Mr Neal is Entitled to be an Agitator (Film Art Doco, ABC-TV 1991). She also co-edited with Associate Professor Colleen Lewis the 2003 volume It’s Time Again: Whitlam and Modern Labor.

Counter-terrorism, Security and democracy

Jenny is a prolific writer and contributor to public debate on counter-terrorism and democracy, in her first book, Beyond Terrorism: the Development of the Australian Security State (Allen & Unwin. 1993) and Terror Laws: ASIO, Counter-terrorism and the Threat to Democracy (UNSW Press. 2004) as well as numerous book chapters, articles and opinion pieces. She has co-edited, also with Associate Professor Colleen Lewis, the international collection Counter-terrorism and the Post-Democratic State published by Edward Elgar in 2007. Jenny has made submissions to several parliamentary inquiries into these developments and is a frequent commentator in Australian and international media on these and other contemporary political issues.

Research Grants

Professor Hocking has been the recipient of several competitive research grants including:

  • ARC Linkage Grant (2009-2012) with Partner Organisations the National Library of Australia and the National Archives of Australia, Gough Whitlam: A Living Democracy
  • ARC Linkage Grant (2005-2008) with Partner Organisations the National Library of Australia and the National Archives of Australia, Gough Whitlam: People, Party, Politics
  • ARC QEII Research Fellowship (1999-2005), Frank Hardy: A Political Biography
  • Harold White Fellowship with the National Library of Australia (2002), Examination of the Frank Hardy Papers MS4887
  • Jenny Hocking is currently working on Volume II of her two-volume biography of Gough Whitlam, to be published by Melbourne University Publishing/Miegunyah Press in 2012.

Teaching

  • Master of Communications and Media Studies
  • Master of Australian Studies

Publications

Books

  • 2008 Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History Vol I of Gough Whitlam: The Biography Melbourne University Publishing/Miegunyah Press. Melbourne. 471pp. Paperback 2009
  • 2005 Frank Hardy: Politics Literature Life Lothian Books. Melbourne. 310pp
  • 2004 Terror Laws: ASIO, Counter-terrorism and the Threat to Democracy University of New South Wales Press. Sydney. 288pp
  • 2000 Lionel Murphy: A Political Biography Cambridge University Press. Melbourne. Paperback edition with new Foreword by Justice Michael Kirby and new Epilogue ‘Did Lionel Murphy really happen?’ by the author. 382pp

Edited Books

  • 2007 Hocking, J. and Lewis, C. (eds) The Post-democratic Era: Counter-terrorism and the State Edward Elgar Publishing. London.
  • 2003 Hocking, J. and Lewis, C. (eds) It’s Time Again: Whitlam and Modern Labor Circa Books. Melbourne.

Books Chapters

  • 2007 'Counter-terrorism and the politics of social cohesion' in Jupp, J., Nieuwenhuysen, J., Dawson, E. (eds.) Social Cohesion in Australia. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, :182-190
  • 2007 with Lewis, C. ‘Counter-terrorism and the rise of “security policing”’ in Hocking, J. and Lewis, C. (eds) The Post-democratic Era: Counter-terrorism and the State Edward Elgar Publishing. London.
  • 2007 ‘Academic Freedom in an Age of Terror’ in Turk, J. and Manson, A. (eds) Academic Freedom in Fearful Times James Lorimer Publishing. Canada.
  • 2005a ‘History by Numbers’ Introduction to Nolan, S. (ed) Reflections on the Dismissal Melbourne University Press. Melbourne. :1-14
  • 2005b ‘Liberty, Security and the State’ in Saunders, P. and Walter, J. (eds) Ideas and Influence: Social Science and Public Policy in Australia University of New South Wales Press. Sydney. :178-197
  • 2005c ‘Frank Hardy and Power Without Glory: Prelude to the Split’ in Love, P. and Strangio, P. The Great Labor Schism Scribe Publications. Melbourne. :97-113

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2009a 'The election that never was: The 1974 Double Dissolution' overland 196 September :36-40
  • 2009b "'A Disastrous and Deluded War': Gough Whitlam, Conscription and the Vietnam War' Agora Vol. 44 No. 3 :29-33
  • 2009c and Campo, N. 'Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History' Memento: National Archives of Australia, no. 36: 14-16
  • 2007 ‘Post-war reconstruction and the new world order: the origins of Gough Whitlam's democratic citizen’ Australian Journal of Politics and History 53 (2) :223-235.
  • 2006 ‘Australian Terror Laws Target Ideas, Debate and Dissent’ Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education in Canada Fall:10-12
  • 2005 ‘The Anti-Terrorism Bill (No 2) 2005: When scrutiny, secrecy and security collide’ Democratic Audit http://democratic.audit.anu.edu.au
  • 2004a ‘Protecting democracy by preserving justice: ‘Even for the feared and the hated”’ University of New South Wales Law Journal 27(1) Thematic Issue: The Legal Response to Terrorism :319-338
  • 2004b ‘The end of dissent: Counter terrorism and the politics of repression’ Arena Journal No. 22 September :11-19
  • 2004b ‘National Security and Democratic Rights: Australian Terror Laws’ The Sydney Papers Vol. 16 No. 1 Summer:89-95

Presentations

  • 2009a University of New England Writing and Research Workshop Armidale. 30 March
  • 2009b 'Political Biography: Whitlam and Menzies' Institute of Public Administration Australia. IPAA Writing Seminar Series State Library of Victoria Melbourne. 27 March
  • 2007 Institute for Advanced Studies University of Western Australia. Public Lecture. November. Perth
  • 2006 New South Wales Teachers Federation. State Council. 'Terror Laws and Academic Freedom' Sydney. 6 May
  • 2005 'The impact of anti-terror measures on academic freedom and universities' NTEU National Seminar Academic Freedom, Universities and the New Terror Laws Melbourne

Encyclopedia/Dictionary Entries

  • 2007 'E.G. (Gough) Whitlam' in Galligan, B. and Roberts, W. (eds) Oxford Companion to Australian Politics Oxford University Press. Melbourne
  • 2007 'L.K. (Lionel) Murphy' in Galligan, B. and Roberts, W. (eds) Oxford Companion to Australian Politics Oxford University Press. Melbourne

Film, Television, Documentaries

  • 2000 A Law is Made with D. Dellora 17 min. documentary (for the Parliament of Victoria)

Public Lectures

  • 2009a 'Gough Whitlam: Secrets from the Archives' National Archives of Australia Speakers' Corner Series Canberra. 10 May
  • 2009b 'Prime Ministers and Biography' National Library of Australia/National Centre for Australian Studies Monash University National Conversations Series Canberra. 13 March
  • 2009c 'The Lost Mother' 22 August. In conversation with Anne Summers. Session Chair Melbourne Writers Festival 22-27 August
  • 2009d 'Gough Whitlam: Lessons for the Rudd government' Underground Talks New International Bookshop Trades Hall. Melbourne. 12 August
  • 2009e 'Political Lives' 22 June. In conversation with Dr Julianne Schultz Noosa LongWeekend Festival 22-28 June
  • 2009f 'Political Lives' with Brian Mathews 21 May. In conversation with Stephen Muecke Sydney Writers Festival 18-24 May
  • 2007 State Library of Victoria 'Out of the Box' Panel Participant on Censorship and Research 4 December. Melbourne
  • 2006a NSW Writers' Centre Writing History Festival 23 September
  • 2006b Northern Rivers Writers Centre Byron Bay Writers Festival 2-6 August

Conferences

  • 2010 Keynote Address. To Deprave and Corrupt: Forbidden, Hidden and Censored Books Bibliographic Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference. UNESCO Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. Melbourne. July (forthcoming)
  • 2009 '"It's a ripping good yarn!": Biography and the Creative Imagination' A Judicious Life?: Judicial and Political Biography. Australian Association of Constitutional Law. University of Adelaide. 4 December
  • 2008 Keynote Address. '"So, Grandfather Was a Criminal?": Reflections From the Whitlam Biography' International Australian Studies Association Conference. New Voices, New Visions Queensland University of Technology. Brisbane. 27-29 November
  • 2005a Keynote Address. '"Phantoms of Lost Liberty"' Plenary Session Two 'Law and Terror' Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference. One Law for All? University of Waikato. New Zealand. 5-8 July
  • 2005b 'ASIO, Law and Politics in the Post-Democratic State' Democracy: Participation and Exclusion Law Students for a Just Community Conference. Mt Evelyn. 8-9 August
  • 2005c 'Liberty, Security and the State' Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Symposium. Ideas and Influence Shine Dome. Australian National University. December
  • 2003 'Australian terror laws: an historical critique' National Forum: The War on Terrorism and the Rule of Law. University of New South Wales. Gilbert & Tobin Centre for Public Law. NSW Parliament House. 10 November
  • 2002a City/State/Surveillance post-September 11. University of Technology, Sydney. Law School Conference. Horti Hall. Melbourne Session. 20 July
  • 2002b'The war on terrorism': Democracy under challenge Law School Conference. Victoria University. 9 August
  • 2002c 'Counter-terrorism and the Criminalisation of Politics: Australia's New Security Powers of Detention, Proscription and Control' Public Plenary Conflict and Culture: War and Terror in the Modern World Research Group on War, Society and Culture Conference. University of Newcastle. September/October

Media

Opinion Pieces

  • 2003a 'Flawed view of security power hits democracy' The Canberra Times November (lead opinion piece)
  • 2003b 'Still a bad Bill' The Canberra Times 26 June
  • 2002a Whitlam The Canberra Times 1 December
  • 2002b 'Heffernan's agenda fits Howard's plan' The Age 15 March

Jenny Hocking is a frequent national and international media commentator on matters of national politics, government, biography and counter-terrorism. She contributes regularly to ABC radio, television and the print media, and has addressed the National Press Club. Professor Hocking appeared on numerous radio programs across Australia throughout 2008 and 2009 discussing her biography Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History, throughout 2005 discussing Frank Hardy: Politics, Literature, Life, and in 1997 sharing her work on Lionel Murphy: A Political Biography. All three publications were reviewed in the major Australian daily newspapers, as well as numerous regional papers, and excerpts have been printed in The Herald Sun, The Age, The Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Reviews

  • 2009 'Too Inspissated and too Dithyrambic: Review of Graham Freudenberg's A Certain Grandeur: Gough Whitlam's Life in Politics' Australian Book Review September
  • 2004 ‘Power, Glory and Myth’ review of James Griffin John Wren: A Life Reconsidered Scribe Publications The Age 13 March
  • 2003 ‘Past Imperfect, Present Tense’ review of Stuart Macintyre and Anna Clark The History Wars Melbourne University Press The Age 30 August:4

Submissions

  • 2006 Submission to the International Commission of Jurists Eminent Jurists Panel Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights Sydney.
  • 2005 Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee inquiry into the Anti-Terrorism Bill (No 2) 2005
  • 2002a Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee inquiry into proposed ‘terrorism’ offences and Executive proscription powers
  • 2002b Invited to give evidence in person before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, Melbourne hearings
  • 2002c Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD inquiry into proposed detention powers for ASIO

Professional Memberships and Editorial Positions

  • 2006-current Member Executive. International Australian Studies Association (InASA)
  • 2007-current Member Editorial Advisory Committee Journal of Australian Studies

Reader For Publishers and Journals

  • Cambridge University Press
  • University of New South Wales Press
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Arena Magazine
  • Current Issues in Criminology
  • History Australia
  • Journal of Australian Studies
  • Labour History
  • Melbourne University Law Review
  • Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law
  • National Labor History
  • overland
  • Social Justice (US)
  • University of Sydney Law Review

Grant Assessor

  • Australian Research Council
  • Expert of International Standing 2002-current
  • Expert Journal Reviewer. ERA HCA Journal List