Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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Anne Summers on the state of our creative nation

Dr Anne Summers, AO explores Australia's development as a literary and creative nation and asks, ‘Is "bias, Australian" still possible in a globalised world?'

She also talks about the role government can play in developing creativity.

Anne is an author whose books include Damned whores and God’s police (1975) and The lost mother (2009). She was a political adviser to prime minister Paul Keating in 1992–93 and ran the Office of the Status of Women from 1983 to 1986. Anne has been US editor for the Australian Financial Review and editor-in-chief of Ms magazine.

This Stephen Murray-Smith Lecture was held on 21 October 2010.