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Sunday, June 16 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Australian Jews, the Left and ASIO: a shifting dynamic

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For decades, ASIO maintained extensive files on people and organisations, many of them Jewish, with left- wing affiliations. Some were members of my own family. Using these files, I examine ASIO’s surveillance regime, explaining why so many Jews leaned left in the first half of last century and why ASIO took an unrelenting interest in them. I will conclude with a discussion on why, in recent years, the political allegiance of Australian Jews has shifted to the right.

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Michael Komesaroff

Michael is an engineer and freelance journalist who has spent a large part of his adult life living and working in Asia. Much of his writing relates to Asia and its economic development. He has been Executive in Residence at the School of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State... Read More →

Sunday June 16, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
Room 4