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The tyranny of ignorance

Bolton, G. (2002) The tyranny of ignorance. Australian Library Journal, 51 (4). p. 315.



THE TITLE OF THIS TALK CAME TO ME SOME MONTHS AGO when I was listening on ABC radio to my old sparring partner Geoffrey Blainey addressing the Press Club, and thought I heard him use the phrase `The tyranny of ignorance'. A nice refinement of his original tyranny of distance! I wrote and asked him if I could borrow the phrase for my paper to this conference. He replied that I must have misheard him, as he hadn't used that phrase, though he wished he had; and certainly I should feel free to go ahead and use it. So I did so, and then in the last week, having received Neil McLean's summary and having considered other speeches both here and at last week's Sydney colloquium, I decided that my original paper wouldn't do, and needed re-writing entirely This is the version you are about to hear. It has been composed in the light of two major statements about the knowledge economy, one from each side in politics: The Australian Labor Party's manifesto An Agenda for the Knowledge Nation published in July 2001 and the ministerial discussion paper Higher Education at the Crossroads published under the authority of Dr Brendan Nelson in April this year.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Vice Chancellery
Publisher: Australian Library and Information Association
Copyright: 2002 ALIA
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Notes: This paper was given at the ALIA Biennial Conference Powering our future, Sydney NSW 20-22 May 2002
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