Join us on Tuesday 3rd August at 10.30am in our Port Macquarie Library Meeting Room for an interesting presentation from Michael Cavanagh.
After a short-lived teaching career, Michael realised that the best thing he could do for the future Australian leaders, was to leave the classroom and pursue a journalism career.
For nearly four decades he had a wonderful ride, including reporting federal politics arriving in Canberra at the zenith of the Hawke/Keating double act, and then to chronicle its unravelling. Michael was also responsible for the ABC’s News/Current Affairs coverage of the biggest show in town, the Sydney Olympics.
In all of this from 1997 through to 1998 he was the ABC’s China Radio Correspondent based in Beijing at that time often using the term the “emerging power” as a prelude to where it is now the dominant world power.
THE BEIJING BUREAU
Napoleon Bonaparte is reported to have stated “China is the sleeping lion, and when she wakes she will rule the world.”
The Middle Kingdom has certainly awakened and the whole globe is watching as it influences world affairs.
Michael along with 24 other fellow China Correspondents have contributed to “The Beijing Bureau ” dating back to when Australia had a continuous full time media presence in China from the time Prime Minister Gough Whitlam stepped off a plane at Beijing.
Although the book does also take a look at much earlier times when there were Australian’s reporting from China.
Not all the contributors are Australian, some of them having worked there while reporting for overseas news organisations.
From quite personal accounts to the analytical, the book examines from that full time presence to now where there is no Australian linked coverage after the last two Australian reporters left after immense pressure from Chinese authorities.
Whether it be the observations of the reporters in the 70’s to when Michael was there in the nineties, to the present day, there are certain elements about China which never change.