Jenny Hocking

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Jenny Hocking (born 1954) is a research professor and the Head of the School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.[1]

Hocking is a biographer and scholar in Australian Studies, published in many political, history, and law journals.[2] She is the author and co-editor of several books including two books on terrorism, Beyond Terrorism: the Development of the Australian Security State, first published in 1993,[3][4] and Terror Laws: ASIO, Counter-Terrorism and the Threat to Democracy. She has been quoted on various topics on television, on the radio, and in the press.[5][6][7]

Hocking has written three biographies, on Lionel Murphy, the Australian High Court Judge and Attorney-General in the Whitlam government, Lionel Murphy: A Political Biography; on Frank Hardy, Australian author and communist activist, "Frank Hardy: Politics Literature Life"; and the definitive two-volume biography of former Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History and "Gough Whitlam: His Time". Lionel Murphy: A Political Biography was short-listed for a South Australian Festival Awards for Literature prize in the non-fiction category in 1998. Frank Hardy: Politics Literature Life was short-listed for the NSW Premier's History Awards, State Records Prize in 2006. Her latest book, volume 1 of a two-part biography on Whitlam, was launched by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in November 2008. The book, Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History, has been reviewed widely in Australia.[8][9][10][11][12][13] Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History was short-listed in 2009 for The Age Book of the Year Awards, the Queensland Premier's History Awards and the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

Hocking has also written and consulted for several television documentaries, including Mr Neal Is Entitled to Be An Agitator,[14] a documentary about Lionel Murphy. This film won the Australian Human Rights Award for Best Documentary Film in 1991.[15]


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  2. ^ Entry on Jenny Hocking, Who's Who in Australian 2012
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  6. ^ ‘Story of a High Court judge is a modern tragedy’ Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion Page, 31 August 2000
  7. ^ 'A Cloud Over Journalistic Standards' The Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion Page, 26 January 1999
  8. ^ The real Whitlam It's time we discovered the man behind the political legend, writes Nathan Hollier. The Age 10/01/2009
  9. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Ross Fitzgerald ‘The great, great man’ 13 December 2008
  10. ^ Canberra Times John Warhurst ‘Canberra and the making of a problematic PM’ 22 November 2008
  11. ^ Illawarra Mercury 15 November 2008
  12. ^ Adelaide Advertiser Greg Kelton ‘This week’s selections’ 15 November 2008
  13. ^ Weekend Australian Evan Williams ‘The definitive Gough botherer’ 15 November 2008 and Carmen Lawrence and Mungo McCallum in overland 2009
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