The Morrison Project

The Morrison Project is aimed at supporting and nurturing upcoming generations of Australians to follow in the footsteps of the noted journalist, political commentator and advisor, adventurer and journalist, George E Morrison.

In 2015, the Morrison Project had two priorities. The first was the Morrison Summit, a two-day masterclass to train young Australians who have demonstrated their involvement with China. The Summit invited applications from a pool of nearly 200 young Australians. Each of these individuals have already been noted for their work on China. The successful applicants were brought to Canberra to be trained in different aspects of working on China. The 2015 Summit speakers included Scott Dewar, Laurie Smith, Michelle Grattan, Bob Carr, Geremie Barmé, Benjamin Penny and Jane Golley.

Another priority has been the Morrison Scholarship program. The Morrison Scholarship intensively trains three young Australians each year. Prospective scholars submit a research program to CIW outlining a project involving China. Successful applicants receive financial support to spend three to six months at the Australian Centre on China in the World. Morrison Scholars are mentored daily so we can support and guide their research program. They are also trained in event organisation, writing, editing, academic and corporate research, and database creation. Each Morrison Scholar also produces a work made available through the CIW website.

The 2015 projects were: research on China’s leader Xi Jinping’s use of classical Chinese concepts in foreign policy speeches, including an annotated and translated database of relevant phrases and speeches; a project on the performance of Chinese firms that list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), including a database of each company, its financial performance, directors and capital backers; and, in conjunction with a long-term CIW project on Australia-China relations, an archive of Australian media reports on and discussions of China from 2009 to the present day. The archive is organised under thirty different themes. Each theme has an introductory essay; links to all major stories and Internet resources on the theme are listed chronologically following the introductory essays. A full offline database of the archive has also been created.

Ryan Manuel