Jan Bruck came to Australia with his Australian wife and family from Germany in December 1972 for a temporary job in the German Department at Sydney University, just after Gough Whitlam and his progressive Labour team had been elected into government. In the late seventies he joined the Department of General Studies at the University of NSW where he taught courses in Media, Culture and Society, and later started making documentary videos. Since his early retirement in 1998 he has commuted between Sydney and Berlin where his partner lives, and recently moved to the South Coast of NSW.
The model of parliamentary democracy which the modern world inherited from Britain is obviously not working properly any more, because the major parties today don’t stand for coherent and reliable policies which reflect fundamental social divisions and opposing interests in our society. Continue reading »