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France in the South Pacific: Countdown for New Caledonia − Review of Implementation of the Noumea Accord

This paper is a companion to an earlier ANUCES Briefing Paper, which noted the importance for regional stability of resolving New Caledonian decolonisation issues within the UN decolonisation framework, both for long-term acceptance of the French Pacific entities in the region, and for peace within the ‘arc of instability’ to Australia’s northeast. It argued that the litmus test for the future of the French entities in the Pacific would be the...Read more

Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power

Too much has been written about Rupert Murdoch. David McNight’s book stands out from the rest in two ways. First, with a few exceptions (the financial structure of the Murdoch empire, the battle to take over The Wall Street Journal, the Leveson Inquiry), it offers coverage of Murdoch’s career as a media proprietor which is more comprehensive than that offered by most of its competitors. And second, as its subtitle suggests, it focuses on Murdoch...Read more

Amin Saikal (ed.) - 'The Afhganistan conflict and Australia's role'

Leaving aside questions about Australia’s historical predilection for fighting other people’s wars, the relevance of the US alliance and the very morality of the US-led invasion of this wretched and dismal land, the issues raised in this collection by a diverse range of distinguished experts make for disturbing and thought-provoking reading...Review by Norman AbjorensenRead more

Raewyn Connell - Confronting Inequality: gender, knowledge and global change

On the international stage Raewyn Connell is Australia’s best-known social scientist. This collection of loosely linked essays tells us why. Connell combines fine-grained empirical research on class, gender and organisational life with acute political observations and persuasive theory-building. Review by Marian SawerRead more

The Regulation of Electronic Communications in the European Union: Lessons Learned and Remaining Challenges

Over the past two decades the regulation of electronic communications in the European Union has undergone significant development. These changes have been motivated by a combination of technological innovations and the adoption of new regulatory strategies consistent with a liberalisation of the sector and the aim of creating an integrated and vigorous market for electronic communications across EU member countries. This paper explains and...Read more

Mungo MacCallum - The Good, the Bad & and the Unlikely: Australia's Prime Ministers

MacCallum thinks that in recent years the 'most significant' leaders have been those who were 'the most courageous, the ones who burst through the roadblocks not only in society but within their own parties'. Examples are Gorton, Whitlam and Keating. These are called the 'heroes', often unsung in their own times and typically serving only a short term as Prime Minister...Review by John Uhr in the Canberra times 14/04/2012Read more

Towards the 9th ASEM Summit in Laos in 2012: Asia-Europe Relations in the 21st Century

This paper discusses the origins, purpose and functioning of the Asia-Europe Meetings (ASEM) that have been convened since 1996 between Asian and European countries. It places ASEM in an emerging multi-polar world and elaborates ASEM’s growth in terms of membership and functionality, as well as its role in fostering bilateral relations between Europe and Asia. The paper details outcomes of the 2010 ASEM 8 summit and the multi-faceted process...Read more

David Reiff - Against Remembrance

It takes a brave man to speak out against remembrance these days. Journalist David Rieff has identified remembrance as one of the pieties of our age and in this slim volume seeks to think through an alternative means of creating and sustaining justice when dealing with past tragedies, atrocities and wrongs. Rieff poses the question that what if remembrance does not help create a good and just society, but that forgetting has its role too? Here...Read more

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee for a code of conduct for Federal Parliament

'In a submission to the committee, Australian National University professor of public policy John Uhr said the federal parliament was one of the few national bodies without a code of conduct. "I think that public confidence in the integrity of parliament requires that something now be done to articulate standards of official conduct that the public can reasonably expect of their elected representatives," professor Uhr said.' Read the Scandal...Read more

Exits, Voices and Social Investment

To be published May 2012 Over fifty years ago, Albert Hirschman argued that dissatisfied consumers could either voice complaint or exit when they were dissatisfied with goods or services. Loyal consumers would voice rather than exit. Hirschman argued that making exit easier from publicly provided services, such as health or education, would reduce voice, taking the richest and most articulate away and this would lead to the deterioration of...Read more

Author/Editor: Keith Dowding, Peter John
Publication Date: April 2012
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