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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

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

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

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

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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Diane Austin-Broos - 'A Different Inequality: The Politics of Debate about Remote Aboriginal Australia'

Diane Austin-Broos is one of Australia’s most eminent anthropologists, an emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney and author of the well-regarded monograph, Arrente Present, Arrente Past, Invasion, violence and imagination in Indigenous Central Australia (Chicage, 2009). Yet, her latest book is a serious disappointment. Review by Barry Hindess .Read more

Author/Editor: Diane Austin-Broos
Publication Date: April 2012
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Amanda Tattersall - 'Power in Coalition: Strategies for Strong Unions and Social Change'

Through a thorough analysis of case studies in Australian, the United States and Canada, Dr Tattersall addresses what she terms the unions’ “crisis of power” through their creative engagement with other civil society organisations in seeking to go beyond advancing traditional union goals and wages and conditions in seeking broader social change in what she characterizes as “positive-sum coalitions.” Review by Norman AbjorensenRead 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

France in the South Pacific: Countdown for New Caledonia − Options for the Future

France was able to turn regional opinion in the South Pacific from hostility in the 1980s to cautious acceptance through two major policy decisions relating to its sovereign Pacific entities in the 1990s: ceasing its nuclear testing in French Polynesian waters; and addressing destabilising decolonisation concerns, principally in New Caledonia. The nuclear issue has been largely laid to rest, but decolonisation issues have not yet been fully...Read more

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