Category Archive: AIH399-2012/13

Raising our eyes in the wake of the Federal Election

by David Lowe

Director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute at Deakin University and co-founder of the Australian Policy and History Network

 

Come September, Aussie Rules football fever is everywhere in Victoria, and indeed to varying extents, it captures attention throughout Australia. For the clubs lucky enough to be playing Read more »

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The 1965-66 mass killings in Indonesia: Recent developments towards historical justice

by Jemma Purdey

Alfred Deakin Research Institute

At the height of the Cold War, Indonesia’s Communist Party (PKI) was a significant force in national politics, with a growing following and increasing support from President Sukarno as he sought to share in what appeared would soon become a significant political power base. Read more »

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University Autonomy and the Public Interest

by Hannah Forsyth

Executive Summary

  • University scholars have long argued that institutional autonomy and intellectual freedom are necessary conditions for assuring the integrity of tertiary education and university research.
  • Governments maintain the necessity for a proper accounting of public funding and ask universities to provide evidence that they are making optimum use Read more »

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How much should Australians know about Papua New Guinea?

by Jon Ritchie, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University

 

In the last week Papua New Guinea (PNG) has received more exposure in the Australian media than it has for a very long time indeed.  Ever since news of the ‘Regional Resettlement Arrangement Between Australia and Papua New Guinea’ agreement between Read more »

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Sending Our Women to War: The Role of Women in the Australian Army from 2000 to Today

Hannah Evans

School of Humanities, University of New England (UNE)

Executive summary

 

  • The roles of women in the Australian Army have undergone significant changes since the 1980s, and have led to more employment opportunities for women.
  • This article outlines the changing nature of female employment opportunities in the Read more »

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind? The Use and Misuse of Groundwater in Perth, Western Australia

Out of Sight, Out of Mind? The Use and Misuse of Groundwater in Perth, Western Australia

Ruth Morgan

School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University

 

Executive summary

 

  • Groundwater supplies in Perth are under stress.
  • About 80 per cent of all water used Read more »

Permanent link to this article: http://aph.org.au/out-of-sight-out-of-mind-the-use-and-misuse-of-groundwater-in-perth-western-australia

Consumer Policy, the Carbon Tax, and selling Consumption Reduction

Consumer Policy, the Carbon Tax, and selling Consumption Reduction

Amanda McLeod

 

Under Julia Gillard, the ALP federal government has missed an important opportunity to sell the benefits of consumption reduction alongside its Carbon Tax (Clean Energy legislation). The government continues to get caught up in debates about compensation and tax Read more »

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Responding to Genocide: mobilising Political Will in Australia

By Deborah Mayersen

Executive summary

 

  • Australia has demonstrated a strong commitment to genocide prevention rhetorically, but typically this has not translated into robust policy responses to genocide occurring in foreign countries
  • Australia supports the Responsibility to Protect (populations from genocide and mass atrocities) Principle, endorsed internationally at the 2005 World Summit. Read more »

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A Dangerous Disease to Catch: Overseas Student Activism in Australia during the 1970s

by Jon Piccini

 

Executive summary

 

  • During the 1970s, as Australia’s overseas student program moved from development aid to mass market, a group of Asian students sought to politically engage Australians on issues of poverty and political repression in their homelands.
  • This article explores how such an alliance was formed between Read more »

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Past Adoption Practices and the Politics of Apology

by Christin Quirk

Executive summary

  • From November 2010, the Australian federal government’s Senate Inquiry Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices investigated over four hundred submissions that included claims of unethical and illegal practices.
  • The Inquiry’s final report has since recommended that formal statements of apology be issued by the Read more »

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