Category Archive: APH forum

Realigning Our Migration Policies, Taking a Holistic Approach to View Refugees as Skilled Migrants

by Kartia SnoekPhD CandidateMelbourne University

Abstract

Controlling who can and cannot migrate to Australia has been a part of the political landscape since Federation. In the first half of the twentieth century these exclusionary policies were based on race, predominantly aimed at restricting immigration from Asia and applied through a dictation Read more »

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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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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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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 »

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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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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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Just Say No: Consumer policy and the case for restricting rights

by Amanda McLeod

Dr Amanda McLeod is a historian and commentator interested in consumer policy and commercial, social and political life. She holds a PhD in history from Monash University (2004) where she is currently an Adjunct Research Associate. Her first book, Abundance: Mass Consumption in Postwar Australia, was published in Read more »

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Australia’s International Cultural Diplomacy

by Christiane Keys-Statham

Executive summary

  • In Australia, there is a renewal of interest in international cultural diplomacy, but the scope and purpose of this diplomacy is yet to be defined.
  • Australia’s international cultural exchanges and collaborations are underfunded, and geared towards trade and economics, rather than international development, mutual tolerance Read more »

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Peter Shergold on Academics and Policymaking: A Response

‘Peter Shergold on Academics and Policymaking: A Response’

Posted on 24 July, 2011 by aphblog

By Nicholas Brown

In May 2011, academic and former Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Peter Shergold published an article titled ‘Seen but not Heard’ in The Australian. Shergold is critical of what he Read more »

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