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Taking Fire: Understandings of Indigenous Burning and Environmental Politics in Australia and the United States, 1910-2015

Taking Fire: Understandings of Indigenous Burning and Environmental Politics in Australia and the United States, 1910-2015

Daniel May

PhD Candidate, Australian National University

Non-Indigenous understandings of ‘fire-stick farming’ have historically existed not as anthropological curiosities but as political incendiaries, as competing interest groups have attempted to publically appropriate or Read more »

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The Reforming Spirit

Liam Byrne

University of Melbourne

George Megalogenis recently argued in the Quarterly Review that contemporary policy-making in Australia is hindered by a bi-partisan commitment to orthodoxies that no longer reflect the economic, political, and social realties of Australia in the 21st century. Policy makers are, he posited, stuck in Read more »

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Putting Theory into Practice: International Development and Australian Economic Assistance to Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia, 1945-75

Nicholas Ferns

Monash University

Following the end of the Second World War, Australia became part of an international movement that was marked by recognition of the role of governments in providing economic assistance to poorer parts of the world. These poorer areas, alternately called “underdeveloped”, “less developed”, or “developing”, had generally Read more »

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Education Scholarships and the Indonesian Australian Relationship

Anna Kent

Deakin University

The following essay addresses two of three key questions presenters at a recent Australian Policy History Network event, focused on Historical perspectives on current policy challenges.

How would you see the specific focus of your research fitting within a longer-term pattern or process Read more »

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Constructing Asia Literacy as a Policy Problem

Rebecca Cairns

Deakin University

Australia-Asia relations represent an ongoing public policy question with a long and vexed history. In education, studies of Asia have been a national policy concern since the early 1970s. Responding to shifts in the economic and geo-political landscape, a consistent flow of policies and governmental reports argued Read more »

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Life, Death and Deliverance at Callan Park Hospital for the Insane, 1877-1920: A Public Policy Message

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David Roth

Australian National University

How can my thesis on this historical topic inform current debates about mental health care policy in Australia? Before I answer this question, I need to first give a summary of the current outcomes of recent policy developments in, and debates on, Read more »

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For Love or Money? Maternal Wellbeing and Government Policy

Carla Pascoe

Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, University of Melbourne

Australian governments have historically maintained a narrow view of their role in supporting the transition to motherhood. This has been highlighted anew in recent discussions of paid parental leave. Debates over so-called ‘double dipping’ – where women access both Read more »

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New Australian Prime Ministers Website Released

The new Australian Prime Ministers website has recently been released, bringing together cultural, community and contemporary resources from around the nation for the most complete picture of our prime ministers.

The website was developed by the Museum of Australian Democracy in collaboration with the Network of Prime Ministerial Research and Collecting Agents, and multiple valued partners. Australian Read more »

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Whose History Matters?

by Jason Flanagan

Assistant Professor International Studies, Deputy Associate Dean Education

University of Canberra

Executive Summary

  • The so-called War on Terror and related invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq provoked the widespread application of historical analogies by policymakers and pundits alike.
  • The debate surrounding the Iraq invasion centred around Read more »

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