Tag Archive: Australian Government

Precious but Partial? Some Comments on the Nomination of Australian Convict Sites for World Heritage Listing

by David Andrew Roberts, School of Humanities, University of New England


Executive summary

  • This article considers the Australian Federal Government’s recent series nomination of Australian convict sites for World Heritage listing.
  • It applauds the Nomination as a worthy initiative, but notices some shortcomings in the UNESCO criteria that potentially limit the Read more »

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The Liberal Campaign and the Myth of Rescue

by Sarah Burnside*


Much has been made of the repetitious slogans in use this election campaign, but one has received comparatively little attention: the Coalition’s emphasis that Labor must not be given ‘the second chance that it doesn’t deserve and that Australia can’t afford’.

The Liberals instead suggest that they Read more »

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Tax Review and the Big Picture

by Roy Hay, Sports and Editorial Services Australia (SESA)


Contemplating current events, historians, I suspect, often feel ‘This is where I came in’. Having cut my teeth on David Lloyd George’s ‘People’s Budget’ in 1909, his land tax campaign in 1913, and the aborted attempt at reform of local government taxation in Read more »

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Politicians and Historians

by David Lowe, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University


Why don’t politicians listen to historians? Perhaps the key word in this question is ‘listen’. We know that politicians do, indeed, draw on historians’ works. A well-known Australian example is of historian Don Watson penning some of the more memorable of former Prime Read more »

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New Labour in History

by Frank Bongiorno, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London


In the build-up to the Iraq War, there was an occasion when the British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, turned up for a briefing session with Tony Blair at Number 10, accompanied by one of his officials, Dr Michael Williams. Read more »

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Broadening the Scope of Historical Enquiry into Australian Refugee Policy

by Robert Carr, Researcher, Department of History and Politics, University of Wollongong


Executive summary

  • This article examines the administration of immigration and border controls as instruments of national security, commonly subject to political contestation of a high order.
  • The task of contemporary historians is to revise and probe at the assumptions Read more »

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Leading the World or Falling Behind?

by Marilyn Lake, Professor in History, La Trobe University


Scientists generally agree that the emission of carbon generated by industrialised economies, if left unchecked, will cause catastrophic changes in the earth’s climate leading to warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, failures in agriculture, prolonged droughts and an increasing incidence of extreme weather events, Read more »

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Travel, Tourism and Diplomacy: Is the Australian Government a ‘Smart Traveller’?

by Agnieszka Sobocinska, University of Sydney


Executive Summary

  • Australian perceptions of Asia have undergone significant changes since the Pacific War, and ‘ordinary’ Australians are increasingly comfortable within the region.
  • This article outlines the political influence of travel and tourism, arguing that Australian perceptions of Asia have been progressively shaped by a Read more »

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Politicians, History and Policy

by David Lowe, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University


Executive Summary

  • The need for an Australian web-network of historians who engage with current policy issues seems well-founded.
  • Research behaviour encouraged by the new Excellence for Research in Australia scheme doesn’t necessarily encourage contributions to public debate.
  • A robust sense of public Read more »

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