January 2000

Technical report

15 Jan 2000

The cultivated blackberries are hybrid plants of the genus Rubus, subgenus Eubatus. They are only distantly related to the weed species, Rubus fructicosus Agg.

The following varieties are found in commerce. Descriptive notes are based on performance in Southeast Australia. Fruiting season is dependent...

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1 Jan 2000

What are the obligations of Australian banks? In addition to the duties they have to their shareholders, do they also have a separate responsibility to the community?

Should they consider the needs of the poor, the elderly and those in rural and regional areas...

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15 Jun 2000

This paper is the text of Claire Woods' inaugural professorial lecture at the Hawke Institute. It explores the place of the territory of communication and writing within the current university context. Where do the theoretical and pedagogical concerns fit specifically into the University of South...

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1 Jan 2000

Nicholas Procter argues that the mental health of refugee populations is influenced by global catastrophic events, by emotional connections with former homelands, and by local conditions and events. Health and human service workers who work with refugees must therefore take local and global contexts into...

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1 Jan 2000

Debra King argues that corporate reputations are valuable, contributing both to a corporation's wealth and its competitive advantage. They are also, however, extremely vulnerable to the vagaries of stakeholder activists. In effect, reputation has been politicised: a crucial element in the battle over corporate behaviour...

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1 Jan 2000

This paper by J.C. Altman examines the economic status of Indigenous Australians as a self-identifying group. It is an early version of an entry to the 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia of the Australian People, published in 2001.

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1 Jan 2000

Marjorie Griffin Cohen writes that at the end of February 2000 a new round of World Trade Organisation negotiations began, focusing on trade in services. The WTO has identified a number of 'barriers' to free trade in education services which it aims to eliminate. These...

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1 Jan 2000

Tim Harcourt, Chief Economist with the Australian Trade Commission, writes that when it comes to talking about trade in Australia most discussion centres on the importing side of the equation and the role of tariffs and so on. By contrast, this paper aims to shed...

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1 Jan 2000

The unemployment rate has been consistently above 5 per cent in Australia since the first oil shock in the early 1970s. The current Coalition Government and the previous Labor Government have not pursued efficient employment policies. Further the persistently high unemployment has imposed...

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15 Apr 2000

It concludes that, if the position of 'problem gamblers' (those addicted to gambling) is included in the analysis, gambling may well be an economic burden to our society. Anne Hawke writes that in a recent draft report on Australia's gambling industry, the Australian Productivity Commission...

Briefing paper

1 Jan 2000

This primer is intended as a brief guide to the Knowledge Economy for people in business and government who need a succinct summary of its major features and implications. It has been prepared by Professors John Houghton and Peter Sheehan of Victoria University's Centre for...

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1 Jan 2000

This report has been prepared for the Coalition for Innovation in Scholarly Communication by Professor John Houghton of the the Centre for Strategic Economics Studies at Victoria University, Melbourne. It is intended to provide a summary description of the nature and extent of the current...

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1 Jan 2000

Oliva S. Mitchell and John Piggott argue that retirement systems should be conceived of as long-term financial contracts under which workers' contributions today are exchanged for benefits paid to the elderly tomorrow. Such contracts are said to be well-managed if the transactions are handled in...

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1 Jan 2000

This paper by Rhonda Sharp traces the development of gender-sensitive budget audits and their distinguishing features. It discusses the economic and political rationales for these exercises and the insights that are beginning to emerge from them. It concludes that realising the potential of these exercises...

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1 Jan 2000

Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi argues that international stereotypes tend to portray Iran as a 'traditional' society resistant to many aspects of social change. Based on this assumption, the generally held view is that Iran is experiencing one of the highest fertility rates in the world, and...

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1 Jan 2000

Rick Sarre, Meredith Doig and Brenton Fiedler argue that setting legal and administrative rules to control the risk of corporate irresponsibility, either by legislation or by organisational guidelines and policies, may be necessary, but it is not sufficient, to establish and entrench corporate accountability. In...

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15 Jun 2000

Wendy Seymour writes that technology offers the potential to free people with a disability from dependence and immersion in interventionist/therapeutic regimes of the past by enabling them to participate more fully in society and to take an active and creative role in their own embodiment....

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1 Jan 2000

Gerald McBride writes that over the past century our society has experienced ecological decline and the loss of a sense of community under the influence of increasing individualism and short-term, market-based economic values. In contrast, the Kaurna people maintained rich social lives and ecological sustainability...