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Looking for a way out: backing away from dangerous climate change

Climate change is known as a ‘wicked’ or even a ‘diabolical’ problem: complex, persistent and requiring change in multiple dimensions that are difficult to achieve. But this characterisation does not encompass the political-economic features of the climate problem that are hampering the policy response: state...
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‘The most feared disease of childhood and adolescence’ and ‘a deafening silence’: polio and post-polio in Australia

Extremely contagious and potentially fatal, polio reaped an annual harvest from the late 19th through the middle of the 20th centuries. Polio has since been almost eradicated by programs of mass vaccination and is now forgotten. Yet the threat of polio persists in two ways...
Journal article

Have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services failed? A response to Weatherburn

In their article, Elise Klein, Michael Jones and Eddie Cubillo consider Don Weatherburn’s claim that Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) have a limited role in reducing Indigenous incarceration. They argue that Weatherburn understates the role of ATSILS. They make their argument in three...
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Beyond neoliberalism: universities and the public good

These are challenging times for public universities everywhere. Questions about their organisation, governance, financing, relations to society and the content of education they provide, while not new, have assumed a heightened urgency in political and policy circles in Australia and elsewhere. So how are we...
Book review

The protest business

What is activism for, and why has so much formerly grassroots organisation and campaigning either become business-like, or failed? The short answer is: it’s complicated. Social change, concerted political opposition and internal organisational problems all play a part. So too does the absence of a...