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‘Constitutional recognition’ has emerged as a dominant language through which Australians now debate what is owed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by the settler state. But what is it? There are different ways of answering that question, depending on the goal. If one’s...
In 1980 ANU security expert Des Ball published, A Suitable Piece of Real Estate , about American installations in Australia. These military and intelligence bases are the cornerstone of the Australian/US defence relationship.
Over 30 years later, there are calls for a renewed debate...
In 2011 Tangentyere Council commissioned the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) to undertake a comprehensive and independent Post Occupancy Evaluation of Town Camp housing work done under the Commonwealth’s Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program. The research was conducted in three stages across 18 months....
Desmond Ball’s labours through four decades to elucidate the character of United States defence and intelligence facilities in Australia, to document the evidence, test the balance of benefits and dangers to both national security and human security, and then tell the story...
The paper explains how the vote counting system used in Northern Territory local government leads to very poor electoral outcomes which concentrate representation rather than spread it.
It discusses how, in the case of Alice Springs, this has produced a narrowly based council with...