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John Howard’s gun buyback scheme had more than one benefit
Did the buyback save lives? As someone with a connection to two of Australia’s worst gun massacres, I’ve always been interested in finding out. But the public debate seemed frustratingly simplistic. Some anti-gun...
A new study finds social status rippling across the centuries
IF YOU WANT to know who made up Australia’s elite in the nineteenth century, a useful place to look is the Australian Dictionary of Biography. In its many volumes, you’ll find business leaders,...
Why are prisons less a portal to a new life than a revolving door? Corrective services need to correct, not just punish, writes Andrew Leigh in On Line Opinion
IT’S A SET-PIECE of every Hollywood movie featuring an ex-con. A clean-shaven man walks out...
IN JUNE 2000, three months before I began studying at Harvard University, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community hit the shelves. Encountering Putnam’s “civic decline” thesis, I must confess that I was initially sceptical. It took almost all of the 13...