Australian Review of Public Affairs

The Editors of the Australian Review of Public Affairs thank its readers, contributors, past editorial team members and other supporters, who have enabled us to offer what we hope has been a topical and thought-provoking look at a broad sweep of the issues of our time. With considerable regret, we announce that we have not been able to secure the modest funds required to continue, and so can no longer offer our unique blend of research, commentary and review. We will maintain the site indefinitely, and are confident that readers will continue to find and appreciate the work of around 300 authors who have written for the review over the last 16 years.

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25 Jan 2016

There has been a lot of breathless commentary about ASEAN lately; researchers and consultants alike have been making big claims about the ASEAN Economic Community surpassing China as the powerhouse of the East. But, asks Len Perry in the Australian Review of Public Affairs, does...

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6 Feb 2015

The failure of the modern economy to deliver widespread benefits for all is now widely recognised. Ordinary workers—those in the middle and lower parts of the income distribution—have limited access to resources and even more limited effective say. It was not ever thus, and the...

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17 Oct 2014

The Forrest Review represents the primary problem of Indigenous employment services as ill-discipline borne of overly permissive government funding. Providers of publicly-funded employment and training programs must be disciplined by tying the bulk of their income to 26-week employment outcome payments and the power to...

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18 Jul 2014

Talk about ‘lifters’ and ‘leaners’ relies on the belief that our economy offers everyone except people with severe and permanent disabilities the opportunity to contribute. This rhetoric categorises people according to their moral and personal qualities, and positions those who miss out as less worthy...

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30 May 2014

Advocates for social justice believe that a better understanding of the history of the invasion, marginalisation and resistance of Indigenous peoples will lead to a more just relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. But it seems that knowing this history is not enough to enable...

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30 May 2014

The goal of marriage equality should be the social and legal non-discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But how likely is same-sex marriage to lead to social justice? The same-sex marriage debate concerns which aspects of the marital relationship have intrinsic worth and...

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9 May 2014

The possibility of unions becoming an engine of widespread social activism by acting in the interests of others may seem remote in the current Australian context. Unions are more often in the public eye for acting against the interests of their own members. But unions...

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2 May 2014

Abstract: A sperm donor is the biological father but not the social father of a child conceived through donor insemination. What is the significance, if any, of the genetic connection between the donor and donor offspring? How do the various stakeholders perceive the significance and...

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19 Jul 2013

For the victims of most drone strikes, there is no warning at all. Undetected surveillance drones may have spied on the targeted individuals for days or weeks before an armed drone is directed to release its Hellfire missile. Victims may hear a brief hissing sound...

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31 May 2013

Child sexual abuse is a serious concern for the community and the criminal justice system and is now the subject of three major inquiries in Australia.

The circumstances in which children have been and are sexually abused within social institutions, the impact of this...

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8 Feb 2013

How are we to make sense of the iPhone? It has been called a transformative networked multimedia platform; a fetishised consumer brand; a superlative innovation by a genius inventor; the ruination of solitude; and the emblem of a radical shift in the relationship between those...

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17 Dec 2012

A new book reviewed by Debra King in the Australian Review of Public Affairs makes a confronting comparison between industrial slaughterhouses and other ‘zones of confinement’.

In these zones—such as nursing homes, work that deals with death, decay and bodily fluids is physically hidden...

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15 Nov 2012

Do girls and boys really learn differently? Is gender formed by one’s social environment? Kellie Burns writes on the rise of neurosexism, in the Australian Review of Public Affairs .

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23 Oct 2012

What do winning and losing really mean, and how do they both shape our lives and society, asks Andrew J. Martin in the Australian Review of Public Affairs .

Much of life seems organised around competitions, and winning and losing are signal events. In...

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24 Sep 2012

Tony Smith explores the myths, markets, moral panics, and fascinating history of Australian larrikinism in the Australian Review of Public Affairs .

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21 Sep 2012

In the lead up to the US elections Dennis Phillips comments on the content and contradictions of modern American conservatism, in the Australian Review of Public Affairs .

Mitt Romney’s mid-August choice of 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate guaranteed...

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7 Sep 2012

Jonathan Haidt thinks so, writes Fiona Kate Barlow in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.

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7 Sep 2012

Have you ever considered a political career? If not, you are in the majority. Who takes this path and why asks James Walter in the Australian Review of Public Affairs .

Most of us never seriously consider this option. What is the catalyst of...

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29 May 2012

Down syndrome was first described by John Langdon Down 150 years ago. A child either has or has not Down syndrome and a diagnosis is definite soon after birth, but the experience of having Down syndrome is not static. As with prenatal diagnosis, medical progress...

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20 Apr 2012

The media is awash with stories about the exceptional academic success of Chinese students. Young Chinese-Australians are topping their classes, winning places in selective schools, and gaining entry into competitive university courses.

When China debuted in the 2009 international standardised testing program PISA, students...