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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13 Apr 2012

A new biography of Tony Abbott by Susan Mitchell paints him as irredeemably sexist and misogynistic; and generally a danger not just to women but to the whole country.

But, ask Kate Gleeson and Carol Johnson in the Australian Review of Public Affairs ,...

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16 Mar 2012

Anti-discrimination laws will empower victims of family violence? asks Tashina Orchiston and Belinda Smith for the Australian Review of Public Affairs (85) .

Women who are victims of family violence have more disrupted work histories, on average have lower personal incomes, have had to...

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9 Mar 2012

Women’s rights to work and to economic security have always been central tenets in the fight for gender equality.

These rights are won through feminist politics that focus on the individual rights of women as equal with men. But also important is a more...

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17 Feb 2012

The Ghosts of Labor’s Past: We know Labor is in trouble in Australia—but they are not alone. In Europe increasing numbers of the public are turning to right rather than left wing to govern. Why?

One reason might be, paradoxically, that centre-left parties are...

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2 Dec 2011

Medical students meet users of health services in clinical settings—the hospital or surgery—and so see them through eyes attuned to clinical and individual solutions, not to the broader social determinants of health, illness and modes of medical practice. Students are often resistant to thinking in...

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27 Nov 2011

Since World War II, globalisation and mass migration have exposed Australians, city and country dwellers alike, to new religions from around the world. Religious people and groups can respond in different ways to increasing diversity, and a new book explores the challenges and opportunities they...

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16 Jun 2011

In the Australian Review of Public Affairs, Christina Ho analyses the latest My School data

TALK to enough parents about choosing schools for their kids, and sooner or later, you’ll hear one express concern about the local public school having ‘too many Asians’, or...

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20 Jan 2011

Would the faceless political operatives seem less alike - and more attractive - if they were allowed to tell us about themselves, asks Frank Bongiorno in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.

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5 Nov 2010

My mother and father were born in the desert. They lived their childhood out of contact with whitefellas. They were terrified when they first saw a whitefella. They taught me the Old Law that our people lived by. That Law worked when we were living...

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29 Oct 2010

In the Australian Review of Public Affairs, Rodney Tiffen reviews Ben Hills' new biography of Graham Perkin, editor of The Age between 1966-1975.

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6 Mar 2010

The lives of knowledge economy professionals look pretty much the same, whether they live and work in New York, Sydney, London, New Delhi or Beijing. It’s a whirlpool of constantly intersecting activities in which they multi-task their way through every minute of the day, feeling...

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15 Nov 2007

Indigenous peoples' support for and emphasis on the "rights agenda" has been shaped by history. The political and constitutional history of Australia is indelibly connected to the contemporary problems of Indigenous Australia: insecurity of rights and policy experiments. It is only when we negotiate unfinished...

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1 Jan 2003

In the early 1970s, groups of Aboriginal people in remote Arnhem Land, north Australia, moved from centralised townships back to small communities called 'outstations' on their traditional lands. This 'outstations movement' reinvigorated the customary sector of the economy, which is based on wildlife harvesting. Using...