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The Gillard Government… the good and the bad

Over the last few years, I have written, debated and analysed many different aspects of Australian politics. It has been a torrid time.   Many conservative commentators have described the Gillard Government as ‘the worst in history’. This is a … Continue reading

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Designing out crime: a different response to Kings Cross violence

This week (13 December 2012) I was invited to give one of the opening addresses at the Design + Crime conference organising by the wonderful people at Designing Out Crime (DOC) based at University of Technology, Sydney.   A friend of mine, … Continue reading

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The social construction of gender: science and misogyny

Though many conservative commentators would never admit it, there is no doubt that much of the criticism leveled at the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is because she is a woman – revealing an underlying sexism in our society. This is … Continue reading

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What is the role of Universities?

I have now been working for universities for about 10 years as I started teaching when I first started my PhD. In that time, I have continued to take part in countless public debates and whenever someone feels like they … Continue reading

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A solution to refugees: no more absurd than what Canberra is offering

One of the low points in Australian political and social history over the last decades has been about refugees. The way that both major parties have used some of the world’s most vulnerable people to score cheap political points has … Continue reading

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Trust as a political entitlement…

This week the shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered a speech on our ‘entitlement society‘. On its own, this idea that we have come to expect more and more entitlements is something that should be discussed: that is, we need to … Continue reading

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History: celebrations and displacement

Like every other nation, the history of Australia is complex. While there is much to celebrate about this nation that almost 22 million of us call home, there is also many things in our history that are quite appalling. I … Continue reading

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On public debate and Wikileaks…

I have always felt the one of a fundamental aspects of taking part in public debates has been to judge each issue on its merits. In this way, as a public commentator drawing on a long tradition of theoretical and … Continue reading

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Gillard can win the next election?

Everywhere you look these days you see commentary that the Gillard Government is dead and buried. Yes, the polls are bad and they seem to be stuffing more often than they get things right, but I still think that Gillard … Continue reading

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The changing citizen

Over the last few years, I have been working at the Whitlam Institute to look at the way that the culture and attitudes of citizenship have changed. It should come as no surprise that the relationship between formal political/civic institutions … Continue reading

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