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AQ: Australian Quarterly
EDITOR: Grant Mills ASSISTANT EDITOR: Stephen Burke DESIGN AND PRODUCTION: Art Graphic Design, Canberra PRINTING: Newstyle Printing, Adelaide DIRECTORS OF THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF POLICY AND SCIENCE: Leon R Beswick (co-Chair) Andrew Goodsall Maria
AQ: Australian Quarterly12 min lettiCrime & Violence
Welfare To Warfare: Police Militarisation And Fortress Australia
The following day, videos of the event, went viral. News of Floyd’s killing – as well as the intensity, size, and geographic spread of the protests that followed and the policing of those protests – made global headlines, overshadowing the pandemic a
AQ: Australian Quarterly12 min lettiGender Studies
The Changing Nature Of Protest In Australia: Historical Reflections
The literature on protest in Australia has been better on the socialists, peace activists, feminists and gays than on the kinds of people attracted to the anti-lockdown activity. These recent protests have attracted little sympathy from most Australi
AQ: Australian Quarterly12 min lettiDiscrimination & Race Relations
COVID, Capital, And The Future Of Work In Australia
When COVID struck in March 2020, several million Australians were retrenched or had their working hours reduced. At the same time 4.3 million people or 32% of working Australians began ‘working from home’ digitally.1 Yet what happened was not simply
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Science In The Spotlight Tall Poppy Awards 2020
GENERAL MANAGER OF THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF POLICY AND SCIENCE The Australian Institute of Policy and Science would like to take a moment to congratulate all of those scientists – in Australia and around the world – that worked through adversity t
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Tall Poppy Awards 2020 Winners
WINNER Dr Hayley Christian Health UWA Dr Zoe Richards Biology Curtin/WA Museum Dr Paola Magni Biomedical Murdoch University A/Prof Nina Tirnitz-Parker Biomedical Curtin University Dr Rafaella Demichelis Chemistry, Physics Curtin University Dr Adrian
AQ: Australian Quarterly12 min lettiCrime & Violence
Some Rights, Some Of The Time The State Of Human Rights Across Australia
These mechanisms can be sorely tested in extraordinary times, including during a pandemic. Such a time raises questions about how well governments can protect the community from infection while simultaneously respecting individual rights. In this art
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1 Clive Hamilton, What Do We Want? The Story of Protest in Australia (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2016), viii.2 Sean Scalmer, Dissent Events: Protest, the Media and the Political Gimmick in Australia (Sydney: University of New South Wale
AQ: Australian Quarterly2 min lettiPolitics
A Word
Despite it being an arbitrary point on the long arrow of time, there is still a certain relief in turning the page on 2020. The cynical among us no doubt foresee even larger upheavals in store within the next decade, but for a moment I hope we can en
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Notes For Contributors
AQ welcomes submissions of articles and manuscripts on contemporary economic, political, social and philosophical issues, especially where scientific insights have a bearing and where the issues impact on Australian and global public life. All contri
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A Word
The conservative side of modern politics is defined (almost proudly) by a lack of political imagination. Their bias is towards the past - their key touchstones already exist. In general, the only reason conservative parties do anything, is so that th
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AQ: Australian Quarterly
EDITOR: Grant Mills ASSISTANT EDITOR: Stephen Burke DESIGN AND PRODUCTION: Art Graphic Design, Canberra PRINTING: Newstyle Printing, Adelaide SUBSCRIPTIONS: ENQUIRIES TO: Stephen Burke,General Manager,AIPS,PO Box
AQ: Australian Quarterly10 min lettiPolitics
Game Of Sabotage: The Culture War For The ABC
Well, you could do what some New South Wales Liberal Party members did in 2018 by putting up a motion at a state party conference calling for the ABC to be privatised. You might even find, as they did, that there’s a fair bit of support in the room.
AQ: Australian Quarterly9 min lettiIntelligence (AI) & Semantics
Can Artificial Intelligence Be Trusted With Our Human Rights?
Sir Reginald Ansett was a captain of industry in the old-fashioned sense. The eponymous head of one of Australia’s major airlines, Reg Ansett had strong views. One of his views was that women don’t make good pilots.1 But he met his match with Deborah
AQ: Australian Quarterly2 min lettiIntelligence (AI) & Semantics
How Does Facial Recognition Work?
‘Facial recognition’ technology relies on machine learning to classify subjects at speed and scale. This starts with a ‘training’ process, whereby a powerful computer is fed a large dataset of labelled pictures. The computer will come to recognise th
AQ: Australian Quarterly15 min lettiPolitics
A Cause For Celebration
This once-in-a-century pandemic hasn’t given us much to celebrate in 2020. One cause for optimism, perhaps, is that we might finally jettison the mainstream economics fictions about government deficits and debt, which have hampered prosperity over se
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The branch of economics dealing with the performance, structure and behaviour of an economy as a whole. Government-issued currency that is not backed by a physical commodity, such as gold or silver, but rather by the government that issued it. Refers
AQ: Australian Quarterly8 min lettiGlobalization
What Do You Hope For In 2021?
If, as they say, growth comes from adversity, then 2020 has been formative. Yet what exactly are the lessons that we should be sifting through this year’s trauma and anxiety to find? What should be the guiding lights as we pick up the pieces with the
AQ: Australian Quarterly5 min lettiPolitics
HONORARY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT THE FENNER SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENT & SOCIETY – THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY You tend to work at the interfaces between public health, epidemiology and climate change; how have you seen these topics intersect this y
AQ: Australian Quarterly2 min lettiPsychology
1 See Dominique Allen, ‘Anti-discrimination law: Forty years on, how far have we come?’ (24 April 2018), Impact. 2 See, eg, Michael Hiscox et al, Going blind to see more clearly: unconscious bias in Australian Public Service shortlisting processes (2
AQ: Australian Quarterly14 min lettiPoverty & Homelessness
Agenda 2030: Australia’s Disappearing Development Goals
By 2015, then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon announced that “the MDGs helped to lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, to make inroads against hunger, to enable more girls to attend school than ever before and
AQ: Australian Quarterly11 min lettiPolitical Ideologies
The Isolated Political Class
If you ever thought that politicians are out of touch, then you’re not alone. There is mounting evidence that Australia’s political class is increasingly isolated from the citizens it serves. This has occurred in an era of crisis management when comb
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Our Will, Our Way Australia’s Future
I am a proud Australian, born in Australia to parents born in Australia. All four of my grandparents, by contrast, were born British subjects in the colony of Victoria. They would not become ‘Australians’ until Federation in 1901. And then not citize
AQ: Australian Quarterly3 min lettiPolitical Ideologies
1 See BR Wise: The Making of The Australian Commonwealth, 1913. University of Sydney Library 2 See: Sir Henry Parkes, March 1891, Sydney. 1 M.Kirby ‘Lucinda’s Handiwork - The Australian Constitution - A Centenary Assessment’: Monash University Law Re
AQ: Australian Quarterly2 min lettiPolitics
A Word
It is quickly becoming a cliché to say that the world will be forever altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our systems of work, our relationship to government, and even our relationship with our ourselves and neighbours, are likely to be put under the k
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On Cobwebs and Fine Silk: Nationhood for the 21st Century
For a moment, imagine this: The supreme law of a nation lies covered in cobwebs, its words of wisdom interlaced with absurdities, irrelevances, anachronisms and fantasy. Clever counsellors in fine silk, debate before judges, who in turn decide whethe
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AQ: Australian Quarterly
EDITOR: Grant Mills ASSISTANT EDITOR: Stephen Burke DESIGN AND PRODUCTION: Art Graphic Design, Canberra DIRECTORS OF THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF POLICY AND SCIENCE: Leon R Beswick (co-Chair) Andrew Goodsall Maria Kavallaris (co-Chair) Jennelle Kyd Su
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A Word
We humans are adaptable creatures, perhaps too adaptable for our own good. We immediately acclimatise to any new situation or challenge. Though we tend to fight the erosion of our basic rights, once they are gone we concede that it’s probably for goo
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Mean(s) Testing
Australia is a rich nation – the richest in the world, if we assess it on median income (50th percentile). Yet we have one of the meanest sets of welfare payments of the OECD countries, ranking 22nd out of 29 countries. In this, means testing has bec
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The Tall Poppy Campaign
In 2019, the Australian Institute of Policy and Science celebrated 20 years of promoting young Australian researchers through the Young Tall Poppy Awards ( These awards were one of the first in the country to recognis
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