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A Word
It is fundamental to human nature to want to see beyond the horizon–both literally and figuratively. From the earliest times, this instinct has inevitably led us into contact (and conflict) with other groups, it resulted in tribes, cities, and nation
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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: www.aips.net.au/aq-magazine/subscribe Stephen Burke, General Manager, AIPS, PO Box M145, Miss
AQ: Australian Quarterly10 min letti
Chasing The Artful Dodger Multinational Tax Avoidance
For most of us, paying taxes is an unavoidable but necessary civic duty. Yet for the modern corporation it has increasingly become a voluntary matter, with a prevailing sense that a corporation’s duty lies in avoiding tax, in order to maximise return
AQ: Australian Quarterly8 min lettiPolitics
The United Nations: A History Of Success And Failure
The world is less peaceful than it was a decade ago. Economic instability is on the rise and a global recession is in the offing. The process of post-Cold War democratisation is now running in reverse across the globe. Climate change is reaping devas
AQ: Australian Quarterly11 min letti
Who Cares? Science Diplomacy And The Global Commons
This commentary is written in the context of the EL-CSID project [see WWW.EL-CSID.EU] that receives funding from the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant agreement No. 693799. CONTACT: luk.van.langenhove@vub.be When most of us t
AQ: Australian Quarterly2 min lettiPolitics
Science Diplomacy in Action–Space Diplomacy
CASE STUDY BY: ANTHONY MURFETT, DEPUTY HEAD, AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY The Australian Space Agency was established in July 2018 with a purpose to grow and transform a globally respected space industry. A key function of the Agency is to be the front do
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Dr Sarah Pearson
DR SARAH PEARSON DFAT Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Scientist Along the way she was head of Open Innovation at Cadbury, a consultant for high tech companies at McKinsey &Co, and set up the Canberra Innovation Network before being hand picked to
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Why A Fair Go Should Be The Law
It’s been almost 71 years since the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. This milestone document was announced at the United Nations in Paris on December 10, 1948 and set out, for the first time, fundamental human righ
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Global Compact On Refugees: Opportunities For Australian Reform And Leadership?
There is also a tendency on the part of some states to free-ride on the contributions of others, and to take advantage of global economic inequalities among states. Further, some states are erroneously convinced, in an era of increasing securitisatio
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References
1 Evidence given to House of Representatives Select Committee on the Print Media (1992) Inquiry into the Australian Print Media, 25 March.2 Friedman M (1970) ‘The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits’, The New York Times Magaz
AQ: Australian Quarterly7 min letti
Deleting Democracy: Australia And The Surveillance Juggernaut
The ‘datafication’ of the economy as we near the third decade of the 21st century is all-pervasive. The model, in the space of a decade and a half, has become so utterly hegemonic that it has earned its status as a special type of capitalism – Survei
AQ: Australian Quarterly7 min lettiPolitics
Blowback: The Sewage Intifada Of Gaza
Without going into background politics, one result of the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza from 2007, is that few, if any, spare parts and tools are allowed into Gaza for repairs and maintenance of its handful of wastewater treatment plants;3 especially
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Interpreting the Dismissal Paul Kelly’s influence
If the present political malaise can be characterised by seriously diminished accountability, a propensity of the executive to stack the system or use mediating institutions as weapons against political opponents, or more generally embodied by ‘doing
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FROM THE ARCHIVE Party Spirit In Politics
When William III [of England] determined to select his ministers from the dominant party in the House of Commons [in 1698], he created a distinction for future generations between politics and statecraft and between the politician and the statesman.
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References
1 Jeff Nesbit, “Google’s True Origin Partly Lies in CIA and NSA Research Grants for Mass Surveillance,” Quartz (blog), December 8, 2017, https://qz.com/1145669/googles-true-origin-partly-lies-in-cia-and-nsa-research-grants-for-mass-surveillance/ 2 Sh
AQ: Australian Quarterly3 min letti
A Word
An incredible number of words have already been spilled on the ‘miracle’ election – an election that was a vigorous, noisy and dramatic vote for a familiar status quo. Voters across the country chose to favour a party with no policy platform other th
AQ: Australian Quarterly10 min letti
Open Access: Should One Model Ever Fit All?
The arrival of the internet threatened to disrupt publishing substantially, and in many ways it has done so. But the changes we have seen have, until very recently, been more related to only the delivery of research via a different medium – electroni
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A Word
This edition ‘hits the selves’ only days before the Morrison government is set to hand down their early budget, opening the door for a quick-fire election. Australia will have decided on the fate of the Coalition government before we at AQ have anoth
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The Human Factor
Yes, it’s the Brave New World of direct-to-consumer genetic testing – and it’s coming to a barbecue near you. Already, the companies that offer the service turn an estimated $100 million in annual global sales. On some estimates, the market will clim
AQ: Australian Quarterly11 min lettiScience
More Important Than Ever: Antarctica – The Last Frontier
Humans have been grappling with the magnitude and magnificence of Antarctica since their first encounters with the white continent. Almost twice the size of Australia, surrounded by ocean, covered by an average thickness of nearly 2 kilometres of ice
AQ: Australian Quarterly2 min lettiScience
Ode to Antarctica
Some things cut through. Illuminating and potentially blinding you. The brilliant sparkle of the isolated continent of Antarctica is one such place. So substantial, and so heavy with frozen mass. Giving an air of permanence and untouchability. Antarc
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Democracy Before Dollars: The Problems With Money In Australian Politics And How To Fix Them
The aspiration of representative democracy is that this distance is bridged by strong mechanisms of accountability and responsiveness, as well as an ethos based on the public interest, all of which seek to ensure that government officials rule ‘for t
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Ten-point Plan For Democratic Regulation Of Funding Of Federal Election Campaigns
• Comprehensive:i) low disclosure threshold with amounts under threshold aggregated;ii) covers key political actors (including third parties)• Timeliness: e.g. UK system of quarterly report + weekly reports during election campaign• Accessibility: re
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Ten-point Plan For Democratic Regulation Of Funding Of Political Lobbying
• Cover those regularly engaging in political lobbying (repeat players) including commercial lobbyists and in-house lobbyists• Require disclosure of identities of lobbyists, clients, topics of lobbying and expenditure on lobbying • Quarterly publicat
AQ: Australian Quarterly8 min letti
Our Decomposing Democracy
The reason for this is that our electorates are bloating, as more and more people are crammed into each constituency. The root cause of this deterioration in our Parliamentary democracy is the limits imposed by section 24 of the Australian Constituti
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The Problem Of Refugee Immigration
EDITOR FORWARD Australia’s immigration history is rocky, yet while each wave of immigration into Australia has met with teething issues, our country is generally proud to call itself an immigration nation. But when it is refugees that are the immigra
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Gonski 2.0: A Controlled Flight Into Terrain
The release of the Gonski 2.0 report in early 2018 provoked a chorus of criticism, much of it derisive, itemising the reliance on platitudes and clichés and its failure to address the terms of reference in any meaningful way. Particularly baffling is
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Degrowth in the Suburbs: A Radical Urban Imaginary
a.mcleod@federation.edu.au www.historicalperspectives.com.au There is a sense of urgency within the pages of Degrowth in the Suburbs: A Radical Urban Imaginary – as well there should. Capitalism and its enthusiastic bedfellow, neoliberalism, have fai
AQ: Australian Quarterly7 min lettiTech
Technology At The Crossroads
As our technologies change society, these dilemmas make us consider our values, ethical frameworks, and the design methodologies that can genuinely decrease harm and increase wellbeing. The board room was already full when I walked in. Someone walked
AQ: Australian Quarterly7 min letti
Young People, Political Knowledge And The Future Of Australian Democracy
Yet irrespective of the age at which they are able to vote, a young person must understand the Australian system of politics and its electoral system to be prepared to confidently participate in the democratic process. The current problem is that man
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