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Wednesday, 30th July 2014

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Altitude BirdIssue 44
Features reviews by Kathleen Broderick, Linn Miller, Christine Choo, Bill Thorpe, David Ritter, Eve Vincent, Stephanie Bishop, Alison Miles, Richard Kay, Amanda Day, Bernard Whimpress, Mads Clausen, Marion May Campbell, Sylvia Alston, Catie Gilchrist, Eva Chapman, Lucy Dougan, Stephen Lawrence and Nathanael O'Reilly. Click here for more details.


Altitude BirdPopular Music: Practices, Formations and Change - Australian Perspectives
The papers collected here in this special edition of Altitude offer a brief snapshot of popular music research broadly connected with Australia. The essays demonstrate the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used by researchers in the fields of popular music studies and cultural studies to explore themes of popular music practice, formation and change in an Australian context. Click here for more details.

Network Scholars

Salemi v MacKellar Revisited: Drawing Together the Threads of a Controversial Deportation Case

  • Simone Battiston
    Mr Salemi is a prohibited immigrant and has no fundamental right to remain in Australia. He has long since overstayed his authorised period of entry. He did not fall within the category of persons qualifying for amnesty in 1976 and I have not since been prepared to exercise my discretion in his favour … He has sought, by appealing to my discretion, by seeking through the High Court to restrain me from applying the law to him, by misrepresenting his activities in Australia to people of goodwill in the community and of left-wing trade unions to sign petitions on his behalf, to restrain me ...
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Network Review of Books

The Blue Mansion (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Choo in the September 2004 issue.
    The mansion of Cheong Fatt Tze located in Leith Street, Penang, was built at the cusp of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and embodied the best of Eastern and Western influences in a colonial environment. It was his favourite home built for his favourite consort, his seventh wife, and is said to have outstripped all his other homes in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore, in beauty, refinement and architectural interest. The Blue Mansion records in beautiful colour and presentation, the story of Cheong Fatt Tze, the architecture and history of the mansion and the successful and ... read more.

Swan River Letters Vol 1 (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Anette Bremer in the October 2003 issue.
    Ian Berryman, a rare creature--an independent historian, and self-publisher--deserves to be congratulated for this handsome edition of letters, skilfully edited and beautifully produced. Swan River Letters collects just over 100 letters written by emigrants to the new British Government supported settlement on the Swan River, letters which first appeared in either English or colonial newspapers. As a volume of colonial letters, Swan River Letters serves up the staple stuff of settler literature: first-hand accounts of the voyage out, first impressions of Swan River (typically negative, ... read more.

Reshaping Life: Key Issues in Genetic Engineering (Third Edition) (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Simon Conn in the January 2003 issue.
    The first line in this book states in a reflective manner that historians will look upon the second-half of the twentieth century as shaped by the field of biology, much like the first-half was by the physical sciences. Such statements tend to fuel concerns from the largely uninformed public and provide ammunition for the staunch oppressors of the scientific revolution, genetic engineering. However, without a basic understanding of the underlying scientific concepts, these concerns cannot be addressed in an appropriate forum. Thus, the inability to comprehend the research and its driving ... read more.

Anthology: Collected Poems (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Steve Evans in the Aug/Sep 2003 issue.
    In some respects it is difficult to know what to say about Edwin Wilson's Collected Poems. It presents the life of a genial man dedicated to nature, and it seems to be as much an autobiography as a collection of poetry. Wilson himself says, 'My work has been strongly influenced by the natural world (especially plants) but I would not wish to be stereotyped as 'Botanic poet'. Nonetheless, many of the poems are horticulturally inclined and in the main these seem to be the most accomplished in the collection. Collected Poems is a handsome book, and a bit of a brick with its 479 poems--no ... read more.

Good Grief (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Corey McHattan in the January 2003 issue.
    Dominique Hecq's poetry collection gets off to a tremendous start with the title poem, 'Good Grief'. Elliptical but powerful, elegant yet natural, it represents a remarkable opening gambit, drawing in the reader and promising great things to come. Unfortunately, the standard is not quite maintained throughout, and in fact the eponymous poem is ultimately revealed to be, by a considerable distance, the best thing here. However, there is still much that is creditable in this, Hecq's debut collection of assorted poetry. It is interesting to speculate on how Hecq's French-speaking background has ... read more.

Well Being: How to Get the Best Treatment from your Doctor (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Maggie Tonkin in the Aug/Sep 2003 issue.
    As someone who has been on both the giving and the receiving ends of a fair amount of medical care, I was immediately drawn to this book's project of attempting to empower patients to participate more actively in their own health care, specifically by working more productively with their doctors. Anyone who has worked in the health system will acknowledge that assertive and knowledgeable patients tend to receive better care, albeit at the cost of sometimes being labelled 'difficult'. The patient doctor relationship has undergone significant change in recent years, and the old paternal model ... read more.

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