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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.


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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.



 
 
 
 
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New South Wales

  • Elaine Thompson
    On the overall statistics, the 1998 two party preferred (2PP) gains made by Labor in NSW in the House of Representatives (the losses by the Liberals) were wiped out in the 2001 election, leaving Labor equal to the devastating 1996 result when they lost Government. Labor's NSW primary vote dropped by 3.67% to 36.45%, which was 2.4% lower than their 1996 result as well. In three elections Labor has gone from holding 33 seats to only 20. That a party out of power, which had been seen up until a few months before the election as having a very serious chance of victory, could end up in NSW with ...
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India and Australia: Issues and Opportunities (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Utham Kumar Jamadhagni in the October 2004 issue.
    In the aftermath of Pokharan II, when Australia and India seemingly explore the possible ways of deepening and widening the scope and potential of a constructive relationship, India and Australia: Issues and Opportunities, edited by well-known scholars D Gopal and Dennis Rumley, attempts to provide a panoramic view of contemporary and future focus areas in this long neglected relation. This book, foreworded by Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India and Australian High Commissioner to India is the product of a bi-national seminar organised by IGNOU and the ... read more.
     

Reports from a Wild Country: Ethics for Decolonisation (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Ravi De Costa in the April 2005 issue.
    Deborah Bird Rose's latest work is the product of extended reflections on the ways by which Australians have hitherto understood and engaged with Indigenous cultures, those cultures themselves and what they might tell all Australians about the impending ecological crises the country is facing. In particular, she urges us to work on a new ethics that centres a concern about Indigenous suffering and colonial violence. Rose develops her 'ethics of decolonisation' as a critique of European philosophical commitments. She sees these embedded in such language as 'wildlife' or 'emancipation' and on ... read more.

Chronicle of the Unsung (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Sue Bond in the October 2004 issue.
    The compulsion to shape a child can warp growth: generating hopeful monsters fated never to prevail, pallid clones, the agonies of the self-destructor. (202) Chronicle of the Unsung is threaded through with sadness and loss, both for the author, Martin Edmond, and others. This quotation from the end of the book aptly states his feelings on the struggle he had with his mother, in particular, a struggle mentioned in places through the stories he tells, but summarised poetically in this one sentence. Edmond writes for the screen as well as books of non-fiction, and has won awards for his work. ... read more.

True North (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Helen Bethune Moore in the April 2005 issue.
    Poets use language for its perceived aesthetic qualities as much as for its semantic content. Poetry is quite licentious. Poets have the freedom to use devices such as assonance and repetition to achieve their desired effect. They can play with the accepted forms of grammatical structure almost at will. Poets are at liberty to conjure images using very personal metaphors and word associations or, conversely poets can display an intrinsic understanding of our entire cultural heritage by the phrases that they use. But like visual art, much of the beauty of poetry is in the eye, or in this case, ... read more.

From Australia with Love: A History of Modern Australian Popular Romance Novels (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Anne Weale in the October 2004 issue.
    According to the blurb 'The purpose of this book is not to examine the literary qualities of the Australian romance novel but to show that the blanket condemnation of Australia's most far-reaching literary product stigmatises and simplifies, sight unseen, a complex and varied phenomenon'. It continues: 'It should not surprise us that the one hundred or so Australian women who have published 'Mills & Boons' over the last half-century write differently from each other and differently over time. What should surprise us is that anyone should ever have thought they did not'. However, as ... read more.

Black Tide: A Jack Irish Thriller (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Rebecca Johinke in the July 2004 issue.
    Black Tide is Peter Temple's second Jack Irish novel -- originally released in 1999 by Random House -- it has been re-published by Text in 2004. I hope this means that more readers will have the opportunity to delve into Temple's dark crime novels. The winner of a record four Ned Kelly awards, Temple's writing deserves to be feted, and I make no apology for stating that I'm a big fan of his work. Black Tide is awash with dirty money and dirty laundry and Irish is swept up in a current that pulls him towards the seemingly spotless Steven Levesque. Readers are kept busy trying to track, let ... read more.



 
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