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Friday, 18th April 2014

Network Scholars Virtual Library

  • John Warhurst

    International versus domestic issues: The elections for the House of Representatives and the Senate

    John Howard sought a third term in office for his Liberal-National Coalition Government on 10 November 2001. When he announced the election date five weeks earlier on 5 October he was the overwhelming favourite to win because of the international events of the previous two months, although Kim Beazley's Labor Party had led the Howard Government in the polls for much of the period since the previous election on 3 October 1998. The Opposition had done so despite considerable disquiet within its own ranks over Labor's apparent strategy of not revealing many of its own policies. It seemed to be relying on the unpopularity of the Government's GST to return it to office, and refused to detail its ... read more.
  • John Chesterman and Heather Douglas

    image'Their Ultimate Absorption': Assimilation in 1930s Australia

    You’re like the majority of people in Australia. You hide from this very real and terrifically important thing, and hide it, and come to think after a while that it don’t exist. But it does! It does! Why are there twenty thousand half-castes in the country? Why are they never heard of? Oh my God! Do you know that if you dare write a word on the subject to a paper or a magazine you get your work almost chucked back at you? (Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, 1938)1When Xavier Herbert’s Capricornia was finally2 published on Australia Day in 1938 it created instant controversy. It was described variously as ‘an Australian masterpiece destined to become a classic’,3 and ... read more.
  • Lisa Hill

    Pauline Hanson, Free Speech and Reconciliation

    Pauline Hanson’s comments in parliament on the so-called ‘race issue’ have been divisive. She has referred to ‘the privileges that Aboriginals enjoy over other Australians’ and has been critical of the so-called ‘guilt’ or ‘Aboriginal Industry’ putatively generated and defended by ‘the fat cats, bureaucrats and do gooders’ who are said to feed off it.1 Ms Hanson has spoken, often inaccurately but with legal impunity, giving rise to a number of questions about the rights, duties and special privileges of parliamentarians especially where the issues of recognition and reconciliation are concerned. In the Westminster tradition ... read more.
  • Tatiana Pentes

    blackBOX: Painting A Digital Picture of Documented Memory (

    blackBOX interface still, a digital media work by Tatiana Pentes.It is inscribed, as on Pandora’s Box … do not open … passions … escape in all directions from a box that lies open … (Bruno Latour, ‘Opening Pandora’s Black Box’, 1987.)1This article is an examination and critical positioning of my current digital media project blackBOX — Painting a Digital Picture of Documented Memory. blackBOX is an interactive CD-ROM ‘game’ and also an internet work. blackBOX seeks to exploit and enhance the creative potentials of digitally produced music, sound, image and text relationships in an interactive and online environment. This ... read more.
  • Paul Sendziuk

    imageBad Blood: The Contamination of Australia's Blood Supply and the Emergence of Gay Activism in the Age of AIDS

    In May 1983, gay activists picketed Red Cross House in Sydney. They were protesting against a public call by Dr Gordon Archer, director of the Sydney Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS), for ‘promiscuous homosexuals’ to desist from donating blood. The protestors were understandably incensed at the way that Archer’s call, the first of its kind in Australia, stigmatised gay men by directly linking their community with AIDS (and promiscuity), and by implying that all gays had ‘bad blood’.1 Their actions in picketing the Red Cross, however, led to claims in the media that homosexual men were ‘irresponsible and selfish’,2 and public speculation that ... read more.
  • Greg Cowan

    imageCollapsing Australian Architecture: the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

    Western societies are often preoccupied with imposing hierarchical order and permanence through buildings and settlements, while nomadic societies do not generally share these concerns. It is suggested here that opportunism, ephemerality and collapsibility have affected cultures of dwelling in Australia, and that these are essential cultural qualities of architectural theories addressing the future of Australian culture. Dwelling on a moment of arrival in a new place is captured symbolically by the sudden erection of a collapsible architecture. The tent is an example of an architecture which represents an opportunistic occupation of space. It is further argued here that an uncanny similarity ... read more.
  • Fiona Allon

    imageTranslated Spaces/Translated Identities: The Production of Place, Culture and Memory in an Australian Suburb

    There is a story that is passed around the many historical societies in the inner south-west region of Sydney. It was recounted for me one evening by a member of the Canterbury Historical Society. The story condenses ideas of memory, place and history into a symbolic image: a currency of ideas whose resonance may serve as one possible explanation for the exuberant embrace of cultural heritage in the recent popularity of historical societies, historical preservation and restoration. The story concerns the activities of a man particularly committed to the idea of local history and heritage, who had lived all of his life in the one area, was deeply attached to this suburb and was keen to see ... read more.
  • Olwen Pryke

    Australia House: A Little Australia in London

    When the new Australian Commonwealth sought ‘representation’ in London, it did not merely look for a suitable site for the new offices of the high commissioner; it also wished to establish a representative image of federated Australia in Great Britain. The ensuing controversy exposed a diverse range of practical and symbolic concerns, most particularly the ways in which Australians in Australia perceived ‘Australia’; the importance to Australians, both in Australia and Great Britain, of locating and building a ‘little Australia in London’ to represent Australia in the heart of the metropolis; and the Australian perceptions of London that shaped these ... read more.
  • Eleanor Venables

    imageRecollection of Identity: The Reassembly of the Migrant

    In this paper I focus on how reflection on life as a white immigrant in Africa suggests an understanding of how the identity of a white immigrant in Australia may be reassembled. I draw on notions of colonialism and utilise postcolonialism as an inversion of colonialism. In this context, I briefly discuss the history of colonisation in Southern Rhodesia in the early twentieth century. By drawing on personal family history and examining the positioning of ‘foreign’ immigrants in British colonial society — and extrapolating this experience to the positioning of white, English speaking immigrants in Western Australia — I am better able to embrace the immigration ... read more.
  • Lynton Crosby

    The Liberal Party

    The 2001 federal election posed significant challenges for the Coalition. Redistributions in Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia left the Government with a notional majority, based upon the 1998 election results, of just six seats. A loss of three seats would have cost the Government its majority taking into account the loss of Ryan and defection of the member for Kennedy, Bob Katter. In addition the benefits of incumbency were lost in the seven seats where members were retiring. These included three high profile Ministers who were not recontesting. Katter's defection from the National Party and the high profile candidacy of Tony Windsor ... read more.