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Wednesday, 30th July 2014

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  • Marian Simms

    The media and the 2001 election: Afghans, asylum seekers and anthrax

    After the events of 11 September the New York Times predicted that politics and elections in the United States would be dominated by the war footing. Two predictions stood out: that leadership would be crucial and that election campaigns would be more sombre and less festive. This soothsaying would not necessarily have had automatic repercussions for Australian elections, however, the Australian Prime Minister happened to be on an official visit to the US and his shocked voice was on the John Laws program late in the day on 11 September (US time) — the following morning Sydney time — explaining the events to Australian audiences. This chapter will examine the nature of the ... read more.
  • Paul Newman

    One Nation: Who's to Blame?

    The 1998 Queensland election campaign demonstrated significant support for the One Nation party. This support was not predicated on the articulation of detailed policies or a platform of any great coherence: as has always been the case, the popularity stemmed from Pauline Hanson’s ability to speak publicly on ‘certain issues’, and the community rebirth promised by her pledge to save Australia ‘for the Australians’. While the positioning of conservative politicians in response to the One Nation phenomenon has varied — recognition of the strength of Hanson’s support and the mythic capacity of her promises — Prime Minister John Howard has been ... read more.
  • Lyndall Ryan

    Origins of a Royal Commission

    The Ngarrindjeri people come from the Lower Murray Region of South Australia, from Cape Jervis on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Swanport on the Murray River in the north to Kingston in the south east.1 Their territory includes Encounter Bay, Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina, the waterways and the islands therein, including Hindmarsh Island, and the Coorong. When European sealers and whalers arrived in the area in 1800, the Ngarrindjeri numbered about 7000. By the time British colonisation of South Australia began in 1836 and the colonial government leased Hindmarsh Island to a stockholder in the early 1840s, the Ngarrindjeri had had long interacted with white people,2 but it was not ... read more.
  • Haydon Manning and Robert Phiddian

    Two men and some boats: The cartoonists in 2001

    Australian newspaper cartoonists worked in the shadow of 11 September and the "war against terrorism". It was a dark shadow. In the last couple of elections we have argued that cartoonists have become increasingly disgusted by and disengaged from the process (Phiddian 1998; Manning and Phiddian 2000; Kerr 1999; Seymour-Ure 1997). We must tell a different story for 2001: cartoonists were more disgusted than ever by electioneering but they were certainly not disengaged. The issues that inspired them were the moral question of how we should treat asylum seekers who arrive in boats and the sense that the war in Afghanistan (viscerally, if not entirely logically, connected to it) was ... read more.
  • 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.
  • Sally Young

    imageA Century of Political Communication in Australia, 1901–2001

    For many of today’s commentators, the early period of Australian electioneering is viewed as a golden age. Ian Ward argues that political information in this era was print-based, densely-worded and tried to persuade voters by providing them with ‘factual information’.1 Whereas, today, ‘with television, “style replaces substance” and image and personality become more important than ideas and argument’.2 Dean Jaensch laments that ‘candidates today use electronic means to “hit” the voters, rather than the rigors of having to face real people in the local hall, and actually interact with them’. Jaensch argues that modern election ... read more.
  • Deane Fergie

    imageSecret Envelopes and Inferential Tautologies

    This paper explores one of the many ironic twists of the Hindmarsh Island Bridge Royal Commission. I argue that whereas fabrication of ‘women’s business’ was unequivocally found to have taken place, that finding was itself contingent upon the production of a fabricated account of the ‘women’s business’ in and by the commission itself.1 It was the commission’s own conjecture, based on untested assumptions and false inference, that was examined against the allegations of fabrication. Such an inferential tautology is a fatal flaw at the heart of the Hindmarsh Island Bridge Royal Commission. I demonstrate this in two areas. Firstly I examine the basis in evidence and logic of the commission’s ... read more.
  • Caitilin Punshon

    imageThe Escaping Landscape: Perspective and Perception in the Landscape Poems of the Generation of '68

    This article begins with the idea of a map as a way of imagining a relationship between the Australian landscape and the poetry of particular members of the literary clique known as the generation of ’68. Already things are complex. What was the generation of ’68 and how does its construction as a clique function in the history of Australian poetry? How did the poets aligned with this predominantly urban group relate to and write of the landscape, and what new perspectives did their poetry bring to an enduring theme in Australian literature? More intriguingly, in what ways can a map, which forms a conceptual connection with the landscape it delineates, establish a similarly ... read more.
  • Dorothy Wang

    The Making of an 'Australian' 'Self' in Simone Lazaroo's The World Waiting to Be Made

    At this inaugural moment of Asian Australian Studies, it seems certain that Asian Australian literature, building upon the accomplishments of such writers as Brian Castro, Beth Yahp, and Simone Lazaroo, will gain momentum and a higher profile. That said, I would like to step back and consider the implications of the publishing industry’s potentially enthusiastic embrace of this new literary enterprise. I want to discuss how this writing might be received, or appropriated, by publishers, reviewers and readers, and co-opted to fit pre-existing discourses and myths about immigration and self-development, thus obscuring, as is so often the case, the specific historical and societal ... read more.
  • Cassandra Atherton

    image'Fuck All Editors': The Ern Malley Affair and Gwen Harwood's Bulletin Scandal

    Until the 1990s and Helen Demidenko, there have been only been two Australian literary hoaxes. The first was the Ern Malley Hoax; the second Gwen Harwood’s Bulletin scandal. James McAuley and Harold Stewart were the two poets behind the creation of the ‘great aussie battler’ Ern Malley and Gwen Harwood was the quaintly titled ‘lady poet’ behind the suave European Walter Lehmann. McAuley, Stewart and Harwood are important figures in Australian literature, not just for their individual contributions to Australian poetry but for their construction of enduring literary figures. Ern Malley and Walter Lehmann were believed by many to have made a mockery of editors ... read more.