National Centre for Australian Studies

  • Trust me, I’m a politician. No thanks Colleen Lewisby Colleen Lewis Dear MPs, I have been giving considerable thought to our fractured relationship of late, trying to work out why we have reached a situation where my trust in you has completely broken down and is being replaced by a set of emotions that could permanently destroy our relationship. If this happens, not only will ...
  • ‘No Prime Minister changed Australia more than Gough Whitlam’ Gough-Whitlamby Jenny Hocking ‘The importance of an historical event lies not in what happened but in what later ­generations believe to have happened’. – Gough Whitlam, speech at the Unveiling of the Eureka Flag, 1973. A controversial political life never rests. From the moment Gough Whitlam left the parliament, the impact and legacy, even the basic facts of his life, ...
  • Political donations: Victoria’s big secret Colleen Lewisby Colleen Lewis The nearer we get to the November state election the more we hear about the various policies all political parties are presenting to the electorate in the hope of winning seats, and in the case of the major parties, attaining government. But with only 45 days to go before Victorians cast their votes, they ...
  • Can we trust media reporting on politics any more? Colleen Lewisby Colleen Lewis Victorians go to the polls in a little under two months and between now and then media focus on political news will intensify. The spotlight will be trained on political parties, their policies and commitments and on members of parliament and candidates. The part traditional media plays in reporting political matters will also ...
  • Government can bridge society’s divide on anti-terrorist legislation Colleen Lewisby Colleen Lewis What you see, your perspective on a particular public policy depends on the lens through which you view it. The difference in people’s lenses can be particularly acute in relation to counter-terrorism laws. Passions run high when citizens debate what they want their elected representatives to do to protect them. Opinions often divide between ...
  • Do our MPs really deserve their bad reputation? Colleen Lewisby Colleen Lewis Given the highly influential and defining role politicians play in our lives, their reputation is, to put it mildly, abysmal. Survey after survey conducted over many years show that we do not trust our elected representatives. They linger toward the bottom of trust ranking scales, keeping company with door-to-door, used car and insurance ...
  • Aker, Leigh and Lane are wrong on Hunt Dr Tom Heenanby Tom Heenan Karmichael Hunt’s gone back to rugby and everybody’s feeling a bit ripped off. First Jason Akermanis wrote dismissively in The New Daily of Hunt’s time at the Gold Coast Suns. Tim Lane in The Sunday Age reckoned Hunt was paid an “obscene” amount and robbed of his best rugby years. And AFL legend Leigh Matthews dismissed the poaching of Hunt ...
  • Gold Coast Games will struggle to stay relevant – here’s why Dr Tom Heenanby Tom Heenan Goodbye Glasgow and hello Gold Coast. The Commonwealth Games will return Down Under in 2018 and already there are bold projections: Gold Coast Games Federation chair Nigel Chamierexpects the creation of 30,000 jobs and a A$2 billion windfall. Over the next few years marketers will spruik the branding and the tourism opportunities. But the reality is ...
  • Beating the Poms: Why the Comm Games Matter? dr tom heenanby Tom Heenan They’re on again. This week the Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow and many downunder will tune in to what’s seen as one of sports’ big yawns. They’re the friendly games, but let’s face it Australians have never played sport to make friends. It’s about winning. If you’re a winner – especially in a high ...
  • Sport, drugs and gangsters: Why we need WADA dr tom heenanby Tom Heenan There’s a lot of nonsense floating around about Bombergate. As we head into the courts, some are calling for the AFL and NRL to reassess their compliance to the WADA code and ASADA’s statutory authority. Lawyer and Australian Athletes’ Alliance head, Brendan Schwab,suggested in Fairfax Media it was time to “cut ties” with the anti-doping ...
  • Monash’s Dr Jeff Jarvis interviewed on Estonian TV Dr Jeff Jarvis articleDr Jeff Jarvis and Dr Vicki Peel from the Graduate Tourism Program at NCAS are currently managing an ongoing study funded by Tourism Victoria entitled “Long Term Tourists – Short Term Migrants” focusing on the high yield Working Holiday Visa Makers (WHMs) sub segment of inbound youth tourism. So far the study has looked at the economic ...
  • Science, research and the Australian economy Professor Ian Chubb, AC;
Australia’s Chief ScientistAustralia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, speaks on Science, research and the Australian economy When:   Monday 5 May 2014 ,  4pm- 5pm Where: Building 8 (Rotunda theatre) Room R5  Clayton campus The National Centre for Australian Studies is pleased to invite staff and students to this presentation by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, on science, research and the ...
  • Not every AFL point was a goal tom_heenanBy Tom Heenan Andrew Demetriou’s legacy may be marred by the supplements saga. Victoria’s most influential person has gone. All too often reviled, Andrew Demetriou yesterday announced he was resigning, effective from the end of the 2014 season. Demetriou has undoubtedly been a footballing force. He has a strong social justice streak and a keen eye for market ...
  • The Whitlam dismissal: Unmasking the ‘Third Man’ Demonstrations - Australian capital territory - Demonstration against the Dissolution of Parliament by Sir John Kerr and support for Mr Gough Whitlam at Parliament House, 1975Professor Jenny Hocking will speak at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra at their regular ‘Speakers’ Corner’ event on Sunday 16 February about her latest book, the second volume in her two-volume biography of the former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, Gough Whitlam: His Time. Hidden history of the Whitlam government’s dismissal: unmasking the ‘third man’ Award-winning political ...
  • Melbourne: The World’s Ultimate Sport Business City Is Melbourne the sporting capital of the world?Melburnians often boast that their city is the sporting capital of the world. It’s a big call but may not be too far off the mark. Melbourne has just been shortlisted by Sports Business International as one of thirty cities vying for the Ultimate Sports City Award. Criteria for the award include high standard venues, transport ...
  • Remembering Bomber Command Edgar Pickles flew 50 missions over Europe between May 1943 and April 1945 as a member of Royal Air Force Bomber Command.When the Queen last year unveiled a new memorial to the 55,000 men who died in Bomber Command during World War II, 92-year-old Australian Edgar Pickles was there. As historian Damien Williams learns, Pickles’ journey was one of many that Australians have undertaken to Second World War sites around the world. It is never an easy task ...
  • New website traces war in the desert Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in El Alamein, Egypt. Photo: CPL Christopher Dickson, Commonwealth of AustraliaAustralian tourists travelling through Lebanon and Egypt will have a better understanding of the role of Australian soldiers during both world wars with the help of a new website.  With funding from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Monash University PhD candidate and researcher Rebecca Wheatley from the National Centre for Australian Studies, worked ...
  • Plans to digitise repatriation files will change the way we think of the Great War wooden crosses in field with poppies attachedBy Bruce Scates In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, the Australian Minister for Veterans’  Affairs and his New Zealand counterpart will issue a joint announcement. To mark the centenary of 1914-18, the governments of both countries will digitise a  sample of repatriation records – medical, pension and correspondence files dealing with the men and women who returned from war. ”Sample” ...
  • Taking a moment of silence to remember Image: LAC Benjamin Evans © Commonwealth of AustraliaAs the 11th hour strikes today Australians, along with other nations around the world, will pause to remember those who died or suffered as a result of war. To ensure the war experiences of Australians both here and abroad are documented for the generations to come, Monash University researchers from the Faculty of Arts are leading ...
  • Lest we forget: Remembrance and Anzac teaching, learning and research at Monash wooden crosses in field with poppies attachedAs Remembrance Day approaches, find out what Monash has to offer in Remembrance and ANZAC teaching, learning and research. With a wealth of academic expertise this area, find out about the breath of courses, research, resources and events at Monash. National significance: deepening knowledge of and learning about Australians at War On Remembrance Day, November 11, many ...
  • NCAS to host Chinese-Australian Studies Visiting Fellows 641f153135f02df77fcc81718251f21d_nThe National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) will host the inaugural Chinese-Australian Studies Visiting Fellowships recipients during October. Three Chinese scholars of Australian Studies will be taking up these fellowships with NCAS as part of the Australia-China Council funded project, China-Australia Research Network (CARN). The 2013 Fellows are Dr Hong Chen from East China Normal University, Dr Qinghong ...
  • Putting an end to Bombergate Dr Tom Heenanby Tom Heenan AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou is usually a fairly measured character. But on last Friday morning’s Red Symons’ ABC radio program, Demetriou had a real dummy spit. The Australian journalist Chip Le Grand had suggested that the AFL had reached an agreement with Essendon club doctor Bruce Reid over his role in the supplements saga. Under ...
  • Sport’s scourge hits our shores Tom Heenan and David Dunstanby Tom Heenan and David Dunstan Australian Rules Richmond footballer Jake King seems like a bit of a lad. After a recent game he invited Bandido motorcycle gang heavy, Toby Mitchell, into the Richmond clubrooms to meet the players. Star forward, Jack Riewoldt, gave the Bandido boss the thumbs-up, suggesting Mitchell was a “pretty good bloke.” ...
  • Transcendence and remembering conflict keir_reeves-profile1Dr Keir Reeves, National Centre for Australian Studies For the past quarter of a century memory work of war has methodologically driven new understandings of twentieth century conflicts. This seminar evaluates the ways in which key sites and the emotional raison d’être for travelling to them leads to a change in historical meaning and (arguably) political ...
  • Beer up: the Fawad Ahmed VB Affair Tom Heenan and David Dunstanby Tom Heenan and David Dunstan The criticism of Fawad Ahmed for refusing to wear the VB beer logo on his Australian cricket shirt is mind-boggling. Surely this country has moved on from the steak-and-one-veg culture of the 1950s and can live with the fact that a Muslim sports person does not want to endorse Australia’s ...
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