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  • From hostility to lasting friendship: cultural reflections from Turkish and Anzac soldiers Dr Azer Banu KemalogluFor the first time in Australia, stories of Turkish soldiers will be told alongside those of Anzac soldiers in a bilingual exhibition at Monash Univeristy about the Gallipoli experience. The exhibition has been curated by Dr Azer Banu Kemaloğlu, of Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University.
  • On remembering and forgetting war World War one - A History in 100 storiesJoin us this Remembrance Day for the launch of – World War One: A History in 100 Stories – a path-breaking social history written by Monash historians Professor Bruce Scates, Rebecca Wheatley and Laura James.
  • Seventy years after Hiroshima, who was Australian war correspondent Wilfred Burchett? Wilfred Burchett (far right) and his wife Vessa (2L) with Vietnamese politician Pham van Dong (far left) and Ho Chi Minh (2R). Burchett Archive/State Library of VictoriaTom Heenan Seventy years ago, on September 5, 1945, Wilfred Burchett’s report on the aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic bombing was published in London’s Daily Express. Burchett was the first Western journalist to enter Hiroshima after the bombing and was shocked by the devastation. Under the banner “I write this as a warning to the world”, Burchett
  • Gough’s war: making a politician, changing a nation Professor Jenny Hockingby Jenny Hocking In July 1944, stationed with RAAF Squadron 13 in Gove, Flight Lieutenant Navigator Gough Whitlam wrote “a letter of passion” to his wife, Margaret: Darling … You must conjecture what State administration would have been like in war and compare it with what Commonwealth has been. Similarly you may conjecture what Commonwealth administration may
  • After the cyclone: why relying on tourism isn’t in Vanuatu’s interests 906a30d2238050e6c65445b1bcf21589_nby Joseph Cheer Cyclone Pam has left anindelible mark on the landscape and psyche in Vanuatu. And the famed resilience of the country’s ni-Vanuatu people has been severely tested. Apart from rebuilding, attention should swiftly shift to how the country’s economy can be made more resilient in the event of future crises. Vanuatu is deemed one of
  • Monash social scientists recognised e5066db0fde367be2016e31eabc2ebac_nFour Monash social scientists have been recognised for their distinguished achievements and exceptional contributions by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). Professor Bruce Scates from the National Centre for Australian Studies, Professor Alistair Thomson from the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Professor Lisa Cameron from the Monash Centre for Development Economics, and
  • Politicians forget what public trust means – we must remind them Colleen Lewisby Colleen Lewis There cannot be a more important office or more challenging role than being a member of parliament. This is especially so for government MPs and ministers, including the newly elected Victorian ministry sworn in on Thursday. As former federal Liberal minister Fred Chaney has explained, all persons elected to parliament bring with them
  • After Hughes: why the game will never be the same Dr Tom HeenanAs people soul-search, rationalise and mourn the loss of a very talented and much-loved cricketer, one unpalatable fact sticks out. This was an accident waiting to happen. Phillip Hughes’ death will change the way cricket is played. A week ago it was all about Michael Clarke’s ‘hammies’ and poor crowds. Before that it was the Test debacle against Pakistan,
  • Promises, promises, but will Labor keep them? Colleen LewisBy Colleen Lewis Congratulations to the Australian Labor Party led by Premier-elect Daniel Andrews for being granted the particular privilege of governing for all Victorians until November 2018. Accompanying this privilege is a “public duty – public trust” principle that obliges Andrews and his team to exercise the powers entrusted to them for the benefit of the
  • When politician’s promises mean absolutely nothing Colleen Lewisby Colleen Lewis There are three days to go before Victorians make what is arguably one of the most important decisions they will come to in the next four years: who will receive their vote. The choice is between the Labor, Liberal and National parties, the Greens, one of the minor parties or an independent. Whatever decision
  • Remembering the man who changed Australia Gough-Whitlamby Jenny Hocking The 2000 people who filled the Sydney Town Hall, and the thousands more gathered around screens outside – in Melbourne, in Kings Hall in Old Parliament House, in Cabramatta, in the Berry pub – witnessed a memorial service as inspirational, as passionate and as committed as the man whose life it honoured, Edward Gough
  • Voters need pre-election details, not vague promises Colleen Lewisby Colleen Lewis The November state election has entered caretaker mode, which means that for the next three and half weeks Victorians will be bombarded with promises from all political parties.  However, the promise season commenced a few weeks ago as we already know, among other things, that there will be more job opportunities, more growth,
  • 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
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