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  • Lacking an agenda, the Abbott government’s time is running out Shaun CarneyBy Shaun Carney The release of the tax policy discussion paper by Treasurer Joe Hockey more than 18 months into the life of the Abbott government offers important clues to the problems the Coalition has been suffering since it took office in September 2013. When it comes to producing a comprehensive, far-reaching policy regime – a coherent
  • Monash Criminology seminar program 2015 document_iconThis year’s in-house seminar program kicks off on April  30 with a presentation by visiting scholar Anita Heber on  her current research into public representations of organised crime in Sweden. This will be followed on May 12 when Leanne Weber from Monash Criminology leads a discussion about her edited collection ‘Rethinking Border Control for a
  • The long and lonely political journey of Malcolm Fraser Shaun CarneyBy Shaun Carney It was the greatest political transformation of any major Australian public figure in modern times. Malcolm Fraser,“the crazy grazier” who in 1975 did whatever it took to “rescue” the nation from its first federal Labor government in almost a quarter of a century, moved progressively away from the party for whom he had
  • Making Australia Great despite themselves: PMs stake rival claims Remy Davisonby Remy Davison. Six prime ministers. Four decades. Two recessions. Australia: 24 million Not Out. Not out in the cold, that is. As Singapore’s former prime minister, Lee Kwan Yew grimly warned Bob Hawke, a few more decades like the ‘70s and Australians would wind up “the poor, white trash of Asia”. Lee was wrong. Australia became rich,
  • Women Confronting ISIS: Monash academic at symposium on women, extremism and local strategies CUNY event posterThis month, Professor Jacqui True took presented at a day long symposium entitled ‘Women Confronting ISIS: Local Strategies and States’ Responsibilities’ held in New York. The symposium largely centred on women’s activism in the face of gender-based atrocities committed by ISIS, as well as state-sanctioned discrimination and violence, offering insights into grassroots activism lead by women
  • Monash at ‘imprisonment’ panel discussion at Wheeler Centre anna_erikssonMonash Criminology’s Dr Anna Eriksson will join other academics and legal professionals in a panel discussion facilitated by Maxine McKew at the Wheeler Centre in May. The aim of this event is to generate a new conversation about Victorian trends in imprisonment and to identify how innovation can reduce the imprisonment rate and result in better short and long-term outcomes
  • Screening: “Here and There: Everyday Life Narratives of Migrant Women from Turkey Living in Melbourne” Capture-2-e1425431881321-1024x730 (1)The digital stories that were produced in three workshops facilitated by Burcu Şimşek in the scope of the “Here and There: Everyday Life Narratives of Migrant Women from Turkey Living in Melbourne” will be screened on the first part of the event that will be held on March 4th, 2015 at ACMI. The project was supported by Hacettepe
  • ‘Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood’ project on HiSNet Renata KokanovicA new online resource supporting Australian families in early parenthood produced by The Health in Society Research Network (HiSNet) The Health in Society Research Network (HiSNet) is a unique, interdisciplinary research network based at the School of Social Sciences dedicated to understanding health and illness experiences in the social context. Under Sociology’s Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic’s leadership,
  • Tough measures on counterterrorism go hand in hand with grassroots strategy Greg Bartonby Greg Barton   Long before the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and the Bali bombings in 2002, the threat of terrorism has demanded disproportionate attention from the security community in Australia. Now, following the rise of the Islamic State movement in June last year, and its shift in September to actively promoting lone-wolf terror attacks, the need
  • Australia must prepare for the mother of all hangovers Remy Davisonby Rémy Davison You know Australia’s in trouble when the Reserve Bank cuts interest rates. Last week, the central bank did precisely that, in belated recognition of the income recession that has struck. Gross domestic income (GDI) fell by 0.3% in the June quarter of 2014, followed by a further 0.4% slump in the September quarter. The RBA
  • Explainer: what is halal, and how does certification work? wraps and saladby James Wong and Julian Millie Halal food certification in Australia has become a contentious issue. Recently, a Western Australian cafereceived hateful and anti-Islamic messages after its owners tried to explain halal on Facebook. A South Australian companystopped certifying its yoghurt in November 2014 after it was targeted by a social media campaign. And on Tuesday, independent
  • Victorian Model United Nations comes to Monash vic-mun-logoMonash University is hosting the Victorian Model United Nations (VicMUN 2015) this year. The model conference will run from Wednesday 11th February – Friday 13th February, and is held at Clayton Campus. There will also be social events every evening of the conference, where participants will be able to mingle and network with delegates from all
  • Liberal leadership tensions give neglected backbenchers a voice 7d638d09758bfdd0a51beae7d4f26029_nby Narelle Miragliotta It is difficult to pinpoint a specific reason to explain the leadership crisis presently gripping the federal Liberal Party. Why is it that Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing a leadership spill only 17 months after having led his party to government? Why is it that individuals within the Liberal party room are
  • Australia vote: No ringing endorsement for Abbott zareh ghazarianby Zareh Ghazarian When Mr Abbot became prime minister after the 2013 general election, he promised to provide stable government. This was in contrast to the Labor Party that had changed leader three times in three years. Now, the Liberal Party has found itself in a similar leadership quagmire. Critics inside the party have argued the prime
  • Overcoming the social barriers to climate consensus Blue Sky with cloudsby Ana-Maria Bliuc and Craig McGarty It can be tempting to think that people who disagree with you are mad, bad or simply stupid. However, not only are such judgements usually wrong, but telling people that they are stupid is unlikely to convince them of the merit of your own view. Yet this is often what happens when it
  • What ails Abbott is but a symptom of disease of government today Assoc Prof Shaun Carneyby Shaun Carney If a single speech is regarded as a make-or-break event for an Australian prime minister, then that prime minister faces an uncomfortable future. That’s because the “make” part is a fraud. Tony Abbott could have finished himself off with a dreadful performance at hisappearance at the National Press Club on Monday. But he
  • Black Saturday research wins national award L-R: Claire Zara, Debra Parkinson, The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice, Susie Reid, Helen Riseborough at the Award presentationMonash researchers have received an award for their groundbreaking work with communities affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. PhD candidates Ms Debra Parkinson, School of Social Sciences, and Ms Claire Zara, Monash Injury Research Institute (MIRI) received the Resilient Australia Award under the category ‘National Significance’ for a joint project with Women’s Health Goulburn North
  • Explainer: what is al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula? Ben Richby Ben Rich As the dust settles on a series of terrorist attacks in France, people will now look to understand the broader players of this grim drama. From their own statements and from external sources, it appears that the Kouachi brothers – the perpetrators of the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices – were affiliated with al-Qaeda in
  • Despite a looming political crisis, Greece is no longer the threat to the Eurozone that it was in 2012 Remy Davisonby Remy Davison Markets loathe uncertainty. They particularly despise uncertainty as the year draws to a close. No trader wants to devote the Christmas-New Year shutdown to biting their finger nails, having gone stupidly long on Greek bonds. On 13 December, all of the major European market indices fell, victims of the general air of pessimism
  • Lone wolves show new level of devastation Greg Bartonby Greg Barton Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Paris contains elements both novel and familiar. The question that now hangs in the air is whether this is a unique one-off attack or a harbinger of things to come. France has a history of terror attacks although this is the worst in more than half a century. The profile
  • Unaccompanied children seeking asylum face uncertainty and risk of exploitation 4bc1e5f68ee02e3afc42d20432a77fdb_nby Antje Missbach When Karim (not his real name) was a teenager, he travelled from Myanmar to Indonesia as an asylum seeker. Stranded in Java without money and friends, he slept in a mosque for a number of weeks until an Indonesian man invited him to his family home. What first seemed like an act of kindness
  • Questions And Mourning After Sydney Cafe Siege peter_lentini-profile1 Associate Professor Pete Lentini, director of the Global Terrorism Research Center at Monash University, joined Robin Young, host of the radio show Here & Now, to discuss the siege carried out in Sydney this week and its implications for security in Australia.
  • Monash graduate named CEO of the year Karl RedenbachMonash alumni Karl Redenbach (BA 1999, LLB 2000), currently head of a global technology company LiveTiles, has been named 2014 CEO of the Year by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). The award, announced at the AHRI annual dinner in December, recognises the CEO who has most convincingly achieved success for their business through best practice people management. Mr
  • Monash-Warwick links: Criminology academic’s fellowship posting asher-flynnDr Asher Flynn, a Monash academic in Criminology, has been appointed a Research Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Warwick for three years. As part of the Fellowship, Dr Flynn will spend two months visiting the School of Law in 2015, where she will contribute to teaching, research and postgraduate development. The Fellowship
  • Mad, weak and alone, but still a threat Greg Bartonby Greg Barton The dark day that we have feared for so long has come. Little by little our lucky country has come to feel less safe and certain in this age of terror. The first turning point came in the dreadful hours of the morning of October 13 2002, waking up to the reality of an
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