Launching the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Initiative: Towards Women’s SecurityThe Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research presents a public lecture, Towards Women’s Security: Local and Global. The panel discussion will also act as the launch of the new Monash Gender, Peace and Security Initiative at Monash University.
In the 21st Century, the persistence of violence against women in all its forms is a crucial
Why Australia must secure women’s safety as a national priorityThe increasing regularity of fatal violence against women – 63 deaths so far this year –combined with harrowing tales from the Victorian Royal Commission, and this week’s Coroner’s Report on the tragic killing of Luke Batty gives flesh to the declaration of family violence as a ‘national emergency’.
The Prime Minister’s announcement of increased funding and
Only the conscription referendums made Australia’s Great War experience differentBen Wellings
November 11 resonates less with Australians than April 25. But Armistice Day provides a moment to reflect on Australia’s self-identity in comparison to other nations that experienced the first world war and commemorate it to this day.
Nations exist in a perpetual state of creative tension. They must appear to be unique: that is the
Waging peace: women’s century-long campaign to end war continuesKatrina Lee-Koo and Sarah Boyd
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 turned 15 on October 31. The most notable of the worldwide celebrations was in New York, where representatives of UN member countries and women’s civil society organisations gathered throughout October to celebrate progress, highlight roadblocks and forge new ways forward.
It is odd that a Security Council
Geert Wilders’ brand of Islamophobia won’t find an audience in Australiaby Gary Bouma
Geert Wilders, who is currently visiting Australia to launch a new political party, is a Dutch politician who has made a name for himself by fearmongering about Islam and Muslims. He came to fame in Holland as one of Europe’s recently emergent chorus of anti-immigration and anti-multicultural voices.
While Wilders claims not to hate
Celebrating 15 years of the United Nations’ Women, Peace and Security AgendaThis year we celebrate fifteen years since the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. This landmark resolution addresses the gender-specific impact of conflict upon women and girls.
It stresses the need for their protection from gender-based violence and promotes their participation in peace and security activities including peace negotiations, peacekeeping operations and grassroots peacebuilding
Defence and Security in the real world: Monash students attend ADFA ConferenceFive Monash undergraduate students were selected to participate in the 2015 Security and Strategy undergraduate conference at the Australian Defence Force College in Canberra last month.
Monash students from Politics & International Relations in the School of Social Sciences heard presentations from a range of experts, including Rear-Admiral James Goldbrick, Mr. Chris McNicol (Department of Defence),
Monash Arts undergraduate showcases her work at ACURMonash Social Sciences student, Magdalena Janas, was selected to be the Faculty of Arts’ representative at the Australasian Conference for Undergraduate Research (ACUR), which took place at the University of Western Australia in Perth last September.
The two-day conference, sponsored by the Australian Council for Undergraduate Research, brought together Masters and Honours students, as well as
Ratifying the TPP may be tough, but Australia needs itRemy Davison, School of Social Sciences
Eight years in total of protracted negotiations. Twelve countries. The largest multi-continental trade agreement since APECin 1989. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is complete.
But the road to ratification will be rough. American unions, together with environmental and public health lobbies, are amongst those opposed, which guarantees TPP will have a tough
Closing down FOI: a case study in sneaky governmentJohan Lidberg
In a year and a half the Abbott government managed, in practice, to undo the painstaking reforms of the federal Freedom of Information (FOI) system that took shape in 2008 and came into force in late 2010.
In the best of worlds, FOI laws can create a win-win situation for governments and their constituents. By
Criminology’s Marie Segrave co-edits Anti-Trafficking Review special issueMonash’s Dr Marie Segrave (Criminology), recently edited a Special Issue of Anti-Trafficking Review, focused on the issue of forced labour and human trafficking, with Professor Nicola Piper (Sydney University).
Dr Segrave’s Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) research is focused on irregular migrant labour.
The editors put a call out for papers that engaged with the current
Parliamentary Internship Program 2016 applications now openDoes spending a semester working at the Parliament of Victoria sound good to you?
Applications for the parliamentary internship program, in its 25th year this year, are now open.
Monash University’s Politics and International Relations Program, in conjunction with the Parliamentary Library of the Parliament of Victoria, the University of Melbourne and Victoria University offers students the
I would build… radical strategies for resisting the harms of reform
Dr Bree Carlton, from Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, asks whether penal reform is as obsolete as the prison.
Abolitionism is a theory and method for dismantling prisons and criminal justice. It is above all concerned with strategising alternatives to imprisonment and, ultimately, in the long term, the eventual eradication of prisons. Radical expressions
Prime Minister’s Centre Fellowship for Monash academicDr Zareh Ghazarian of the School of Social Sciences has been awarded the Australian Prime Minister’s Centre Fellowship for 2015-16.
The fellowship, established by the Commonwealth government, was awarded by the Australian Prime Ministers Centre within the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. It aims to raise awareness of Australia’s prime ministers and to
Building prisons is not making us safe – what can government do?Marie Segrave
The Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass, last week released a report into the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in the state. What can we take from its findings?
The report’s starting point is the reality of imprisonment: it is temporary. In more than 99% of cases, offenders will return to the community. The challenge is to
The Returnbull – just how bad is it for Labor?Narelle Miragliotta, School of Social Sciences
Up until Monday’s Liberal leadership ballot, Labor had reason to be hopeful that it was beginning to make ground again with the electorate. It had been ahead of the Coalition on a two-party-preferred basis for more than a year. And since September, Newspoll has had Labor leader Bill Shorten at
Turnbull defeats Abbott, set to become prime minister: experts respondNatalie Mast, University of Western Australia; Dominic Kelly, La Trobe University; Flavio Menezes, The University of Queensland; Narelle Miragliotta, Monash University; Todd Winther, Griffith University, and Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University
Malcolm Turnbull has defeated Tony Abbott by 54 votes to 44 in a spill for the Liberal Party leadership and will become Australia’s 29th prime minister.
The quantitative easing experiment is ending in global recessionRemy Davison
Recession. Recession. Recession. In Canada, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Taiwan, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Brazil and Russia. They’ve all either had recent recessions, are in deep danger, or have one now. Who’s next?
Not us. We hope. Australia has dodged the recession bullet for 24 years. But economic pessimists abound, predicting bust anytime soon.
Sociology’s Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett launches her latest bookSociology recently hosted the launch of the recent Palgrave Macmillan published book – International Students and Crime.
The lead author, Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett, was the recipient of a four-year ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship that underpinned the study, which was conducted across Australia, the UK and the U.S.
Professor Kim-Langfield-Smith, Vice-Provost (Academic Performance) at Monash University, officially