Tough measures on counterterrorism go hand in hand with grassroots strategyby 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 hangoversby 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.
Explainer: what is halal, and how does certification work?by 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 MonashMonash 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 voiceby 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 Abbottby 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 consensusby 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 todayby 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 awardMonash 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?by 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
Lone wolves show new level of devastationby 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.
Questions And Mourning After Sydney Cafe Siege
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 yearMonash 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.
Monash-Warwick links: Criminology academic’s fellowship postingDr 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 threatby 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
Abbott should dump, not ‘refine’, his paid parental leave schemeBy Veronica Sheen
Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed over the weekend that he will use the parliamentary summer break to review his paid parental leave (PPL) scheme, which has so far proven to be a large political liability.
However, Abbott shouldn’t waste his time and taxpayers’ money on a review. His PPL idea doesn’t need reviewing. It needs
Victorian election: Labor triumph or Coalition disaster – or neither?by Nick Economou
After Daniel Andrews and Labor’s decisive victory in the Victorian state election at the weekend, there has been – not unexpectedly – a welter of post-election opinion trying to account for the rather unusual outcome in which a government was tipped from office after only one term.
In these analyses, the federal government has loomed
Political rhythms of modern Victoria favour LaborBy Paul Strangio
Saturday’s election result confirms that among the Australian states Victoria moves to the beat of its own political drum. More specifically, it affords further proof that the political rhythms of modern Victoria favour the Labor Party.
The outcomes of electoral contests over an extended period emphatically illustrate this point. In the 13 federal elections
The noodle-bowl effect: Australian trade is increasingly complexBy Rémy Davison
Fact: over 585 regional trade agreements have been signed.Almost 400 are already operating. Australia is a signatory to at least 12 of them.
An intricate web of cross-cutting free trade agreements (FTAs) forms the basis of Australia’s trade and investment partnerships throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
There will be more. At the Brisbane G20 an Australia-India
A space for feminist international relations: Professor Ann Tickner visits MonashThis month, Monash is hosting distinguished International Relations academic, Professor Ann Tickner. Professor Tickner said she has been greatly impressed by the conversation and academic rigour of colleagues here at Monash, the inclusion of feminism, gender perspectives and post-colonialism in the body of research Monash academics are undertaking.
Professor Ann Tickner is a pioneer in bringing
Policy Impact: SoSS’s Jo Lindsay contributes to work and care policyThe honourable Jenny Macklin MP invited Jo Lindsay to participate in a policy development Roundtable in Brisbane with leaders from academia, the not for profit sector, and business to discuss current and emerging social policy issues in Australia.
The roundtable assisted in developing and prioritising a set of policies that will help Australians better manage their
Five days out, Victorians look set to elect unlikely premier no. 3by Shaun Carney
Anyone in search of a prime example of the dictum that a functioning democracy is nothing short of a minor miracle need look no further than the state of Victoria. In the past 15 years, what has been the nation’s most vibrant state in the 21st century has twice elected unlikely – some
Monash Criminology and Sociology at the International Symposia on MigrationThe School of Social Science, particularly sociology and criminology, contributed significantly to the recent International Symposia on Migration held at Deakin University.
Dr Marie Segrave along with Assoc Professor Anita Harris and Emeritus Prof Gary Bouma were invited to present at the two Symposia co-hosted by the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, TASA and