School of Social Sciences

  • 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
  • Abbott should dump, not ‘refine’, his paid parental leave scheme 59726a555f18d10cb44e40fc702a13c2_nBy 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? Nick Economouby 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 Labor fb90190e40c2c52707b903727effe069_nBy 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 complex Remy DavisonBy 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 Monash soss-evening-featureThis 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 policy lindsay-macklinThe 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. 3 Assoc Prof Shaun Carneyby 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 Migration symposia-posterThe 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
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