School of Social Sciences

  • Witless white noise, virulent ugliness: Brexit debate plays out its last scenes Remy DavisonRemy Davison, Monash University Mass politics versus elite interests. Mad dogs and Englishmen. That’s the Brexit referendum in a nutshell. Make no mistake: this is an internecine struggle between political elites. Brexiters such as Boris Johnson, and UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader, Nigel Farage, paint the European Union (EU) as a remote, authoritarian entity, staffed by automatons ...
  • Both parties to launch in western Sydney, the symbolic heartland of uncommitted but powerful voters Nick Economouby Nick Economou Election campaigns are full of metaphors and symbols, and one of the most enduring in Australian politics is the idea of “western Sydney”. To a non-resident of Australia’s largest city, western Sydney conjures up notions of endless suburbs interspersed with shopping precincts, the ubiquitous leagues clubs and a variety of footballing clubs using ...
  • Border Observatory research contributes to RN program on remittances Fluid Security coverFindings from the Samoa case study that formed part of the Fluid Security in the Asia Pacific project featured recently in a program on the benefits and drawbacks of remittances that was broadcast on Radio National’s ‘The Money’. The program, presented by host Richard Aedy and producer Fiona Pepper, gave an overview of the extent, purpose ...
  • Dr Katrina Lee-Koo authors Third Annual Civil Society Report on Women, Peace and Security Dr Katrina Lee-Koo with Dr Alan Ryan at the launch of the 3rd Annual Civil Society Report Card on Australia’s National Action Plan for Women, Peace and SecurityThe 3rd Annual Civil Society Report Card on Australia’s National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security was launched in early June by Dr Alan Ryan, Executive Director, Australian Civil-Military Centre in Canberra . The report, authored by Monash’s Dr Katrina Lee-Koo, is the third annual report produced by civil society in Australia, and acts as a shadow report on ...
  • So far so good for the Greens as the campaign passes the halfway mark australian flagsNarelle Miragliotta, Monash University The Greens are making surprisingly good strides at this election. In the early weeks of the campaign, the Greens had Labor on the run, squeezing the ALP on penalty rates and the Safe Schools program. It even unsettled senior Labor MPs such as Anthony Albanese. The Greens’ confident advance forced Labor to expend its ...
  • Aided by the new Senate rules, Nick Xenophon should have a happy election night Nick EconomouNick Economou, Monash University There are two election battles going on ahead of polling day on July 2. One is for executive power in the contest for the House of Representatives. The other is for the Senate, which is elected under a system of proportional representation that utilises the Single Transferable Vote (STV). To win a Senate ...
  • The ‘wells’, ‘looks’ and vibe of Australian debating: language to look for on Sunday Howard MannsHoward Manns, Monash University I would never claim to be a suppository of wisdom but speaking off script can get a pollie into trouble. And, well, look, shit happens in debates. This means it’s worth flagging some differences in the way in which pollies and parties debate and some language strategies to look for on Sunday. Party differences ...
  • Pre-polling gains popularity, but makes life harder for politicians and parties Dr Zareh GhazarianZareh Ghazarian, Monash University Australians will choose their next government on July 2 and, with opinion polls showing the parties to be neck and neck, every vote will be important. But many voters will take the opportunity to cast their ballot well before this date. The Australian electoral system has a number of ways in which people ...
  • Seeing borders from the perspectives of criminology and visual arts mumaAssociate Professor Leanne Weber joined visual artists and curators to discuss contemporary borders at a public seminar held at the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). The event was associated with a stunning exhibition on Borders, Barriers, Walls, curated by Francis Parker. In the words of MUMA director Charlotte Day, the exhibition “explores physical and psychic barriers, between ...
  • BOb at the launch of the OSCE Gender Equality Platform for Border Security and Management Border Observatory Rebecca PowellRebecca Powell,  Managing-Director of Monash’s Border Crossing Observatory, attended and presented at the Launch Meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Gender Equality Platform for Border Security and Management in Helsinki, Finland last week. The launch was held at the Finnish Customs School, bringing together representatives from across the OSCE region to discuss ...
  • New report on legal responses to intimate partner homicide out-of-character-300x214Dr Debbie Kirkwood and Dr Danielle Tyson, both research fellows in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash, have recently co-authored a discussion paper (with Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor and Mandy McKenzie) ‘Out of Character? Legal responses to intimate partner homicides by men in Victoria 2005-2014’ for the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. The ...
  • Indigenous reconciliation is hard, it re-opens wounds to heal them One of the first questions to emerge in every site of settler-colonial reconciliation concerns history: what is it we need to reconcile about? andy solo/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDPaul Muldoon, Monash University Australia is being held back by its unresolved relationship with its Indigenous population. Drawing on attempts at reconciliation overseas, this series of articles explores different ways of resolving this unfinished business. We begin today by looking at the significance of reconciliation. A lot has been invested in the idea of reconciliation, but rarely ...
  • Experience and Di Natale position the Greens as a formidable election force Australia has seen significant cases of far-right extremist violence.Narelle Miragliotta, Monash University Late last year, federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale expressed his enthusiasm at the prospect of serving in a federal Labor-Green coalition government. This suggestion has, however, been firmly rejected in recent days by Labor leader Bill Shorten. But is Shorten unwise to rule out forming a coalition government with the Greens so ...
  • Monash Gender Peace and Security secures Linkage Grant imageIn a success for Monash Arts research, the Gender, Peace and Security Initiative has recently secured a major ARC Linkage Grant. The three year project, “Towards Inclusive Peace: Monitoring Gender Provisions of Peace Agreements”, will investigate how peace agreements can advance women’s rights and participation after post-conflict and political transitions. The project team, led by Professor Jacqui True, includes Dr Nicole George; Dr Katrina Lee-Koo; Dr ...
  • More federal funding for national security than for women’s security Crim-thumbnailToday the Age published an opinion piece by the Gender and Family Violence team about the imbalance in federal funding directed at  national security compared to family violence. The article, by Kate-Fitz-Gibbon, Jude McCulloch and JaneMaree Maher, makes the  point that the risks of a woman being killed in her family in  Australia are significantly higher than the risk ...
  • Federal budget fails Australian women and children by neglecting family violence Kate-Fitz-GibbonAs Dr Kate Fitzgibbon explains in her latest piece in The Conversation, the 2016 Federal Budget is further confirmation that the Commonwealth Government is more concerned with threats abroad and public violence than the scourge of family violence permeating every corner of the Australian community. Of the $450.5 billion allocated as part of the Federal budget, there ...
  • Survey to shape Victoria’s response to family violence CRAF SurveyMonash University is urging professionals across the state to help shape the way Victoria responds to family violence. The University was commissioned by the Victorian Government to review the state’s Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework, also known as the common risk assessment framework (CRAF). Professor Jude McCulloch, who leads the research team, said ...
  • Morrison’s message is light on ideology and strong on soothing ahead of the election Shaun CarneyShaun Carney, Monash University Who among us, watching Joe Hockey deliver his “lifters and leaners” budget speech just one year, 11 months and 21 days ago, would have thought that this first-term Coalition government would so proudly hand down a budget so light on ideology? There is ideology in the 2016-17 budget, to be sure. Perhaps the ...
  • State by state, it’s still Malcolm Turnbull’s election to lose Nick EconomouNick Economou, Monash University Even though it is not yet official, the 2016 election is all but set for July 2. The election will be a double-dissolution poll on the basis of the Senate’s refusal to pass the government’s bill to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is clearly of the view ...
  • What we know and suspect about the causes of Parkinson’s disease 95e778a98d8592287659a77a6af07b9a_nDr Narelle Warren from Monash Arts School of Social Sciences is part of a team of health researchers and scientists who are looking at the causes of Parkinson’s disease
  • Monash Arts welcomes the first Monash Asylum Seeker Bursary recipient Ali-Khan-ProfileAli Khan, a new member of the Monash Arts student family, came to Australia from Afghanistan, via Pakistan. He is a member of the Hazara community, a persecuted minority group in West Asia. This year, Ali took up the Monash Asylum Seeker Bursary and started his Bachelor of Arts at Caulfield. “I didn’t speak much ...
  • Explainer: the road to a July 2 double-dissolution election Dr Zareh Ghazarianby Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University Australia appears set for a double-dissolution federal election on July 2 after the government’s bill to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission failed to pass the Senate – again. How double dissolutions work Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to have built his government’s electoral strategy on contesting a double-dissolution election. Section 57 ...
  • Social Sciences grad Lucie Cadzow heads to Oxford on Clarendon Scholarship Lucie Cadzow (left) with her supervisor, Dr. Remy Davison.A Monash Social Sciences graduate has won a scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. Lucie Cadzow, an Honours graduate in Politics & International Relations, has been awarded a prestigious Clarendon Scholarship to study a M.Phil, leading to D.Phil research at Oxford. Clarendon Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent students with the best proven and future ...
  • Criminology Public Panel: New and Persistent Challenges in Sexual Violence Criminological HorizensOn Wednesday 6 April 2016, the Monash Criminological Horizons Annual Public Lecture was held at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, Victoria State Library before a packed crowd of 200 researchers, students, members of various academic institutions, legal practitioners, police, government department representatives and victim advocacy and support workers. The anticipation surrounding this year’s panel – Sexual ...
  • New Report on Restrictive and Coercive Interventions in Disability and Mental Health Care claire-spivakovsky-smMonash criminologist, Dr Claire Spivakovsky has released a short Reportdetailing findings from a state-wide consultation into the current landscape of research, policy and practice in disability and mental health care. The Report is based on a number of interviews Claire recently conducted with key stakeholders in policy, service provision, advocacy and practice-based research across the ...
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