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  1. Appeasing Jakarta - Chapter 8

    ... stories of the oppression of Aboriginal people in the past, whereas Manne has a tendency to exaggerate. I accept that my approach ... deeper question underlying much debate over many Aboriginal issues is the old question regarding assimilation. This is not an absolute ... for support in examples of successful assimilation in the past. And other people, who feel that Aboriginal history is an almost ... rights/traditional culture/permanent welfare paradigm of the past few decades. I believe this has been a disaster for many Aboriginal ... more ink has been expended in the Australian press in the past six years in arguing for John Howard to apologise to ‘the stolen ... However, it’s one I’ve put consistently over the past few years, and is a long way from the parody of my views presented by ...


  2. The Opportunist - Contributors

    ... Uniya, the Jesuit Social Justice Centre in Sydney. For the past year, he has been the Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in East ... to the UN in New York in 1975 responsible for decolonisation issues. He is a regular opinion contributor to the Australian . Tony ... Australian Thinking Skills Institute. He teaches security issues in contemporary Asia at Melbourne University’s Institute of Asian ...


  3. A Time For War - Chapter 12

    ... Howard has exploited. She also reminds us of his party’s past combativeness. This analysis leads her to suggest much contemporary ... of economic change stands in sharp contrast to most of the past century, when citizens had a broad choice about longer term economic priorities. Now, on economic issues at least, the choice is almost wholly spurious. Indeed the ideological ... of ins and outs. There are few divisions on principled issues, notwithstanding the current important debate over industrial relations ... laws.) The contest between the parties has turned to other issues that are mostly manufactured and this with an eye to electoral impact, ... which it seems to have embraced to the exclusion of its past more generous or more statist sentiments. The combined influence of ...


  4. Clivosaurus - Chapter 15

    ... and as a person. It is time now to think more on the past, and, also, on what it is to be indigenous, on what it is to be an ... why, in the essay, Noel is able to frame the constitutional issues other than by legal and political lineaments alone. I think this saves ... are matters of structure. Tipping in the other, perhaps, are past-based identities and cultural distinctions, which are much more matters of ... nation-state as not being composed also of tradition, of the past, of feeling. And it is likewise too easy to consider the rootedness in the past of traditional identities as having a life apart from the superstructure ... but the end aimed at is impeccable. Race is dead. The past seems now to be Noel’s latest major agenda item for the future. ...


  5. Balancing Act: Chapter 16

    ... remember things because the world has changed so much that past lessons aren’t relevant. I fear that some of those advocating this ... influence and ideas in our institutions has shifted in the past few decades. Most importantly, it has begun a debate about whether we need ... change this balance for the better – not to go back to the past, but to secure a more vibrant future. Laura Tingle Balancing Act: ...


  6. Political Amnesia: Chapter 1

    ... We Forgot How to Govern Laura Tingle THE DANGEROUS PAST June 2015. Clouds are scudding across a pale, bright winter sky on the ... from which all knowledge of these events has come for the past 2000 years. “When after the destruction of Brutus and Cassius there was ... they preferred the safety of the present to the dangerous past. Tell me the story from the beginning, I say to our daughter, ... why is our politics unable to deal with the pressing issues of the country? Surely it cannot simply be that the current generation ... debates in the present tense. Consider two of the great issues of the past decade: climate change and national security. Climate change ... any confidence. When politicians do venture to raise such issues in mainstream debate, we often enter the realm of shrill panic and ...


  7. Voting for Jesus - Chapter 14

    ... question. By implication, then, there are no public-interest issues in matters of selfhood. Yet this is absurd: by confining matters of the ... the very things they have sought to implement for the past three decades. These, of course, are the sectors of the community that ... by Hamilton will not address the salient psychological issues: a deeper understanding of the basis of envy, angst and alienation is ...


  8. The Opportunist - Chapter 8

    ... across the border to the refugee camps in West Timor. Given past involvement in Aboriginal issues, my expectation was heightened by a fulsome correspondence between your ... nor will it contribute to a resolution of the outstanding issues. The Bringing them home report highlighted that there is still a ... the moralism of our public intellectuals about our pre-war past may be discouraging the subtlety of analysis and ‘patience and ... to do something to put right the ongoing effects of past appeasement and assimilation. Chances are that whatever we do will be morally fraught and ambiguous. That is why the issues are so hard, deserving a Quarterly Essay or two after we have all ...


  9. Beyond Belief - Chapter 7

    ... of some sort and reconciliation of some sort. But on the issues of fairness, equal opportunity, Australia’s role in the Asia Pacific, ... that talks about things people are worried about. And on issues that concern them most they’re uncompromising and often right. In ... they legitimately criticise. Even on strictly environmental issues the Greens have been guilty of ad hockery. As one commentator, Professor ... with an eye to an imagined future. In policy terms, what’s past is past. If the superannuated glitterati have a role it is, perhaps, to ... of continuity. Labor can’t be too misty-eyed about its past. But nor should the past be forgotten. It contains important lessons. ...


  10. Not Dead Yet - Chapter 8

    ... party structures and policies which have worked well in the past, and giving them new relevance. The community engagement of the great ... to stay in touch with community aspirations and to solve issues of public concern. If Labor makes these changes, it has a future, ...