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Latest Papers

The working papers collection comprises historical papers as well as current ideas and works in progress on some of the major issues and topics of our times.

Saint Anna: Last of the Labor Dinosaurs (released 25 March 2012)
Those of us who left Brisbane for the bright lights of the Southern cities in the 1970s, came back in the 1990s to a Brisbane that was an imitation of Sydney and Melbourne. Brisbane was smarter, used its river but when Jim Soorley left Brisbane City Council in 2003 he too represented a lost connection with the real people and the real doings of life. The State government without Soorley, who the State politicians loved to hate, was all fluff and words and memos and press releases and meetings and no substance. Campbell Newman filled the void. He effectively took over the real working space that Clem Jones and Jm Soorley had occupied for Labor.
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Temperature Rising (released 8 March 2012)
Stand by now for some passion, some blood and some aggression from Labor
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When Hard Men Cry (released 27 February 2012)
When a hard labor man cries you have to wonder why? Anthony Albanese has made a lot of men and women curse and cry in his time. But, after Saturday 25 Feb 2012, more will appreciate that he is, for all his hardness, a good man.
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Unholy Alliances (released 24 February 2012)
Under Julia Gillard the new factions of the ALP are the greens and the independents. Graham Richardson's marginal seats strategy has become a permanent party institution. It all looks smart politics until the next election.
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Tin Tin Returns (released 20 February 2012)
If Kevin Rudd Does Not Win His Position back as Leader, the ALP is Doomed to Never Win an Election in its Own Right Again.
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Mc Knight's Murdoch (released 15 February 2012)
McKnight’s is a serious, well researched and documented book that will probably become a standard work for students of media power and of Murdoch himself. There may even be a secret market amongst those hoping to survive within the News Limited workforce and amongst Murdoch’s minion editors who want to gain a historical perspective on Murdoch’s past and likely future crusades.
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New Beauty (released 9 February 2012)
An Extract from Kerrie Leishman, The New Beauty?, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Saturday 31 March to Sunday 13 May, 2012 - Not to be Missed!
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A New Concept of Taxation (released 29 January 2012)
Australians will be liberated from their accountants. Each individual will have their own portfolio of social, cultural and community investments that will be seen as their taxation. It will be up to each citizen to lodge their own statement of investment in the public good. The much amended, dreaded, impossible Commonwealth Taxation Administration Act (1953) will finally be abolished.
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The Great Depression of the Middle Classes (released 19 January 2012)
The political ethos of the United States is always a challenging monster to harness and understand. Most often it is very different from that of Australia. Often it is so radically different that it is very difficult to explain. The words are in English. The markings of people are similar. But the giant currents of change are unlike anything in Australia. There is a complexity of forces playing across 300 million people, cultural spheres and billions of dollars of investment, capacity and spent energy.
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Malleable Hatred (released 28 September 2011)
Labor party hatred is a wonderfully malleable thing.
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