Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.

Ben Graham

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.

Democracy: An Interview with Cyril S. Wyndham (released 26 March 2011)
Cyril S. Wyndham a member of Doc Evatt's staff from (1957-60), a member of Arthur Calwell's staff (1960-1), Secretary of the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party (1961-63) and the first full time General Secretary of the Federal branch of the Australian Labor Party (1963-69) is one of the great unsung heros of Australian Labor. I interviewed him at his home in Charlestown on 24th March 2011.
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Thinking Beyond Labor (released 16 March 2011)
For an increasing number of us it is impossible to go back to support the Labor Party - let alone vote for it. Many within the hierarchy believe that we too will eventually come home to the fold. But it will never happen. Let me try to tell you why.
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HERD Performance 2011 (released 3 March 2011)
Ever wondered at the elusive quality of Australian academics and universities, if you want to know what makes them tick you will have to join the HERD (Higher Education Research Data Collection).
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The New Politics (released 1 March 2011)
"For this is the new politics; history, tradition, old allegiances and overweening presumption hold no sway anymore." Miriam Lord, Irish Times, Feb 28, 2011
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Mad Bastards vs The Politics of Suffering (released 31 January 2011)
The must-see movie of the summer.
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The Brisbane Flood: The Ghost of Clem Jones, Anna Bligh and the Wisdom, Wonders and Pecadillos of Kevin Rudd (released 13 January 2011)
From big country town in 1974 to the modern metroplis of 2011 - there are lessons for Brisbane's recovery.
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How Australia Won the Third Ashes Test in Perth (released 23 December 2010)
The secret behind Australia's incredible come-from-behind victory in the Third Ashes Test in Perth from Dec 16-20, 2010
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The latest outrage from NSW Labor (released 16 December 2010)
One of the things that the voters of NSW, the last rusted-on supporters of the Labor Party in NSW and the labour movement of NSW have to calculate in the run up to the next election is: should Labor candidates be completely disregarded, and consciously ranked last, on their ballot papers? It is the only way the most morally corrupt political machine since the Rum Corps, can ever be curbed.
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Kingdom of Nothingness (released 14 December 2010)
There is a cycle of poverty abroad in our land that has nothing to do with material wealth. It concerns human spirit, capability and capacity, enduring knowledge, independence, self worth and well being. It is better to be materially poor than spiritually impoverished. Aboriginal Australians understand this to their core. That is why, so often, the admonitions of bureaucrats and the lures of wealth, mean nothing to them.
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The Attempted Assassination of Bernie Riordan (released 6 December 2010)
It was a time of wildness in thought and action...
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