The Australian Journal of Politics and History

The Australian Library Journal publishes articles covering Australian library issues, from ongoing research to news. Published quarterly, The Australian Library Journal is the official publication of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 2, June

Australian Capital Territory: July to December 2003
The period under review was dominated by the results of inquiries established in the aftermath of the bushfires that swept through the ACT on 18 January 2003. McLeod Inquiry The Report of the "Inquiry into the Operational Response to the January...
Defending "The Purity of Home Life" against Socialism: The Founding Years of the Australian Women's National League *
In June 1905 the Executive Committee of the Australian Women's National League published a statement condemning the Labor party for preaching the "socialistic" doctrine "that all men should hold in common the means of production, manufacture, and exchange,...
Fifty Years of the Australian Journal of Politics and History
I am most grateful to Dr Andrew Bonnell for his kind invitation to furnish a short memoir of the journal I was privileged to edit from 1983 until my early retirement in 1993. I had been associate editor since 1969, a reasonably long commitment. ...
Foreword
This year we mark the fiftieth volume of the Australian Journal of Politics and History. The first issue appeared in November 1955, and there have been some changes in the frequency of the journal's appearance since then. In the first issue, the...
German Assessments of British-Australian Relations, 1901-1914
"The Federal Government does not have the most basic grasp of military matters". Consul-General Dr Georg Irmer, November 1909 An examination of how Australia's closest colonial neighbour in 1901 viewed the creation of a new political entity and...
Hostile Receptions: Dilemmas of Democracy, Legitimacy and Supranational Law
I. Theoretical Underpinnings Introduction: International/Supranational Law and Democracy: The relationship between the international and the local is an emerging focus for theorising international law in the twenty-first century. The increasing...
Issues in Australian Foreign Policy: July to December 2003
Like any country, Australia will always grapple with foreign policy issues. The latter half of 2003 brought the usual ensemble of challenges that arise in any given six months, some anticipated, others not. Australia commenced a planned deployment...
New South Wales: July to December 2003
The Carr Labor Government began the second half of 2003 with confidence. Its electoral victory in March had delivered fifty-five of ninety-three seats, and had entrenched an image of administrative competence and adroit political management. In the...
Northern Territory: July to December 2003
Introduction The Northern Territory's Labor government experienced some difficulties during the period under review but the leadership problems of the Opposition Country Liberal Party (CLP) largely obscured these. The CLP ultimately deposed Denis...
Patterns and Directions in Australian Politics over the Past Fifty Years
In 2004 Australian politics is recognisably the same as it was nearly fifty years ago at the time of the first issue of the Australian Journal of Politics and History in 1955. The continuities are evident enough. (1) They include the maintenance of...
Queensland: July to December 2003
An Impenetrable Pall Hangs Over the Beattie Government Collateral damage fouled the Beattie government's preparations for re-election to a third term in the second half of 2003. Moreover, the damage was not restricted to one or two isolated incidents...
South Australia: July to December 2003
Contemporary state governments find international credit rating agencies, such as Moody's and Standard and Poor's, hold considerable sway over their budget priorities and planning. With this in mind, it is interesting to chronicle the way the Rann...
Tasmania: July to December 2003
Tasmania's political and media agenda for the second half of the year 2003 revolved around royalty rather than policies and institutions more than issues. Much of the media attention in this period was focused on the appointment of the former Iraq...
The Commonwealth of Australia: July to December 2003
Overview Political debate during the period continued its march back to domestic issues. While matters of national and international security remained important, they were substantially subsumed--for the first time since 11 September 2001--by such...
Victoria: July to December 2003
Victoria's Bracks Labor Government found the going difficult in the second half of 2003, thereby indicating once again that having big majorities in both parliamentary chambers is no guarantee of a trouble-free approach to public policy-making. Part...
Western Australia: July to December 2003
The Labor government, led by Premier Geoff Gallop, marked its 1000 days in office on 7 November 2003 with an almost unprecedented scale of union unrest over wage demands. The government relented to the Police Union campaign seeking a 15 per cent pay...