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. 55, No. 2, June

A Convergence of Political Interests: Isi Leibler, the Communist Party of Australia and Soviet Anti-Semitism, 1964-66
For many years, Western attitudes towards Soviet anti-Semitism were polarized around the Left/Right continuum. Supporters of the Soviet Union, including many Jews, claimed that anti-Semitism had been legislatively abolished, and that Russian Jews were...
Australian Capital Territory: July to December, 2008
The second half of 2008 unsurprisingly was dominated by the seventh Legislative Assembly election. This was the third state/territory election of the year where long-serving Labor governments were attempting to win third terms, and as noted in the...
Commonwealth of Australia: July to December 2008
Grim Economic Realities Strike Home to the Rudd Government In November 2008 the Rudd Government released its own Progress Report of its first year in office. The seventy-five-page report carried a long list of achievements and announcements based...
I, Diarist: Examining Australian Politics from the "Inside"
Introduction Political diaries can claim literary and political significance. They constitute a vibrant literary genre: popular with readers, widely purchased and frequently discussed. (1) As political texts, they offer apparently "inside" and unfiltered...
"In the Best Interests of the Child": Mapping the (Re) Emergence of Pro-Adoption Politics in Contemporary Australia
Introduction In September 2007 the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Human and Family Services released its report, The Winnable War on Drugs: The Impact of Illicit Drug Use on Families. The report made the news chiefly due to its controversial...
Issues in Australian Foreign Policy: July to December 2008
In September last year, just before the full fury of the sub-prime crisis began to crimp his campaign, John McCain found time to write a lengthy feature article for Rupert Murdoch's local flagship, The Australian. McCain drew upon a family history...
New South Wales State Politics: July to December 2008
By early July, the New South Wales government was in open warfare with itself. The fallout from the electricity privatisation imbroglio was continuing to cast its long shadow over Labor, as manifested in the increasing destabilisation of Morris Iemma's...
Northern Territory: July to December 2008
Introduction Territory elections in August left Labor holding government by a handful of votes. The announcement by Inpex, finally, that Darwin was their preferred site for a gas plant and local govemment elections across the Territory took place...
Queensland: July to December, 2008
Overview The second half of 2008 underscored the end of Premier Anna Bligh's honeymoon with the Queensland electorate. Media and public outrage over an alleged lack of ministerial and bureaucratic integrity, continuing policy crises in water, health...
South Australia: July-December 2008
Introduction The Rann Government's June 2008 budget framed a political strategy aimed at addressing an emerging perception that the government lacked vision and was simply "minding the shop". Opposition Leader Martin Hamilton Smith's constant attacks...
Tasmanian Political Chronicle: July to December 2008
At the very start of the six months under review, Tasmania's Premier David Bartlett drew "a line in the sand" over his government's support for Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill--essentially saying that it was a commercial venture which would rise or fall...
The 2007 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Timor-Leste
The Pre-Election Situation The Constituent Assembly of Timor-Leste was elected on 30 August 2001 and consisted of eighty-eight members: seventy-five elected by national ballot, and thirteen district representatives. Initially charged with drafting...
The West, the Anglo-Sphere and the Ideal of Commonwealth
Alternatives to Focusing on the Nation State The most important feature of historical and political analysis in recent times has been the move away from an almost exclusive pre-occupation with the nation state. There has been a plethora of literature...
Victoria: July to December 2008
After yet another dry summer and autumn, rain and snow finally fell in Victoria's water catchment areas. The falls were nowhere near the extent needed to increase Melbourne's reservoir storage to a level that could allow the state government to relax...
Victoria's Unique Approach to Road Safety: A History of Government Regulation
Laws and regulations are commonly adopted in order to encourage and reinforce safe driving practices and modify driver behaviour. Their development, introduction and implementation, however, is not always a clear-cut, linear or rational process, and...
Western Australia: July 2008 to December 2008
On 6 September 2008 the presence of "wall to wall" Labor governments across Australia was broken when the Western Australian electorate delivered the state a hung parliament in the general election. After protracted negotiations, and in a break from...