Description : A chronological account the main periods and events in the Australian story that traces the forces that have shaped the nation from the coming of the first Aborigines to the election of the Abbott government in 2013. The content is political, social and economic, showing how these strands of Australian life interacted in eras of exploration, in boom periods and depressions and droughts, and in a number of wars. The book traces the transition from a convict society to a free one is traced, as is development of representative government and of Federation, the growth of cities, and the careers and influence of key politicians.
Description : John Hirst has drawn on previously unexplored material to write a history of the long, sometimes difficult and ultimately "sentimental" process of Australian Federation, published on the eve of the Centenary of Federation.
Description : Australia is less secure than it has ever been and the greatest threat comes from our elected government. Political leaders increasingly promote secrecy, ignorance and fear to introduce new laws that undermine individual liberties and safety. It is a criminal offence to receive or publish a wide range of information unrelated to national security. Our defence weapons are so dependent on US technical support that Australia couldn't defend itself without US involvement. And comprehensive databases on citizens' digital fingerprints and facial recognition characteristics are being amassed by the Commonwealth. Conspiracy? Paranoia? Read Secret- The Making of Australia's Security State and you decide. Fresh archival material and revealing details of conversations between former CIA, US State Department and Australian officials will make you reconsider the world around you.
Description : Tells the fascinating story of the composer's rise to prominence. Also a social history, charting the rise of modernism in Australian music through the eyes of its key player.
Description : Graham Berry (1822-1904) was colonial Australia's most gifted, creative and controversial politician. A riveting speaker, a newspaper proprietor and editor, and the founder of Australia's first mass political party, he wielded these tools to launch an age of reform: spearheading the adoption of a 'protectionist' economic policy, the payment of parliamentarians, and the taxing of large landowners. He also sought the reform of the Constitution, precipitating a crisis that the London Times likened to a 'revolution'. This book recovers Berry's forgotten and fascinating life. It explores his drives and aspirations, the scandals and defeats that nearly derailed his career, and his remarkable rise from linen-draper and grocer to adored popular leader. It establishes his formative influence on later Australian politics. And it also uses Berry's life to reflect on the possibilities and constraints of democratic politics, hoping thereby to enrich the contemporary political imagination.
Description : When one by one the brilliant Malory family lose the flame of talent, only practical Joanna is left to fight for the others. Groping her way from clue to clue she faces a grim and terrifying journey through the blackness beneath the city and finally faces a battle with the flame takers.
Description : Examines the attitudes and assumptions behind our nation-building process. Discussions range over Australian history, politics, literature, sociology and religion. Special attention is given to reconciliation between black and white Australians and the place of religious faith in the nation's culture. Indexed by both name and subject. The author is head of systematic theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Sydney, president of the Australian Catholic Theological Association, and a member of the Second AnglicanPRoman Catholic International Commission.
Description : In 1847, in one of the most important cases in Australian legal history, the Chief Justice of NSW, Sir Alfred Stephen, handed down a decision that would have profound implications for both the development of Australian property law and the property rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. The case was Attorney General v Brown, and in his decision Stephen CJ ruled that the laws of property in Australia were governed by feudal principles. The shadow cast by Attorney General v Brown has been a long one, stretching down to the decision in Mabo and beyond. Judicial thinking and much legal scholarship continues to emphasise a connection between the feudal origins of the English law and the state of contemporary Australian property law, thereby perpetuating a "nostalgic" view of Australian property law. This book, in contrast, argues that the feudal imprint on property in Australia had been "washed away" by the early 1860s and that the decades of the early nineteenth century witnessed the making of a distinct Australian property law. Egalitarianism, rather than feudalism, this book argues, shaped the emergence of Australian property law. This book situates legal development in its social and political context, re-evaluating the relationship between political ideas, social values and law reform in early Australia.