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Delivering Policy Reform »

Anchoring Significant Reforms in Turbulent Times

Publication date: April 2011
Predictable and unpredictable challenges continually confront the policy settings and policy frameworks of governments. They provide a constantly changing dynamic within which policy-making operates. Governments at all levels are asking their public services to identify innovative and workable reforms to anticipate and address these challenges. Public service leaders around the world are struggling not only to better anticipate emerging demands but also to address reform backlogs. However, time and time again, major policy reforms can prove tough to implement – especially in turbulent environments – and even tougher to anchor over time. This leads to considerable uncertainty and inefficiency as governments and policy communities try to keep pace with change. Policies that unravel or are dismantled are costly and represent wasted opportunities. They lead to cynicism about the effectiveness of governments and public service advice more generally, making it more difficult to deal with other emerging challenges. This volume of proactive essays on delivering policy reform offers an intriguing blend of strategic policy advice and management insight. It brings together a diverse range of highquality contributors from overseas as well as from Australia and New Zealand – including national political leaders, public service executives, heads of independent agencies, and leading international scholars.

East Asia Forum Quarterly: Volume 3, Number 1, 2011 »

Publication date: April 2011
East Asia Forum Quarterly grew out of East Asia Forum (EAF) online, which has developed a reputation for providing a platform for the best in Asian analysis, research and policy comment on the Asia Pacific region in world affairs. EAFQ aims to provide a further window onto research in the leading research institutes in Asia and to provide expert comment on current developments within the region. The East Asia Forum Quarterly, like East Asia Forum online, is an initiative of the East Asia Forum (EAF) and its host organisation, the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER) in the Crawford School of Economics and Government in the College of Asia & the Pacific at The Australian National University.
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R. G. Menzies Scholarships to Harvard 1968—2010 »

Menzies Scholarship Selection Committee

Edited by: Karen Holt, Kim Rubenstein
Publication date: April 2011
Since the R.G. Menzies Scholarships to Harvard were established in 1967, sixty-three Australian Menzies Scholars have been sent to study at Harvard. This book derives from the Menzies Scholars themselves: it is a collection of reminiscences and stories about their experiences at Harvard and the influence that the Menzies Scholarship has had on their careers and achievements in life. This commemorative volume was presented to Professor James Fox at a dinner for Menzies Scholars held in April 2011 at the Australian National University, to thank Professor Fox for his 33 years of distinguished service to the Menzies Scholarship Selection Committee.

Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform: Volume 18, Number 1, 2011 »

Edited by: William Coleman
Publication date: April 2011
Agenda is a refereed, ECONLIT-indexed and RePEc-listed journal of the College of Business and Economics, The Australian National University. Launched in 1994, Agenda provides a forum for debate on public policy, mainly (but not exclusively) in Australia and New Zealand. It deals largely with economic issues but gives space to social and legal policy and also to the moral and philosophical foundations and implications of policy. Subscribe to the Agenda Alerting service if you wish to be advised on forthcoming or new issues.
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CHS Guide: How to include people with chronic disease in community activities »

Authored by: Susan Abbott, Stefan Baku, Paul Dugdale, David Greenfield
Publication date: April 2011
This guide provides community group leaders with useful information and strategies to assist them in welcoming people with chronic disease to their activities. Group leaders may be enthusiasts in their specific activity. They may be fitness instructors or committee members, paid or voluntary, qualified or unqualified.

CHS Toolkit: Training group leaders how to include people with chronic disease in community activities »

Authored by: Susan Abbott, Amy Vassallo, Paul Dugdale, David Greenfield
Publication date: April 2011
The purpose of this package is to support you to improve the inclusion of people with chronic disease in community activities in your local area. It contains information and resources to help you to plan, deliver and evaluate educational activities with your local community. The first section details the aim, rationale and background for the development of this package. The overall aim of this package is to educate community group leaders about chronic disease issues. Community leaders equipped with such knowledge will be better able to support people with chronic disease to manage their conditions while encouraging their participation in community group activities.
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Gendering the Field »

Towards Sustainable Livelihoods for Mining Communities

Publication date: March 2011
The chapters in this book offer concrete examples from all over the world to show how community livelihoods in mineral-rich tracts can be more sustainable by fully integrating gender concerns into all aspects of the relationship between mining practices and mine affected communities. By looking at the mining industry and the mine-affected communities through a gender lens, the authors indicate a variety of practical strategies to mitigate the impacts of mining on women’s livelihoods without undermining women’s voice and status within the mine-affected communities. The term ‘field’ in the title of this volume is not restricted to the open-cut pits of large scale mining operations which are male-dominated workplaces, or with mining as a masculine, capital-intensive industry, but also connotes the wider range of mineral extractive practices which are carried out informally by women and men of artisanal communities at much smaller geographical scales throughout the mineral-rich tracts of poorer countries.

Prime Ministers at The Australian National University »

An Archival Guide

Authored by: Michael Piggott, Maggie Shapley
Publication date: March 2011
The ANU Archives holds records about all 27 Australian prime ministers in the Noel Butlin Archives Centre and in the university's own archives. Prime ministers have been supporters, visitors, Council members, fellows, students, and even Chancellor of the Australian National University. Prime ministers have also been trade unionists and businessmen, and have been lobbied by trade unions, companies and industry associations, leaving their traces in the business and trade union collections of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre. The authors, Michael Piggott (Australian Prime Ministers Centre fellow) and Maggie Shapley (ANU University Archivist), bring their considerable archival knowledge to the task of mapping prime ministers in the archival landscape and highlighting the prime ministerial riches which are found in the archives. The guide offers an extensive listing of relevant subject and personal files, minutes of meetings, rare printed items, photographs and audiovisual material, dating from the 19th to the 21st century, and ten short studies showing how these records might be used.

Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge »

Essays in honour of Nicolas Peterson

Publication date: February 2011
Professor Nicolas Peterson is a central figure in the anthropology of Aboriginal Australia. This volume honours his anthropological body of work, his commitment to ethnographic fieldwork as a source of knowledge, his exemplary mentorship of generations of younger scholars and his generosity in facilitating the progress of others. The diverse collection produced by former students, current colleagues and long-term peers provides reflections on his legacy as well as fresh anthropological insights from Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Inspired by Nicolas Peterson’s work in Aboriginal Australia and his broad ranging contributions to anthropology over several decades, the contributors to this volume celebrate the variety of his ethnographic interests. Individual chapters address, revisit, expand on, and ethnographically re-examine his work about ritual, material culture, the moral domestic economy, land and ecology. The volume also pays homage to Nicolas Peterson’s ability to provide focused research with long-term impact, exemplified by a series of papers engaging with his work on demand sharing and the applied policy domain.

In Good Faith? »

Governing Indigenous Australia through God, Charity and Empire, 1825-1855

Authored by: Jessie Mitchell
Publication date: January 2011
In the early decades of the 19th century, Indigenous Australians suffered devastating losses at the hands of British colonists, who largely ignored their sovereignty and even their humanity. At the same time, however, a new wave of Christian humanitarians were arriving in the colonies, troubled by Aboriginal suffering and arguing that colonists had obligations towards the people they had dispossessed. These white philanthropists raised questions which have shaped Australian society ever since. Did Indigenous Australians have rights to land, rationing, education and cultural survival? If so, how should these be guaranteed, and what would people have to give up in return? Would charity and paternalism lead to effective government or dismal failure – to a powerful defence of an oppressed people, or to new forms of oppression? In Good Faith? paints a vivid picture of life on Australia’s first missions and protectorate stations, examining the tensions between charity and rights, empathy and imperialism, as well as the intimacy, dependence, resentment and obligations that developed between missionary philanthropists and the people they tried to protect and control. In this work, Mitchell brings to life hitherto neglected moments in Australia’s history, and traces the origins of dilemmas still present today. For more information on Aboriginal History Inc. please visit