The changing role of migration museums in Australia

16 Curating relations between ‘us’ and ‘them’: the changing role of migration museums in Australia1 Andrea Witcomb I would also like to ask two related things … which have puzzled me since a brief visit to the museum some years ago. One is to ask if you want donations of crafts and small items used in households in South Australia during [the] last century? These are from the wave of first settlers, ie. Anglo-Celtic. The related question is whether the museum is mainly about the subsequent waves of settlers or is the history of the early mainly Anglo

in Curatopia

7 Engagement at the regional level The fallacy of expertise bedevils public policy. Mark Bevir, 2010 ‘Strategic Labor government’ at the regional level National-level Labour governments in both Britain and Australia are amongst a number of centre-left governments rediscovering an interest in democratic renewal. As we saw in the previous chapter, both parties remain formally committed to this agenda of democratic innovation, and their own consultative experiments, despite a number of significant flaws, reveal an appetite for engagement and renewal. The search

in The search for democratic renewal
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‘Australia for the White Man’

In 1908 the prominent Australian magazine Bulletin took as its masthead the phrase ‘Australia for the White Man’. It would prove a brief and pithy indication of the place that any man or woman of colour, including Aborigines, the first people of the land, would find in the newly federated Commonwealth of Australia. From the 1870s to the first decade of the twentieth

in Equal subjects, unequal rights
Choosing a Fulbright scholar

49 3 ‘Bright scientific moles’ v. ‘goodwill ambassador extroverts’: Choosing a Fulbright scholar A Fulbright scholar who came to Australia in the early 1960s now says ‘who knew how important it would be for me, a young eager gal from nyc’, to have this experience. ‘I was open to learning and Australia was a perfect learning environment. Right time/​right place to be tested, one might say.’1 She embraced the social and cultural environment:  drinking with labour movement leaders at the local pub, listening to folk music and jazz, hearing feminist Germaine Greer

in Academic ambassadors, Pacific allies
Species, serums and localisms, 1890–1914

and administrators ‘consistently projected Indian social practices as the main sites of cruelty rather than the laboratories’. 4 Snakes also proved central to this fin de siècle iteration of ‘scientific medicine’, in turn comprising exemplars and victims of its ontological transformations. In the Australian colonies, which federated in 1901, venoms complemented

in Venomous encounters
Finding a sustainable future in the neo-liberal university

for the reorganization of international capitalism’, but it was the political project –​‘to restore the power of economic elites’ –​that dominated the next four decades.3 In that period Australia had a Liberal-​National Party (L-NP) coalition government under Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (1975–​83) who aligned with the economic policies of Margaret Thatcher’s British government (elected in 1979). Thirteen years of ALP government followed, first under Prime Minister Bob Hawke, who had once been the recipient of a US Leader scholarship, and then under his former

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Continuity and change

4 Political participation: continuity and change Not only is it the case that the vast majority of citizens are at best ­marginally engaged in civic or political activism, it is also far from clear how even a broader base of participation beyond elections and political parties could help address the decline of representative democracy. Wilks-Heeg, Blick and Crone, 2012 The changing patterns of political participation and support Political participation is part of a dynamic process of exchange between the citizen and the state. In Britain and Australia, as in

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Points tests and gender effects, 1993–2003

5 New selection grids: points tests and gender effects, 1993–2003 Introduction Points tests or ‘quantitative assessments of human capital’ (Papademetriou 2008) are a popular mechanism by which to select skilled immigrants. Applicants must aggregate points received for different criteria to meet a ‘pass mark’ for admission. Canada and Australia are leaders in points tests, having adopted them in 1962 and 1973 respectively (Hawkins 1989). Australia and Canada were also the first countries to refine their points-test systems from the 1990s onwards. In Australia in

in Gender, migration and the global race for talent
A Postcolonial Geography

The operation of the British model of imperialism was never consistent, seldom coherent, and far from comprehensive. Purity campaigns, controversies about the age of consent, the regulation of prostitution and passage and repeal of contagious diseases laws, as well as a new legislative awareness of homosexuality, were all part of the sexual currency of the late Victorian age. Colonial governments, institutions and companies recognised that in many ways the effective operation of the Empire depended upon sexual arrangements. They devised elaborate systems of sexual governance, but also devoted disproportionate energy to marking and policing the sexual margins. This book not only investigates controversies surrounding prostitution, homosexuality and the age of consent in the British Empire, but also revolutionises people's notions about the importance of sex as a nexus of imperial power relations. The derivative hypothesis, which reads colonial sexuality politics as something England did or gave to its colonies, is illustrated and made explicit by the Indian Spectator, which seemed simply to accept that India should follow English precedent. In 1885, the South Australian parliament passed legislation, similar to England's Criminal Law Amendment Act, which raised the age of consent from 13 to 16 and introduced a series of restrictions and regulations on sexual conduct. Richard Francis Burton's case against the moral universalism and sex between men are discussed. 'Cognitively mapping' sexuality politics, the book has traced connections between people, places and politics, exploring both their dangers and opportunities, which revolve in each case around embroilments in global power.

The P&O Company and the Politics of Empire from its origins to 1867

This book is a study on the history of the P&O shipping company, paying due attention to the context of nineteenth-century imperial politics that so significantly shaped the company's development. Based chiefly on unpublished material in the P&O archives and in the National Archives and on contemporary official publications, it covers the crucial period from the company's origins to 1867. After presenting new findings about the company's origins in the Irish transport industry, the book charts the extension of the founders' interests from the Iberian Peninsula to the Mediterranean, India, China and Australia. In so doing it deals also with the development of the necessary financial infrastructure for P&O's operations, with the founders' attitudes to technical advances, with the shareholding base, with the company's involvement in the opium trade, and with its acquisition of mail, Admiralty and other government contracts. It was the P&O's status as a government contractor that, above all else, implicated its fortunes in the wider politics of empire, and the book culminates in an episode which illustrates this clearly: the company's rescue from the edge of a financial precipice by the award of a new government mail contract prompted, among other things, by the Abyssinian expedition of 1867.