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M801 QVORTRUP TEXT MAKE-UP.qxd 5/4/07 1:42 PM Page 150 Gary Gary's G4:Users:Gary:Public:Gar 10 Absentee voting: a comparative perspective Problems with postal voting in recent elections in Australia and in the UK have attracted attention. This final chapter reviews international experiences with absentee, or postal, voting in developed capitalist democracies. In the wake of the 2004 federal election in Australia concerns were raised about the problems with postal voting in Australia. The Australian Electoral Commission recently acknowledged that there were

in The politics of participation

Responses In both countries mainstream labour strongly rejected the Right’s charges that it was disloyal and extreme. Far more so in Australia than in Britain, it also offered alternative and competing definitions of the national and imperial interest. In both countries Labour prided itself upon its constitutionalism, its gradualism, its attachment to both class-based, progressive nationalism and internationalism and its opposition to communism, revolution and fascism. The ALP closely

in Labour and the politics of Empire
Forging careers and changing the gender landscape

149 8 ‘Just because one is a woman’: Forging careers and changing the gender landscape When the Australian Fulbright Agreement was finally signed into existence in 1949, social worker Norma Parker, like many other women, was poised ready to apply. That Australian women were alert to the opportunities the new program offered is not surprising. They had been receiving CCNY travel grants to the United States since the 1930s.1 That so many succeeded in the early years of the program is the more interesting story. Parker was foundation president of the newly formed

in Academic ambassadors, Pacific allies
Exhibiting the Great War in Australia, 1917–41

A visitor to Canberra today would have a difficult time avoiding the Australian War Memorial. The Memorial, a mock-Byzantine structure topped by a green copper dome at the end of a wide, sweeping parade joining the Memorial in a visual axis with Australia’s Parliament, attracts around a million visitors a year to its imposing site. 1 To enter, a visitor climbs broad, grey stone steps, passes through a wide doorway, and walks between two stone lions (taken from the original Menin Gate in Belgium) before being

in Curating empire
Colonial transformations and a governmental event

It was November 1937 when anthropologist and patrol officer Ted Strehlow realised he had a problem. He had travelled 130 km through the central Australian desert from Alice Springs to Hermannsburg Mission to investigate an apparent murder that had taken place some weeks earlier at Thira, a sheep camp on the upper Ormiston River. There he found that a forceful and unwanted marriage proposal had sparked a disagreement between a number of people he described as Pintubi and Ngalia. When four Pintubi women began fighting, he was to write, their

in Governing natives

This book introduces the reader to emerging research in the broad field of 'imperial migration' and shows how this 'new' migration scholarship had developed our understanding of the British World. This is done through an analysis of some of former colonies of British Empire such as Australia, Canada, India and Zambia. The book focuses on the ideas of Reverend Thomas Malthus of how population movements presaged forces within sectors of a pre-industrial economy. The formation of national and imperial identities along racial lines in the mid-nineteenth century is covered by an analysis of the mid-nineteenth century British censuses. The clergy played a pivotal role in the importation and diffusion of a sense of British identity (and morality) to Australian churchgoers. The resistance and accommodation of Welsh Presbyterianism in Eastern Bengal is investigated through the varieties of engagement with Indian Christians and non-Christians. The book argues that Asian migration and the perceived threat it posed to the settler colonies was an issue which could unite these seemingly incongruent elements of the British World. Child migration has become a very sensitive and politically charged issue, and the book examines one of the lesser studied child migration agencies, the Middlemore Children's Emigration Homes. The book also deals with the cultural cross-currents in the construction of an Anglo-Canadian or 'Britannic' national identity. The white settlers' decisions to stay on after independence was granted to Zambia are instructive as it fills an important gap in our understanding of Africa's colonial legacy.

In the global race for skilled immigrants, governments compete for workers. In pursuing such individuals, governments may incidentally discriminate on gender grounds. Existing gendered differences in the global labour market related to life course trajectories, pay gaps and occupational specialisation are refracted in skilled immigration selection policies. This book analyses the gendered terrain of skilled immigration policies across 12 countries and 37 skilled immigration visas. It argues that while skilled immigration policies are often gendered, this outcome is not inevitable and that governments possess scope in policy design. Further, the book explains the reasons why governments adopt more or less gender aware skilled immigration policies, drawing attention to the engagement of feminist groups and ethnocultural organisations in the policy process. In doing so, it utilises evidence from 128 elite interviews undertaken with representatives of these organisations, as well as government officials, parliamentarians, trade unions and business associations in Australia and Canada over the period 1988 through to 2013. Presenting the first book-length account of the global race for talent from a gender perspective, Gender, migration and the global race for talent will be read by graduate students, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of immigration studies, political science, public policy, sociology, gender studies and Australian and Canadian studies.

Queen Victoria in Indigenous worlds
Editors: Sarah Carter and Maria Nugent

Indigenous people in Britain’s settler colonies engaged Queen Victoria in their diplomacy and politics, and incorporated her into their intellectual and narrative traditions. These interpretations of Victoria have much to tell us about indigenous peoples’ experiences of and responses to British colonization, and they also make a significant contribution to historical and contemporary understandings of British imperial and colonial history. The essays in this volume, that focus on Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada, offer detailed studies from these settings, of the political, imaginative, diplomatic and intellectual uses of Queen Victoria by indigenous peoples. They also consider the ways in which the Crown’s representatives employed the figure of the monarch in their dealings with the people displaced by British colonization. The collection offers compelling examples of the traffic of ideas, interpretations and political strategies among and between indigenous people and colonial officials across the settler colonies. Together the chapters demonstrate the contributions that Indigenous peoples of the settler colonies made to British imperial culture and cultures of monarchy.

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The key argument presented in this book is that the neglected forces of nation, empire and race exerted a far more profound influence upon Labour politics in Britain and Australia between 1900 and 2010 than is suggested in the relevant literature. To be sure, this influence varied in time and place and was generally more pronounced in the Australian than the British case. This was mainly because the imprint of Britain, as the ruling imperial power and ‘mother country’, upon Australia and its labour movement was

in Labour and the politics of Empire
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12 Moving forward: Australian flight nurses in the Korean War Maxine Dahl During the Second World War Australia developed an efficient air evacuation system for its battlefield casualties that saw wounded men transported by air and accompanied by trained flight teams. Management of this system was the responsibility of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The air evacuation system was based on the US air evacuation model from the Second World War in which the registered nurse assumed the role of team leader for the duration of the flight.1 For RAAF flight

in One hundred years of wartime nursing practices, 1854–1953