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Universities: rethinking their special place in society

April 2, 2012


By Dennis Altman, Professor of Politics, who retires this year after 25 years at La Trobe University La Trobe University has a special place in the history of higher education in Australia. It has been home to some of our most interesting and significant intellectual and scientific figures, has made its mark on almost every […]

Australian values founded in fairness, not war

March 28, 2012


Defining our values is a struggle for the nation’s soul With debate in some quarters moving from ‘greed is good’ to ‘more greed is even better’, historian Marilyn Lake says it is time to refocus the attention of politicians and young people on the nation’s foundation ideal of Australia as ‘a land of equal opportunities’. […]

Dangers lurk in new free trade agreement

December 6, 2011


Australia faces real risks in exchange for dubious benefits from the US brokered Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement which was announced during President Obama’s recent sweep of Australia and the Bali APEC meeting. Lecturer in Australian Politics, Dr Russell Marks, and Research Fellow in Public Health and Human Biosciences, Dr Deborah Gleeson, are concerned […]