2004

The 2004 Australian election

he workshop will bring together a team comprising academics and practitioners to present and debate their points of view about the national election. The unique value of the project is that it provides useful synergies between town and gown, and facilitates practitioners providing important data, eg, their own quantitative and qualitative survey research, and receiving feedback from academics about the relevance of party research in terms of intellectual agendas. Equally academics benefit from learning about the internal decision-making processes of election campaigning, and from accessing some of the internal party research findings.

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Aborigines, culture and economy The past, present, and future of rural and remote indigenous lives

Australia’s indigenous citizens live in a wide variety of circumstances across both rural and urban Australia. Increasingly, their location is an urban or peri-urban one. Nonetheless, rural and remote Aborigines still comprise a sizable number, around 140,000 in an indigenous population of 460,000. Many reside on their countries and many have received land rights in the past 25 years.

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Publicising performance data on individual surgeons The ethical issues – policy implications

An important development in health care, over the last 15 years, has been the publication of performance information on individual cardiac surgeons. This information has been publicly available in New York State and Pennsylvania for over a decade, and is being made available in the UK this year, in the wake of the Bristol Inquiry into paediatric cardiac surgery deaths at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

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Corruption: expanding the focus

A number of concerns about current work on the issue of corruption, and especially with the ‘thinness’ of modern academic and public policy accounts of the issue, have been raised. Just as empirical studies of democracy draw on a minimalist, Schumpeterian conception of democracy so too recent empirical research on corruption tends to work with a thin, proceduralist approach.

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Australian multiculturalism and political theory Balancing rights and responsibilities in a diverse society

The workshop is being held to initiate consideration of two understudied questions in the area of political theory and multiculturalism: (1) how current arguments and concerns about multiculturalism in political theory bear upon, or might be brought to bear upon, Australian multicultural policy, and (2) how the Australian case might contribute to political thought on multiculturalism more generally.

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Evidence into policy What works in ageing

As the implications of Australia’s ageing population are realised, older people and their concerns are gaining increasing prominence on the policy agenda. While Australia is, demographically speaking, a somewhat young country, with only 12% of its population aged 65+ at the end of the 20th century, this is expected to rise to 18% by 2021 and 26% by 2051.

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Contact Information

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

    ABN: 59 957 839 703
  • Location: 26 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601
  • Postal: GPO Box 1956, Canberra, ACT 2601
  • +61 .2 62491788
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  • secretariat@assa.edu.au

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