In less than a decade the research focus and policy interest in the area of work and family has dramatically intensified in Australia. There is now a plethora of research on work and family emanating from a variety of social science disciplines, including industrial relations, political science, the law, sociology and health.
Although largely overlooked in migration studies, understanding the secondand subsequent immigrant generations is critical to a comprehensive analysis of the migration process. The current policy and practice of diversity management in countries of immigration tends to be heavily focused on the settlement of new migrants.
HIV/AIDS is one of the greatest contemporary threats to global human security, and its rapid growth in parts of the Asia/Pacific region makes it a major concern for Australia. The Australian government has made it a priority to deal with both state failure and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Rivers and wetlands are powerful imaginative and physical presences for Australians, and they demand our urgent attention if we are to prevent their ecological collapse, with serious attendant social, cultural and economic consequences.
Communication between organisations has always been an important and beneficial form of collaboration. The interorganizational domain provides the setting for a mutual exchange of complementary competences with the prospect of building synergies if the collaboration is sufficiently wide-ranging and sustained.
It is commonplace nowadays to talk about the transition from government to governance. There has been a gradual questioning of traditional notions of government by state institutions with their hierarchic or bureaucratic traditions, beliefs and practices.
The objective of the workshop is to bring together a number of scholars to examine the way in which the processes of globalisation have had an impact on, and been mediated by, various political institutions and public policies in Australia and New Zealand.