2006

Migration challenges in the Asia-Pacific in the 21st century

One of the biggest challenges facing our region in the 21st century is the large-scale cross-border movement of people. Key issues include international labour migration; migration flows provoked by political instability and natural disasters, other refugee flows, human trafficking and people smuggling.

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Contemporary multi-disciplinary perspectives of ANZAC day in the new millennium

The ANZAC legend has developed into one of Australia’s – and New Zealand’s – most significant aspects of culture. Contemporary attitudes towards conflict suggest that ANZAC Day commemorations, however, might wane in the future. On the other hand, increasing attendance numbers at ANZAC Day Services, particularly of younger generations, suggest that support for ANZAC Day is gaining momentum. Different stakeholders of the day will be seeking different meaning and experiences from their participation, and their non-participation, in the commemorations. Issues of integrity and sustainability therefore are emerging. It is imperative that questions be raised with regard to the future of ANZAC Day.

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Forms of sociality and digital media

The purpose of this workshop is to explore the challenges and possibilities for social science research in new forms of sociality associated with contemporary digital communications technologies.

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Hate speech, free speech and human rights in Australia

Hate speech is speech or expression which is capable of instilling or inciting hatred of, or prejudice towards, a person or group of people on a specified ground. Hate speech laws are usually directed to vilification on the grounds of race, nationality, ethnicity, country of origin, ethno-religious identity, religion or sexuality.

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Childcare A better policy framework for Australia

Childcare is a critical issue for Australian families and our society. Its outcomes are critical for children. Questions of availability, affordability and quality overwhelm many parents and particularly mothers struggling to maintain attachment to the labour market in their area of skill and expertise, or trying to return to work. Others look to childcare for development opportunities for children and respite from their care.

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Paid care: now and in the future

Paid care, notably of children, the elderly, and people with a disability has been increasing in Australia, and is likely to continue to do so. This is due to a combination of demographic factors such as the aging population and the extended lifespan of people with a disability, and shifts in the extent to which families are currently able to provide unpaid caring as women (as the traditional unpaid carers) have moved into the paid labour force.

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Issues in the research and application of chemo-prophylactic drugs for the treatment of traumatic stress

In the United States research is going ahead into drugs that would inhibit the formation of traumatic emotions and thereby inhibit the strength and intensity of traumatic memories by “blocking” the effects of stress hormones and the brain’s hormonal reactions to fear. The rationale behind this research is that such drugs would be useful for individuals who must face traumatic events as part of their work, such as soldiers, police and fire-fighters, as well as providing a possible way of preventing and treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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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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