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Gender Policy in Australian Schools

A Missed Opportunity?

Deborah Hartman

This paper describes the rise of boys’ education as a substantial social and educational issue in Australia in the 1990s, mapping the changes in Australian discourses on boys’ education in this period. Ideas and authors informed by the men’s movement entered the discourses about boys’ education, contributing to a wave of teacher experimentation and new ways of thinking about gender policies in schools. The author suggests that there is currently a policy impasse, and proposes a new multi-disciplinary approach bringing together academic, practitioner, policy, and public discourses on boys’ education.

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Assembling Local Cyclone Knowledge in the Australian Tropics

Hannah Swee

In Far North Queensland (FNQ), a region in the northeast of Australia, cyclones occur annually as a season of weather. As a result of this frequency of cyclonic activity, the majority of the people who inhabit this region have experienced a cyclone

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Investigating Australians' Trust

Findings from a National Survey

Samantha B. Meyer, Tini C. N. Luong, Paul R. Ward, George Tsourtos, and Tiffany K. Gill

Trust has been identified as an indicator within Social Quality theory. As an important component of social quality, trust has become increasingly important in modern society because literature suggests that trust in a number of democratic countries is declining. Modern technologies and specialties are often beyond the understanding of lay individuals and thus, the need for trusting relations between lay individuals and organizations/individuals has grown. The purpose of the study was to examine the extent to which Australians (dis)trust individuals and organizations/institutions. A national postal survey was conducted with 1,044 respondents recruited using the electronic white pages directory. Findings from multivariate analyses suggest that income, age, sex, and health status are associated with trust in groups of individuals and trust in organizations/institutions. The findings highlight populations where trust needs to be (re)built. Future government policy and practice should utilize these findings as a means of facilitating social quality.

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The Case of Australia

Trust During Pandemic Uncertainty—A Qualitative Study of Midlife Women in South Australia

Paul R. Ward, Belinda Lunnay, Kristen Foley, Samantha B. Meyer, Jessica Thomas, Ian Olver, and Emma R. Miller

understanding the foundations of social life and indeed the social quality of daily circumstances. Our data comes from a larger study using in-depth interviews with midlife women (aged 45–64 years) in South Australia (SA). While this study was not undertaken

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Climate Cosmopolitics and the Possibilities for Urban Planning

Donna Houston, Diana McCallum, Wendy Steele, and Jason Byrne

basis of an extraordinarily limited understanding of the social world and is, for the most part, untouched by theoretical debate of any kind at all. ( Shove 2010: 278 ) Climate change is a messy policy issue in Australia. At the federal level, the need

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“Space without People”

Austro-German Filmmaker, Bestselling Author, and Journalist Colin Ross Discovers Australia

Siegfried Mattl

caption was meant to strike the reader with amazement: “Our reporter Dr. Colin Roß with his wife and children (who accompanied him on his tour through Africa) has embarked for Australia, to the primitive peoples of the South Sea Islands. Photographs and

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COVID-19 and the Transformation of Intimate Inter-and Intra-National Relations

Andrew Dawson

One of the less anticipated impacts of the coronavirus pandemic was how it came to disrupt erstwhile intimate relationships between nations and states. In Australia, where I live, this has been experienced at multiple levels. China is, far and

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More than Luck

Australian Protest in a Social Movement Society

Ben Hightower and Scott East

Australia is the “lucky country.” It regularly appears in media and political rhetoric, and in most instances it appears with the intention of elevating nationalistic and often inherently colonial mythologies. In his first speech to Federal Parliament in

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Ambivalent Mobilities in the Pacific

“Savagery” and “Civilization” in the Australian Interwar Imaginary

Nicholas Halter

Following World War I, the Pacific Islands became increasingly accessible to the average Australian with improvements in transportation and the growth of trade and business, Christian outreach, and colonial administration in the region

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From Toilet Paper Wars to #ViralKindness?

COVID-19, Solidarity and the Basic Income Debate in Australia

Anne Décobert

Five months on from the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Australians have lost their jobs and fallen into hardship due to the economic impacts of government-imposed lockdowns. As endless queues