In our latest Perspectives Paper, the Hon Bob Debus AM explores how lessons from the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and beyond have been neglected or ignored. How our fixation on 'tough on crime' rhetoric contributes to skyrocketing incarceration rates, seeing funding diverted from rehabilitation and diversionary programs and instead into funding prison beds. How a comprehensive response to the issues of incarceration remains entwined with the foundational infrastructure of community support, land rights and self-determination.
It is the "practical things" that Debus focuses on. "Practical things" that we must not equate with minimal reforms, but see as the actions upon which reform is built and meaningful change is realised.
Leadership starts with the
ability to articulate a vision, but what happens next?
In our latest publication, Professor Yeatman explores the central importance of political rhetoric for creating civil possibility, for articulating and therefore continually creating institutions such as the parliament, the political party, the public sector and the federal system of government.
What's most striking about Professor Yeatman's paper is not so much what it says about Gough but what it tells us about contemporary Australian politics.
Read it here.
Visit the Female Orphan School, home of the Whitlam Institute, in 2016. There is so much to see and do - check out our What's On guide for events and activities between July and December 2016 - including a Saturday Open Day on 15 October.
The latest publication in our Perspectives series (released May 2016), Dr Edward Nik-Khah's Smoke and Thalidomide is an enthralling examination of the power of economists - and their constructed institutions - in the mobilisation of the US pharmaceutical regulatory system in the 1970s, and their continued influence in how the industry controls our knowledge about drugs today.
Dr Nik Khah will be speaking at a series of public events in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne in May/June 2016.
We are often quick to text a donation or share a status when a crisis or disaster occurs, but do we ever look deeply at how effective those International NGOs are, and how they are shaping a new global environment?
Our latest Perspectives paper 'The Role of International NGOs: The International Crisis Group as a Case Study' by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans examines how non-state actors are increasingly of more importance in the prevention and resolution of crisis and conflict.