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The Hotham Street Ladies Serve One Up to Picasso, with a Nod to Judy Chicago

 On a visit to Melbourne in December 2013, I gravitated to Federation Square attracted as much by the vibrant people-filled forecourt as the grandeur of its architecture and sense of civic space. An added attraction was the exhibition Melbourne Now that had opened at the Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia on 22 November: a vast sprawling exhibition showcasing contemporary Melbourne art, craft and design. I was in town...

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Rights, Interests and Obligations in Property

In compiling a submission to the Land Tenure Enquiry held by the Queensland Parliament in 2012, I drew upon an earlier departmental report as a source document. As this source document is not otherwise generally accessible to the public, I have published it on the website for the benefit of scholars and practitioners who are wrestling with the concepts of property rights, stewardship, public interest and duty of care.

The paper was written...

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Land Tenure Inquiry

Land tenure is the subject of an enquiry by the Queensland Parliament. Security of land tenure is a significant issue in Queensland. Some 50% of Queensland is held under pastoral lease, for terms of thirty years and upwards; another 15% is held under perpetual lease for (usually) pastoralism. Only some 20% is freehold.

Reading between the lines, it is evident that some Members of Parliament want to liberalise land tenure. If...

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Bias for Good or Ill? Australian Government Overseas Propaganda in the 1950s

My interest in this subject arose from my work as a journalist in the Australian News and Information Bureau in the 1950s. During part of this time I was employed almost exclusively in writing news stories and feature articles for publication in newspapers and journals in Asia. The aim of these was to moderate antagonism to the White Australia policy.

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Anna Funder's "All That I Am"

‘When Hitler came to power I was in the bath.’ So begins Anna Funder’s All That I Am – a robust opening sentence for a novel that pits a vulnerable human being against the sadistic power of the ‘Great Dictator’ – Charlie Chaplin's evocative allusion to the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler.  

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Thinking About Gardens Thinking About Place

Places cannot exist in limbo. The concept of place is inevitably relationship-based. Whether in the mind or linked to a particular locus, a sense of place is mediated by association, be that forged through experience, history or imagination and desire. Creating a garden is quintessentially developing a sense of place and this is so whether at the level of the individual, the community or indeed the nation.

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