Reviews for Birns’ Contemporary Australian Literature

by Susan Murray - Published on: 23 February 2016
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Published on: 23 February 2016

“Birns’s critical flexibility can be seen in how easily he draws poetry and prose into dialogue with one another’s ideas and histories.” (Bonny Cassidy)

“Australian literature has found a committed and honest umpire” (Geordie Williamson)

Read reviews of Contemporary Australian Literature: A world not yet dead in The Australian (paywall) and Cordite.

Aboriginal women’s life writing

by Susan Murray - Published on: 21 January 2016
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Published on: 21 January 2016

Reading Aboriginal Women’s Life Stories is an important discussion of books that have shaped our understanding of contemporary Indigenous Australian literature. Anne Brewster provides an in-depth textual analysis of three key titles and situates them in relation to concepts of history, race, gender, family, storytelling and Aboriginality in modern Australia.

Identifying animal bones

by Susan Murray - Published on: 17 December 2015
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Published on: 17 December 2015


Animal bones in Australian archaeology: A field guide to common native and introduced species is the first book in our new Tom Austen Brown Studies in Australasian Archaeology series. Melanie Fillios and Natalie Blake walk the reader step-by-step through the bone identification process. The print edition can be purchased as a paperback, or wiro bind for easy use in the field.

The book is also available Open Access.

Caring for the health of older Australians

by Susan Murray - Published on: 4 November 2015
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Published on: 4 November 2015


An analysis of changing patterns in healthcare use over the last 15 years showed that service use by older people grew far more than their 18 per cent growth as a proportion of the population.

The federal government wants to make sure ‘Medicare is sustainable,’ says Associate Professor Helena Britt, lead investigator of the two reports.

Two reports published today General practice activity in Australia 2014-15 and A decade of Australian general practice 2005-06 to 2014-15, provide data on the activities of our GPs and the care of their patients.

See more on the University News site

The Government and Copyright – let’s share!

by Susan Murray - Published on: 9 September 2015
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Published on: 9 September 2015

John Gilchrist from the Australian Catholic University takes a comprehensive look at the interplay between law, policy and practice in copyright law by investigating the rights of the government as the copyright owner, the preserver of copyright material and the user of other’s copyright material, in The Government and Copyright.

Privatisation and marketisation – does society benefit?

by Susan Murray - Published on: 27 April 2015
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Published on: 27 April 2015

How can we tell if government decisions to sell public assets or change the way social services are delivered will benefit the public? This book explores these developments through rich case studies of a diverse set of social policy domains. The case studies demonstrate a range of effects of marketisation, including the impact on the experience of consumer engagement with social service systems, on the distribution of social advantage and disadvantage, and on the democratic steering of social policy.

Understanding the works of Alex Miller

by Susan Murray - Published on: 21 January 2015
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Published on: 21 January 2015

Robert Dixon’s book, Alex Miller: the ruin of time, was reviewed in The Australian recently. It’s the first book in our new series, Sydney Studies in Australian Literature.

Plain packaging and reducing smoking rates

by Susan Murray - Published on: 27 November 2014
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Published on: 27 November 2014


Simon Chapman and Becky Freeman set out the evidence for the importance of plain packaging in striking at the heart of what remains of tobacco advertising. They examine the history of the idea, the tobacco industry’s frantic efforts to derail it, and the early evidence for its impact. Most importantly, they give tools to policy makers in other countries wanting to make the best case for plain packaging and to defend it from the inevitable attacks that will follow.

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