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  • AUSTRALIA UNDER SURVEILLANCE
    AUSTRALIA UNDER SURVEILLANCE
    MOORHOUSE FRANK
    ISBN: 9780857985972
    Title: AUSTRALIA UNDER SURVEILLANCE
    Author: MOORHOUSE FRANK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ASIO has kept a file on Frank Moorhouse since he was 17. Frank has decided it is time to report on ASIO. In 2013 ASIO made new efforts to extend its surveillance powers to internet and mobile phone communication and some other extensions of its powers including the making the issuing of warrants easier. We are just beginning to evolve new attitudes and behaviour appropriate for a society in which nothing can be assumed to be private, especially at the governmental level. At the same time we are trying to discern what it is that constitutes, or not, an offence against national security. We are also facing the question of what degree of terrorist threat we are prepared to endure so as to retain freedoms of expression and what might be loosely called the 'traditional privacies'. The paradox is an old one: which of our rights do we temporarily (or forever) relinquish in order to prevent external threats to our society which is based on such rights? More than ever before, this future is unforeseeable and if in the unforeseeable we see a glimmer of dangerous things we should remember that positive things also can be unforeseeable. We need a renewal of the bargain between the citizen and the secret agencies, as unreliable as it may be, as we all go into the glare and the maze of controlled and uncontrollable data collection and its consequences. At least WikiLeaks and other socially-conscious hackers and whistleblowers will keep us in the picture. We should always offer them our protection. They are all we've got.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    ISBN: 9780643097544
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    Author: MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continents impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history.

    With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen. The guide features close to 250 stunning colour plates, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate.

    The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australias magnificent and unique birdlife.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780143782377
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They were the Australians who made American history. In the roaring days of the 1850s California gold rush, San Francisco was the most dangerous town in America, made so by a notorious criminal gang known as the Sydney Coves.

    The Coves – San Francisco's first organised-crime gang – were Australians: men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California.

    The gang’s base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police – many of whom were in Stuart’s pocket anyway – so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down.

    The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco – who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces – and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group.

    The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia.

    The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN DREAMING : 40000 Years of Aboriginal History
    AUSTRALIAN DREAMING : 40000 Years of Aboriginal History
    ISAACS JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781741102581
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DREAMING : 40000 Years of Aboriginal History
    Author: ISAACS JENNIFER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australian Dreaming is the first Aboriginal history of the Australian continent and its people, as told by Aboriginal storytellers. It recounts epic travels of the Great Spirit Ancestors and tells how they created the animals and plants and gave birth to the earliest people of this land.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    SAYER MANDY
    ISBN: 9781742234670
    Title: AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    Author: SAYER MANDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today, roughly 100,000 Gypsies call Australia home, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories of the country. In this volume, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a wide-ranging history of Gypsies in Australia. Given their blessing to tell their stories, Sayer also demolishes some longstanding but baseless myths along the way.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143783503
    Title: AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    There's no better place to be during economic turbulence than Australia. Brilliant in a bust, we've learnt to use our brains in a boom. Despite a lingering inability to acknowledge our achievements at home, the rest of the world asks: how did we get it right?

    George Megalogenis, one of our most respected political and economic writers, reviews the key events since the 1970s that have forged institutional and political leadership and a canny populace. He examines how we developed from a closed economy racked by the oil shocks, toughed it out during the sometimes devastating growing pains of deregulation, and survived the Asian financial crisis, the dotcom tech wreck and the GFC to become the last developed nation standing in the 2000s. As a result, whatever happens next, we're as well positioned as any to survive the ongoing rumblings of the Great Recession.

    Drawing on newly declassified documents, fresh interviews with our former prime ministers and a unique ability to bring the numbers to life, Megalogenis describes how, at just the right time, the Australian people became more farsighted than our politicians. We stopped spending before the rest of the world, and at the top of a boom voted out a government that was throwing around the biggest bribes ever offered.

    The Australian Moment is packed with original insight, challenging our often partisan selective memories and revealing how our leadership and community have underestimated each other's contribution to the nation's resilience.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUSTRALIAS ANCIENT ABORIGINAL PAST
    AUSTRALIAS ANCIENT ABORIGINAL PAST
    JOHNSON MURRAY
    ISBN: 9781925003710
    Title: AUSTRALIAS ANCIENT ABORIGINAL PAST
    Author: JOHNSON MURRAY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book places the Aboriginal occupation of Australia within a broad framework of human evolution and habitation. The author discusses the pioneering studies that delve into the mists of antiquity, and he engages with current controversies, including the extinction of mega fauna, land management practices, and social development over many millennia. The extraordinary achievements of Australian Aborigines are revealed in all their complexity and the evidence surrounding the identity of Australia’s first occupants is re-examined. The discovery of the ‘Hobbits’ of the island of Flores show that proto-humans were edging towards the great southern continent; their capacity to cross the sea implies intelligence and organisation, but how far did their footsteps extend?

    This is just one of many challenging questions brought to life in this absorbing account of Australia’s pre-contact history.

    Imprint: AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143783640
    Title: AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Most nations don't get a first chance to prosper. Australia is on its second. For the best part of the nineteenth century, Australia was the world's richest country, a pioneer for democracy and a magnet for migrants. Yet our last big boom was followed by a fifty-year bust as we lost our luck, our riches and our nerve, and shut our doors on the world. Now we're back on top, in the position where history tells us we made our biggest mistakes. Can we learn from our past and cement our place as one of the world's great nations? Our country's most insightful big-picture commentator, George Megalogenis crunches the numbers and weaves our history into a riveting argument, brilliantly chronicling our dialogue with the world and bringing welcome insight into the urgent question of who we are, and what we can become. 'Megalogenis slaps history and politics and culture like mortar in and around his knowledge of economics and numbers to build compelling, even thrilling, theses about the country of his birth and where it stands in the world.' Tony Wright, Saturday Age 'Timely and significant . . . With characteristic lucidity, Megalogenis examines the connection between our collective prosperity and Australia's tendency at different times either to embrace or resist migrants.' James Ley, Weekend Australian

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BACKLASH : AUSTRALIAS CONFLICT OF VALUES OVER LIVE EXPORTS
    BACKLASH : AUSTRALIAS CONFLICT OF VALUES OVER LIVE EXPORTS
    JONES BIDDA & DAVIES JULIAN
    ISBN: 9780994516503
    Title: BACKLASH : AUSTRALIAS CONFLICT OF VALUES OVER LIVE EXPORTS
    Author: JONES BIDDA & DAVIES JULIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘A LITMUS TEST FOR WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE.’ Andrew Wilkie MP

    Backlash is an in-depth investigation of the live export trade. The book reveals the backstory of this powerful industry and the campaign to bring it to an end, including aspects of the inner political story that have not been told until now.

    Bidda Jones, head of science and strategy at RSPCA Australia, and Julian Davies have worked in close collaboration to bring to life these extraordinary events including the continuing backlash against the 2011 suspension of the trade to Indonesia. The book examines the ethical, economic and social factors that surround this compelling and controversial issue.

    Imprint: FINLAY LLOYD PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • BALANCING ACT : Australia Between Recession and Renewal
    BALANCING ACT : Australia Between Recession and Renewal
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781863959087
    Title: BALANCING ACT : Australia Between Recession and Renewal
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What has gone wrong with our politics? And what do our governments need to do so that Australia is not globalisation’s next victim?

    Balancing Act is a passionate look at the politics of change and renewal, and a bold call for active government. Megalogenis argues that both sides of politics are clinging defensively to an old model because it tells them a reassuring story of Australian success. But that model has been exhausted by capitalism’s extended crisis and the end of the mining boom. Trusting to the market alone has left us with gridlocked cities, growing inequality and a corporate sector that feels no obligation to pay tax. It is time to redraw the line between market and state.

    This edition also contains Megalogenis’s other best-selling Quarterly Essay, Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era, as well as a substantial new afterword that brings the story up to date.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    ERRINGTON WAYNE / VAN ONSELEN PETER
    ISBN: 9780522869712
    Title: BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    Author: ERRINGTON WAYNE / VAN ONSELEN PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tony Abbott came to the prime ministership lauded as the most effective leader of the opposition since Whitlam. Why then did he fail to succeed in the job to which he had aspired for decades??Frontbenchers leaked about cabinet processes to the media while backbenchers complained about the lack of access to their leader.?


    Abbott's long apprenticeship in religion, journalism and political life prepared him for neither the mundane business of managing people nor the commanding heights of national leadership. Public?goodwill evaporated after a tough first budget. Inside the Liberal Party individual ambitions and a succession of poor polls fuelled increasing concern that the next election was unwinnable.


    Battleground chronicles the paradox of the Abbott prime ministership: steadfast loyalty when pragmatism was required; social values at odds with community attitudes; stubbornness when tactics and strategy were essential. All would bring him undone.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEHIND THE STREETS OF ADELAIDE - 3 VOLUME SET
    BEHIND THE STREETS OF ADELAIDE - 3 VOLUME SET
    NICHOLAS JEFF
    ISBN: 9780994533005
    Title: BEHIND THE STREETS OF ADELAIDE - 3 VOLUME SET
    Author: NICHOLAS JEFF
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Behind the Streets of Adelaide Dr Jeff Nicholas pays tribute to the 62 men and women named in Adelaide’s streets. He mines their ‘biographical archaeology’ with rigour and intellectual acuity, and illuminates each respective story with a lyrical turn of phrase.

    Contents

    Vol. 1. Born of reform: a pantheon of dissent
    Vol. 2. From Rundle to Morphett
    Vol. 3. From Wellington to Mann.



    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $324.50

    Price: $324.50
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2017
    BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2017
    RADCLIFFE RUSS [ED]
    ISBN: 9781925322286
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2017
    Author: RADCLIFFE RUSS [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists. With Dean Alston, Peter Broelman, Pat Campbell, Andrew Dyson, John Farmer, First Dog on the Moon, Matt Golding, Fiona Katauskas, Mark Knight, Jon Kudelka, Bill Leak, Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Bruce Petty, David Pope, David Rowe, John Spooner, Ron Tandberg, Andrew Weldon, Cathy Wilcox, Paul Zanetti, and many more . . .

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BETOOTAS AUSTRALIA : A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australias Oldest Newspaper
    BETOOTAS AUSTRALIA : A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australias Oldest Newspaper
    THE BETOOTA ADVOCATE
    ISBN: 9780733338687
    Title: BETOOTAS AUSTRALIA : A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australias Oldest Newspaper
    Author: THE BETOOTA ADVOCATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Betoota Advocate's guide to Australia Australia's oldest newspaper, which has a readership that tops the Australian's and is never hamstrung by editorial standards, presents a comprehensive full-colour guide to Australia today - the places, the people, the politics, the language, the sport, and much more.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEYOND THE LADIES LOUNGE : AUSTRALIAS FEMALE PUBLICANS
    BEYOND THE LADIES LOUNGE : AUSTRALIAS FEMALE PUBLICANS
    WRIGHT CLARE
    ISBN: 9781922182579
    Title: BEYOND THE LADIES LOUNGE : AUSTRALIAS FEMALE PUBLICANS
    Author: WRIGHT CLARE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Clare Wright's award-winning research challenges the myth that the Australian pub is a male domain, revealing the enduring and dynamic presence of female publicans behind the bar. Wright takes the reader on a pub crawl through this history: from Sarah Bird, the 27-year-old convict who was Australia's first female licensee, to Big Poll the Grog Seller, the miners' darling on the goldfields, to Cheryl Barassi and Dawn Fraser in recent years. Handsomely illustrated and weaving oral history interviews, archival sources, folk songs, bush ballads and other popular literature throughout the narrative, this groundbreaking book exposes the remarkable visibility and dominance of women in Austalian hotel-keeping culture.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760640279
    Title: BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    Author: PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘We need to determine a foreign policy of our own – one that looks after Australia’s interest in the new order; an order which will have China as its centre of gravity.’ –Paul Keating

    Australia’s top thinkers on foreign affairs address the most significant foreign affairs dynamics affecting Australia today, including the rise of China and the election of Donald Trump. The world is changing, and so is Australia’s place in it. What do we need to know? What do we need to think about?

    Paul Keating discusses changes occurring in the United States, Europe and Asia and how Australia should respond.

    Allan Gyngell looks at the collapse of long-held beliefs underlying Australian foreign policy and the need to prepare for growing uncertainty.

    George Megalogenis analyses Australia’s changing demographics and the rapid increase in migrants from China and India – a development that comes with both challenges and benefits.

    Linda Jakobson examines China’s evolving reach and ambitions under Xi Jinping and what this could mean for Australia and the region.

    The Big Picture is an essential exploration of Australia’s position in the world today.

    ‘There has never been a more critical time for Australia to contemplate its place in the world. My intention is that Australian Foreign Affairs will serve as a forum for our most adventurous and deepest strategic thinkers to interrogate foreign policy’ —Morry Schwartz, Publisher, Australian Foreign Affairs

    ‘Australia is increasingly affected by events beyond its borders, especially as global power and wealth shifts towards Asia. The challenges facing Australia and the region are varied and complex, but they are also fascinating. There is a strong need and appetite for a publication that explores these challenges and debates the ways Australia should respond.’ —Jonathan Pearlman, Editor, Australian Foreign Affairs

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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