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  • AUSTRALIAS BOLDEST EXPERIMENT : WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE 1940S
    AUSTRALIAS BOLDEST EXPERIMENT : WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE 1940S
    MACINTYRE STUART
    ISBN: 9781742231129
    Title: AUSTRALIAS BOLDEST EXPERIMENT : WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE 1940S
    Author: MACINTYRE STUART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this landmark book, Stuart Macintyre explains how a country traumatised by World War I, hammered by the Depression and overstretched by World War II became a prosperous, successful and growing society by the 1950s.

    An extraordinary group of individuals, notably John Curtin, Ben Chifley, Nugget Coombs, John Dedman and Robert Menzies, re-made the country, planning its reconstruction against a background of wartime sacrifice and austerity. The other part of this triumphant story shows Australia on the world stage, seeking to fashion a new world order that would bring peace and prosperity.This book shows the 1940s to be a pivotal decade in Australia.

    At the height of his powers, Macintyre reminds us that key components of the society we take for granted work, welfare, health, education, immigration, housing are not the result of military endeavour but policy, planning, politics and popular resolve.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143783640
    Title: AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    PAPE SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781460756874
    Title: BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    Author: PAPE SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The new book from Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor. The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need is a phenomenon, sprinting through one million copies to become one of the best selling Australian books ever. Why is it so successful? It's simple, funny and practical. And it has changed people's lives.

    The eagerly anticipated follow-up, The Barefoot Investor for Families, sticks to the same script. It's aimed fairly and squarely at parents, grandparents, and basically anyone who read that book and said:

    'Why the hell wasn't I taught this years ago?'

    Scott lays out ten money milestones kids need to have nailed before they leave home, and it's all structured around one family 'money meal' each week (so roughly 20 minutes).

    If you follow the roadmap, with tailor-made lessons for each age group, your kids will know how to do things like:

    Learn the life-changing value of hard work

    Set up a fee-free bank account (or jam jars!)

    Go on a Treasure Hunt around the house, and sell some of their 'stuff' second-hand

    Save your parents $100 on household bills

    Even ...

    Learn to cook at least two low-cost, delicious, nutritious meals from scratch.

    Scott's mission is to make sure your kids are financially strong so they never, ever get sucked into the traps that middle-aged bankers have devised to rob them of their money and their confidence.

    There are only ten things every kid needs to know about money, and you can teach them over dinner, once a week.

    It's that simple.

    Start now - it's never too early or too late.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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 2018
    BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018
    RADCLIFFE RUSS
    ISBN: 9781925713565
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018
    Author: RADCLIFFE RUSS
    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, Alan Moir, David Pope, David Rowe, Andrew Weldon, Cathy Wilcox, Paul Zanetti, and many more . . .

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • BIBLE IN AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    BIBLE IN AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    LAKE MEREDITH
    ISBN: 9781742235714
    Title: BIBLE IN AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    Author: LAKE MEREDITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Koby Abberton emerges like a shark on to the sand at Maroubra Beach. Tattooed from shoulder to shoulder, his body bares letters like teeth: ‘My brothers keeper’.

    In this surprising and revelatory history of the Bible in Australia, Meredith Lake gets under the skin of a text that’s been read, wrestled with, preached and tattooed, and believed to be everything from a resented imposition to the very Word of God.

    The Bible in Australia explores how in the hands of Bible-bashers, immigrants, suffragists, evangelists, unionists, writers, artists and Indigenous Australians, the Bible has played a contested but defining role in this country.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BIGGEST ESTATE ON EARTH HOW ABORIGINES MADE AUSTRALIA
    BIGGEST ESTATE ON EARTH HOW ABORIGINES MADE AUSTRALIA
    GAMMAGE BILL
    ISBN: 9781743311325
    Title: BIGGEST ESTATE ON EARTH HOW ABORIGINES MADE AUSTRALIA
    Author: GAMMAGE BILL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands and abundant wildlife, it evoked a country estate in England. Bill Gammage has discovered this was because Aboriginal people managed the land in a far more systematic and scientific fashion than we have ever realised.

    For over a decade, Gammage has examined written and visual records of the Australian landscape. He has uncovered an extraordinarily complex system of land management using fire and the life cycles of native plants to ensure plentiful wildlife and plant foods throughout the year. We know Aboriginal people spent far less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter, and now we know how they did it.With details of land-management strategies from around Australia, The Biggest Estate on Earth rewrites the history of this continent, with huge implications for us today. Once Aboriginal people were no longer able to tend their country, it became overgrown and vulnerable to the hugely damaging bushfires we now experience. And what we think of as virgin bush in a national park is nothing of the kind.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BLOOD ON THE WATTLE : Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians since 1788
    BLOOD ON THE WATTLE : Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians since 1788
    ELDER BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781741100082
    Title: BLOOD ON THE WATTLE : Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians since 1788
    Author: ELDER BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Draws together, in a single volume, most of information about the massacres of the Aboriginal people which has been recorded in books and journals. It also creates a level of awareness of the scale of the massacres, so that this dimension of Australian history can become part of the Australian consciousness.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLUE COLLAR FRAYED : Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy
    BLUE COLLAR FRAYED : Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy
    RAYNER JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781760640002
    Title: BLUE COLLAR FRAYED : Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy
    Author: RAYNER JENNIFER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘I remember with incredible clarity the question that rang through his words and hung in the air between us, the query that hurt my head and heart as his baggy eyes held mine: Where does someone like me fit, now?’

    Jennifer Rayner knows a thing or two about blue-collar blokes. Her brother, her dad and her grandfather all make a living with their hands. But blue-collar jobs for Australian men are disappearing at a rapid rate, and this is not just a product of unstoppable economic forces – it’s also the result of our failure to acknowledge the importance of those jobs and the people who do them. The men now losing their jobs in heavy industry or trades will not easily find new work in Australia’s growing service industries; the evidence shows they are disengaging from the workforce instead.

    Drawing on extensive research and dozens of interviews, Rayner argues that there can be blue-collar jobs in our future economy; in fact, we can’t keep building a fair and prosperous Australia without them. Humane and clear-eyed, Blue Collar Frayed is a vital contribution to our national conversation.

    Imprint: REDBACK
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BOOM AND BUST
    BOOM AND BUST
    KURMELOVS ROYCE
    ISBN: 9780733638725
    Title: BOOM AND BUST
    Author: KURMELOVS ROYCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's mining boom is a period of history economists and politicians still talk about with a sense of awe. At the time the accepted wisdom was that China's economy would never stop growing and Australia's mines would always be there to supply them. Australia rode this once-in-history event through 25 straight years of economic growth. We even managed to sidestep the worst of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, and it was because of the boom Australia could call itself an economic miracle. No one thought it would end.

    Until it did. Today the country is grappling with what that means at a time when inequality is rising and dissatisfaction with politics is at its highest since the Whitlam government dismissal. The mining boom, when it has been written about previously, is usually only considered as a question of economics. These discussions point to the infrastructure the boom built, the people who moved in to try their luck and ended up staying, and the question of whether a sovereign wealth fund would have ensured Australia's vast mineral wealth could be put to use for its people, rather than multinational corporations.

    This book is different. Its focus is not economic, but the lived experience of people who came into vast wealth, only to watch it dry up. It sketches that feeling at the dizzying height of the boom, a time when anything seemed possible, when distant, dusty towns on the Australian periphery got rich overnight and could command the whole nation's attention. It tells the stories of the winners, and the losers, who bought into the mining boom's promise of easy money. It also examines the fall, when the boom that would never end, ended and took away the six-figure salaries that had made it so good for so long.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BOYS FROM ST FRANCIS : Stories of the remarkable Aboriginal activists, artists and athletes who grew up in one seaside home
    BOYS FROM ST FRANCIS : Stories of the remarkable Aboriginal activists, artists and athletes who grew up in one seaside home
    MALLETT ASHLEY
    ISBN: 9781743055809
    Title: BOYS FROM ST FRANCIS : Stories of the remarkable Aboriginal activists, artists and athletes who grew up in one seaside home
    Author: MALLETT ASHLEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This remarkable true story pays tribute to a band of Aboriginal boys who grew up together in one group home - many succeeding spectacularly in later life.

    In 1945, Anglican priest Father Percy Smith brought six boys from their Northern Territory home to an Adelaide beach suburb. There, they became the first boys of St Francis, a place that would house 50 such boys over 11 years. Some were sent, with the blessing of their mothers, to gain an education. Others were members of the Stolen Generations.

    In their interviews with Ashley Mallett, many of these men recall Father Smith's kindness and care. His successors, however, were often brutal, and the boys faced prejudice in a wider world largely built to exclude Indigenous Australians. The Boys from St Francis is a multi-layered tale of triumph against the odds - using the early building blocks of education and sporting prowess. Many of them went on to become fiercely effective advocates for Aboriginal causes, achieving significant progress not just for themselves, but for Aboriginal people, changing their world for the better.

    Activist Charles Perkins, the first Indigenous man to receive a university degree, commenced his status as a national icon with the 1965 Freedom Rides. John Moriarty, the first Indigenous man picked for the national soccer team, designed the famous Dreaming images for five Qantas planes. Harold Thomas created the iconic Aboriginal flag. Vince Copley played football for the Port Adelaide Magpies. George Kruger worked with Fred Hollows in remote Indigenous communities for nearly 20 years.

    The Boys from St Francis is a sometimes shocking, but ultimately hopeful book about black and white Australia, told through one constellation of lives, sharing one seaside address.

    A born storyteller, Ashley Mallett was asked to write the story of The Boys from St Francis by Ngadjuri elder and former resident of the home, Vince Copley, AM. Ashley's 30-odd books include the definitive history of the 1868 Aboriginal Australian Cricket Tour of England, The Black Lords of Summer (UQP 2002).

    Ashley Mallett, who lives in Adelaide, regards The Boys from St Francis as his most important work.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • BREAKING POINT : The Future of Australian Cities
    BREAKING POINT : The Future of Australian Cities
    SEAMER PETER
    ISBN: 9781760641290
    Title: BREAKING POINT : The Future of Australian Cities
    Author: SEAMER PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2019 New Release

    The way we plan and build cities in Australia needs to change.Australia?s population is growing- between 2017 and 2046 it is projected to increase by 11.8 million, the equivalent of adding a city the size of Canberra each year for thirty years. Most of this growth will occur in the major cities, and already its effects are being felt- inner-city property prices are skyrocketing and the more affordable middle and outer suburbs lack essential services and infrastructure. The result is inequality- while wealthy inner-city dwellers enjoy access to government-subsidised services - public transport, cultural and sporting facilities - new home buyers, pushed further out, pay the lion?s share of the costs.So how can we create affordable housing for everyone and still get them to work in the morning? What does sustainable urban development look like?In this timely critique of our nation?s urban development and planning culture, Peter Seamer argues that vested interests often distort rational thinking on our cities. Looking to the future, he sets out cogent new strategies to resolve congestion, transport and expenditure problems, offering a blueprint for multi-centred Australian cities that are more localised, urban and equitable in nature.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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