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  • DISPOSABLE LEADERS : Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott
    DISPOSABLE LEADERS : Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott
    TIFFEN RODNEY
    ISBN: 9781742235202
    Title: DISPOSABLE LEADERS : Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott
    Author: TIFFEN RODNEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since 1970 seventy-three political leaders within the major parties have been forcibly removed from their leadership positions. And at the heart of the turmoil is the media, with its 24-hour news cycle making political leadership evermore precarious.

    Disposable Leaders is an engaging and insightful analysis of the high-drama leadership challenge – a regular event that is now central to Australian politics. Not only does Rodney Tiffen explore some of the most intriguing federal leadership struggles that have dominated recent Australian politics in detail, he also examines all of the 73 successful leadership challenges that have occurred since 1970. In doing so Tiffen also shines a light on the central role the media plays in the revolving-door leadership that has become the new normal in modern Australian politics.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • DREAMING AND OTHER ESSAYS
    DREAMING AND OTHER ESSAYS
    STANNER W E H
    ISBN: 9781863955171
    Title: DREAMING AND OTHER ESSAYS
    Author: STANNER W E H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    W.E.H. Stanner's words changed Australia. Without condescension and without sentimentality, in essays such as 'The Dreaming' Stanner conveyed the richness and uniqueness of Aboriginal culture. In his Boyer Lectures he exposed a 'cult of forgetfulness practised on a national scale,' regarding the fate of the Aborigines, for which he coined the phrase 'the great Australian silence'.

    And in his essay 'Durmugam' he provided an unforgettable portrait of a warrior's attempt to hold back cultural change. 'He was such a man,' Stanner wrote. 'I thought I would like to make the reading world see and feel him as I did.' The pieces collected here span the career of W.E.H. Stanner as well as the history of Australian race relations. They reveal the extraordinary scholarship, humanity and vision of one of Australia's finest essayists.Their revival is a significant event.

    With an introductory essay by Robert Manne.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DRIVING DISUNITY : The Business Council Against Aboriginal Community
    DRIVING DISUNITY : The Business Council Against Aboriginal Community
    NOLAN LINDY
    ISBN: 9780648136507
    Title: DRIVING DISUNITY : The Business Council Against Aboriginal Community
    Author: NOLAN LINDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At the Beginning of the 21st century, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples were united and one million Australians had marched in support. Corporate reputations were in tatters, after appointing a mining magnate - who'd accused Aborignal Peoples of 'cannibalism and infanticide' - to head the Business Council of Australia. Now the situation is reversed. Aboriginal Peoples are divided and corporations smell of roses. How did it happen?

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $19.00

    Price: $19.00
  • ECONOMY IS NOT A SOCIETY : WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE NEW AUSTRALIA
    ECONOMY IS NOT A SOCIETY : WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE NEW AUSTRALIA
    GLOVER DENNIS
    ISBN: 9781863957472
    Title: ECONOMY IS NOT A SOCIETY : WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE NEW AUSTRALIA
    Author: GLOVER DENNIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In modern Australia, productivity is all that matters, our leaders tell us. Economic growth above all else. But is this really what we, the people, want? Does it make our lives and our communities better?

    If the high priests of economics wish to take credit for the growth in Australia's economy over the last three decades, they must also wear the blame for the social destruction that has accompanied it - the devastation of once prosperous industrial centres and the suburbs they sustained, as factories closed and workers were forced to abandon their trades. The social costs of this 'economic modernisation' have been immense, but today are virtually ignored. The fracturing of communities continues apace.

    An Economy Is Not a Society is a passionate and personal J'accuse against the people whose abandonment of moral policy-making has ripped the guts out of Australia's old industrial communities, robbed the country of productive capacity, reversed our national ethos of egalitarianism and broken the sense of common purpose that once existed between rulers and ruled. Dennis Glover argues that those in power - on both the Right and the Left - must abandon the idea that a better society is purely about offering individuals more dollars in their pockets. What we desperately need is a conversation about the lives, jobs and communities we want for ourselves and our families. Only in this way can our broken political system begin to be repaired.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ELEPHANTS AND EGOTISTS : IN SEARCH OF SAMORN OF THE ADELAIDE ZOO
    ELEPHANTS AND EGOTISTS : IN SEARCH OF SAMORN OF THE ADELAIDE ZOO
    SUMERLING PATRICIA
    ISBN: 9781743053997
    Title: ELEPHANTS AND EGOTISTS : IN SEARCH OF SAMORN OF THE ADELAIDE ZOO
    Author: SUMERLING PATRICIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Samorn, the Adelaide Zoo's last elephant, was adored by generations of zoo visitors. A gift from the Thai government in 1956, she was transferred thirty-five years later to Monarto Zoo to live out her days. When she died there in 1994 there was an outpouring of sadness from all who knew or grew up with her. 'Elephants and Egotists' is a tribute to Samorn, but also tells of other elephants sent to South Australia and the colourful characters who decided their fate. Elephants, particularly those in Southeast Asia, are now a critically endangered species needing our concern and immediate action. As Sir David Attenborough asks: 'The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?'

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 1 - THE BEGINNING
    EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 1 - THE BEGINNING
    ATKINSON ALAN
    ISBN: 9781742234960
    Title: EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 1 - THE BEGINNING
    Author: ATKINSON ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is the duty of historians to be, wherever they can, accurate, precise, humane, imaginative - using moral imagination above all - and even-handed.

    The first of three volumes of the landmark, award-winning series The Europeans in Australia gives an account of early settlement by Britain. It tells of the political and intellectual origins of this extraordinary undertaking that began during the 1780s, a decade of extraordinary creativity and the climax of the European Enlightenment.

    Volume One, The Beginning, examines the forces that led to the penal colony at Port Jackson and the first twenty-five years of white settlement. Atkinson examines, as few historians have done before, the political and intellectual origins of this extraordinary undertaking. It began during the 1780s, a decade of extraordinary creativity and the climax of the European Enlightenment. The purpose of settlement might seem uninspiring, but the fact that this was to be a community of convicts and ex-convicts raised profound questions about the common rights of the subject, the responsibility of power, and the possibility of imaginative attachment to a land of exile. Atkinson explores the imagery and technique of European power as it made its first impact on Australia. He argues that the Europeans were not simply conquerors motivated by brutal or short-term colonising imperatives. The Europeans' culture was ancient and infinitely complex, thickly woven with ideas about spirituality, authority, self, and land, all of which influenced the development of Australia. The possession of land and conflict with Aboriginal peoples were at issue, but so were the ancient habits of Europeans themselves.

    The culmination of an extraordinary career in the writing and teaching of Australian history, The Europeans in Australia grapples with the Australian historical experience as a whole from the point of view of the settlers from Europe. Ambitious and unique, it is the first such large, single-author account since Manning Clark's A History of Australia.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 2 - DEMOCRACY
    EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 2 - DEMOCRACY
    ATKINSON ALAN
    ISBN: 9781742234977
    Title: EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 2 - DEMOCRACY
    Author: ATKINSON ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The second of three volumes of the landmark, award-winning series The Europeans in Australia gives an account of early settlement by Britain. It tells of the political and intellectual origins of this extraordinary undertaking that began during the 1780s, a decade of extraordinary creativity and the climax of the European Enlightenment.

    Volume Two, Democracy, takes the story from around 1815 to the early 1870s. By exploring the nineteenth-century ‘communications revolution’ Atkinson casts new light on the way Australia first found its place in a ‘global’ world. This volume is more than a story of geography and politics. It describes the way people thought and felt. Throughout the trilogy Atkinson traces subtle and sudden shifts of ‘common imagination’ by analysing the lives of both powerful and ordinary Australians. He sets out the ideas and the imagery that moved and marked the people. This book, like all his work, is grounded in thorough and rigorous scholarship yet imbued with compassion and insight. Written ‘from the inside’, it is – as he says – history ‘caught up with the flesh and memory it describes’.

    The culmination of an extraordinary career in the writing and teaching of Australian history, The Europeans in Australia grapples with the Australian historical experience as a whole from the point of view of the settlers from Europe. Ambitious and unique, it is the first such large, single-author account since Manning Clark’s A History of Australia.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • FAIR AND THE FOUL : Inside Our Sporting Nation
    FAIR AND THE FOUL : Inside Our Sporting Nation
    HILL DAVID
    ISBN: 9780857987570
    Title: FAIR AND THE FOUL : Inside Our Sporting Nation
    Author: HILL DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If anyone is qualified to talk about sport in Australia, it's David Hill. In this book, with the benefit of his years of personal experience both playing and working in the sporting world, he vividly narrates its rise in Australia since the end of the nineteenth century, from the first cricket tour of England in 1868 by an Australian team - an Aboriginal team - to our earliest successes at the Olympics in 1896, when Edwin Flack was the only Australian competitor and won two gold medals, to the golden age of the 1950s when Australia ruled the world in tennis, swimming and athletics.

    In this book David also recalls his battles as president of the North Sydney Bears with tobacco sponsorship lobby groups; his coup as managing director of the ABC in buying the broadcast rights for the AFL; his gargantuan efforts to clean up soccer as chairman of Soccer Australia. And he takes us through the shift in sport from the relative innocence of the amateur era to its commercialisation, which, through the years, has undoubtedly contributed to the uglier sides of our national obsession- the corruption, the drugs, the sexism and racism. Have we plunged to a nadir in recent times, or are these characteristics of our sporting nation an inevitable and permanent effect of the need to succeed?

    This book is a riveting, personal take on a subject that so many Australians follow fanatically - a must-read for sports lovers, but also a compelling, revealing account for those who have never quite understood the appeal of our national obsession.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • FATAL SHORE
    FATAL SHORE
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780099448549
    Title: FATAL SHORE
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1787, the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King George III, the British Government sent a fleet to colonize Australia. An epic description of the brutal transportation of men, women and children out of Georgian Britain into a horrific penal system which was to be the precursor to the Gulag and was the origin of Australia. The Fatal Shore is the prize-winning, scholarly, brilliantly entertaining narrative that has given its true history to Australia.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIELD GUIDE TO SPIDERS OF AUSTRALIA
    FIELD GUIDE TO SPIDERS OF AUSTRALIA
    WHYTE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780643107076
    Title: FIELD GUIDE TO SPIDERS OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: WHYTE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This definitive guide, written by experts in the field, offers a window into a fascinating world. Notorious species such as the Redback and the Sydney Funnel-web sit alongside less well known but equally intriguing spiders such as the ant-mimics and net-casting spiders. Each is illustrated with beautiful photographs of the subjects.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    PIZZEY GRAHAM / KNIGHT FRANK
    ISBN: 9780732291938
    Title: FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    Author: PIZZEY GRAHAM / KNIGHT FRANK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The definitive and most respected guide to Australian bird identification and a must for both experts and amateurs. First published in 1980, Graham Pizzey's field guide combines a depth and breadth of knowledge with beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Frank Knight. This 9th edition is even more user-friendly than the 8th edition. The species entries are ordered as per the new taxonomic order of C&B 2008 and the guide is more suitable to be used as a quick reference due to the inclusion of associated colour-tabs. It has also been brought up-to-date with the inclusion of a number of new species, encompassing significantly more Vagrants (very occasional visitors to Australia, mostly storm assisted) which will have their own discrete Vagrants section at the back of the book. It also contains a longer Quick Reference Guide than the 8th edition, spanning over a few pages, with presenting images alongside the species group names.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
    FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
    FORD CLEMENTINE
    ISBN: 9781760292362
    Title: FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
    Author: FORD CLEMENTINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised by one of our most outspoken feminist writers.

    Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Crucially, it is a call to arms for all women to rediscover the fury that has been suppressed by a society that still considers feminism a threat.

    Fight Like A Girl will make you laugh, cry and scream. But above all it will make you demand and fight for a world in which women have real equality and not merely the illusion of it.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FIGHTING HISLAM : Women Faith and Sexism
    FIGHTING HISLAM : Women Faith and Sexism
    CARLAND SUSAN
    ISBN: 9780522870350
    Title: FIGHTING HISLAM : Women Faith and Sexism
    Author: CARLAND SUSAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Muslim community that is portrayed to the West is a misogynist’s playground; within the Muslim community, feminism is often regarded with sneering hostility.

    Yet between those two views there is a group of Muslim women many do not believe exists: a diverse bunch who fight sexism from within, as committed to the fight as they are to their faith. Hemmed in by Islamophobia and sexism, they fight against sexism with their minds, words and bodies. Often, their biggest weapon is their religion.

    Here, Carland talks with Muslim women about how they are making a stand for their sex, while holding fast to their faith.

    At a time when the media trumpets scandalous revelations about life for women from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia, Muslim women are always spoken about and over, never with. In Fighting Hislam, that ends.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FOR THE TRUE BELIEVERS : GREAT LABOR SPEECHES THAT SHAPED HISTORY
    FOR THE TRUE BELIEVERS : GREAT LABOR SPEECHES THAT SHAPED HISTORY
    BRAMSTON TROY [ED]
    ISBN: 9781862879478
    Title: FOR THE TRUE BELIEVERS : GREAT LABOR SPEECHES THAT SHAPED HISTORY
    Author: BRAMSTON TROY [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Graham Freudenberg, Australia’s greatest speechwriter, says “the Australian Labor Party was built on speeches.” This book brings together great Labor speeches which give voice to the party’s enduring values and achievements, and place it and its principal figures at the centre of historic events.

    There are speeches that stir the imagination and inspire, speeches that appeal to humanity, speeches of sorrow and redemption, speeches that urge moderation and caution, speeches that call for courage in the face of adversity, speeches that seek to mute the trumpet sound of war, speeches that attack the forces of conservatism, and speeches which celebrate and mourn the party’s fallen.

    * Chris Watson articulates Labor’s purpose as “a light upon a mountain” – four decades before
    * Ben Chifley’s famed “light on the hill” speech John Curtin tells a hushed parliament that “a great naval battle is proceeding”
    * Gough Whitlam declares “It’s time” for a new Labor government
    * Bob Hawke’s urges South Africa’s apartheid leaders to listen to “the spirit of men and women yearning to be free”
    * Paul Keating’s belief in Labor as “the people who can dream the big dreams and do the big things”
    * Kevin Rudd says “We are Sorry” to the stolen generations of Aboriginal Australians

    Imprint: FEDERATION PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • FORGOTTEN PEOPLE : LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE APPROACHES TO RECOGNISING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
    FORGOTTEN PEOPLE : LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE APPROACHES TO RECOGNISING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
    FREEMAN DAMIEN
    ISBN: 9780522869637
    Title: FORGOTTEN PEOPLE : LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE APPROACHES TO RECOGNISING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
    Author: FREEMAN DAMIEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Foreword by Noel Pearson

    It is easy to assume that constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians is a project of the left in Australia, and something that the right staunchly opposes.

    This collection challenges that assumption. It frames indigenous constitutional recognition in the context of conservative and liberal philosophical thought, and demonstrates that there may indeed be a set of reforms for constitutional recognition that can achieve the symbolic and substantive change sought by indigenous leaders, while at the same time addressing the critical concerns of constitutional conservatives and classical liberals. More than that, this collection demonstrates the genuine goodwill that many Australians share for the cause of indigenous recognition that is both practically useful and symbolically powerful.

    Prestigious Australian leaders and thinkers from diverse fields, including defence, business, journalism, law and religion, share their thoughts on what recognition means to them and how it might be achieved. Authors including The Australian's Chris Kenny,Major General Michael Jeffery, Cardinal George Pell, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, Australian Christian Lobby's Lyle Shelton, former Australian Business Council president Graham Bradley, and former Menzies Research Centre director Julian Leeser, offer compelling arguments in support of recognition. Malcolm Mackerras and Lloyd Waddy reflect on their experiences during the 1967 referendum and the 1998 constitutional convention. Constitutional arguments are provided by prominent lawyers, including ACU's Greg Craven, Sydney University's Anne Twomey and UNSW's Fergal Davis.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FORGOTTEN WAR
    FORGOTTEN WAR
    REYNOLDS HENRY
    ISBN: 9781742233925
    Title: FORGOTTEN WAR
    Author: REYNOLDS HENRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Winner of the 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for non-fiction

    Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it more controversial to talk about the frontier war now than it was one hundred years ago? Forgotten War continues the story told in Henry Reynolds seminal book The Other Side of the Frontier, which argued that the settlement of Australia had a high level of violence and conflict that we chose to ignore. That book prompted a flowering of research and fieldwork that Reynolds draws on here to give a thorough and systematic account of what caused the frontier wars between white colonists and Aborigines, how many people died and whether the colonists themselves saw frontier conflict as a form of warfare. It is particularly timely as we approach the centenary of WWI.

    This powerful book makes it clear that there can be no reconciliation without acknowledging the wars fought on our own soil.View the table of contents here.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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