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The return of Wang Qishan

February 6, 2018 - 09:49 -- Admin

Wang Qishan was a protégé of Zhu Rongji and learned the ways of the master well. As the formidable premier of China from 1997 to 2002, Zhu was perhaps the country’s only authentic reformer after Deng Xiaoping. He undertook changes to the sclerotic state-owned enterprise sector in the late 1990s that made tens of millions of employees redundant and could have been deeply destabilising.

Have we overthought referendums?

February 2, 2018 - 12:19 -- Admin

When Anthony Albanese recently suggested holding two constitutional referendums on Australia Day next year, he was thinking way outside the square. The senior Labor frontbencher cast his proposal as a response to the increasingly virulent displays of opposition to the date of our national celebration: “Instead of change the date,” he said, we should “enhance” it by turning it into a celebration of (he hoped) the success of those national votes.

Are we overthinking referendums?

February 2, 2018 - 12:19 -- Admin

When Anthony Albanese recently suggested holding two constitutional referendums on Australia Day next year, he was thinking way outside the square. The senior Labor frontbencher cast his proposal as a response to the increasingly virulent displays of opposition to the date of our national celebration: “Instead of change the date,” he said, we should “enhance” it by turning it into a celebration of (he hoped) the success of those national votes.

A sort of farewell

February 2, 2018 - 05:44 -- Admin

When John Rickard’s Australia: A Cultural History was first published in 1988, cultural history as a subgenre was still the relatively new kid on the block. The “new” social history was well into late adolescence and showing signs that its early promise would not be realised.

How the Show went on

January 30, 2018 - 10:27 -- Admin

Near the end of the second world war, the membership of the Communist Party of Australia, or CPA, is believed to have peaked at 20,000 members (almost certainly a higher proportion of the population than either of the major parties could claim today). While its influence may have been exaggerated by conservative politicians, its influence in a number of important trade unions was far from insignificant.

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