New PDF release: Australia Under Construction: Nation-building Past, Present

By John Butcher

ISBN-10: 1921313773

ISBN-13: 9781921313776

ISBN-10: 1921313781

ISBN-13: 9781921313783

The Australian kingdom is a piece in growth. So finish the authors whose perspectives are represented during this most up-to-date providing within the ANZSOG monograph sequence, Australia less than building: Nation-building prior, current and destiny. From its beginnings as a settler society via to give day matters approximately ‘broadbanding the nation’, the nation-building narrative has resonated with Australians. The very concept of nation-building has either excited the preferred mind's eye approximately what we'd in achieving as a society and a kingdom, and has occasioned depression approximately neglected possibilities. The 11 authors contributing to this monograph think about those, and different topics from quite a few views. They problem our knowing of the time period ‘nation-building’, think of its modern relevance as a framework for public coverage or even re-appraise the contribution of earlier ‘iconic’ nation-building endeavours. To this topic the authors carry intelligence, wit and a fit disdain for sacred cows. A stimulating learn for somebody drawn to the background, demanding situations and clients of nation-building in Australia.

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3 This was never a romantic and giddy metaphysic but it did carry its own kind of unifying symbolism. Progress understood as security, as freedom from war 17 Australia Under Construction and strife and, above all, as prosperity for all is — or was — our own quasi-utopian ideal. It shaped our national imagination and, right up until the early 1980s, it served to sustain and to integrate what was then a centrist two party political consensus and a full gamut of public policies aimed at building a still new nation.

But we do have ample revenues and, probably, a hugely more efficient Canberra administrative apparatus with a freshly demonstrated capacity to deal coherently with the immense complexity of modern government. The aim of a 25-year-long, top-down, neo-liberal re-engineering of a whole nation society was always to drive the market ever more deeply into the grain of daily life as a denominator of value and an automated code for all significant life decisions. The market was meant to bury deliberative politics, to reduce popular expectations of government, to redefine politics as economic management tout court and to neutralise normative culture.

The very idea of a Career Service charged with giving advice ‘without fear or favour’ was put to the sword as top public servants were brought to heel, put on short-term contracts, told to perform and to do the ministers’ bidding or risk losing their performance pay and all hopes of further advancement. As they say ‘the rest is history’. The post-war generation of committed centrists and progressively minded improvers and nation-builders with longer time horizons were overwhelmed in an ideological restructuring, a political re-education if you prefer, of the top federal public service.

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