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The Editors of the Australian Review of Public Affairs thank its readers, contributors, past editorial team members and other supporters, who have enabled us to offer what we hope has been a topical and thought-provoking look at a broad sweep of the issues of our time. With considerable regret, we announce that we have not been able to secure the modest funds required to continue, and so can no longer offer our unique blend of research, commentary and review. We will maintain the site indefinitely, and are confident that readers will continue to find and appreciate the work of around 300 authors who have written for the Review over the last 16 years.

Welcome to the Australian Review of Public Affairs

Our mission is:

To reflect upon and evaluate the design and redesign of Australia’s public policies and institutions, as well as Australia’s relations and responsibilities in the broader world community.

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The Australian Review of Public Affairs invites submissions consistent with the aims and scope set out in our mission statement. These must be original, and are considered for publication in two categories. Digest articles articulate robust opinions, responding rapidly to contemporary ideas, trends, proposals and initiatives. Journal papers are more considered and reflective, and thus subject to more rigorous review.

All submissions should be written in a clear, direct style appropriate for an informed general audience. Prospective authors are encouraged to discuss proposed papers with the Editors prior to submission.

The Australian Review of Public Affairs is indexed in APAIS, and archived by the National Library of Australia.

Journal Articles

Journal articles, of up to 5,000 words, will in general be derived from original research. They go beyond the review or summary of existing thinking to develop a substantive reasoned argument. In keeping with the breadth our mission, we encourage articles that stretch prevailing academic constructions of the relationships between research, advocacy, and civic discourse. Journal submissions are peer reviewed by multiple anonymous referees. The Journal is published twice annually.

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Digest Articles

Digest articles, written tightly to a strict limit of 1,500 words, include brief commentaries and reviews of materials of interest to our audience. They should be crisp, engaging, and free from the hedging and qualification typical of academic prose. Digest submissions are reviewed by the Editors, and appear online promptly upon acceptance.

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The Australian Review of Public Affairs ceased publication in May 2016. Please address all inquiries about permissions or legacy issues to the former Editor, Gabrielle Meagher.


Contributors are responsible for the opinions they express in the Australian Review of Public Affairs. Neither the Editors, nor the University of Sydney, necessarily endorse these opinions.


Tim Rowse on historical reasoning about Indigenous imprisonment
Anna Kalaitzidis and Paul Jewell on challenges to confidentiality rules for sperm donors
Kate MacNeill, Jenny Lye and Paul Caulfield on government arts spending 1967–2009
Michele Ferguson on defending the value of the social sciences
Robert Aldrich on homosexuality in the gallery
Don Arthur on Menzies’ other forgotten people