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The Australian Review of Public Affairs is a place 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. To this end, the Australian Review of Public Affairs aims to stimulate the discussion of fresh, innovative approaches to a diverse range of issues.

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The Editors encourage submissions of concrete proposals for change—as well as evaluations of recent developments—in these and other relevant areas. At the same time, we welcome contributions that re-examine and challenge the deeper, more pervasive assumptions underpinning contemporary approaches to these issues. From time to time we will also solicit articles on specified themes.

In advancing its mission, the Australian Review of Public Affairs will take advantage of the possibilities presented by new media. In so doing, it will also build upon the recognised conventions of traditional print journals and magazines.

The Australian Review of Public Affairs is not captive to any defined ideology, beholden to any commercial interest, nor dominated by an entrenched opinion elite. While it is founded in the belief that there are no ‘sacred cows’, we insist this does not mean ‘anything goes’. We expect contributions to be constructive, based on evidence and reasoned argument, and to refrain from grandstanding or sloganeering. Journal articles are subject to a process of anonymous review.

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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.


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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