National Centre for Australian Studies

Monash Arts Graduate Coursework Programs Event in Jakarta

Join Monash Arts graduates and academics, and discover the ways in which our Arts graduate programs will inspire, guide, and launch you into achieving incredible outcomes and careers with a lasting impact.

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Nathalie Nguyen’s ‘South Vietnamese Soldiers’ launched at ADFA

Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, Director of the Monash National Centre for Australian Studies, had her book South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After launched at the Australian Defence Force Academy UNSW, Canberra, on 7 March 2017, by Professor Peter Stanley. “Nathalie’s South Vietnamese Soldiers is a powerful book, telling a story that has…

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Turnbull makes a good start on expenses, but needs to go further

Colleen Lewis, Monash University It is regrettable that the path leading to the establishment of an independent body to oversee the work-related expenses of parliamentarians has been so tortuous. It is also regrettable that it took such an inordinate amount of time for a political leader to conclude that creating such a body was essential…

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Expenses reform is easy and essential – the only thing lacking is politicians’ resolve to do it

Colleen Lewis, Monash University What is it that too many politicians don’t get about the inappropriate use of taxpayer-funded expenses and the need to reform federal political donations laws and establish a federal anti-corruption body? The answer to those questions may help explain why MPs continue to behave inappropriately in each area. This is important,…

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A Laconic Colloquium at NCAS

In late November 2016, scholars from Australia and around the world gathered at Monash University’s Caulfield campus to celebrate the career of Emeritus Professor Ken Inglis, a renowned Australian scholar.  Presenters shared their personal and professional reflections on Professor Inglis’ work and spoke of his enormous contribution to the field of Australian history.   The National…

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Assoc Prof Nathalie Nguyen wins archivist Mander Jones Award

Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies, won recognition in the Mander Jones Awards. Her work, “Memory in the Aftermath of War: Australian Responses to the Vietnamese Refugee Crisis of 1975,” focuses on the experiences of Vietnamese refugees seeking asylum in Australia after the Vietnam War, and explores the intersection…

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When political self-interest decides donations rules, what chance does reform in the public interest have?

Colleen Lewis, Monash University Amid debate over Labor senator Sam Dastyari accepting A$1,600 from a Chinese company to cover a travel bill, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten last week put forward some proposals to reform Australia’s federal political donations regime. This was an attempt by Shorten to shift the spotlight from Dastyari’s indefensible conduct onto an…

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NCAS historian launches new book on the Vietnam War

Monash Historian, Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, celebrated the launch of her book, South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After, on May 9th 2016. “South Vietnamese soldiers are the forgotten soldiers of the Vietnam War,” notes Monash University historian Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen. “My book breaks new ground by exploring their untold histories.”…

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Reforming political donations is essential if we are to trust our politicians

By Colleen Lewis The electorate is growing increasingly weary of being treated as a plaything by too many of its elected representatives. If MPs do not believe just how disillusioned the Australian community is with their approach to representative democracy, they should consult, among other things, the surveys that rate the level of trust people have…

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