[S]pinning Balaam against the wall

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Over the last ten to fifteen years, political commentators and concerned citizens have lamented the ever declining quality of Australian political discourse. This is a disease which seems to have infected every level of Australian politics. What was once an engaged ideological debate about policy, argued along party lines, has descended into a type of personality politics, where the ultimate goal is power, not service to the nation. Rather than informed policy debates, Australian politics has become largely about popularity polls and leadership speculation. In recent times, this phenomenon has been clearly on display.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPostcolonial voices from downunder
Subtitle of host publicationIndigenous matters, confronting readings
EditorsJione Havea
Place of PublicationEugene, USA
PublisherPickwick Publications
Chapter10
Pages134-142
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781532605871
ISBN (Print)9781532605864, 9781532605888
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

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Rees, A. (2017). [S]pinning Balaam against the wall. In J. Havea (Ed.), Postcolonial voices from downunder: Indigenous matters, confronting readings (pp. 134-142). Eugene, USA: Pickwick Publications.
Rees, Anthony. / [S]pinning Balaam against the wall. Postcolonial voices from downunder: Indigenous matters, confronting readings. editor / Jione Havea. Eugene, USA : Pickwick Publications, 2017. pp. 134-142
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Rees A. [S]pinning Balaam against the wall. In Havea J, editor, Postcolonial voices from downunder: Indigenous matters, confronting readings. Eugene, USA: Pickwick Publications. 2017. p. 134-142