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Histories of struggle and reform in modern Australia


Darian-Smith, Kate and Edmonds, P, Histories of struggle and reform in modern Australia, Australian Historical Studies, 49, (3) pp. 287-289. ISSN 1031-461X (2018) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/1031461X.2018.1497423


This issue of Australian Historical Studies opens with two articles that explore the struggles for the recognition of human rights, including the protection offered for women and children, in Australia’s recent history. From today’s vantage point, looking back to the experiences and politics of the 1970s is a reminder of how far we have advanced as a society when it comes to such issues as the acknowledgement of child sexual abuse and gender equity in the workplace and the wider community. But it is also sobering to see that many of the concerns about the status and safety of women and children that were expressed almost five decades ago have not been fully addressed in 2018. One lesson we can draw from the past is that social change can be slow and halting, even when the need for reform is compelling.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:history, Australia
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, Kate (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
UTAS Author:Edmonds, P (Associate Professor Penny Edmonds)
ID Code:130188
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2019-01-15
Last Modified:2019-01-15

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