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    Looking West

    That vast expanse called Western Australia – a new frontier for many, yet home to others for millennia. What is the future for Australia’s wealthiest state?

    In Australia, the lure of bounty from mineral riches has drawn generations of fortune hunters to its western third. For some this was a stop on the road to a better place, for many a destination for new beginnings, but for its orignal inhabitants dislocation was inevitable.

    In the 1980s Perth became...

  • Contributors' Circle

    Peter Mares
    Refuge without work

    Work contributes to a sense of self worth that is essential to wellbeing. It can be a vital coping mechanism, particularly for people who have suffered trauma and upheaval.

    Published in Griffith Review 45: The Way We Work, Peter Mares argues that to deny asylum seekers living in the community in Australia the right to work, is to deny a fundamental source of human dignity with impacts on physical and mental health in Refuge without work.

    Peter is a contributing editor at the online culture and current affairs magazine Inside Story and a moderator with the Cranlana Programme for cultivating wisdom in leadership. Peter is also an adjunct research fellow at the Institute of Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology, where his work focuses on migration issues. For 25 years (from 1987 to 2011) Peter was a journalist and broadcaster with the ABC. He is the author of the prize-winning book Borderline (UNSW Press 2001, 2002), the first comprehensive account of Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.



  • Griffith Review 51

    Fixing the system:
    Call for submissions

    In policy and governance, business and communities, it is almost a mantra that systems and key institutions are broken. Interest groups flex their muscle and block each other. Risk management has paralysed the system. Commentators proclaim the ‘end of the reform era’. They lament the rise of a ‘new volatility’ in the nation’s electoral politics; the demise of the capacity and will to lead; and the paucity of debate of the problems and challenges facing Australia.

    Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System. This edition examines the chorus of complaint that accompanies the political process in Australia and considers what needs to be done to revive the lucky country.

  • Surviving disaster

    Shocked in the storm damage

    People sheltering in cars were picked up into the air, blown a few hundred metres and then dumped down again. Babies were blown from parents' arms. Housing girders twisted themselves into forms of abstract beauty. Thousands of sheets of corrugated iron scraped and scratched along the ground, sounding like millions of fingernails running down a blackboard.

    As the stunned residents of Vanuatu attempt to begin to regroup after the devastation of Cyclone Pam, Sophie Cunningham’s reflections on the wreckage wrought by Cyclone Tracy in Darwin in 1974 makes for a vivid, if sobering, read. Read ‘Disappeared’ here.

  • Griffith REVIEW 50

    Novella III competition

    In 2012, Griffith Review 38: The Novella Project played a major role in enabling Australian and New Zealand authors to gain a foothold in the English language revival of the novella underway internationally. In 2014, Griffith Review 46: Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II published five novellas with an historical dimension in a confronting, moving and provocative collection.

    Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s The Novella Project III competition. Winning novellas will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith Review 50: Tall Tales Short – The Novella Project III (November 2015).

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