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Distinguished Lecture 2017
School of Government and International Relations 2017 Distinguished Lecture will be presented by Centre member, Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh. He will be speaking on Mining Royalty Payments and the Governance of Aboriginal Australia.
Mining royalty payments to Aboriginal landowners in remote Australia should represent a boon to what are among this country’s most disadvantaged communities. But the record of outcomes from these payments is mixed, and the very real successes that have been achieved are often overshadowed by tales of waste and lost opportunities. In this lecture Professor O'Faircheallaigh will draw on research conducted on the impact of mining royalties over three decades to explain successes and failures, and argue that the explanation has much to tell us about the governance of Aboriginal Australia more broadly. Success comes when Aboriginal people control decision making and develop accountability and management mechanisms that make sense in terms of their own social and cultural values and practices. The stubborn refusal of Australian governments to recognise and apply this lesson to policy development and implementation more broadly helps explain the continuing social and economic problems facing Aboriginal Australia. It also provides important insights into the nature of Australia’s relationship with its First Peoples.
The Lecture will be held at The Ship Inn Function Space, South Bank on Wednesday 9 August 2017.
Isaac Manasseh Meyer FellowshipCentre Director, Professor Haig Patapan has been awarded the prestigious Isaac Manasseh Meyer Visiting Fellowship by the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Professor Patapan will be visiting the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore in August where he will present two lectures. He will also be discussing the next round of the NUS-Griffith Politics Symposium that was first held in Brisbane 2016. The Symposium is intended to encourage research and collaboration and develop long term links between Griffith and NUS scholars.
In the Media
- 16 February: Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma | SBS Radio (Podcast) in Spanish | La democracia en tiempos de desilusión
- 7 February: Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma | SBS Radio (Podcast) in Spanish | Comienza el juicio contra Arthur Mas por el 9-N. Also available at Ferran's blog here.
- 18 January: Professor Xu Yi-chong | Readara | Sinews of Power (interview)
- 12 January: Professor Ian Hall | Chatham House | India's Rise at 70 (panel member)
- 11 January: Professors John Kane and Haig Patapan | Guardian Australia | Can Democracy Survive the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Should it?