Fond illusions: Some reflections on Australian dependence, Pacific interventions and Indigenous land (2006)

The development of an independent Australian voice and policy seemed promising, and several suggested elements leave us with the fond illusion that one exists. However crippling disabilities stand in the way. Independence might be recognised through the shared and clearly defined institutions of citizenship, mutual support and solidarity. Yet Australian independence has been compromised by imperial dependence and imperial emulation. Continue reading “Fond illusions: Some reflections on Australian dependence, Pacific interventions and Indigenous land (2006)”

Globalization and agricultural trade: The market access and food security dilemmas of developing countries (2006)

Poverty reduction and debt relief programs, fixed by the big powers, have repeated the dogma of globalisation through ‘free trade’ as a means of salvation for poor countries. The Cairns Group, an agricultural export lobby, has reinforced this message in relation to farming. Yet agriculture in developing countries is far too important to be reduced to a function of the latest export opportunity. In poor, rural based communities, there is a huge cost in abandoning subsistence production and domestic markets to the vagaries of global markets. Continue reading “Globalization and agricultural trade: The market access and food security dilemmas of developing countries (2006)”

Food security and agriculture in the Australia-East Timor relationship (2006)

This chapter will discuss important conflicts of interest over agricultural development in the Australia-East Timor relationship. East Timor needs to stabilise domestic production, as the central element of its food security strategy. However Australia has a strategic view of global agricultural liberalisation, and uses aid programs to advance these interests. Different approaches to ‘food security’ are linked to distinct interests. This paper discusses those different approaches and their associated agricultural development implications. Continue reading “Food security and agriculture in the Australia-East Timor relationship (2006)”

Social values embedded in health systems: infectious disease in Mexico and Cuba (2006)

This paper discusses the implications, for infectious disease control, of distinct social values embedded in health system organising principles. The Mexican and Cuban health systems are taken as examples of neighbouring but widely divergent systems, producing different public health outcomes. The paper will look at the organising principles of these two systems, along with their programs and outcomes in relation to five of the most important and dangerous infectious diseases Continue reading “Social values embedded in health systems: infectious disease in Mexico and Cuba (2006)”