Fault Lines: Race, Work, and the Politics of Changing Australia

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Scribe Publications, 2003 - Political Science - 215 pages
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This investigation presents an in-depth review of the shifting demographics, the political handling of race-related issues, and the work-family challenges that are contributing to the changing face of Australia. Drawing upon 2001 Australian census data and the personal experiences of one who grew up in a migrant worker family, the book examines the fault lines of gender, race, and work at the root of divisiveness, as well as the seemingly contradictory attitudes in the nation's political and cultural makeup. Among the issues explored are the government's pro-immigration policies in the face of an apparently unsympathetic stance against asylum seekers and the dearth of women in upper management positions in business, the government, and the media.

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chapter two Women and Work
chapter three Sydney vs Melbourne
chapter four The Economics of Motherhood

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George Megalogenis is an Australian journalist, political commentator and author. George was a senior feature writer for The Australian newspaper. He is also a regular on the ABC's political analysis program Insiders, where a panel discusses events in Australian politics. George spent eleven years in the Canberra Press Gallery, from 1988 to 1999, before returning to Melbourne. His writing draws on the personal experiences of someone who grew up in a migrant worker family.

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