Military Justice

Research Brief 34 From 1916 Anzac Day was commemorated to remember the fallen and honour those baptised by fire on the shores of Gallipoli. That same year the Australian army conducted at least 3,342 courts martial for military and civil infractions. The fighting spirit and resourcefulness of the Anzac has become legend. Soldiers who broke […]

Femicide: an intractable history*

Research Brief 33 The murders of Hannah Clarke and her three children at Camp Hill in February 2020 demonstrated once again the persistence of Australian experience of domestic violence. The very familiarity of the middle-class, suburban setting for the extreme violence of this killing has provoked a conversation about a pattern of intimate partner control […]

The day Paul Keating voted for Ronald M’Donald

Research Brief 32 Australians preparing to vote on Saturday 18 May have been reminded by Judith Brett in her recent book[1] how unusual the compulsory Australian ballot really is. Tracing the evolution of the modern Australian electoral system Brett shows why we vote on Saturday, why we vote with a pencil, why we vote in […]

Uncovering a hidden offence: Histories of familial sexual abuse

Andy Kaladelfos examines the historical ability of the criminal justice system to respond to sexual abuse within the family. Research Brief 26 – originally published as part of the Australian Women’s History Network’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence series. The sexual abuse of children is overwhelmingly perpetrated by people known to victims. National […]