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Tennis courts at the Quad

by Susan Murray - Published on: 13 July 2015
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Published on: 13 July 2015

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Sherington has been widely reported in the media this week, talking about the original tennis courts in the University Quadrangle. These, and other stories, are told in Sydney University Sport 1852-2007: more than a club.

Congratulations to Prof. Robert Dixon!

by Agata Mrva-Montoya - Published on: 9 July 2015
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Published on: 9 July 2015

Congratulations to Robert Dixon for becoming the joint winner of the 2015 Walter McRae Russell Award last night for his book Alex Miller: The Ruin of Time. According to the comments of the judging panel:

Robert Dixon’s Alex Miller: The Ruin of Time (SUP) is an erudite and accomplished work on one of Australia’s major contemporary writers, showcasing deep engagement with the texts and their genesis, and powered by a highly contextualised biographical approach that places these works within their cultural moments in richly revealing ways …

Privatisation and marketisation – does society benefit?

by Susan Murray - Published on: 27 April 2015
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Published on: 27 April 2015

How can we tell if government decisions to sell public assets or change the way social services are delivered will benefit the public? This book explores these developments through rich case studies of a diverse set of social policy domains. The case studies demonstrate a range of effects of marketisation, including the impact on the experience of consumer engagement with social service systems, on the distribution of social advantage and disadvantage, and on the democratic steering of social policy.

Plain packaging for Ireland and Britain, WHO applauds

by Susan Murray - Published on: 23 March 2015
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Published on: 23 March 2015

The UK House of Commons and the parliament of Ireland have both recently passed plain packaging legislation in the fight against tobacco use. Singapore and Norway are starting consultations, and the topic is also under consideration in South Africa, Panama, France, New Zealand and Turkey. Dr Margaret Chan, CEO of the WHO has applauded Australia’s efforts to reduce smoking.

SUP eStore payments unavailable Sat/Sun 21-22 Mar

by Susan Murray - Published on: 20 March 2015
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Published on: 20 March 2015

The payment gateway for the SUP eStore will be undergoing scheduled maintenance over the weekend of 21-22 March 2015. Payments will be available again from 8am Monday 23 March. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Privatisation issues crucial to NSW election

by Susan Murray - Published on: 5 March 2015
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Published on: 5 March 2015

Privatisation is back in the news, in the lead up to the NSW state election on March 28. Emeritus Professor Bob Walker and Dr Betty Con Walker, authors of the book, Privatisation: sell off or sell out? The Australian experience have written a briefing paper showing that profts from electricity assets have been underreported to make selling them palatable to NSW taxpayers. Privatisation goes into greater detail about the downside to governments divesting public assets into private hands.

Understanding the works of Alex Miller

by Susan Murray - Published on: 21 January 2015
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Published on: 21 January 2015

Robert Dixon’s book, Alex Miller: the ruin of time, was reviewed in The Australian recently. It’s the first book in our new series, Sydney Studies in Australian Literature.

Plain packaging and reducing smoking rates

by Susan Murray - Published on: 27 November 2014
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Published on: 27 November 2014


Simon Chapman and Becky Freeman set out the evidence for the importance of plain packaging in striking at the heart of what remains of tobacco advertising. They examine the history of the idea, the tobacco industry’s frantic efforts to derail it, and the early evidence for its impact. Most importantly, they give tools to policy makers in other countries wanting to make the best case for plain packaging and to defend it from the inevitable attacks that will follow.

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