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Michael Mintrom

CANCELLED – Michael Mintrom in conversation with Chris Pippen-Neff (Online via Gleebooks)

Human rights come into question in times of crisis. But should we wait for crises to arise before we discuss these rights? Michael Mintrom pushes the envelope and argues that advancing human rights should be everyone’s business, not just that of a select group of public interest lawyers, conspiracy theorists or those who prefer tinfoil hats.

In his latest book Advancing Human Rights, Michael Mintrom raises the quality of care in nursing homes, the treatment of illegal immigrants, and police practices towards Indigenous people in custody—as examples of crises that demand remedies and receive less than satisfactory solutions.

He argues that the advancement of human rights is an investment: our efforts today will create ongoing benefits for society. He finds the answers in enhancing the quality and accessibility of early childhood education, shutting down the school-to-prison pipeline, and assisting former prisoners during their re-entry into society. Beyond these powerful examples, he also suggests other candidates for policy change that will lead to the progression of human rights.

In a caring society, the question of how to advance human rights should lie at the heart of public policy making. But does our political class have the will to make the changes needed to ensure a fairer and more just society?

Michael Mintrom is Professor of Public Policy at Monash University, where he serves as the inaugural Director of Better Governance and Policy, a whole-of- university initiative to improve the policy impact of academic research. Michael has
extensive experience as a policy designer.

His two books with Oxford University Press discuss the importance of treating public policies as investments and key elements of contemporary policy analysis. His other books have considered effective policy advocacy, the spread of policy innovations, and the factors that produce enduring, successful public policies. He has served as a policy adviser in New Zealand and as the Monash Chair at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, where he
was Academic Director of the renowned Executive Master of Public Administration degree. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MA in Economics from the University of Canterbury.

Dr. Christopher L. Pepin-Neff is an American-Australian teacher, research academic, writer, and commentator on a number of public policy issues.

Dr. Pepin-Neff is a senior lecturer in public policy at the University of Sydney.

He received his Ph.D. in public policy at the University of Sydney (‘14) and also held a Masters Degree in Public Policy (‘07) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from James Madison University in Virginia (’99). His research looks at agenda-setting in the policy process through an analysis of emotional issues in public policy and the role of lobbyists and activists in LGBTQ politics.

Michael Mintrom

Enhancing the protection of human rights in Australia: Michael Mintrom, Paula Gerber in conversation with Paul Barclay

Join Prof Paula Gerber and Prof Michael Mintrom in a conversation with ABC Radio presenter Paul Barclay about human rights in Australia.

Australia is a sports obsessed nation, and our sporting culture thrives because we have rules that all players and spectators understand and generally abide by. Similarly, society has rules that facilitate harmonious living, and those rules are called human rights. Yet, unlike sports, the rules governing our society are often not understood, ignored or breached.

Paul Barclay, host of ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program will facilitate a conversation with Paula Gerber, Professor of Human Rights Law at Monash University and Michael Mintrom, Professor of Public Policy at Monash University, where they will discuss the lack of human rights protections in Australia, the many and varied human rights breaches being perpetrated on a daily basis, and why it is vital that human rights are embedded in our schools, governments, institutions and every aspect of society.

Come and be a part of the live audience for the recording of this show which will be aired on Big Ideas on ABC Radio National.

Michael’s new book Advancing Human Rights, published as part of Monash’s In the National Interest series, argues that the advancement of human rights is an investment that creates ongoing benefits for the whole of society. He uses the lens of human rights to analyse disparate issues, such as, the quality of care in nursing homes, the treatment of illegal immigrants and police practices towards Indigenous people in custody.

Paula Gerber is the editor of two recently published multi-volume collections. The three-volume collection Worldwide Perspectives on Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals is a rich interdisciplinary resource that makes a vital contribution to understanding how the rights of LGBTIQ+ people are progressing – and in some cases, regressing – around the globe. The 63 chapters look at the lived experiences of LGB people from varied perspectives and provides comprehensive coverage on a wide variety of topics ranging from LGB youth and LGB aging to the treatment of LGBTIQ+ people by different religions, including Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. It also explores the situation for LGBTIQ+ people in different countries, including, Australia, Samoa, Singapore, China and Russia.

Paula Gerber’s second edited collection is the two-volume Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia. It consists of 46 chapters that not only analyse the many ways in which Australia is failing to protect human rights, particularly those of Indigenous Australians, LGBTIQ+ people, people with disabilities and other vulnerable minorities, but also what steps we can take to remedy this failing.

Inala Cooper

Inala Cooper in conversation with Meredith Burgmann (Gleebooks)

What does reconciliation and truth-telling look like, and how do we as a nation find justice for Indigenous people?

In this deeply personal work, Inala Cooper shares stories of her family to show the impact of colonisation on the lives of Aboriginal people from the 1940s to now. She reveals the struggles faced by her Elders and contrasts them with the freedoms she comes across as an Aboriginal woman today. Speaking only from lived experience, Inala examines racism, privilege, and how deeply personal is one’s identity. Her stories illustrate the complexities of identifying as Aboriginal and the importance of community in an increasingly individualist world.

Exploring the impacts of major events throughout her life, Inala reflects on how human rights are breached and defended. She examines reconciliation and the need to share wealth and power, and the importance of truth-telling and justice. In finding her place as an advocate and activist for social justice, Inala is supported by her family, her ancestors, community and the academy. It is these supports that help her challenge racist and outdated notions of what it means to be Indigenous, sovereign and self-determined, and to uphold the principles of justice.

The thought-provoking stories in this book surface more questions than the necessary answers. But Inala brings us to her home as she weaves together her stories, the country she’s connected to, and the elements that shape her path — none so prevalent as Marrul: the changing wind.

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