Australian Values, Liberal Traditions and Australian Democracy: Introductory Considerations of Government for Contemporary Civil Society
Thompson, Lester J. & Stannard, John (2008) Australian Values, Liberal Traditions and Australian Democracy: Introductory Considerations of Government for Contemporary Civil Society. Social Alternatives, 27(1), pp. 58-63.
This paper considers the values that the Australian Government prescribes for new Australians within its citizenship requirements. It compares them with the liberal democratic traditions of Australia and then logically develops expectations for government in support of civil society. A number of key requirements for a healthy civil society are postulated from these expectations. Some recent events are compared with these requirements as a preliminary cautionary note and as a reason for public scrutiny regarding such intentions, values and traditions. In consideration of such matters, an assessment methodology is proposed so that the spirit of government actions can be evaluated. This introduces an evaluation method by which government might be judged effective or wanting in respect to its support of the traditional values and rights of civil society in Australia.
Citation countsare sourced monthly fromand citation databases.
These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.
Citations counts from theindexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.
Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.
Repository Staff Only: item control page