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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.

Abstract

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.

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ID Code: 13944
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: democracy, civil society, social policy, government, social democracy, liberal, liberalism, liberal values, constitutionalism, Australia, Australian values, Australian tradition, public policy
ISSN: 0155-0306
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Social Philosophy (220319)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Civil Law and Procedure (180104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 University of Queensland
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:46

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