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Christopher Sheil

Christopher Sheil

Visiting Fellow in History, UNSW

Christopher Sheil, BA (Hons), PhD, is a social historian whose principal interest is in the history of labour in society. He is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales, the President of the Evatt Foundation (affiliated with the University of Sydney), an Adjunct Professor at Boston University, and a former member of the Senior Executive Service within the NSW Cabinet Office. He has been a senior policy official under six governments (four Labor and two Liberal-National), has served on over 60 national and state government social and economic policy committees (including a dozen cabinet committees), and is the author or editor of over 200 academic and government publications. His main books are: (ed.) Globalisation: Australian Impacts (UNSW Press: 2001); Water’s Fall: Running the Risks with Economic Rationalism (Pluto Press: 2000); War on the Wharves: A Cartoon History (Pluto Press: 1998); and (ed.) Turning Point: The State of Australia (Allen & Unwin: 1997). His current research is focused on maritime labour, and economic inequality.

Bitcoin's energy use is out of control ... but maybe that's the point?

Dec 20, 2017 18:21 pm UTC| Insights & Views Digital Currency

The soaring value of Bitcoin is encouraging more and more companies and individuals to engage in mining. Mining is actually a process which secures the distributed Bitcoin network, and processes all of its transactions....

Bad data collection means we don't know how much the middle class is being squeezed by the wealthy

Dec 20, 2017 18:11 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Australia is falling behind other nations and international bodies in measuring inequality, particularly the concentration of wealth. This also means we are in the dark about the trends affecting Australias middle...

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Economy

UK gilts flat after May employment report shows mixed signals; June CPI seen rising to 2.6 pct y/y

The United Kingdoms gilts remained tad higher during European session Tuesday after the countrys employment report for the month of May showed mixed results. Investors will now turn their focus on the consumer price...

New Zealand’s Q2 annual CPI bounces back, albeit misses expectations; NZD/USD rises nearly 0.75 pct

New Zealands second-quarter annual consumer price inflation (CPI) bounced back, albeit missing market estimates, while the q/q rate fell in comparison to the previous reading in the first quarter. Following this, the...

Australian 10-year bond yield jumps to 1-month high as RBA July minutes reiterates next move to be hike

Australian government bonds slumped on Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) July meeting minutes reiterated next move to be interest rate hike not cut, pushing the yield on the 10-year bond yield to nearly...

U.S. Treasuries remain resilient ahead of Trump-Putin Summit, June retail sales

The U.S. Treasuries remained resilient on Monday as investors wait to watch the summit between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, scheduled to be held later today. Also, the countrys retail...

FxWirePro: German bund prices to remain weak on improving risk appetite; eyes on Eurozone’s June CPI, Trump-Putin Summit

The German bund prices are expected to remain weak for a short period, following the improvement in investors risk appetite as the U.S.-China trade tensions started to ease, after a lengthy period of uncertainties and...

Politics

Poland's judicial purge another step toward authoritarian democracy

Since the elections of 2015, Poland has been ruled by the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, or PiS), a far-right nationalist group that has transformed the country beyond recognition. Poland had once been...

Arrest and release of Somaliland poet puts spotlight on regional troubles

Poets, writers and bloggers have recently been on the receiving end of political crackdowns in the self-declared independent state of Somaliland. Surges often occur around elections, and most recently due to assertive...

The Murri Book Club and the politics of reading for Indigenous Australians

Although the 2018 Closing the Gap report on Indigenous disadvantage highlighted the importance of literacy for Indigenous Australians, progress remains slow. But, while reading is widely considered an unmitigated good and...

Brexiteers outmanoeuvred at Chequers as Theresa May corrals her cabinet to agree Brexit plan

On his first visit to the prime ministers country retreat at Chequers, the Liberal Democrat minister David Laws was reminded of the setting for an Agatha Christie film, where most of the guests would be murdered. Six years...

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

This is an edited extract from Tim Lindseys essay Retreat from Democracy, which appears in Australian Foreign Affairs #3, published 9 July. For much of the past 20 years, Indonesia has been held up as a model of...

Science

Long live the Europe of scientists!

This article is published as part of the EuroScience Open Festival (ESOF), of which The Conversation France is a partner. Since its inception, the European project has benefitted citizens from all walks of life in every...

Discovering dopamine's role in the brain: Arvid Carlsson's important legacy

Arvid Carlsson, the Swedish neuroscientist and Nobel laureate, died on June 29, 2018 at the age of 95. He had devoted his life to understanding how the brain works and was awarded the Nobel for his research into dopamine ...

How Novichok is different from radioactive poisons – and what this means for decontamination

A man and a woman were found unconscious in Wiltshire, England, on July, after having been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. This is the same substance that was used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and...

We need a bank of DNA from dirt and water to protect Australia's environment

Measuring biodiversity used to mean laboriously collecting samples and manually identifying the plants, animals and fungi. This might involve careful inspection under a microscope to spot identifying features. This takes a...

Curious Kids: Where do black holes lead to?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions theyd like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome serious, weird or wacky! You might also like...

Technology

‘GTA 6’ Release Date, News and Updates: Leaks Suggest New Protagonists, Locations; Rockstar Games Denies 2019 Launch

GTA 6 is long overdue and it seems that fans still need to wait a little longer as Rockstar Games is busy with other things. It was reported that the main cause of the delay is Red Dead Redemption 2 as the game developer...

'Far Cry 5' DLC 'Lost on Mars' Release and Latest Updates: Hilarious Opening Cinematic and Gameplay Sure to Surprise Players

Far Cry 5s Lost on Mars downloadable content (DLC) looks set to provide a more light-hearted experience compared to the games main story. Gamespot has posted a preview video of the new DLCs first 16 minutes. ...

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, Features: GameStop Lets Fans Vote on Design of Exclusive Poster for Pre-Order Copies

Months before the official release of Kingdom Hearts 3, developer Square Enix started accepting pre-orders through authorized retailers like GameStop. An exclusive treat from GameStop is a real-life poster inspired by the...

Apple Watch Series 3 News and Updates: ‘Close Your Rings’ Ads Released; Get $50 Discount via Best Buy Deals

The Apple Watch Series 3 took the center stage in Apples recently released Close Your Rings video advertisements. Coincidentally, limited-time deals are giving consumers more reason to purchase Apples latest smartwatch,...

'Fortnite' Android Release News and Updates: Summer Release May Not Be as Soon as Expected

Epics free-to-play game Fortnite has taken the gaming industry by storm through its battle royale game mode. Its success had been opened up by Player Unknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG), which introduced battle royale game modes...
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