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Land of Opportunity: Australia's post-war reconstruction

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Contemporary works

Badger, CR, Adult Education in Post-war Australia, Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne, 1944.

Barnett, F Oswald and Burt, WO, Housing the Australian Nation, Left Book Club of Victoria, Melbourne, 1942.

Barnett, F Oswald, Burt, WO and Heath, F, We Must Go On: a study in planned reconstruction and housing, Book Depot, Melbourne, 1944.

Bean, CEW, War Aims of a Plain Australian, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1943.

Borrie, WD, Immigration: Australia’s problems and prospects, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1949.

Borrie, WD, 'Some thoughts on post-war population and demography', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 6, February 1944, pp. 105–8.

Borrie, WD, 'The role of immigrants in population growth in Australia', Australian Quarterly, vol. 16, 1944, pp. 17–32.

Bunning, Walter, Homes in the Sun: the past, present and future of Australian housing, WJ Nesbit, Sydney, 1945.

Bunning, Walter (ed.), The Housing Problem in Australia, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1947.

Calwell, Arthur A, How Many Australians Tomorrow?, Reed & Harris, Melbourne, 1945.

Campbell, DAS (ed.), Post War Reconstruction in Australia, Australasian Publishing Company, Sydney, 1944.

Coombs, HC, Problems of a High Employment Economy, Hassell Press, Adelaide, 1944.

Coombs, HC, 'The pattern of reconstruction', in C Hartley Grattan (ed.), Australia, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1947, pp. 406–13.

Coombs, HC, The Special Problems of Planning, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1944.

Crawford, JG, 'Primary industries in the economy', in C Hartley Grattan (ed.), Australia, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1947, pp. 184–203.

Crawford, JG, 'Rural reconstruction', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 6, 1943, pp. 37–40.

Cumpston, JHL, 'Public health in reconstruction', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 6, 1944, pp. 129–31.

Evatt, HV, Post War Reconstruction: the case for greater Commonwealth powers, Government Printer, Canberra, 1942.

Firth, Gerald, 'The economics of full employment', Economic Papers, no. 5, 1945, pp. 5–19.

Forsyth, WD, The Myth of Open Spaces: Australian, British and world trends of population and migration, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1942.

Gepp, Herbert, When Peace Comes, Robertson & Mullens, Melbourne, 1943.

Giblin, LF, The Problem of Maintaining Full Employment, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1943.

[Melville, LG], 'Planning for reconstruction', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 5, 1943, pp. 165–8.

Melville, LG et al., Australia’s Post-war Economy, Australasian Publishing Company, Sydney, 1945.

Mendelsohn, R, ‘The housing problem’, Australian Quarterly, vol. 17, 1945, pp. 52–8.

Milner, I, 'Referendum retrospect', Australian Quarterly, vol. 16, 1944, pp. 38–49.

Ross, Lloyd, Labor in the Post-war World, Australian Railways Union, Sydney, 1942.

Ross, Lloyd, You and Your Job, Deaton & Spencer, Sydney, 1944.

Wadham, SM, Reconstruction and the Primary Industries, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1944.

Wilson, JSG, 'Rehabilitation and full employment: problems and policies', Australian Quarterly, vol. 17, 1945, pp. 12–22.

Windeyer, R, 'The Powers Bill', Australian Quarterly, vol. 16, 1944, pp. 5–16.

Later works

Allport, Carolyn, 'Left off the agenda: women, reconstruction and new order housing', Labour History, no. 46, 1984, pp. 1–20.

Appleyard, RT, British Emigration to Australia, Australian National University, Canberra, 1964.

Black, Laurel, 'Social democracy and full employment: the Australian White Paper 1945', Labour History, no. 46, 1984, pp. 34–51.

Blakeney, Michael, Australia and the Jewish Refugees 1933–1948, Croom Helm Australia, Sydney, 1985.

Borrie, WD, The European Peopling of Australia: a demographic history 1788–1988, Australian National University, Canberra, 1994.

Butlin, SJ and Schedvin, CB, War Economy, 1942–1945, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1977.

Coleman, William, Cornish, Selwyn and Hagger, Alfred, Giblin’s Platoon: the trials and triumph of the economist in Australian public life, ANU E Press, Canberra, 2006.

Coombs, HC, Trial Balance: issues of my working life, Sun Books, Melbourne, 1981.

Cornish, Selwyn, Full Employment in Australia: the genesis of a White Paper, Australian National University, Canberra, 1981.

Cornish, Selwyn, 'The Keynesian revolution in Australia: fact or fiction?', Australian Economic History Review, vol. 23, no. 2, 1993, pp. 42–68.

Crawford, JG et al., Wartime Agriculture in Australia and New Zealand 1939–50, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1954.

Crisp, LF, Ben Chifley: a biography, Longmans, Green, Melbourne, 1961.

Crisp, LF, 'The Australian full employment pledge at San Francisco', Australian Outlook, vol. 19, no. 1, 1965, pp. 5–19.

Davies, AF and Serles, AG (eds), Policies for Progress: essays in Australian politics, Cheshire, Melbourne, 1954.

Day, David, Chifley, HarperCollins, Sydney, 2002.

Day, David, John Curtin: a life, HarperCollins, Sydney, 1999.

Foenander, Orwell de R, Studies in Australian Labour Law and Relations, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1952.

Foster, SG and Varghese, Margaret M, The Making of the Australian National University, 1946–96, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1996.

Gallagher, Hec, We Got a Fair Go: a history of the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme 1945–1952, H Gallagher, Melbourne, 2003.

Gillespie, James A, The Price of Health: Australian governments and medical politics 1910–1960, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1991.

Greig, Alastair, The Stuff Dreams are made of: housing provision in Australia 1945–1960, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1995.

Hasluck, Paul, The Government and the People 1942–1945, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1970.

Hudson, WJ, Australia and the New World Order: Evatt at San Francisco 1945, Australian National University, Canberra, 1993.

Jinks, Brian, 'Australia’s post war policy for New Guinea and Papua', Journal of Pacific History, vol. 17, January/April 1982, pp. 86–100.

Jones, Evan, 'Post-World War Two industry policy: opportunities and constraints', Australian Economic History Review, vol. 42, no. 3, November 2002, pp. 312–33.

Kewley, TH, Social Security in Australia, 1900–72, Sydney University Press, Sydney, 1973.

Lewis, Milton J, The People’s Health: public health in Australia 1788–1950, Praeger, London, 2003.

Macintyre, Stuart, Australia’s Boldest Experiment: war and reconstruction in the 1940s, NewSouth, Sydney, 2015.

Maddock, Rodney and Penny, Janet, 'Economists at war: the Financial and Economic Committee 1939–44', Australian Economic History Review, vol. 23, no. 1, March 1983, pp. 28–47.

Markus, Andrew, 'Labor and immigration: policy formation 1943–5', Labour History, no. 46, May 1984, pp. 21–33.

Markus, Andrew, 'Labour and immigration 1946–9: the Displaced Persons Program', Labour History, no. 47, November 1984, pp. 73–90.

Martin, AW and Penny, Janet, ‘The Rural Reconstruction Commission 1943–47’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 29, no. 2, 1983, pp. 218–36.

Post War Reconstruction in Australia: a bibliography of resources for study in the National Library of Australia, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1981.

Richards, Eric, Destination Australia: migration to Australia since 1901, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2008.

Rowse, Tim, 'Full employment and the discipline of labour: a chapter in the history of social democracy', Drawing Board, vol. 1, no. 1, May 2007, pp. 1–13.

Rowse, Tim, Nugget Coombs: a reforming life, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2002.

Rowse, Tim, 'The people and their experts: a war inspired civics for H.C. Coombs', Labour History, no. 74, May 1988, pp. 70–87.

Schedvin, CB, In Reserve: central banking in Australia, 1945–75, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1992.

Shaver, Sheila, 'Design for a welfare state: the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Social Security', Historical Studies, vol. 22, no. 88, April 1987, pp. 411–31.

Sheridan, Tom, Division of Labour: industrial relations in the Chifley years, 1945–49, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1989.

Sheridan, Tom, 'Planners and the Australian labour market, 1945–1949', Labour History, no. 53, 1987, pp. 99–114.

Smallwood, Rosalind, Hard to go Bung: World War II soldier settlement in Victoria 1945–1962, Hyland House, Melbourne, 1992.

Smyth, Paul, Australian Social Policy: the Keynesian chapter, UNSW Press, Sydney, 1994.

Spaull, Andrew, Australian Education in the Second World War, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 1982.

Spaull, Andrew, John Dedman: a most unexpected Labor man, Hyland House, Melbourne, 1998.

Tange, Arthur, ‘Planning for the world economy’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 50, no. 3, 1996, pp. 259–68.

Tannock, PD, The Government of Education in Australia: the origins of federal policy, University of Western Australia Press, Perth, 1975.

Troy, Patrick, Accommodating Australians: Commonwealth Government involvement in housing, Federation Press, Sydney, 2012.

Turnell, S, 'Australia’s "employment" approach to international post war reconstruction', History of Economics Review, no. 36, summer 2002, pp. 111–25.

Walker, E Ronald, The Australian Economy in War and Reconstruction, Oxford University Press, New York, 1947.

Waters, WJ, 'Australian Labor’s full employment objective 1942–45', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 16, no. 1, 1970, pp. 48–64.

Watts, Rob, The Foundations of the National Welfare State, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1987.

Weller, Patrick (ed.), Caucus Minutes 1901–1949: minutes of the meetings of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, 3 vols, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1975.

Whitford, Troy and Boadle, Don, 'Australia’s Rural Reconstruction Commission 1943–1946: a reassessment', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 54, no. 4, 2008, pp. 525–44.

Whitford, Troy and Boadle, Don, 'Formulating war service land policy: the Returned Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmen’s Imperial League of Australia and the Rural Reconstruction Commission', War and Society, vol. 26, no. 1, 2007, pp. 39–60.

Whitwell, Greg, The Treasury Line, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1986.

Wigmore, Lionel, The Struggle for the Snowy: the background of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1968.