Australian Left Review


CO-EDITOR Doug Kirsner’s chapter appears first in this book but it really begins with the essay of Bruce MacFarlane who correctly claims that his examination of the causes of Australia’s economic buoyancy “will form a backdrop to the arguments of my co-authors. . . ” Broadly Mac- Farlane’s argument is this: Australia passed through a first period of boom economic conditions in 1860- 90, then a long trough (1890-1939), and finally a second boom period starting after the Second World War and continuing today.



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