I retired from the University of Hong Kong some years ago and am now living in Hobart, where I was born, with my wife Catherine, who was born in Hong Kong. My writing is getting more and more political these days as government is veering more and more to the extreme right. The corona virus has awakened politicians to the fact that there are more important things than neoliberal myths about the economy. But only temporarily: they soon reverted to type. The pandemic spelled the end of cruise ships for us. More in ABOUT ME.
On 8 September 2017, I was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “For significant service to tertiary education, particularly in the fields of curriculum development and assessment.” That’s basically about constructive alignment and the SOLO Taxonomy. In my citation they also mention my nonacademic writing.
Latest travels: THE FJORDS OF ALASKA and “ROCK AND ROLL, BIG WHEEL!” Journeys through W Canada. Go to TRAVELOGUES to see these and many more!
My latest book: Waves of Unreason: Australian Prime Ministers in the 21st Century, Ginninderra Press, 2020.
Australians have seen seven prime ministers in 12 years. But what’s more worrying is that out of the last nine elections, seven have been won not only by the Coalition, but by a hard right minority faction, whereas Labor has won only two elections, one of those in minority. Yet the country is split roughly down middle between Coalition and Labor voters. Many recent governments have therefore not been representative of the Australian people. Clearly there are flaws in the system that may be only too readily exploited by the ruthlessly ambitious, as we have seen particularly in the 2019 election campaign. I review recent electoral history and discuss how we may return to a more democratic system.
The book was published just prior to the corona virus pandemic, which Australia handled better than most countries. But neoliberal leopards do not change their spots. Universities, artists, writers and other suss lefties such as the unemployed and those on temporary visas were clobbered.
TO BUY: Try your local bookshop or go to www.ginninderrapress.com.au RRP: $32.50 + $6 p&p
Neoliberalism and its sordid rider managerialism have betrayed the mission of our universities; Universities in Society describes the phases of development of Australian universities, their present state, and their proposed future.
ACADEMIC is the story of my academic journey as an educational psychologist. CHANGING UNIVERSITES (2013) is an academic memoir covering over 50 years. BUY the book as a POD or email me at email@example.com for a free PDF version. In fact, email me about ANY of these books.
WRITER describes my non-academic writing: fiction details my six novels and short stories, nonfiction is about memoirs and Tasmanian social history.TASMANIA OVER FIVE GENERATIONS: Return to Van Diemen’s Land? is a socio-political history of Tasmania (Clearance. Now only $20 to cover packing and post. Email me to buy: firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM ASHES TO ASHES The career of NSW secondary school teacher, Peter Morrison. Unlike most of us, Peter marched to the beat of two different drummers: one led him to follow in his schoolteacher father’s respectable footsteps, the other led him into a whole heap of trouble. Facebook page Buy at email@example.com .
DISGUISES, published first in 2007, is now an e-book with me as author, not the non-existent Sally Leigh (I found that using a nom de plume was not a good idea). The middle section of this book, set in 60s Hong Kong, is ‘the most beautiful love story I’ve ever read’, as Liz Winfield, Hobart poet, put it.BUY as POD. Kindle version is was poorly formatted but a pdf version is FREE if you email firstname.lastname@example.org .
TIN DRAGONS is my most commercially successful novel: so successful it sold out. It is a story based on the Chinese pioneer tin miners who worked in NE Tasmania in the late 19th Century in order to earn their 100 sovereigns before returning to China. Fortunately many didn’t return to the great benefit of Australian cricket as it turned out, The mines attracted fortune hunters of all kinds: refugees from the dreadful Tai Ping Revolution, crooks, Master Mou in search of spiritual riches, and our Terry and Lizzie in search of a better life. But fear not, a reprint is hopefully on the way. Watch this space.
The 4th Edition of : TEACHING FOR QUALITY LEARNING AT UNIVERSITY (with Catherine Tang)