Articles by: Richard Hil

Author Biography:

Dr Richard Hil is Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University and Convenor of the Ngara Institute. Richard is the author of numerous books, the latest being The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History (with Ross Caputi and Donna Mulhearn).

Hope in a Tailspin: Why we need different conversations in the midst of ecological crisis

I’m edgy when writing about the limits of hope. I’ve read many accounts that more or less insist that without this emotion there is nothing but bottomless despair. I don’t buy that.

Who cares about universities?

The transformation of universities into vocational training centres is, under the logic of the prevailing ideological order, all about meeting the needs of the neoliberal economy.

Rewilding capitalism: COVID-19 and the rebooting of Australia’s neoliberal order

Many of us have made the mistake of separating the pandemic from the egregious effects of neoliberal capitalism—they are, in fact, deeply enmeshed, as the genesis of the crisis and its differential effects testify.

COVID-19-inspired Western Altruism Ignores the World’s Unpeople

There is a forgetfulness present in the current crisis as we focus on the terrible tragedies unfolding in Western countries, especially the United States. These places are not the usual sites of such carnage—not on this epic scale.

Informit: Getting to where: We want to go

It is unusual for economists to talk about democracy and socialism, and even more unusual for them to talk about economic theory in the context of democratic socialism. But this is precisely what occurred recently at an event in regional northern New South Wales.

Informit: A post-neoliberal academy?

The impacts of neoliberalism on universities are well documented and understood. From the marketisation of research and curricula and the erosion of collegiality to the de-professionalisation of academic work, the modern university has been radically transformed over recent decades.

Informit: The great divide

The new fat cats in Australia's Universities <br /><br /> These days Australian universities look more like rapacious private firms than public institutions dedicated to the common good. Increasing private-sector investment in research, private ownership of research outcomes and protection through intellectual-property laws, casualisation of labour, and managerial capture all point to what is now a commercially driven, corporatised system. As one senior University of Sydney manager remarked notably, universities are 'more like sales operations…

Informit: Bootcamps for Queensland

I have before me a rather depressing document compiled by the Youth Affairs Network Queensland, the state's peak youth organisation which, after twenty-one years of service, has had its state government funding cut. The document, 'Cumulative List of Funding and Staffing Cuts to Services, Staff, Funding and Programs by Campbell Newman's LNP Government 2012', tells of swingeing cuts to various health, welfare, criminal justice and other sectors in Queensland. A cursory overview of what is…

Informit: Academic business

Recently an academic friend made the interesting observation that she could detect little difference in the contents of The Australian's Higher Education, Campus Review and the business pages of most of our daily newspapers. Intrigued by what sounded like a sweeping assertion, I asked what she meant, to which she responded: 'pick up any copy of Wednesday's Australian or glance at the routine concerns of Campus Review and you'll find article after article focused on…

Informit: War pains: US troops returning from Iraq are paying a high price in the Bush Administration’s war on terror

Informit: Iraq, hidden casualities as policy: [The toll of death, injury and madness in Iraq is being vastly underestimated as a reflection of the privatisation of war and militarisation of the media.]

Informit: The poverty taboo [Australia is one of the most economically divided OECD countries.]