The publication of the Morpeth Review, during the period 1927-1934, was a milestone in the gradual evolution of an authentic public sphere for Australian political intellectuals. The Review covers several areas of political and philosophical concern, ranging ideologically from Christian socialism and idealist liberalism, through market economics, to reactionary anti-Bolshevism, within the editorial context of a strongly idealist liberalism inspired by the Oxford liberals of the early twentieth century, and evangelical Anglican protestantism. A. P. Elkin’s writings on Indigenous politics are of particular interest as they can be viewed simultaneously as a turning toward the novel idea of Aboriginal citizenship, and at the same time as a restatement of Darwinist biological determinism and racialism, both lit by genuine compassion and affection for Aboriginal Australians.
APSA 06: Australasian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2006. APSA 06 Conference Proceedings (Callaghan, N.S.W. 25-27 September, 2006)