Professor Emerita Marian Quartly

  • Marian Quartly is Professor Emerita of Australian history in the Monash School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. She has recently completed work with a team of scholars on a four-year ARC funded project investigating the history of adoption in Australia. The book the Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption was published in November 2013 by Monash University Publishing. Here are the books’s Table of Contents and its Introduction, and you can read a review here.

    Her research has ranged across nineteenth century and twentieth century Australia, covering the history of nationalism, the family, religion, and the construction of male and female sexualities. Currently she is completing a history of the National Council of Women of Australia, written with Adjunct Professor Judith Smart.  A foretaste of their research can be found in the online exhibition of the lives of NCWA presidents, Stirrers with Style

  • In late December 2013 Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the formation of a high level interdepartmental committee of federal bureaucrats to advise on how intercountry adoption could be made faster and easier.  Press reports showed Mr Abbott making this announcement from the steps of Kirribilli House, flanked by celebrities Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness, who ... Read more
  • Experts now think that adoptions that are legal under Australian law may be illegal under international law. What will this do to Tony Abbott’s promise to speed up intercountry adoption? Back in 2005, a parliamentary committee chaired by Bronwyn Bishop brought in a set of recommendations intended by Ms. Bishop to make adoption from overseas faster ... Read more
  • Just before Christmas Tony Abbott announced the formation of a taskforce to report in March on immediate steps “to make intercountry adoption easier and faster for Australian couples”. But is faster, easier adoption better adoption?  Intercountry adoption into Australia is a highly regulated and lengthy process. The federal attorney general has the job of making sure that ... Read more