Australian Prospect is an independent, online, journal of collaborative research and thinking on major issues of our times. Our first edition was published on the 9th April 2004. Subscribers are our sole means of income so by logging in, and purchasing articles, you contribute to a strong, diverse, independent Australian media and publishing industry. Most essays are over 3,000 words in length and can be purchased for as low as .60c each. To purchase an essay you must log in and follow the options for purchasing one or more essays or downloads. The more downloads you purchase the cheaper it is for you.
Value and Values: Supporting Independent Thinkers and Writers
Over the twentieth century in Australia many small magazines publishing intellectual, cultural and academic content have dreamed of independence. Many carried on for some years but without exception Australia's small population meant that the norm was to accept public assistance or institutional sponsorship. Of course Australia's main newspapers are notorious monopolies dominated by powerful families that have unfortunaely established a model for negative news stories that sell papers worldwide.
The main purpose of Australian Prospect is to use new technology and online capacity to create a new kind of independent publishing. We hope to create a way for intellectuals, writers and artists to live independently and free from editorial mediocrity, negative news cycles and the often soul destroying public administration that now rules our governments, universities, schools and teaching establishments.
Our strategy for creating an income for independent writers is to directly share income between contributors and the company based on downloads for each article. No other media company in Australia works in this way. In other words if you pay .60c for an article then a proportion of this sum will be paid directly to the author of the article. Obviously there are overheads and costs associated with the ongoing running of Australian Prospect but these are kept to a minimum.
We are proud of the illustrations that are completed by Kerrie Leishman and other collaborators. Our illustrations are visual arguments in their own right and subscribers enjoy high quality illustrations with most essays
Project Based Writing and Thinking
Australian Prospect tackles all issues and all sides of politics without fear or favour. Our guide will be ideas and the hard work of rigorous analysis. AP is always open to submissions for individual articles, guest editors are also invited to submit ideas for whole editions. However the primary driver of the journal is project based writing and thinking. Our editions do not appear according to a fixed timetable but appear as projects emerge and are completed. Decisions pertaining to the philosophical, business, legal, administrative side are made by Peter Botsman as Chief Editor and Managing Director of the company.
Australian Prospect is proudly produced in regional Australia.
Submissions, Letters, Articles
Considered responses to each edition are welcome and will be considered for publication. If you have articles or ideas for Australian Prospect or if you would like to comment on any of our editions or articles you can write to Australian Prospect c/o PO Box 29, Barrengarry, NSW, 2577. Though we thrive on email, we also love the slowness of snail mail. For email please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Medium Term Reflections
After six years of operations we make the following observations. Readers to AP will know we are often critical and are not fans of News Limited or Rupert Murdoch. But we found ourselves in agreement with his criticisms of organisations like our public universities and the ABC which disguise the costs of their operations as "free content" and then discriminate and actively compete against organisations that do not have public support and have to charge for their products in the market place. It is ironical in the extreme for such institutions and the comfortably salaried publicly funded personnel to object to new projects that are trying to establish an honest financial base for their activities. It positively retards the country’s social, economic and cultural development for such organisations and individuals to dominate public discourse. Our view is that information available on the internet is either too expensive or too cheap. The end result is that the powerful get more powerful, the public sector (who can disguise the true costs of production via public subsidy) grow into something bordering a moral monopoly. By supporting Australian Prospect you can offer a new voice to the Australian polis so please support Australian Prospect and other new voices by not being afraid to purchase articles and content and recognise that nothing is really free.
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