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Brian Martin. The perpetual war alarm. Transcend Media Service, 24 April 2023

Brian Martin. Government betrays much needed whistleblowers. The Australian, 15 July 2019, p. 12.

Brian Martin. Hysterical reaction to vaccination study an attack on academic freedom. The Australian, 20 January 2016, p. 29.

Brian Martin. Three steps to increase uni rankings. The Australian, 11 April 2013. Satirical recommendations.

Brian Martin. Shouting down our freedom to choose. Illawarra Mercury, 25 June 2011, p. 54. Free speech in the vaccination debate.

Brian Martin. It's safer to Wiki than to whistle out loud. Newcastle Herald, 10 December 2010, p. 9. On WikiLeaks, whistleblowing and leaking.

Brian Martin. It's do-it-yourself euthanasia. Illawarra Mercury, 13 October 2010, p. 22. Paradoxes of the euthanasia debate.

Brian Martin. The ERA of obscurity. Campus Review, Vol. 20, No. 6, 30 March 2010, p. 14. How the government's Excellence in Research for Australia discourages clear communication by academics to wider audiences.

Brian Martin. Might is not always right way. Illawarra Mercury, 10 March 2010, p. 20. There are alternatives to military research.

Brian Martin. Talking back to the rude. Sydney Morning Herald, 18 January 2010, p. 18. When people hear your accent and ask "where are you from?"

Brian Martin. A plan to fight injustices. Illawarra Mercury, 15 September 2009, p. 23. An introduction to tactics against injustice plus answers to Mercury questions about career and life.

Brian Martin. Head start in the rat race. Illawarra Mercury, 12 August 2009, p. 16. More money isn't the road to happiness.

Brian Martin. When ghosts plagiarise. ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 31 October 2008, On the plagiarism by the ghostwriter for politican Julie Bishop.

Brian Martin. Reputation can be repaired. Illawarra Mercury, 29 October 2008, p. 20. On erasing Wollongong's reputation for corruption.

Brian Martin. Defamation law fails the test. Illawarra Mercury, 27 August 2008, p. 20. Shortcomings of defamation law for ordinary citizens.

Brian Martin. Brave few expose corruption. Illawarra Mercury, 26 April 2008, p. 56. Tactics against corruption in Wollongong.

Brian Martin. Scholarly recognition or social impact: not both? Campus Review, Vol. 17, No. 16, 24 April 2007, p. 4.

Brian Martin. The answer is blowing in the whistles. Australian, 15 November 2006, p. 34.

Brian Martin. Advocates make great difference. Illawarra Mercury, 1 November 2006, p. 22.

Brian Martin. Hold a cover-up in the open. Sydney Morning Herald, 23 June 2005, p. 15.

Brian Martin. Feet of endurance. Sydney Morning Herald, 29 July 2004, Health & Science p. 2.

Brian Martin. Whistleblowing and Iraq. Broadcast on ABC Radio National "Perspective", 10 May 2004.

Brian Martin. Governments are terrorists' best teachers. Illawarra Mercury, 5 February 2003, p. 21.

Brian Martin. A nonviolent plan to oust Saddam. Illawarra Mercury, 3 October 2002, p. 20.

Brian Martin. University should show some grace under fire. Illawarra Mercury, 5 October 2001, p. 16.

Brian Martin. Ideas are less free than ever before. Green Left Weekly, 12 September 2001, p. 12.

Brian Martin. When dollars do all the talking. Australian, 18 April 2001, p. 35.

Brian Martin. Whistleblowers fan winds of change in society. Campus Review, Vol. 8, No. 28, 22-28 July 1998, p. 10.

Brian Martin. Killing and revolution. Green Left, 1 April 1998, p. 15.

Brian Martin. Copyright anomaly in a digital age. The Age (Melbourne), 9 December 1997, p. D9.

Brian Martin. Academic credit where it's due. Campus Review, Vol. 7, No. 21, 4-10 June 1997, p. 11.

Brian Martin. We must exercise our right to speak out. Australian, 2 January 1997, p. 11. (For text and commentary see "Defamation and the Australian media: a case study".)

Brian Martin. Jealousy, happiness and the quest for status and salaries. Campus Review, 23-29 October 1996, p. 9.

Brian Martin. Gun control and social revolution. Green Left, 4 September 1996, p. 14.

Brian Martin. How much funding does your faculty deserve? Campus Review, 3-9 August 1995, p. 8.

Brian Martin. In defence of research prioritising [submitted as "Questioning research priorities"], Australian, 23 November 1994, p. 34.

Brian Martin. Whistleblowers -- and why academic freedom is most threatened from within. Campus Review, 11-17 November 1993, p. 9.

Brian Martin. Making global decisions. Green Left, 3 November 1993, p. 12.

Brian Martin. Are elections the ultimate in democracy? Green Left, 14 July 1993, p. 12.

Brian Martin. Beware the 'no's of the campus sex triangle--harassment, conflict of interest, abuse of trust. Campus Review, Vol. 3, No. 8, 11-17 March 1993, p. 8.

Brian Martin. Secret passwords at the gate of knowledge. Australian, 23 September 1992, p. 16.

Brian Martin. How to eliminate the Indonesian 'threat.' Green Left, 15 April 1992, p. 11.

Brian Martin. Applications 'are going the wrong way.' Australian, 5 February 1992, p. 16.

Brian Martin. Sex must be banned [submitted as "Staff-student sex: an abuse of trust"]. Australian, 23 October 1991, p. 23. Reprinted, in revised form, as "Staff-student sex: abuse of trust and conflict of interest," in William J. Taverner (ed.), Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality (Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2002), pp. 124-126.

Brian Martin. Lessons from the Gulf crisis. Tribune, 30 January 1991, p. 11.

Brian Martin. Gulf's front-line peace camp. Illawarra Mercury, 1 January 1991, p. 6.

Brian Martin. Choose your tertiary course for long-term satisfaction. Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August 1990, Careers Guide p. 9s.

Brian Martin. Why academics must empower themselves. Australian, 9 August 1989, p. 31.

Brian Martin. Nuclear issue still generates heat. The Advertiser (Wollongong), 15 June 1988, p. 19.

Brian Martin. Gun law critics need more firepower. The Advertiser (Wollongong), 16 March 1988, p. 8.

Brian Martin. Depleted ozone level linked to skin cancer. The Advertiser (Wollongong), 10 February 1988, p. 9.

Brian Martin. At liberty to smoke? Illawarra Mercury, 9 December 1987, p. 42. Also published in The Herald, Melbourne.

Brian Martin. Left in the cold as ALP shifts right. Advertiser, 28 October 1987, p. 9.

Brian Martin. Higher education: who sets the direction? Canberra Times, 24 October 1987, p. 2. Also published as: Higher education: who gets to define the direction now? Illawarra Mercury, 24 October 1987, p. 16.

Brian Martin. Halting the pesticide treadmill. Canberra Times, 5 September 1987. Also published as: Who is to blame for pesticide pollution? Illawarra Mercury, 5 September 1987, pp. 17, 28.

Brian Martin. To fluoridate or not to fluoridate. Advertiser (Wollongong), 22 July 1987, p. 20.

Brian Martin. Armageddon: would we survive it? Illawarra Mercury, 11 April 1987, p. 12.

Brian Martin. Who are the real communist dupes? Canberra Times, 8 November 1986, p. 2. Also published as: The myth of the military threat. Illawarra Mercury, 13 November 1986, p. 11.

Brian Martin. Ties boil over Suharto wealth--again. Illawarra Mercury, 6 September 1986, p. 13.

Brian Martin. AIDS - death and prejudice. Tribune, 5 June 1985, p. 10.

Brian Martin. Uranium: the case against stays strong. Canberra Times, 14 December 1983, p. 16.

Brian Martin. Social defence: concept to conquer world war. Canberra Times, 2 December 1982, p. 18. Reprinted in Green Alliance Newsletter, No. 9, 1983, pp. 25-26.

Brian Martin. Society has the choice of two approaches to energy. Canberra Times, 22 August 1979, pp. 30-31.

Brian Martin. Call for research into Synroc. Canberra Times, 6 December 1978, p. 15.

Brian Martin. The built-in barriers to more widespread use of solar energy. Canberra Times, 20 December 1977, p. 2.

Brian Martin. Uranium mining and ethics. South Coast and Southern Tablelands Magazine, 12 December 1977.

Brian Martin. Some flaws in the reasons given for selling our uranium. Canberra Times, 13 January 1977, p. 2; How can Australia help prevent nuclear proliferation? Canberra Times, 14 January 1977, p. 2. Reply by Rudolph Weber, 3 August 1977 and letter by Brian Martin, 24 August 1977.


Student newspaper articles

Sue Curry Jansen and Brian Martin. Campus activists: what to do about provocative speakers? Woroni (Australian National University student newspaper), 2 April 2019. How student protests against visiting speakers can backfire.

Brian Martin. Classroom feedback. Tertangala (University of Wollongong Undergraduate Students' Association), Issue 4, 2007, pp. 46-47.

Brian Martin. Making a difference: ideas for uni students. University Survival Guide (University of Wollongong Students' Representative Council), February 2002, pp. 2-3. Reprinted in Tertangala, Issue 1 (Survival Guide), 2007, pp. 18-19.

Brian Martin. Men: help stop public harassment! Hungappa, Vol. 11, Issue 3, 1997, p. 10 (and other student newspapers).

Brian Martin. Plagiarism by university students: the problem and some proposals. Tertangala, 20 July - 3 August 1992, p. 20.

Brian Martin. Knowledge and power in academia. Honi Soit, Vol. 67, No. 17, 6 August 1991, p. 10; 27 August 1991, p. 16; later issue, p. 22; Neucleus (Armidale Students' Association), Vol. 44, No. 4, 15 August 1991, p. 10 (abridged); Farrago (University of Melbourne), Vol. 70, No. 8, pp. 32-33; Rabelais (La Trobe University Student's Representative Council), Vol. 25, No. 7, August 1991, pp. 12-13, 33.

Brian Martin. Challenging a Cambridge academic colony down under. Tertangala (University of Wollongong Students' Representative Council), Vol. 16, No. 2, June 1990, p. 8; Curio, Vol. 21, 11-20 June 1990, pp. 22-23; Academic colonies. Honi Soit, No. 2, July 1990, pp. 18-19.

Brian Martin. Exploiting the academic peons. Opus, Vol. 34, No. 5, August 1987, pp. 3-4. Reprinted from Australian Society, Vol. 2, No. 9, 1 October 1983, pp. 28-29, which was reprinted as: Academic exploitation. In: Brian Martin, C. M. Ann Baker, Clyde Manwell and Cedric Pugh (eds.), Intellectual Suppression: Australian Case Histories, Analysis and Responses (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1986), pp. 59-62.

Brian Martin. Academic scapegoats. Woroni, 8 September 1986, pp. 28-29; Opus, Vol. 34, No. 5, August 1987, pp. 9-11. Later published as Academic scapegoats. Zedek, Vol. 7, No. 3, August 1987, pp. 476-481.

Brian Martin. Death and prejudice. Woroni, Vol. 37, No. 6, 20 May 1985, p. 17. Later published in Tribune.

Brian Martin. Social action and the academics. Woroni, Vol. 35, No. 4, 13 April 1983, pp. 6-7; no 5, 26 April 1983, p. 26; and no 7, 1983, pp. 30-31; Opus (Newcastle University Students' Association), Vol. 30, No. 4, August 1983, pp. 18-19; no 5, October 1983, pp. 60-61; and no 6, November 1983, pp. 52-57. Later published as Academics and social action. Higher Education Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 1984, pp. 17-33.

Brian Martin. Heading for the bomb again. Woroni, Vol. 34, No. 2, 15 March 1982, p. 27. Later published in revised form in Search.

Brian Martin. The fraudulence of intellectual fence-sitting in academia. Woroni (Australian National University Students' Association), Vol. 29, No. 1, 1977, p. 13.

Brian Martin. John and Graeme. Arena, 22 October 1975, pp. 12-15. Later published as John and Graeme, undergraduate apprentice researchers. Dialogue, Vol. 10, No. 1, April 1976, pp. 44-57.

Brian Martin. Physical jerks. Honi Soit, 8 October 1975, pp. 10-11.

Brian Martin. The university is a place to learn and do research where learning and research will not be done. Arena, 10 September 1975, pp. 7-9.

Brian Martin. Exams, results and secrecy. Honi Soit (1975).

Brian Martin. Why do research? Arena (Macquarie University), 23 July 1975, p. 5.

Graeme Henderson, Brian Martin, John Skaller and Carol van Beurden. Ennui = Mass of students x Courses2: physics students experiment with courses. Honi Soit, 16 July 1975, pp. 8-9. Abridged from Radical approaches to learning physics: some experiences of first year university students. Australian Physicist, Vol. 11, No. 10, October 1974, pp. 204-209.

Brian Martin. Physical jerks: a physics critique. Honi Soit (Sydney University Students' Representative Council), 25 June 1975, p. 14.

Brian Martin. Discussing research. Gradpost, May 1975, p. 7.

Brian Martin. The postgraduate and teaching. Grad Post, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1972, pp. 14-15.

Brian Martin. Abolish SUPRA! Grad Post (Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association), Vol. 3, No. 2, 1972, pp. 14-16.


Brian Martin. Who's to blame for tragedies of the car? Unpublished, 2000