Governing disorder: the Australian Federal Police and Australia's new regional frontier

  title={Governing disorder: the Australian Federal Police and Australia's new regional frontier},
  author={Shahar Hameiri},
  journal={The Pacific Review},
  pages={549 - 574}
  • Shahar Hameiri
  • Published 3 November 2009
  • Political Science
  • The Pacific Review
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