As a science writer, it’s easy to see science’s hand in all that we do. But 2020, perhaps more than any year in living memory, has thrust science to the fore. The pandemic and its rippling consequences have seen bathtubs-full of ink consumed ...

Upturn: A better normal after COVID-19 edited by Tanya Plibersek

In March, Australian satirical news websiteThe Chaserdeclared ‘Oh fuck’ the Word of the Year for 2020. ‘It now accounts for 50% of all words used in the English language’, they commented. And since it was already a clear winner, why wait until the end of ...
It feels like a threshold has been crossed. The staggering scale and depth of the devastation wrought in last summer’s bushfires, followed by a global pandemic with likely origins in industrial food chains and exploitation of animals, revealed - in visceral ways - nature in turmoil ...
Hysteria is a twisted snake of a word. It’s dated but used today. It’s gendered; it’s offensive.  But in a way, it describes me.
Environment

The 2020s have begun with a painful barrage of crises, and a storm of helplessness. Tragically, it comes after a year in which a collective drumbeat for climate action was beginning to form. What a hit to our will, and our strength. So many Australians were forced to flee from ...

Environment
Wild Nature
John Blay

Local ecologist Heather Meek fired the first broadside in support of the koala. Her report to Forestry appears in the local media under the heading ‘Koalas are here now’. In December 1986, in response to a request by the acting Eden District forester, she collected and reported on all evidence ...


Environment
Plastic Free
Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and Joanna Atherfold Finn

When Plastic Free July founder Rebecca Prince-Ruiz made a commitment to try to avoid single-use plastic a decade ago, the decision started at her bin. In the first half of 2020, a year of unexpected change, the humble bin has been in the limelight again, though for very different reasons ...

Society
Net Privacy
Sacha Molitorisz

The priority for all of us at the moment is dealing with coronavirus. That’s our great challenge. As it happens, privacy is a big part of that.

Society

Throughout Australia’s history, overseas migration has featured prominently in public debate, sometimes seen as a positive, sometimes as a negative, but never far from the agenda. The trouble is that media headlines and political catchphrases all too often misrepresent the facts. In the extreme, political players exploit fears relying ...


Law
Law in War
Catherine Bond

With the spread of COVID-19 and the outbreak of a global health emergency, rights and freedoms that would never normally be curtailed are increasingly being subject to government-imposed restrictions.

History

In contemporary bilateral relations, great emphasis has been placed on India and Australia’s historical connection with the Commonwealth. The stress laid on a shared past is deeply misleading, however, for each colony was tied to Britain in the early twentieth century under very different conditions. Both, it is true ...

History
Pathfinders
Michael Bennett

I can remember precisely when my passion for the past began. As a young child of five holidaying in Sydney from my home in Dubbo, my parents took me to the Australian Museum on College Street. I was transfixed by an exhibition of early human evolution. The panoramas displayed scenes ...


 
 
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