15/12/2014
Black Hole Outburst in Spiral Galaxy M83 (Creative Commons)
Entries are now open for the Bragg Prize and the Best Australian Science Writing 2015 anthology.
01/12/2014
Phar Lap, c. 1930. State Library of Victoria.
After the running of the 2014 Melbourne Cup, horses found themselves at the forefront of the news – and not necessarily for the right reasons. The deaths of two horses after the race provoked some hysterical comments and irrational arguments, not least of which were statements ...
03/12/2014
Black Mtn and Albert Hall from Parliament House, c. 1950. State Library of Victoria.
The 1920s were still roaring when Canberra became Australia’s national capital and, if you know the right places, you can feel those first passions of the new city still. In March 1928,  prime minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce declared open the city’s ‘town hall ...
27/11/2014
Joseph Lycett, Ultimo House, Sydney. Courtesy of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.
An interview with the author of A Forger's Progress, the celebrated new biography of Australia's first government architect, Francis Greenway.
28/10/2014
Samuel Wood, 'Shark net, Coogee', ca. 1930s, SLNSW.
From feared as a menace to championed by conservationists and surfers, the author of Sydney Beaches looks at our shifting attitudes to sharks.
13/10/2014
Grace Cossington Smith, The curve of the bridge. Courtesy of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Highly respected art curator Barry Pearce provides a personal tour of 100 of his favourite Australian paintings from the walls and vaults of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, including these two works by Grace Cossington Smith.
Science

Recently when I was in Canberra for the launch of Ian Chubb’s Science Strategy, the Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane reminded us all that we should all try harder to communicate a vision for science. He isn’t the first politician to remind us of this and he is ...

Art
Jewels on Queen
Anne Schofield

Anne Schofield, Australia's best-known antique jewellery expert, unlocks the cabinets in her exclusive Sydney shop in Queen Street, Woollahra and reveals the favourite pieces of jewellery she has bought, sold and collected over 50 years.

Science

From the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes, science offers writers the kind of scope other subjects simply can’t match. Good writing about science can be moving, funny, exhilarating or poetic, but it will always be honest and rigorous about the research that ...


Travel
Australians in Asia
Agnieszka Sobocinska

​A million Australians went to Bali last year, following the millions of others who have made their way across Asia over the past century.

Politics

Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong reject spin and panic to provide a straightforward and balanced account of Australia's asylum policies in light of international law.

History

In November 1941 HMAS Sydney, the pride of Australia's wartime fleet, and its crew of 645 disappeared without a trace off the Western Australian coast.


Politics
This Anzac business
Carolyn Holbrook

When prime minister Julia Gillard announced that she would be travelling to Gallipoli for Anzac Day in 2012, she received some much-needed positive press coverage. With an eye on her languishing poll numbers, Gillard explained that she had ‘never had the opportunity to mark Anzac Day on that sacred soil ...

Politics

It’s the end of the drama. The results are in.

Society
Our ASIO files
Meredith Burgmann

In these days of increased intelligence powers, a ballooning national security budget, a giant new ASIO headquarters in Canberra, and endless discussions about WikiLeaks and the right to know, I wanted to look at the effects of spying on those who have been its targets. David McKnight and others have ...


 
 
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