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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Society

There is a brotherly bond between the men I am speaking to, forged through shared experiences of the most intense kind, that is palpably strong and unintentionally exclusive. It is like sitting with war veterans. As I listen to them I sense depths to the conversation that I will never ...

Culture
Write to Speak: Slam Your Poetry
Miles Merrill and Narcisa Nozica

I wanted to start a conversation with educators, writers and performers. So, I asked Narcisa Nozica, a high school teacher who toured the US studying youth poetry slam movements, to join me in a written dialogue. This led to chats with writers in various spoken forms, poets turned novelists, event ...

Science

One summer holiday, I got hold of a real page-turner. A John Grisham lay abandoned on the coffee table as I devoured Fermat’s Last Theoremby Simon Singh. This is a book about pure mathematics and on surface value would not seem to be the stuff of which ripping yarns ...


Food

This is a book that I shouldn’t have had to write. It’s about taking the foods that are native to our land into our homes and cooking with them. The fact that it needed to be written, and that non-Indigenous readers need to be told how to source ...

History
Making Sense of the Great War Centenary
Carolyn Holbrook and Keir Reeves

History shows that Anzac commemoration has always filled an emotional rather than an intellectual function in the Australian psyche. In its original manifestation up until the 1960s, Anzac commemoration was primarily an outlet for mourning and remembrance. It endured a period of apathy and hostility from that decade, because it ...

Sport
Never Say Die
Fiona Crawford and Lee McGowan

Australian women’s football has never been in better shape. The first Matildas, Australia’s national women’s side, were recognised for their efforts on the 40thAnniversary of their first match against New Zealand. The current crop of players joined the celebrations. They are one of the world’s top ...


History
Caroline's Dilemma
Bettina Bradbury

I did not plan to write a history about the lives of the unknown Australian settler Caroline Kearney and her children. When I first uncovered evidence of the dilemma that she faced as a widow I was researching the significance of property, marriage and inheritance in four white settler colonies ...

Law
Frank & Fearless
Nicholas Cowdery with Rachael Jane Chin

I have been involved in criminal justice in one way or another for 50 years. In that time I have often been faced with very determined members of the public whose views about the criminal law differed from mine and I have spent much time in earnest discourse with them.

Culture

In early September 2019, when I heard the ABC had produced a documentary looking at Australian identity through the prism of the pool, I couldn’t believe the incredible timing with the imminent release of my book,The Memory Pool: Australian stories of summer, sun and swimming.


 
 
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