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Why another book about Sidney Nolan? That was my immediate response when NewSouth Publishing suggested I write one. In the UK, my art and publishing world friends had a single response: ‘Of course you must.’
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20 years after Indigenous AFL footballer Nicky Winmar stood up against racial abuse and made history, Adam Goodes experienced a grim redux.
Have we forgotten how to pay for content? Phillipa McGuinness considers the future of creativity in the internet age.
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Newcastle in New South Wales is a city that has seen its fair share of radical action. But what does it mean to be ‘radical’ today? And why has Newcastle been the site for so much grassroots radicalism over the decades?Radical Newcastle,edited by ...
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The tall poppy syndrome refers to the Australian habit of cutting self-important people down to size. So adept are we at this particular exercise that we even do it to language. Many an inflated word has been strutting around our nation, smug and self-assured because ...
Jean and Keith Gierck: author's collection
Michele Gierck chronicles a mother's and a daughter's journey through memory loss and the medical maze.
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The 2012 collapse of Gunns Ltd, Australia’s largest timber company, was a major national news story. Gunns had already been dogged  by controversy for more than a decade, not only because of the pulp mill saga, but because of its poor environmental practices and ...

George Williams argues the case for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.


Entries are now open for the Bragg Prize and the Best Australian Science Writing 2015 anthology.


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’ – though as the national capital ...


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 along the lines that people ...

In conversation
Alasdair McGregor

An interview with the author of A Forger's Progress, the celebrated new biography of Australia's first government architect, Francis Greenway.


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 ...

Shark attack
Caroline Ford

From feared as a menace to championed by conservationists and surfers, the author of Sydney Beaches looks at our shifting attitudes to sharks.


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.

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.