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 ...
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.
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 ...
​A million Australians went to Bali last year, following the millions of others who have made their way across Asia over the past century.
Anne Schofield
Jewels on Queen
Coming 17/09/2014
Image: Richard Gates Photography

Anne Schofield 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.

Image: Wikimedia Commons
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.

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

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 ...


Archaeopteryx has been called the most important fossil ever found, not least because of what it tells us about dinosaurs. This prehistoric animal had wings and feathers, but also the long bony tail and teeth of a reptile. Its similarity to  Compsognathus,  a small dinosaur found in the same German ...

The long boom
Hogben and O'Callaghan

Spaces of leisure and pleasure, which were products of commercial and private enterprise, appeared in Sydney during the decades of 'the long boom', dramatically transforming the landscape from 1945 to 1970.


An interview with Tess Lea, author of 'Darwin', the final book in the acclaimed city series.


The sudden emergence of a large, previously unknown collection of New South Wales natural history drawings from the library of a now forgotten botanist has some stories to tell us about the earliest years of the colony in Sydney Cove.

The Great Transition
Mark Diesendorf

It is time to undertake the Great Transition from energy systems based on fossil fuels to ecologically sustainable systems. Fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas – initially served us well, providing the basis for industrial society. However, we are now well beyond the point where their adverse environmental, social and economic ...


It is half time at the long-running trial of former Murdoch executives Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, and five others, on charges of phone hacking, bribery and destroying evidence. The long-anticipated trial finally began on 28 October last year, and the prosecution has now finished its case, with the defence ...

An Australia Day tradition
Cheater and Debenham

Every year on Australia Day, hundreds of sailing craft of all sizes take to the waters of Sydney Harbour to celebrate a tradition that has been taking place for over 175 years. Today known as the Australia Day Regatta, this spectacle was first held on 26 January 1837 when a ...