The Future of Everything is written for people who want a better world, and who want practical ideas for how that might be achieved. It is unashamedly ambitious, and I have no doubt some of the ideas I put forward will be ridiculed and dismissed ...
On 9 February 2017, federal Liberal Treasurer Scott Morrison rose from his parliamentary front-bench seat and delivered one of the most colourful but disturbing political stunts in recent federal Parliamentary history. Clutching a lump of black coal, the burly, sports-loving and pugnacious minister ridiculed the ...
Miles Franklin cast a long shadow. In her fifties when Beatrice met her, she had been one of Australia’s best-known literary figures for more than thirty years, My Brilliant Career having appeared in June 1901 when she was only twenty-one. Attractive, wilful and opinionated ...
I did not expect to be here like this. My Williams family is short-lived and I have exceeded their span by an embarrassing chunk. So here I am, in what I thought would be my twilight years, as fit and busy as ever; the brain ...
Before dawn on 25 April 2012 I walked along the remains of the Thai–Burma Railway. Its iron tracks had been ripped up long ago. The original wooden sleepers, their surface at once cracked and polished by monsoonal rains, were partly obscured by small grey ...
On Saturday 3 May 1975, twelve families signed a letter to the Australian government. The men and women introduced themselves as librarians, teachers, police officers and nurses from Vietnam, and with their sixteen children they were sheltered in Singaporean waters, aboard a 24-metre fishing boat ...
Environment

Feeding wild birds is probably something so familiar, so everyday, so commonplace – so tame perhaps – that we can forget that this is a fundamentally artificial activity. In virtually every case, the types of food we use to attract birds to our house yards – typically mixtures of various seeds but sometimes ...

History
River Dreams
Ian Tyrrell

I grew up with rivers, though I did not live next to one. My mother’s aged relatives told me in stark and frightening terms about the power of the Brisbane River, which had in 1893 invaded the city’s central business district and swept away the bridge linking the ...

Science

Entries are open for the Bragg Prize and theBest Australian Science Writing 2018


Politics

The year 1996 was a turning point in Australian politics. It saw the Coalition returned to office after the longest period of Labor rule at the national level. There was nothing inevitable about the Howard Government. Indeed, there was nothing inevitable about either the 1996 result or what might be ...

Culture
Signs of Australia
Brady Michaels

Signs come and go. But the ones that remain are a visual record of Australian social history. They tell us who we are and how we got here, and they preserve a history of commercial sign writing and typography too.

Culture
A hidden heritage
Jan O'Connell

We all need to eat. And in today’s Australia most of us are fortunate enough to eat not just what we need, but what we choose. Those choices are almost limitless. At the supermarket, foods from around the world line aisle after aisle. Any self-respecting suburban shopping strip will ...


History

"Jim’s book is the record of a mere boy who went 15 rounds with a mean heavyweight, and triumphed. But it was a long fight…"

Art
Running the City
Felicity Fenner

‘Running the City is an important and much needed exploration of the relationship between art, the public domain and its communities.’ - Clover Moore, Lord Mayor, City of Sydney

Society

Guy Manfellow is waiting for me at the bar of a stylishly obscure bar. It is quiet, perhaps only half the seats are taken, but every head in the stylishly obscure bar is turned just a little way towards Manfellow, every eye drawn to his long legs, carefully crossed at ...


 
 
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