Don Arnold / Xou Creative
When I was a kid my mum used to say I’d either be very successful or end up in jail.
Call for entries: introducing the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing
© Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Images.
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.’
'Harmony Day' by DIAC Images: Wikimedia Commons
Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, reflects on race, multiculturalism and how the law has attempted to deal with discrimination in his new book I'm Not Racist But ... 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act.
HikingArtist: Creative Commons
Illicit downloading is theft and we must back new laws to stop it.
Graeme Reading/Kensington Colleges
The history of Basser, Philip Baxter and Goldstein colleges –the Kensington Colleges– is a history about people. Residential college life promises much more than bed and board; it enables students to find community, broadens horizons, offers academic support and sculpts career choices. For students arriving ...
Black and proud
Klugman and Osmond

20 years after Indigenous AFL footballer Nicky Winmar stood up against racial abuse and made history, Adam Goodes experienced a grim redux.

Phillipa McGuinness

Have we forgotten how to pay for content? Phillipa McGuinness considers the future of creativity in the internet age.


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 James Bennett, Nancy Cushing and ...


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 of how many syllables it ...


Michele Gierck chronicles a mother's and a daughter's journey through memory loss and the medical maze.

Current Affairs

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

Goodbye, Gunns
Quentin Beresford

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 its political influence at both ...


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 ...