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Editor’s Note August 2014
Friday, 1st August 2014
Malcolm Knox’s essay this month explores an issue that affects almost every Australian: the unchecked power of the country’s two biggest supermarket chains....
 
 
Motion pictures Cycling through cinema
Wednesday, 30th July 2014
Mere seconds into the history of cinema a bicycle makes its debut appearance, in the Lumière brothers’ La Sortie des usines Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving...
 
 
If you gotta know, you're never going to ask
Wednesday, 30th July 2014
A recent article in the New Statesman, by an avowedly privileged white guy decrying white male privilege, featured the following stretch of earnest chest...
 
 
Cold wars A review of Snowpiercer
Monday, 28th July 2014
Thirty years ago John Hurt lent his crumpled mien and instantly recognisable voice to Michael Radford’s filmic adaptation of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty...
 
 
Hometown heroes at the Empire Games
Friday, 25th July 2014
The Commonwealth Games have begun in Glasgow, a fact that has been largely buried in the news cycle by the horrors of Gaza and flight MH17. ...
 
 
The professionals
Wednesday, 16th July 2014
Election night, September 2013: Before a whooping crowd in the ballroom of Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel, the prime minister-elect claimed victory for the...
 
 
Chris Mitchell, The Australian and Iraq
Monday, 14th July 2014
The political nation learned this morning, to its considerable surprise, that Chris Mitchell, the editor-in-chief of The Australian, was always a secret...
 
 
The selfish gene
Monday, 14th July 2014
Richard Dawkins published The Selfish Gene in 1976, the book that established his reputation and which, his closest supporters maintain, ‘takes pride of...
 
 
Gymnausea
Thursday, 10th July 2014
I went to the Melbourne Museum’s Aztec exhibition a few weekends ago. Powerful stuff. It’s interesting to think about how much our culture(s) might have in...
 
 
A rich history of failure: Australian history according to undergraduates
Monday, 7th July 2014
What follows is a collection of excerpts from genuine undergraduate history essays across Australia. Compiled by Professor Neve R. Stenning-Stihl, here is...
 
 

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