Australian politics, society & culture

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You can learn a lot about a country from its pastimes and the people who have fallen between the cracks of history. This is a look at the history of Australia, but not as you know it.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 1: Bob Hawke and Frank Sinatra, 1974. Original ABC airdate: 30 July 2013.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 5: Joe Lyons and Benito Mussolini, 1935.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 3: Nellie Melba and Enrico Caruso, 1902.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 3: Isabel Letham and Duke Kahanamoku, 1914.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 2: Billy Hughes and Woodrow Wilson, 1919.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 10: Ned Kelly and Redmond Barry, 1880.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 9: Lionel Rose and Elvis Presley, 1968.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 8: Kylie Minogue and Michael Hutchence, 1987.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 7: George Johnston and Leonard Cohen, 1960.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 6: Rupert Murdoch and Kamahl, 1958.
Anne Manne is the author of "Motherhood" and Quarterly Essay 29, "Love & Money". Her latest book is "The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism", which she discusses with Ramona Koval.
Those of us who live on the island of Australia can’t help but be influenced by its unique landscape. Malcolm Knox, Kathryn Heyman and Ian Hoskins discuss understanding Australia through the nature and history of its land.
Those of us who live on the island of Australia can’t help but be influenced by its unique landscape.
Clive Hamilton, author of Earthmasters, asks the question: What would it mean for humans to mould nature as a whole, to make the Earth itself into an artefact designed to suit our needs?
Issue-driven novels can be supremely powerful. In their books Christos Tsiolkas, Kathryn Heyman and Alexis Wright have deftly tackled the topics of class, migration, climate change and Indigenous affairs.
George E Marcus is currently Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and founder of its Center for Ethnography.
Investigative journalists Bret Christian and Colleen Egan discuss how the suspicion of wrongful sentencing led them on quests to discover the truth behind two mistaken criminal convictions.

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