John van Tiggelen

John van Tiggelen
John van Tiggelen is a freelance writer and the author of Mango Country.

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Cartoon showing man fighting cactus

She’ll be cactus


In central Victoria, locals are taking up arms against the invading wheel cactus

‘Optimism’ by Bob Brown

Book reviews

Hardie Grant; $39.95

Playing for par

State parliament

Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews keeps his head down

Ship-loading tower, Triabunna mill wharf. © Mike Bowers

The destruction of the Triabunna mill and the fall of Tasmania’s woodchip industry


How the end of Gunns cleared a new path for Tasmania

Editor’s Note April 2014


“I believe this is an important grace note in our national life,” said the prime minister. Ah, grace notes. It’s been quite a month for those. The immigration minister, Scott Morrison, continued to insist that the asylum seekers claiming …

Editor’s Note March 2014


Many readers will recall the construction, in the early 2000s, of the new Age printing plant by the freeway near Melbourne airport. Up went a glorious, glass-walled, transparent building, rendered all the more striking by the plainness of its …

Editor’s Note February 2014


Keen observers of the political process have long attributed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s propensity to walk like a cowboy to his pre-dawn habit of sending the flint-stones flying on his bike. But increasingly he’s been talking the walk. Last …

Five years after Black Saturday

Climate change

How we fight fires now

Regents of The Abbott Government, After Karel Dujardin, by Ben Gerber.
L to R: Scott Morrison, Christopher Pyne, Joe Hockey, Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton and George Brandis.

December/January Editor’s Note


One of this magazine’s most popular contributors, someone not known for subscribing to partisan opinion, demurred when asked to comment on the current government for this issue. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a cabinet of creeps,” …