John van Tiggelen

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

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There’s a new contender in Sophie Mirabella and Cathy McGowan’s battle for Indi
In dispute
On the face of it, Marty Corboy, the National Party’s candidate for Indi in north-eastern Victoria, has at best a ringside seat to one of the more keenly anticipated battles of...
 
Cultures clash over pipis at Venus Bay
It’s just not cricket
On the last Sunday afternoon of 2014, Victorian police officers blocked the one long road out of Venus Bay, a hodgepodge surfside community in South Gippsland of about 600...
 
Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, on Svalbard.
The president of Kiribati goes on a fact-finding mission in the Arctic
Cold comfort
In the late 16th century, the Dutch mariner Willem Barents spent three consecutive summers in the Arctic Ocean, scouting for a shortcut to the East Indies. The midnight sun, he...
 
Tanya Plibersek plays it cool
Sense and sensibility
In her recent autobiography, the former prime minister Julia Gillard conceded that back in 2006, when she was manoeuvring to install Kevin Rudd as the leader of the ALP, she’d...
 
Cartoon showing man fighting cactus
In central Victoria, locals are taking up arms against the invading wheel cactus
She’ll be cactus
Pigeon Hill, a granite outcrop just west of Maldon, in central Victoria, overlooks plains that roll out all the way to the Murray. These can look lovely in early spring. The...
 
Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews keeps his head down
Playing for par
It’s tempting to surmise that Daniel Andrews acquired his hunched appearance by keeping his head down so much. The polls rate him a clear favourite to lead Labor to victory in...
 
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‘Optimism’ by Bob Brown
While still a senator, Bob Brown had a “simple philosophy” printed on the back of his business card: “Caring Optimistic Defiant. We strive for peace democracy and a fair go for...
 
Ship-loading tower, Triabunna mill wharf. © Mike Bowers
How the end of Gunns cleared a new path for Tasmania
The destruction of the Triabunna mill and the fall of Tasmania's woodchip industry
Four years ago, Greg L’Estrange, the chief executive of the Tasmanian forestry behemoth Gunns Ltd, raised the white flag in the state’s so-called forest wars. Environmentalists...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
How we fight fires now
Five years after Black Saturday
One Sunday last month, five members of the Country Fire Authority’s Hesket-Kerrie brigade, which guards the northern flanks of Mount Macedon, central Victoria, took their...
 
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...
 
November Editor's Note
Rupert’s in town. Hopefully he’ll amble into a local newsagent and see himself on our cover. Perhaps, if we’re really lucky, he’ll tweet a response. Here...
 
October Editor's Note
In January, Julia Gillard announced that the federal election would be held on 14 September. As an attempt to lock in her agenda and lock out Kevin Rudd, it failed on both fronts...
 
Why voters in Australia are primed for a change at the top
Abbott’s grasp of the complexities ahead is weaker than Rudd’s, writes John van Tiggelen in the Financial Times   View the original article here Or click...
 
September Editor's Note
They say democracy is a serious matter. I wouldn’t know; I’ve never voted.* As a non-citizen for many years, I couldn’t here, and Dutch democracy – with...
 
August 2013 Editor's Note
My father was a front door man. Pardon my indelicate phrasing – the notion of Australia having two portals is the Government’s metaphor, not mine – but I mean to...
 

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