Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS

14 ENTRIES Robert Skinner was born and raised on the Adelaide Plains. He is now based in Melbourne.



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Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Society

A fisherman’s lament

A solo road trip back to harsh realities

Society

Rough draught

Keeping up appearances during periods of homelessness

Politics

How I fought off a robodebt

One man’s battle against the confounding maths of a Centrelink robodebt

Society

A very early retirement

One man’s pursuit of a life without work

Society

On the road to Gundagai

An unexpected stop prompts the question: Just what is the deal with the Dog on the Tuckerbox?

Society

Lessons from camels

A 10-day camel trek through the South Australian outback. With your parents.

Society

The stopover

The prospect of 12 hours in Singapore airport gives rise to an existential crisis

Illustration

article

The perfect host

There’s more to throwing a party than putting out some dips

Society

A beautiful mess

When European Christmas meets Australian suburbia

Society

The art of tour guiding

When you’re driving a bus full of tourists through the Australian outback, a packet of chewing gum may be your only hope

article

The dying art of hitchhiking

Catching a ride with strangers is harder than it looks

blog

My brief and successful career as a landscape labourer

I had a brief and successful career as a landscape labourer. We were building some big park for a new residential community. It was my job to dig trenches, lay pipes and trudge around while everyone else rode on the machines. It was 41 degrees in the …

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We don’t daydream now we have iPhones

Last year we celebrated New Year’s in one of Australia's worst towns. There was no phone reception and no way of contacting the outside world, which explained in part why people persisted living there. It was a seaside town. The tides there …

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A response to Robyn Annear (on Australian literary magazines)

Dear Robyn, I am writing to say that I enjoyed reading and appreciated your article in the Monthly. I'm interested to hear if your criticism is with literary journals in general or just with those in Australia? If literary journals …