Robert Skinner was born and raised on the Adelaide Plains. He is now based in Melbourne.
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A fisherman’s lament
A solo road trip back to harsh realities
How I fought off a robodebt
One man’s battle against the confounding maths of a Centrelink robodebt
Keeping up appearances during periods of homelessness
A very early retirement
One man’s pursuit of a life without work
On the road to Gundagai
An unexpected stop prompts the question: Just what is the deal with the Dog on the Tuckerbox?
Lessons from camels
A 10-day camel trek through the South Australian outback. With your parents.
The prospect of 12 hours in Singapore airport gives rise to an existential crisis
The perfect host
There’s more to throwing a party than putting out some dips
A beautiful mess
When European Christmas meets Australian suburbia
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
The dying art of hitchhiking
Catching a ride with strangers is harder than it looks
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 …
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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