December 2012 – January 2013

John McTernan, Parliament House, Canberra, 20 April 2012. © Penny Bradfield/Fairfax Syndication

Julia Gillard

The Strategist

Julia Gillard’s hard-nosed director of communications

Image from ‘The Last Diggers’ by Ross Coulthart. Courtesy of HarperCollins.

World War I

Lest We Inflate

Why do Australians lust for heroic war stories?

Anna Funder © Marco Del Grande/Fairfax Syndication


Free Agent

Anna Funder finds her feet in Brooklyn

On the Nose


On the Nose

The rise of cricket’s faceless men

Michael Peterson in ‘Morning of the Earth’, February 1971. © Albert Falzon


Memories of a surfing legend

Görlitzer Park, Berlin. © Cristiano Corsini
Sydney. © Dean Sewell
Ulladulla. © Dean Sewell
Ulladulla. © Dean Sewell
New York. © Thomas Filippini
New York. © Thomas Filippini
South Australia. © Dean Sewell

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Julia Gillard visiting the Forbidden City, Beijing, April 2011. © David Foote/Commonwealth of Australia

Foreign Policy

White-papering the Cracks

A blueprint for the Asian Century?

US politics

A Less Perfect Union

Obama’s next challenge

Lights Out

Solar eclipse in Queensland


Messages for Gough

Forty years since ‘It’s Time’

Bob Brown

Environmental Flows

How the Franklin was saved

Notes from a Small Town

Students getting into the groove

Spire Dreaming

A Bidjara man in Oxford

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Arts & Letters  Right arrow

JM Coetzee, Cape Town, 1991. Image supplied

South Africa

On His Terms

JC Kannemeyer’s ‘JM Coetzee: A Life in Writing’

An abandoned cafe in the asbestos-riddled ghost town of Wittenoom, WA. Wikimedia Commons
Record Paradise, St Kilda, Melbourne. © Richard Kelly/
As it Comes

As it Comes

Jacques Audiard’s ‘Rust and Bone’

A Modern Mensch

Noted  Right arrow

‘Butcher Paper Texta Blackboard and Chalk: A Songbook and CD’ by Ruby Hunter and Archie Roach, One Day Hill; $25.00
‘Love Story’ by Florian Habicht (director), In limited release
‘The Rainbow Troops’ by Andrea Hirata, Vintage; $32.95
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Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz