Tony Abbott: from backbench rebel to backbench envoy on Indigenous affairs. Image of Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott: from backbench rebel to backbench envoy on Indigenous affairs

Politics / Federal politics / Society / Indigenous Australia

This Clayton’s appointment has already come unstuck

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Laurie Matheson, our man in Moscow

Society / History / National security

Was ‘Australia’s James Bond’ working for the KGB? Or ASIO? Or both?

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Filling a big hole in the property market

Society / History / Infrastructure

The old Cave Hill quarry in Melbourne will be home to thousands

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The return of the Moree Boomerangs

Society / Indigenous Australia / Sport

The First on the Ladder arts project is turning things around for a rugby club and the local kids

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The end of the oceans

The world’s oceans and all marine life are on the brink of total collapse

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How to speak ‘farm’

Warning: grubby work comes with grubby language

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What we knew when about global warming

Greenhouse gases took 200 years to become a hot topic

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Crafting a ceramic habitat for a handfish

Hobart artist Jane Bamford is helping a critically endangered fish to spawn

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When planetary catastrophe is your day job

Climate scientists are working hard to keep the apocalypse relevant

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Disaster strikes the nation’s massive gas project

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Greg Hywood: the model modern chief executive

How Fairfax became a business at journalism’s expense

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The endless reign of Rupert Murdoch

After decades of influence, the media mogul isn’t so much a person as an epoch

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Jeremy Heimans: the up-start

The co-founder of GetUp! might be the most influential Australian in the world

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‘Slow Burn’: Trump, Nixon and the art of the podcast

Slate Plus’s podcast on Watergate urges patience on its audience

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The Sudanese community leader and sports star’s improbable rise

Spheres of influence

Social media is blurring the line between opinion and advertising

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The AFL’s concussion problem

Is the league running interference on the damage concussion can cause?

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When sound becomes pain

A controversial diagnosis is giving hope to sufferers of debilitating hearing issues

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Sick on the inside

Our corrective services struggle to cope with the mental health requirements of inmates

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Patient simulation

Some actors intentionally suffer for their art

What the hell was I afraid of?

Dissecting the complex power structures we all inhabit

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On borrowed time

Reflections on a life lived in the shadow of mortality

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Dead Right

How neoliberalism redefined growth in the ugliest of ways – a Quarterly Essay extract

A very early retirement

One man’s pursuit of a life without work

Held to account

Why is the cost of banking in remote communities so high?

Curing Affluenza

Sensible economics made simple – a Richard Denniss book extract

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Title fight

The people of the Pilbara take on Australia’s great philanthropist

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Grandfathering the Australian dream

House prices, insecure work and growing debts … Who can afford a stake in today’s society?

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Mike Parr’s invisible performance and Tasmania’s complex past

Underneath the bitumen in Hobart, history becomes art

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Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre

An extract from the book marking the massacre’s 180th anniversary

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The Captain Cook connection

One man’s campaign to have Gweagal artefacts returned to Australia

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Patrick White’s immigrant language

White gained from his partner’s Greek Orthodoxy a sensibility that changed how he saw Australia

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‘Deep Time Dreaming’ by Billy Griffiths

This history of archaeology in Australia charts our changing relationship with the past

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A local tour guide proves there is still plenty of life in the Cross

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Science & Technology

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Can David Sinclair cure old age?

The Australian geneticist believes ageing is a disease we can treat

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Minding your data in a post-GDPR world

Some good news about online privacy has just popped up

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Australia’s first body farm

People are dying to get into this forensic research facility

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Virtual reality: from Giotto to VRporn

The unexpected history of a radical technology

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The unflappable Finkel

Australia’s chief scientist talks energy alternatives and trying to elevate the narrative

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Tablet or toilet?

How transformative has the computer age really been?

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Abbott, ANU and the decline of Western civilisation

How the Ramsay Centre’s degree stopped before it started

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The end of civilisation?

On the hyperbolic reaction to ANU’s decision to part ways with the Ramsay Centre

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Salvaging ANU’s sodden books

How and why did the Chifley Library flood?

Could a computer mark a NAPLAN essay?

If student assessment is automated, what might it miss?

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Screen time, all the time

Do smart devices in classrooms help kids learn?

The school-shopping list

Private, public, state, selective … the trials of choosing a high school

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Fallen angels

The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines

Censorship, sex and scandal in Singapore

For the city-state’s academics, freedom of speech is a sensitive subject

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The Insult

An incurious encounter takes flight

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The work of catfish

Reflections on Japan

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The foundering miracle

Reflections on Japan

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Spirit of independence

A journey through West Papua

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A near-impossible sell

Sprout farmer Bruce Adams has created one of Australia’s more unlikely oversized highway attractions

The next big thin

Dissecting dietary fads and habits

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Masaaki’s sushi

Join the queue for Tasmania’s most sought-after Japanese

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The dining boom

Australia’s food and wine industry is the next big thing in China

Degustation Laconic

The language of menus

Gone Walkabout

The last Aussie-themed pub in London

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Walking the Wukalina Walk

A new four-day tour in Tasmania is owned and guided by Aboriginal people

Walking the Wukalina Walk. Illustration

Walking the Wukalina Walk

A new four-day tour in Tasmania is owned and guided by Aboriginal people

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On the road to Gundagai

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

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Lessons from camels

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

The stopover

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

The perfect cup of coffee

On an island in Nicaragua, a rocky incline stands between Steve Hely and the Holy Grail of caffeine

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Family & Relationships

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Annie Whitlocke is helping to break the silence around grief and dying

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To have or not to have: Sheila Heti’s ‘Motherhood’ and Jacqueline Rose’s ‘Mothers’

Heti’s novel asks if a woman should have a child; Rose’s nonfiction considers how society treats her if she does

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The amazing true story of a sex ed outrage

Why did a children’s book published three years ago suddenly go viral?

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Child protection doesn’t always protect children

When families in the Northern Territory need help, removing children isn’t necessarily the answer

My life as a monster

Male puberty’s difficult lessons

Screen-free day

C’mon, kids. It’ll be fun …

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Law & Order

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The hopeful and the hapless flow through a magistrates’ court

The lost man of Larrimah

What happened to missing Northern Territory personality Paddy Moriarty?

A sorry procession

A day in the life of the Geelong Magistrates’ Court

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Dark + Dangerous Thoughts at Mona

The kid gloves come off at this symposium for those with skin in the game

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A pack of bankers

The financial services royal commission has revealed more than anyone banked on

The court networkers

Volunteers make visiting courtrooms less of a trial

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Indigenous Australia

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Voice, Treaty, Truth

An uncoordinated approach to treaty-making creates a quandary for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The republic is an Aboriginal issue

Recognition must be at the heart of constitutional reform

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Alexis Wright’s ‘Tracker’

A raw account of Aboriginal politics through the stories of ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth

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The Turnbull government has burned the bridge of bipartisanship

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Rejection of the Uluru statement reveals the real Turnbull

The arguments against an Indigenous voice to parliament simply don’t stack up

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On a mission

Reviving a century of Indigenous music through the Mission Songs Project

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National Security

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Nuclear brinkmanship and the doomsday scenario

The risk posed by the global weapons complex is much worse than you know

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Looking for moles

The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence

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China flexes

The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours

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Spies like Oz

John Blaxland’s ‘The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963–1975’

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Oil and water

Australia blurs the lines with Timor-Leste

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Lines in the sand

The US and China’s struggle for power in Asia

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Making women’s unpaid work count

Feminist economics pioneer Marilyn Waring on care and the unfinished feminist revolution

Taking stock of #MeToo

How do we make sense of such a complex movement?

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The snip

It’s a simple procedure, but having a vasectomy can raise questions of masculinity and equality

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A cleansing fire

Jessa Crispin’s ‘Why I Am Not a Feminist’ demands a dismantling of mainstream feminism … and the system itself

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Business as usual?

The confused case for corporate gender equality

The science question and feminism

STEM is the future, and women need to be part of it

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The Commonwealth Games: inspired integration

The level of inclusion on the Gold Coast has been a breakthrough

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It’s just not cricket

Sledging is unlikely to improve, on the field or in politics

Aussie Rules 2018 in names only

A fundamental analysis of this year’s player lists

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Nick Kyrgios: talent to burn

Five short pieces about one of tennis’s most misunderstood players

Marathon man

John Coates’ 27-year AOC tenure must end before real change can take place

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