Australian politics, society & culture

Environment

Wild deer are heading for the suburbs
By Paul Connolly
How long can Australia ride in the coal wagon?
By Paul Cleary
Iain McCalman is a social historian and a research professor at the University of Sydney. His latest book, The Reef: A passionate history, tells the story of Australia’s wondrous Great Barrier Reef, and what has happened since human contact with it...
How charities transform the clothes we throw away
By Delia Falconer
The many talents of a much-maligned rodent
By Anne Manne
Too many kangaroos loose in Canberra
By Sam Vincent
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth: it’s not about carbon – it’s about capitalism. It’s time climate change was a campaigning priority outside the environment bubble. This panel from the...
To preserve Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne should learn from Sydney
By Tim Flannery
Is it possible that the world’s songbirds all come from Australia? Yes, according to biologist Tim Low in his fascinating ornithological history of Australia, Where Song Began. Low’s wonderfully readable book literally turns the map upside down and...
For the 40th anniversary of one of Australia’s worst natural disasters, Sophie Cunningham has written a fascinating history of the event, Warning: The story of Cyclone Tracy. Drawing from eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the devastation...
Rugby star David Pocock says sport and politics are always mixed
By Sam Vincent
Hugh Mackay is a passionate chronicler of human interactions. At the Perth Writers Festival 2015 he reads from and discusses his new book, The Art of Belonging, which reignites the conversation about how we want to live. Drawing on 50 years’...
George Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change. As part of La Trobe University's Ideas and Society program, he joins Professor Robert Manne at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne...
Are we generally optimistic or are we tending more and more towards pessimism? Despite the current state of environmental and political affairs, former Greens leader Bob Brown (author of the memoir Optimism) seems firmly entrenched in the...
The BARK program at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre sees prisoners taking care of dogs
By Andrew McMillen
The Adelaide Zoo has a chequered past
By Anna Goldsworthy
Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’
By Robert Manne

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