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Bringing Timothy Conigrave’s ‘Holding the Man’ to the screen
By Steve Dow
A dinner date with Billy Snedden
By Robert Drewe
There was once a speaker of the Australian parliament who loved to travel overseas, and who especially enjoyed the sensual benefits that taxpayer-provided travel could deliver. It was the end of the Haight-Ashbury rock ’n’ roll era in San Francisco. I was living there with my young family, on California and Laguna
Meeting the Dalai Lama in the Blue Mountains
By Barry Hill
The US and China’s struggle for power in Asia
By Hugh White
On lifestyle diseases and quick fixes
By Karen Hitchcock
Stories of South Sudan from Traralgon
By Arnold Zable
When eating healthy becomes an eating disorder
By Oscar Schwartz
How charities transform the clothes we throw away
By Delia Falconer
What is a ‘common humanity’? One of Australia’s most prominent moral philosophers, Raimond Gaita, explores this fragile idea, in a world where we treat asylum seekers as criminals, lock up children and refuse to change the way we live now, despite the dire consequences for the next generations. This Talking
The mainstream media is in crisis. The internet – which promised so much – is being used to produce a dark future. In this Talking Points session at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2015, Four Corners reporter and Assange biographer Andrew Fowler marshals the evidence to attack the establishment, and defend the
IBAC investigates Victoria’s rotten education bureaucracy
By Catherine Ford
Former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on Greece’s economic crisis
By Christos Tsiolkas
The constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians requires meaningful consultation
By Noel Pearson
Emma Kowal’s ‘Trapped in the Gap’ examines the ‘White anti-racist’ in indigenous Australia
By Kim Mahood
The many talents of a much-maligned rodent
By Anne Manne
The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up. Working without scripts, the five speakers have just 15 minutes apiece.   In this excerpt, investigative journalist Kate McClymont, co-author of He Who Must Be Obeid, looks at the art
The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up. Working without scripts, the five speakers have just 15 minutes apiece. In this excerpt, chef Adam Liaw looks at food stories: why they’re both unendurably boring and absolutely necessary. You
In this La Trobe University Ideas and Society session, Professor John Dewar, vice-chancellor of La Trobe and chair of the Federal Ministerial Universities’ Legislation & Financing Working Group, looks at the prospects for the university in Australia. He then joins La Trobe’s chancellor Adrienne Clarke and

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