Remarkable acts of courage

None of us can be certain how we will act in extreme circumstances, writes Sara Dowse. Two new books show imperfect humans at their best

31 Jul 14 | Comments (0)

Britain’s Great War: traps of memory

The centenary of the 1914–18 war reveals Britain to be a country of permanent involution, says David Hayes

17 Jul 14 | Comments (1)

Gay rights and gay wrongs

In its coverage of gay law reform over the past fifty years, the Australian has charted a course from pacesetter to curmudgeon, writes Graham Willett in this talk from last week’s conference on the paper’s fiftieth anniversary

15 Jul 14 | Comments (0)

The battle of Mort Street

By the time the first edition of the Australian hit the streets almost fifty years ago, a vital part of Rupert Murdoch’s strategy had already run into trouble, writes Peter Browne

06 Jul 14 | Comments (3)

Did the networks kill Homicide?

Three police shows axed in just one year. For some observers, it seemed like much more than a coincidence, writes Jock Given

02 Jul 14 | Comments (1)

How American servicemen found Ernestine Hill in their kitbags

Blending journalism, romance and travelogue, The Great Australian Loneliness crossed a different set of borders during the second world war, writes Anna Johnston

27 Jun 14 | Comments (0)

Not suitable for children

Helen Simpson’s Under Capricorn made a decades-long journey from novel to film to TV to DVD. Alfred Hitchcock’s version was a revealing stop-off along the way, writes Tanya Dalziell

30 May 14 | Comments (0)

Unravelling “Australia’s own McCarthy era”

For years the Labor Party clung to the belief that the defection of Vladimir Petrov was orchestrated by the Menzies government to influence the result of the 1954 election. Jack Waterford looks at what really happened during those remarkable months sixty years ago

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