September 2014

The Bush by Don Watson review – driven by the burning truth

Watson’s supremely elegant prose offers a challenge to Australians who’ve long favoured city life on the coastal plains over life in the towns and emptiness beyond

Don Watson reads an exclusive extract from The Bush

Two decades ago, I found myself sitting with Don Watson somewhere in the labyrinthine offices of the prime minister of Australia, a position then held tightly by Paul Keating.

Unique Australian Rules program for Indigenous students in Cairns makes closing the gap a reality

Former footballer Rick Hanlon established Cape York House, but says it’s not about developing footballers – ‘it’s about developing young men who’ll have a chance at life’

Australian Rules football may well have been Rick Hanlon’s salvation.

But he is still the first to tell the young Indigenous men and boys to whom he is both a life mentor and a coach that being a great footy player doesn’t make you a good bloke.

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The old man and the sea (and Gotye): the story of 'Australia's only guru'

Djalu Gurruwiwi is a spiritual keeper of the didgeridoo. He’s also a mysterious and charismatic figure, whose admirers include a film-maker, a street artist and the musician Gotye. Paul Daley joins them on a voyage along an ancient songline

It’s not clear where the story of Arnhem Land’s Djalu Gurruwiwi begins or ends. It just meanders infinitely, back and forth, across the land and into the sea along the songlines that tell it.

Kellie Merritt, Australia's first Iraq widow, is an anti-war campaigner. Parliament should listen to her | Paul Daley

Merritt, a social worker, anti-war campaigner and widow of Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, wants an inquiry into the 2003 invasion, and a debate over further involvement

Kellie Merritt can’t be dismissed as some sort of naïve peacenik for trying to put a brake on Australia’s apparently escalating involvement in American-led military operations in Iraq.