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[29 Jun 2013 | 14 Comments | ]
Australia's Game

In Australia, nothing excites such passion as the tribal loyalties generated by Australian Rules football. Australia’s Game is a collection of essays and writings capturing the agony and the ecstasy of our great game from some of Australia’s best storytellers.
More than 50 contributors share their oval dreams in reflections ranging from witty and affectionate reminiscences and expressions of hope for the future, to statements of deep alienation and betrayal. Featured writers include Don Watson, Paul Kelly, Geoffrey Blainey, Gerald Murnane, Paul Daffey, John Harms, Emma Quayle, Barry Oakley, Peter Corris, …

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[29 Jun 2013 | One Comment | ]

MY father, Bill, was not a liar, so it must have been me. I always thought Dad played football for Collingwood Firsts; in fact he only played for the seconds. I must have blown him up in my imagination to be a hero.
In my child’s mind, Dad was famous. I can still see a caricature of him from the newspapers when he captained Sandringham in the Victorian Football Association – all knee bandages and broken-boned – which we kept pinned on the toilet door. Placing it there strikes me now …

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[23 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

THIS month in 1935 the world’s most successful self-help group, Alcoholics Anonymous, was founded in Akron, Ohio. As it happens, it was in Akron and in Cleveland, Ohio, that I did a lot of drinking myself in the 1960s.
I turn 69 on Christmas Day. And if I survive until Australia Day I will have had no alcohol or other drugs for 44 years. This means that, with the support of AA, I’ve had 44 more years on the planet than I would have had.

Like a lot of teenagers who are …

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[15 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

MICHAEL Fullilove’s superb account of how Franklin Delano Roosevelt and five of his personal envoys took the US into World War II is one of the most fascinating works of history I have read in many years.
Fullilove, executive director of the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, has combined faultless scholarship and a captivating narrative style to produce an unforgettable book that spans the period from Germany’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 to the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
On June 27, 1936, Roosevelt, accepting his …

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[10 Jun 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

The incompetence of the Labor government is illustrated by Central Queensland University, writes Ross Fitzgerald.
Back in July 2009, Bernard Lane reported in ‘The Australian’: ”Central Queensland University, once the most aggressive player in the degrees for visas market, is running out of cash and has little ability to withstand further blows to its high-risk business model, an official report warns.”
Then acting federal education minister Mark Arbib said the Commonwealth government was ”determined to address the decline in regional student numbers” and would work with the university and the state government …

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[8 Jun 2013 | One Comment | ]

‘THE Major Minor Party’ is a play performed by Sydney theatre group Version 1.0. Last week it had its world premiere at the Canberra Theatre. Based around the rise of the Sex Party in Australian politics, the play examines the relationships between our major and minor parties.
It couldn’t have come at a more auspicious time. A few kilometres away across Lake Burley Griffin in the federal parliament, the major parties were involved in another form of theatre that related to minor parties.
A few weeks ago the major parties announced a …