They don’t call him ‘Can-Do’ Newman without reason. Yesterday afternoon, a mere ten days after his landslide win in the recent state election, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced that his department would scrap the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. The program, which had run for thirteen years from 1999 to 2011, would be discontinued in order to save $244,475 and sundry operational costs. The swiftness and severity of the move was stunning, but the substance of the decision is by no means surprising. Newman and the Liberal National Party ran on a platform of fiscal prudence, eliminating government waste, and easing […]
Archives for December 2012
Raimond Gaita reflects on the changing role of the university
Ben Quilty travels to the Queensland rainforest for a sleepover and portraiture session with Germaine Greer
Rebecca Harkins-Cross on the life and particular gifts of the mighty Joan Didion
Sam Twyford-Moore on Twitter as the new novel.
Gillian Terzis takes a trip to the Pilbara to see what a mining boom looks like up close
Mark Dapin reveals that life as a columnist isn’t always a bed of roses.
Helen Ennis considers the life and work of photographer Olive Cotton, and the strange nature of biography itself
Rebe Taylor examines the legacy of Truganini, and the enduring shame of a history under fire
Alex Mitchell on the corrosive effects of lobbying in Australian politics.
Strange Maps is a blog run by Frank Jacobs which, needless to say, brings together weird and wonderful cartography from around the world, from a map showing the black holes in the Internet to one imagining the subterranean canals on Mars, as well as this one inverting the earth’s land and seas. Jacobs started the blog because he felt that, apart from maybe some small distinctions based on population, geography and ocean currents, ‘all regular atlases tell the same old story’. ‘Imagine going to a bookstore or the library to pick up a riveting read, and all they have is […]
Three Australian writers reflect on the work of artist William Robinson