To be honest, my introduction to Mary Beard came not through her many books and articles but via the television screen. It was 2012 and Professor Beard had invited me and an audience of millions to join her on a tour of Ancient Rome. Picture it. Here was an “expert,” a Cambridge don, riding her rickety bike through the crazy traffic of the Italian capital, her long grey hair flowing free behind her like some ageing hippie’s.
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With Christmas almost upon us, it now seems certain that 2017 will be the first year since 2000 in which no leader of any major party, federal or state, has been felled by a leadership coup. Every year since 2001 has seen at least one leader felled, with five leaders voted out by their colleagues in the single most coup-prone year, 2008.
With the healthcare debate relentlessly focused on Medicare, hospitals and doctors, it’s easy to forget that most sick, disabled and elderly people spend much if not all of their time at home. There, they are cared for by family and friends, many of whom are untrained and sometimes in poor health themselves.
One Nation voters in Queensland gave most of their preferences to the Liberal National Party in thirty-seven of the thirty-eight seats where the result came down to a shootout between the LNP and Labor, final election results show.
Chris Masters’s new book about the army’s special forces in Afghanistan has attracted controversy for all the wrong reasons. Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has taken offence at the account of a battlefield incident in which he was involved.
Here’s an apparently simple question: why have so many institutions failed so many children for so many years? By fail, we don’t mean neglecting to mark attendance rolls or enforce classroom discipline; we’re talking about failing to protect children from sexual abuse, which is close to the worst crime imaginable.
“Suddenly I felt very weary and wished the whole affair to be taken off my hands.” A famous artist visiting a stately European city is garlanded with attention by familiar strangers and required to perform on cue, only for his uneasy vision to cloud and float amid the enveloping politesse.
The fifty-year effort to build security and community in Southeast Asia is a political and diplomatic marvel — perhaps even a geopolitical miracle. Instead of becoming East Asia’s version of the Balkans or the Middle East, the ten nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, have created an extraordinarily successful set of regional institutions. Only the European Union has done a bigger building job.
Entirely predictably, the global campaign to expose alleged sexual predators in the entertainment industry has triggered a defamation action in the Australian courts. Given the mix of a Weinstein-charged media cycle, celebrity reputations, and treacherous defamation laws, it was only a matter of time. Geoffrey Rush, internationally acclaimed stage and screen actor and Oscar winner, is suing over a “world exclusive” published by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.