“Every generation thinks it invented sex, and every generation is wrong.” As that quotation from the American writer Robert Heinlein suggests, we all experience as unique and revelatory the transformations we undergo through the course of our lives, from childhood to puberty, adulthood, parenthood and old age. As a matter of logic and observation, though, these processes are experienced at all times and in all places, and differ more in detail than essentials.
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It is difficult not to be amused by the Global Times’s portrayal of Malcolm Turnbull as a loudspeaker for the United States in the Pacific.
Not so long ago, Australia had its history wars; now it has its statue wars. When they were being fought in the early years of this century, the history wars looked rather like that other “war” being fought at the time, the war on terror — a war without end.
In a major joint announcement on Saturday, Timor-Leste and Australia declared they had reached an agreement on “central aspects” of a maritime boundary determination. Since April last year, the two countries have been involved in a Compulsory Conciliation Process under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS, initiated by Timor-Leste.
This ambitious, maddening, ingenious and sometimes pretentious book leaves the reader — this reader anyway — impressed by the sense of a coherence that didn’t always feel likely to emerge from sentences that make Henry James’s seem staccato. Kent Puckett’s preface helpfully asks a series of provocative questions, though, of which these two point the way most succinctly: What did it mean practically to shoot and to edit a film in the context of total mobilisation?
As a superannuated chalkie of sorts, I had read only a few pages of this book before I thought, “What a wonderful text this would be to teach from.” It’s witty and fast-paced, the what-ifs and what-might-have-beens set up to provoke discussion. And the author’s digressions, sometimes more enthralling than the topic under discussion, raise important questions about who he is, the country that has made him and how he manages to pack so much living into one lifetime.
With the Commonwealth electoral roll in its best shape ever, are the Coalition’s worst fears being realised? Back in 2011–12, when the Gillard government was preparing to introduce direct enrolment, the Coalition was ferociously opposed. Direct enrolment would allow the Australian Electoral Commission to update people’s details, and add new voters, using data from other government agencies.
A white coat is a potent symbol of medical expertise and authority. Yet it is rare these days to see an Australian doctor sporting the universally recognised uniform that is still worn by medics in many other countries.
When Kerry O’Brien retired from Four Corners at the end of 2015, he left the program on a high. Reporter Adele Ferguson had won a Gold Logie for “The Price of Convenience” (30 August), an investigation of 7-Eleven’s employment practices.
The Constitution is not normally front-page news in Australia. Despite the profound impact it has on our politics and society, it is easy to see why.
The United States Constitution reflects its revolutionary origins in beginning with the famous call “We the people.” By contrast, our Constitution is contained in a British Act of Parliament that opens with:
Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania…