Category Archives: Australia

Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? The James Packer Story

Here are some highlights from this 2010 book: That someone was Kate Fischer, who was tall, striking, fun and famous. Kate had hit the limelight at the age of fourteen by beating 6000 others to win Dolly magazine’s 1988 Cover … Continue reading

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NYT: Australia Thought the Virus Was Under Control. It Found a Vulnerable Spot.

From the New York Times: The authorities have locked down 300,000 people in heavily immigrant areas around Melbourne, reinforcing the coronavirus’s outsized impact on disadvantaged communities…. The rise in infections — Victoria reported 77 new cases Thursday, the most since … Continue reading

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Anglo-Australian Attitudes: Remembering and Re-reading Russel Ward

Academic Carl Bridge writes: In my job as head of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies in London I am called upon regularly to try to explain the actions and words of my fellow Australians to the puzzled Poms and … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Distance: How Distance Shaped Australian History

Historian Geoffrey Blainey writes in the 2001 edition: * The wide ocean parting Australia and Europe impeded the export of Australian commodities. The same wide ocean was also a barrier to the migration of people from Europe. Whereas one powerful … Continue reading

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Compulsive Viewing: The Inside Story Of Packer’s Nine Network

Here are some highlights from this 2000 book about Australia’s leading TV network of the time: * What does it take to become a television star? Performers may look like they are speaking directly to you — their eyes aglow … Continue reading

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