Category Archives: Australia

Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch and the Ultimate Revenge

Here are some highlights from this 2013 book: * Then they turned the conversation — as they had so many times before — to Fairfax, the hallowed newspaper company and third force on Australia’s media scene. Fairfax was in free … Continue reading

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Malcolm Turnbull: A Bigger Picture

Here are some highlights from the autobiography of the former Australian Prime Minister: * only 7 per cent of Australia is above 600 metres, as compared with 45 per cent of the United States. Another factor is our volatile and … Continue reading

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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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