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What happened to Australia?

What happened to Australia?

In Australia: What Happened?, Ben Pobjie explores our country's humble beginnings as a cosy corner of the supercontinent Pangaea, to its current status as one of the world's most middling powers.

How smart <em>is</em> the National Gallery of Australia?

How smart is the National Gallery of Australia?

James Rose examines the NGA in the latest installment of his series on national identity and story telling.

Nick Cater’s cheer squad in <em>Culture</em> clash

Nick Cater’s cheer squad in Culture clash

Sycophantic journos at anti-News Limited have fallen in line to praise their colleague Nick Cater's new book to the skies. It's a Culture clash that deserves greater scrutiny.

Read the dark, fascinating history of Manning Clark

Read the dark, fascinating history of Manning Clark

Historian Manning Clark left an indelible mark on this country and our thinking. But he was a man wracked with demons, as Brian Matthews' brilliant biography shows, writes Brendan Gullifer.