Exciting and beautifully written stories on politics, social movements, photography and books

Tag A Sense of Place Publishing

Pregnant Male Seahorses Support up to 1,000 Growing Babies by Forming a Placenta

Jessica Suzanne Dudley, Macquarie University and Camilla Whittington, University of Sydney. Supplying oxygen to their growing offspring and removing carbon dioxide is a major challenge for every pregnant animal. Humans deal with this problem by developing a placenta, but in… Continue Reading →

‘You Bloody Fool!’: Australia’s Talking Birds

By Anastasia Dalziell, University of Wollongong and Justin A. Welbergen, Western Sydney University Recently, two native Australian birds have stolen the limelight with their impressive vocal imitations. A superb lyrebird called Echo at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo has produced a painfully… Continue Reading →

Protests Planned Australia Wide

Last September we saw some of the most violent demonstrations and mass arrests ever seen in Australia. A year on, the protests have got larger, the heavy handed police response has made us the laughing stock of the world, and… Continue Reading →

The Zoran Strain

Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project Australian politicians and our media are, relentlessly and without shame, creating Covid hate figures out of innocent people whose crime is simply getting on with their lives.  They are doing this to deflect and to… Continue Reading →

Can the Taliban detox from Afghanistan’s opium economy?

By John Coyne with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute As the world continues to watch heartbreaking scenes from Kabul, many are bracing for the far-reaching ramifications of its fall. The impact of the Taliban takeover on the global heroin trade… Continue Reading →

Secrecy and Power in Australia’s National Security State

By Keiran Hardy, Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Nicola McGarrity. Australia has long been regarded as a leading liberal democracy, but our global reputationis declining. Extensive lawmaking in response to terrorism, combined with an entrenchedculture of government secrecy, has put our democracy… Continue Reading →

Is Salman Rushdie’s decision to publish on Substack the Death of the novel?

Julian Novitz, Swinburne University of Technology. Email newsletters might be associated with the ghost towns of old personal email addresses for many: relentlessly accumulating unopened updates from organisations, stores and services signed up to and forgotten in the distant past…. Continue Reading →

Political Dynamite: JobKeeper for billionaires a campaign wrecker for Morrison, Frydenberg

By Michael West, founder of Michael West Media. Big business doesn’t vote, small business does. That’s the dilemma for Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg as they try to keep JobKeeper secret heading into the election. Michael West reports.  There is rising discontent… Continue Reading →

Sick Baby Trapped by Cruel Border Bureaucracy

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. The Queensland Government hit a new low this week, refusing to let a family with a sick child drive home from Sydney to quarantine at their isolated rural property, 250 kilometres west of… Continue Reading →

Gladys Berejiklian: NSW Premier of the Lockdown State Political Wolf in Liberal Clothing

By Paul Collits SOME years ago, I essayed that Malcolm Turnbull was, for the Liberal Party, the Manchurian Candidate par excellence.  Readers may recall the 1962 film classic in which a prisoner of war was brainwashed by communists into becoming… Continue Reading →

Is The NSW Government Becoming a Hobessian ‘Leviathan’?

By Mark Powell Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier of New South Wales, announced at her most recent press conference that the government is working on a “proof of vaccination app”. This will in effect take the place of the current QR… Continue Reading →

This Bird’s Stamina is Remarkable: It flies non-stop for 5 days from Japan to Australia, but now its Habitat is under Threat

Birgita Hansen, Federation University Australia Imagine having to fly non-stop for five days over thousands of kilometres of ocean for your survival. That’s what the Latham’s Snipe shorebird does twice a year, for every year of its life. This migratory… Continue Reading →

National Cabinet Leaves Us in the Dark about Reopening the Nation, so We’re Left Joining the Dots

Stephen Duckett and Anika Stobart, Grattan Institute National Cabinet met on Friday after a week of intensifying debate about the vaccination thresholds in the national plan for reopening the nation. While expectations for the meeting were high, there was no… Continue Reading →

Unfolding Catastrophe: Journalist John Stapleton on the Government’s COVID Response

By Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog Tensions are high in the Sydney region as the population looks towards its tenth week in lockdown, without any clear understanding of when it will be coming out of the home confinement it’s… Continue Reading →

Isolation Notes

By Paul Collits Those of us confined to lockdowns will know the pain of Covid politics.  Add to that the pain of useless isolation and you get the full, purgatorial picture. The sheer accidental genius of politicians has been brought… Continue Reading →

Cockatoos and Rainbow Lorikeets Battle for Nest Space as the Best Old Trees Disappear

By Greg Moore, the University of Melbourne Gregory Moore, The University of Melbourne The housing market in most parts of Australia is notoriously competitive. You might be surprised to learn we humans are not the only ones facing such difficulties…. Continue Reading →

How the Groundhog Day Grind of Lockdown Scrambles Your Memory and Sense of Time

By Adam Osth, The University of Melbourne. With roughly half of Australia in lockdown at the moment, a common experience is a warped sense of time and poor memory. What day is it? What week is it? Did I go… Continue Reading →

Hello, Stranger: Manly Pop-Up Party Artist Andrew Riis Serenades Sydney Police While Covid Infringement Notice is Served

The man at the centre of the “pop-up” party at Manly beachfront Andrew Riis has spoken out regarding the $1,000 infringement notice and what he claims to be the inaccurate reporting of the incident by the NSW Police. The $1,000… Continue Reading →

The Lie at The Heart of Hysteria. Part Two of Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia.

Photography by Dean Sewell. There in that frightened time, Old Alex had believed he was putting his best foot forward, almost as a military instruction, a belief that reason could survive, that democracy, despite all its deformities, was worth saving,… Continue Reading →

Carry a Mask and ID, or Face Court or a Hefty Fine. We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out.

By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog It seems that hardly a week goes without the New South Wales government issuing a new public health order, or amending or adding to existing orders. As a consequence, it can… Continue Reading →

« Older posts

© 2021 A Sense of Place Magazine — Powered by WordPress

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑