She is the red-nosed, wet-cheeked sodden mess blubbering over there in the dark corner. I have spent decades doing my best to ignore her, scorning her weakness, driven to distraction by her spinelessness, by her weak and easy emotion and her baby tears.
Murders, bashings, rapes, floggings, and routine humiliation: the massive bluestone walls of Melbourne’s Pentridge prison enclosed an isolated and often barbaric world. Men were set to break rocks as punishment. Others were kept in isolation, and reacted by spreading their faeces over the prison walls – a protest known as a ‘bronze-up’. Women, imprisoned in …read more
Landlocked and mountainous, with an extreme climate veering between the numbing cold of snow and ice and blistering desert heat, the insular nation of Afghanistan has never been successfully occupied. The British were routed, twice; the Russians were given the push after years of bloody insurrection. And now the post-September 11 alliance, dominated by the …read more
Deakin University is pushing into international markets with a masters degree program that gives substantial credit for experience and skills learned on the job. Launched two years ago, the program now encompasses four master’s degrees of professional practice: information technology, digital learning, financial planning, and leadership.
By educating students to become well-rounded, multilingual global citizens with a grasp of international business culture, a sophisticated master’s degree course at the University of Sydney’s business school is proving extremely popular with both students and employers.
When there are around 100 women at the top of Australia’s top companies compared to 869 men, it’s clear that gender equity has some way to go. That finding in a recent census by Chief Executive Women of senior executives working in the ASX-200 corporations has raised some serious questions about how to get women …read more
As both a former CFO and CEO in the world of Australian business, Ming Long knows how difficult it can be to take that final step up the corporate ladder to become chief executive officer, the boss in charge of the company’s destiny. According to a census of senior executives in the ASX-200 companies, conducted …read more
The first woman to lead Australia’s foreign affairs department, Frances Adamson has been in charge of Australia’s occasionally difficult relations with the world since August last year. The 56-year-old South Australian has spent her career swimming in deep international waters and keeping her head above party politics – even though she has worked closely with …read more
Perhaps we were greedy, but the idea of recouping a proportion of a massively expensive holiday seemed like a good idea. We expected to spend thousands of dollars on AirBNB houses and flats during a protracted holiday in Europe. We’d done it before, and it had worked out well. We’d even come to like the …read more
A massive tsunami smashed into Japan in 2011, leaving a trail of rubble-strewn disaster, killing thousands, costing billions, and changing how the world thinks about nuclear power. Called from the deep, the black rock-tumbling monster flattened towns and villages, hurled cars high into buildings, and swept away great swaths of civilisation in a few minutes.