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Women’s work

Women's work

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

Home for the holidays: perks and pitfalls of letting out your house

Home for the holidays: perks and pitfalls of letting out your house

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

Tsunami book by Richard Lloyd Parry an immensely sad thriller

Tsunami book by Richard Lloyd Parry an immensely sad thriller

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.

The business of eBay

The business of eBay

The chief executive of eBay in Australia, Jooman Park, seems remarkably unfazed by the imminent arrival of the e-commerce behemoth Amazon on these shores. EBay has been operating in Australia for 18 years, four of them with Park in charge, and the e-commerce firm’s success has been remarkable.

Myanmar’s infrastructure deficit outpaces the world

Myanmar's infrastructure deficit outpaces the world

A wide-ranging assessment of Myanmar’s infrastructure deficit and its ability to start closing the gap has found that the country is likely to meet only half of those investment needs by 2040, dampening hopes that it can lift the estimated 54 million population out of poverty by then.

Hi-tech Google Home and Alexa not smart enough to be error-free

Hi-tech Google Home and Alexa not smart enough to be error-free

“Alexa, make tea. Now”. Wouldn’t it be great if we all had our own intelligent robot house assistants to deal with the boring chores of everyday life? “Okay, Google, dim the lights”. So-called “smart homes” offer varying degrees of automated assistance, and Google Home, launched this week in Australia, is multi-talented – it can speak …read more

Mining billionaire ‘Twiggy’ Forrest follows Buffett and Gates

Mining billionaire 'Twiggy' Forrest follows Buffett and Gates

Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola were the first Australians to sign up to the “Giving Pledge,” a plan pioneered by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage the very rich to donate more than half their accumulated wealth to worthy causes. Now the Forrests have fulfilled at least part of …read more

Film highlights ‘enfant terrible’ of Australian art world

Film highlights 'enfant terrible' of Australian art world

Internationally acclaimed Australian artist Brett Whiteley died alone from an overdose of drugs, including heroin, in a seaside motel 70km south of Sydney in 1992. Coming to fame in the hedonistic 1960s, Whiteley painted Bob Dylan and shared a New York building with Janis Joplin. He lived and worked with fierce energy in wildly different …read more

In China Baby Love, Jane Hutcheon tells Linda Shum’s story

In China Baby Love, Jane Hutcheon tells Linda Shum’s story

China is hard for the outsider. The best-laid plans can get lost in deep tangles of bureaucracy and incomprehension in this huge nation. So the sheer courage of a retired Australian primary school teacher who has spent years navigating Chinese bureaucracy to help disabled Chinese children is worth some attention.

Australia struggles with moves to legalize cannabis use

Australia struggles with moves to legalize cannabis use

Australia is in the throes of allowing the medicinal use of cannabis, following the trail blazed by a number of U.S. states, as well as Canada, Israel and the Netherlands.