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Edition 15

Divided Nation

Australians have never been richer. Or more complacent. Yet despite the good times, divisions are emerging.

The growing wealth of the past decade has not reached everyone. Pockets of entrenched disadvantage remain, even in the richest neighbourhoods.

Geography, work, race, religion, education, health and ethnicity mark the new divides.

David Burchell throws the spot light on the underlying causes of the riots that shocked Sydney.

He reveals a pattern of marginalisation shaped by history, flawed policy and personal incapacity – and finds hope in the remarkable resilience of people under enormous pressure. This challenge is echoed in the reports from around the country.

This issue provides an intimate portrait of the usually invisible fractures even in boom time Australia, with outstanding essays, reportage, memoir, poetry and fiction.

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Edition 14

The Trouble with Paradise

The paradise myth has shaped civilisations for centuries.

The quest for paradise on earth knows no bounds – repeated over and over, until it is now little more than an advertising slogan.

When Christopher Columbus first “discovered” America, it was considered a new Garden of Eden. Later it became a secular paradise in which rights and freedoms were enshrined. In this current time of terror, however, many of these rights are being questioned – there is trouble in paradise.

In Australia, freedom of expression is also under assault. In an important new essay, Frank Moorhouse considers the threat, documents the attack, explores its consequences and challenges us to respond. The freshness, originality and scope of his essay will stimulate and provoke. It is a must-read article.

Martin Amis, Chalmers Johnson, John Kinsella, Kirsty Sword Gusmão and others explore the lure of paradise and its shortcomings.

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Edition 13

The Next Big Thing

A major new essay by Creed O’Hanlon will start many arguments. He questions the real influence of the Boomers. He suggests that rather than being the social conscience of the twentieth century, they deliberately co-opted and distorted youth culture and turned it into a commodity, packaging dissent as readily as community, music or fashion.

He challenges Baby Boomers to “fess up” to their own greed and caution, acknowledge the role of the Silent Generation and prepare for big changes.

The Next Big Thing is the result of a call for new and emerging writers to describe the world as they see it and live it now.

The voices are fresh and exciting, the insights challenging and moving, the writing outstanding.

This edition celebrates some of the best new talent in Australia. It is witty, insightful and provocative.

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Edition 12

Hot Air

Extreme weather events and battles over resources increase a sense of foreboding and highlight the urgent need to find sustainable solutions.

In a remarkable new essay, veteran journalist Murray Sayle provides a new way of thinking about the causes and consequences of climate change.

Sayle travels from the monitoring station at Cape Grim through the Tasmanian wilderness and back in time to the Dutch Republic, the creation of capitalism and the origins of the hydrocarbon civilisation.

He puts the problem we now face in sharp focus: how to sustain a globally expanding population with finite resources.

Hot Air showcases the key flashpoints in this global debate with erudite essays, insightful analysis and personal reflection. It will challenge the way you think about what is happening and what can be done.

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Edition 11

Getting Smart

The battle over ideas in education is intense and seemingly never-ending.

Debates over government policy, private and public schools, universities, values, disadvantage, curriculum, funding, regulation, teaching, innovation and achievement are more impassioned than ever.

A lot is at stake in getting education right – especially for the next generation. It touches us all.

Education has long been central to creating opportunity and social equity – but the evidence suggests it may not be working as well as it should. The level of dissatisfaction is high and so are the stakes, but there are also remarkable success stories.

Getting Smart explores these issues and debates, proposes new ways of thinking about schools and universities and presents compelling personal tales of life-changing moments in and out of the classroom.

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Edition 10

Family Politics

The gap between the lived reality and the public image of the family is greater than ever.

Family Politics goes behind the political rhetoric about families and explores the more complicated reality.

Family remains central to our identity, health and happiness, but there are many different sorts of families and many other relationships that are like family.

Moving memoirs, revealing stories and insightful analysis delve into the small p politics of individual families and examine the political challenges that arise when family is centre stage.

The compelling writing in Family Politics resonates and challenges the idea that all happy families resemble one another.

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Edition 9

Up North

Australians have always been enchanted and threatened by the north.

Up North will change the way you think about the north of the country and the region beyond.

In major new essays and reportage it demolishes some of the most potent myths about the north, and re-evaluates our understanding of the Japanese threat during the Second World War.

This edition turns the map upside down to imagine a new integrated and reconciled future.

Moving memoirs and fiction recreate the enduring quest for the exotic as outstanding writers travel further and further north pursuing their dreams.

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Edition 8

People like Us

A decade of wedge politics has left many confused about the common ground, as they retreat into like-minded communities. This can be affirming, but fear and envy can also flourish.

This can be affirming, but fear and envy can also flourish.

Are these divisions inevitable, necessary, or desirable? Can empathy be learnt? Is a civil civic conversation possible, or are retreating into defensive ghettos?

What is the role of the arts in challenging this retreat? Is this a moral issue or an economic one, can the two be separated?

Is a new Australian ethos emerging – if so what is it?

To what extent is the political environment responsible for these divisions – or a product of them?

Writers include: Margaret Simons, Frank Moorhouse, Robyn Williams, Ann Curthoys, Julian Burnside, Marion Halligan, Carmel Bird, Matthew Condon, Merle & Sigrid Thornton, Melissa Lucashenko and many more.

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Edition 7

The Lure of Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism is the new ideology.

Fundamentalism has become a metaphor for dogmatic solutions to complex problems from schooling, to the environment, foreign relations and health.

The desire to be safe with certainty is shaping decisions in unprecedented ways.

Writers include: Murray Sayle, Hugh Mackay, John Carroll, Michael McKernan, Tom Morton, Nick Earls, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Lee Kofman, Michael Wilding, Gideon Haigh, Meera Atkinson, Glyn Davis and many more.

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Edition 6

Our Global Face

They still call Australia home, but in the global village notions of belonging and place have changed – the stunning new writing in this issue bursts with new insights into what it means to be Australian today.

Writers explore how they move between countries and worlds, belonging, adjusting and moving on.

Writers include: Desmond O’Grady, Gillian Bouras, Patrick McCaughey, Brian Castro, Anna Haebich, Creed O’Hanlon, Peter Skyznecki, Susan Varga, Melissa Lucashenko, Ghassan Hage, Peter Doherty and many more.

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Edition 5

Addicted to Celebrity

Addicted to Celebrity explores our fascination with celebrity and its corrosive influence and goes inside the world of news and spin in search of fragile truths.

Writers include: David Malouf, Bille Brown, Ruth Wajnryb, Gideon Haigh, Peter Beattie, Margaret Simons, Matthew Condon, Raimond Gaita, Bruce Page, Stephen Stockwell, Brendon O’Connor, Daniel Flitton, Peter Craven, Marion Halligan, Michael Wilding and many more.

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Edition 4

Making Perfect Bodies

From genetics to extreme body makeovers, the convergence of science and popular culture in pursuit of perfection goes to the heart of who we are and what we might be.

The compelling writing in Making Perfect Bodies explores the limits of this preoccupation and its far-reaching implications.

Writers include: Robyn Williams, Paul Chadwick, Bernie Matthews, Donald Horne, Charles Watson, Natalie Corban, Elspeth Probyn, Meera Atkinson, Matthew Ricketson, Melissa Lucashenko, Sherwin B Nuland, John Menadue, Creed O’Hanlon, Michael Wilding and many more.

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Edition 3

Webs of Power

The World Wide Web has changed the way we think. Elites are passé; networks are the new webs of power. This issue explores way networks of mates, nodes and cells really exercise power.

From the revolving door of politics to the junior cricket team, from nepotism in business to the experience of new migrants, networks of people with shared beliefs and expectations shape outcomes more than ever.

Six degrees of separation have been shrunk to two or three as the connected world takes shape.

Webs of Power investigates whether Australia has really become a more connected society and the risks and opportunities this presents

Writers include: Mungo MacCallum, Gideon Haigh, Anne Coombs, Tom Morton, Quentin Dempster, Gerard Henderson, Natasha Mitchell, Jock Given, Sandman, Julian Thomas, Debbie Kilroy, Lee Kofman, Paul Wilson, Chris Chesher, Charles Firth and more.

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Edition 2

Dreams of Land

Land is at the heart of Australian dreams: the source of wealth and security, spirituality and belonging. The dreams continue to touch us all, even as they become more elusive.

The outstanding writers in Griffith REVIEW explore the new challenges of the great Australian land dreams with freshness and insight.

Writers include: Melissa Lucashenko, Jim Forbes with Peter Spearritt, Matthew Condon, Brendan Gleeson, Mark Wakely, Jack Waterford, Michael Wilding, Ian Lowe, Andrew Belk, Noel Pearson, Tom Connors, Mark McKenna, Geraldine Brooks, Ramona Koval and many more.

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Edition 1

Insecurity in the New World Order

When we awoke to the new century on January 1, 2000, after fireworks had ricocheted around the globe for a day of midnight – and in the spirit of the age been captured live on television – it was to a world of great promise.

The first issue of Griffith REVIEW is a unique collection of reportage, analysis, memoir, photography, fiction and poetry.

Essays by leading writers and thinkers explore what the new world order may mean for Australia and expose sources of fear and insecurity.

Writers include: John Birmingham, Norman Swan, Frank Moorhouse, Pat Weller, Geraldine Doogue, Chalmers Johnson, Irris Makler, Graeme Dobelle, Allan Gyngell, Michael McKernan, William Tow, Adrian Vickers, Charles Firth, Eva Sallis, Margaret Coffey, mtc cronin and Andrew Belk.

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