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Ever since the First Fleet dropped anchor, Australia's ports have been our opening to the world. They are also the breeding ground for many of Australia's most notorious crimin... read more

Waterfront: Graft, Corruption and Violence - Australia's Crime Frontier from 1788 to Now
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Meet Australia's most corrupt politician whose brazen misdeeds were said to be on a scale "unexceeded since the days of the Rum Corps".From the shadows Obeid ran the state as his fiefdom, making and unmaking premiers. Along the way h... read more

He Who Must Be Obeid
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Author: Don Watson
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 Australian

Awards:2015 Australian Independent Bookseller Awards Category Winner - Non-Fiction & Overall Winner

Most Australians live in cities and cling to the coastal fringe, yet our sense of what an Australian is - or should be - is drawn from the vast and varied inland called the bush. But what do we mean by 'the bush', and how has it shaped us? ... read more

The Bush (HB)
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The vast continent of Australia was settled in two main streams, far apart in time and origin. The first came ashore some 50,000 years ago when the islands of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea were one. The second bega... read more

Story of Australia's People Volume 1
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Everyone has heard the cliches about Queensland politics: Queensland is 'different'. It's the 'Deep North'. Its state elections exemplify Pineapple Party Time. But what if those cliches are in fact looking... read more

Nophoto
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BEHIND THE WALLS OF GOULBURN JAIL "Keep it up and ill tip you to Goulburn they would threaten," said a former inmate. "This place was for all the fuckups. It was a death sentence." Snap! The b... read more

Australia's Most Murderous Prison: Behind the Walls of Goulburn Jail
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Author: Ken Ward
Category:

 Australian

Series:Penguin Specials

It is often said that no country is more important to Australia than Indonesia. Yet the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran is just the latest in a long line of crises that have marred relations between ... read more

Condemned to Crisis: A Lowy Institute Paper
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This is the story of how a struggling convict settlement grew into six dynamic colonies and then the remarkable nation of Australia. Told through the key figures w... read more

The Making of Australia: From a Tiny Struggling Convict Settlement to the Remarkable Nation it is Today
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Nyinanyi ngurangka – being on country – is not a “lifestyle” choice but a hard won right, a spiritual and cultural duty, a constant battle, a source of happiness and opportunity and the meaning of life all a... read more

Every Hill Got a Story
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In the months following his resignation as PM in late August 1941, Menzies swayed between relief at his release from the burdens of office as PM and despair that his life at the top had come to so little. Many followers of Australian pol... read more

Menzies at War
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Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand... read more

This House of Grief
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Shark attacks and sewage slicks, lifesavers and surfers, amusement parks and beach camps - the beach is Sydney's most iconic landscape feature. From Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla in the south, Sydney's coastline teems with... read more

Sydney Beaches: A history
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Australia emerged from WW1 into a decade of profound change, characterised by a revolution in behaviour amongst the young; by the first great age of consumerism; by the new and increasingly sophisticated impact of the mo... read more

Australians: Flappers to Vietnam #3
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Why religion fell off the radar in Australia - and how it can get back on At the time of Federation 98% of Australians identified themselves as Christians. Now only 8% say they regularly go to Church. What's changed? How did Australia ... read more

Post-God Nation
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Australia's response to asylum-seeking 'boat people' is a constant star in the political news cycle. But the daily reports and political promises lack the historical perspective necessary for informed... read more

Across the Seas: Australia's Response to Refugees: A History
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Remarkable stories from the dangerous early voyages to Australia - long before Captain Cook claimed it for the English - reveal a very different history than the triumphal British version we learnt at school.

Savage Shore: Extraordinary Stories of Survival and Tragedy from the Early Voyages of Discovery to Australia
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In modern Australia, productivity is all that matters, our leaders tell us. Economic growth above all else. But is this really what we, the people, want? Does it make our lives and our communiti... read more

An Economy is Not a Society: Winners and Losers in the New Australia
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"Sydney may look golden, but this is the sunniness of Mozart, whose bright notes, especially at their most joyous, seem to cast themselves out across a great abyss." Sydney has always been the sexiest and most gaudy of our cities. I... read more

Sydney Haunted City
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The Great Barrier Reef, argues Iain McCalman, has been created by human minds as well as coral polyps, by imaginations as well as natural processes. In this landmark book he charts our shifting perceptions of it, from the te... read more

The Reef: A Passionate History
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Power-plays, public spats, strategic blunders, betrayal and revenge: the fall of Qantas has more intrigue and drama than any in-flight movie. How did a national icon become a national liability? Founded in 1920 b... read more

Mayday: The inside Story of the fall of Qantas
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