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Brett Evans

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25 Jul 2017

Every other day the web page of the world’s number one search engine features a cute cartoon to celebrate something like World Chocolate Day or the woman who invented potato flour; occasionally it’s even animated. It’s designed to make Google look like a happy kingdom of approachable hipsters,...

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10 Nov 2014

A conversation with award-winning Indigenous screenwriter Steven McGregor

It’s a windy mid-week morning. The trains roll in and out of Redfern Station and a stream of commuters pours up the concrete steps. Coffees are bought, phone calls made and received. Students – all...

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05 Sep 2014

Three new political biographies reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the genre.

Australian political biography can be divided into three categories: The Job Application, The Post-Career Apologia, and The Proper History. The Job Applications are about those MPs voted...

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07 May 2014

A conversation with federal parliament’s newest independent MP

WHEN the politicians are in town, the public areas of Parliament House are thronged with even more visitors than usual. The marble foyer echoes with the sounds of dignitaries and delegations clamouring for...

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25 Feb 2014

Politics is hard and democracy is messy.  Two new books help explain why it doesn’t all end in disaster.

THE expatriate Canadian intellectual Michael Ignatieff was always being asked to do things: write articles for high profile magazines, give speeches at prestigious...

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07 Oct 2012

The political and the personal illuminate each other in James Button’s fine account of a year in Canberra, writes Brett Evans in Inside Story

NOT long after his father died, the journalist James Button realised he had entered that part of life when...

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05 Jun 2012

In Inside Story, Brett Evans looks at a timeless guide for politicians with a sting in the tail

EARLY one morning in 64 BC a political candidate left his palatial home and set off through the streets of the most powerful city on earth to meet his...

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21 Feb 2012

Without realising it, we seem to have entered a new geological epoch. In Inside Story, Brett Evans looks at how we got there and what it means

IT MAY seem hard to believe, but for the first three orbits they were so busy carrying out their scheduled...

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22 Aug 2011

"Don't tell me you’re going to spend your life looking for the soul?" Brett Evans meets the philosopher David Chalmers

I WAS OFF to visit one of the world’s foremost philosophers of the mind, and it had got me thinking. As I started the drive to...

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24 Sep 2009

I WOKE UP yesterday with the taste of the desert in my mouth; the drought had come to town.

Overnight tons of topsoil had blown into Sydney from far off South Australia, bringing with it a rubescent sky and the threat of asthma. Within minutes of its arrival, awed Sydney-...

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