Food Politics: what everyone needs to know

by robert paarlberg. famines are usually confined to nondemocratic countries, such as those living under colonial rule (the irish potato famine of 1845-52 and the great indian famine of 1876-78) or the ukrane famine under stalin in 1932-33 and the…

tropic of chaos

by christian parenti. the scientific consenss about the status of climate change takes institutional form in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). the ipcc does not conduct independent research, but isinstead a governemtn and un-supported international clearinghouse. it collects…

Alice Springs

by eleanor hogan. Early 2006 there was a national media story about an aboriginal woman who lay in a pool of her own vomit near a bus stop outside a busy queensland university campus. Hordes of people would have passed…

What is Australia for?

edited by Julianne Schultz. ‘Kartiya are like toyotas. When they break down we get another one’ – remark by a western desert woman about whitefellas who work in indigenous communities Pissed off Australia, any city, Saturday noght: red unsteady men…

Darwin

by Tess Lea. Uniquely in Australian settlement history, Darwin has been distroyed four times; three times by air spinning in the same direction of the earth, forming deadly tropical cyclones, and once by japanese bombs. the commission estimated approximately 240…

Griffith Review 27: Food Chain

by julianne schultz food production and food security will be a bellwether of climate change. there is a lot of talk about rising sea levels, energy costs and extreme weather, but the price and supply of food will bring reality…

the ministry of food: thrifty wartime ways to feed your family today

by Jane fearnley-whittingstall.  it was not until June 1954 that rationing finally ended when meat and bacon became freely available.  our mothers and grandmothers could provide good food on a tight budget and with the most basic equiptment it should…

Yarra: a diverting history

by kirstin otto. the paper was john batman’s deed to melbourne and he claimed to have got all the headmen to make their marks, which coincidentally all looked the same, their lines neat and contained. It’s been reported that the…

this is alcohol

by nick brownlee. acceptability is the word key to the culture of alcohol, especially when considering its high profile consumption. it is the reason why one actor can get pissed and show his penis to geena davis and be fondly…

Basics: Architectural Design

by Bert Beilefeld. At the very start of a design process it is often helpful to compile all the known information, conditions and perceptions and visualise them in a consistent fashion. analysis and inspiration a common method involves the detailed…