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Sunday essay: a slave state – how blackbirding in colonial Australia created a legacy of racism

Image: Kanakas on a sugar cane plantation, Queensland c.1890. Public domain In July 2021, Jack Dempsey, the mayor of Bundaberg, delivered an official apology for Northern...

Is Australian rhyming slang in a bit of froth and bubble? Let’s take a Captain Cook (spoiler: the billy lids may hold the key)

Image: Wes Mountain/The Conversation Have you heard? Barry Crocker’s having a … well, Barry Crocker (“shocker”) of a time with those Reg Grundies (“undies”) people. Karens everywhere can relate – they know it’s Jeffed up...

Paul Daley’s Jesustown: a novel of lurid, postcolonial truth-telling

Image: Shutterstock - Jesustown is a fictional mission in Arnhem Land How can fiction contribute to the “truth” that the Uluru Statement asks us to tell? Allen...

Sunday essay: why soldiers commit war crimes – and what we can do about it

A member of the US’s elite counterterrorism force in Iraq, wearing a skull mask. Khalid Mohammed/AP The following essay contains disturbing images and language. In 2020, the...

Need to renew your passport? The weird history of Australian passports explains how they got so expensive

Image: Shutterstock Now borders are open, Australians are applying for and renewing passports in droves. Wait times have doubled. The cost of the Australian biometric passport and the rigour...

Sunday essay: ‘I said no’ – Nie’s refusal and the troubling question of Pacific slavery in Australia

Image: A Pacific island woman with a child planting sugar cane in a field, Bingara, Queensland, c 1897. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In...