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How Does Australia See Itself?

The colour, beauty and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. — Phil Johnston ___ The classless nature of pubs in Australia. — Barton Quilkey ___ Herds of Emus. Hundreds of them out by Booligal or Ivanhoe. — Davis Read more…


Delay in Sydney Jail Death Inquest Prolongs Family’s ‘Agonizing Wait’

SYDNEY, Australia — For almost three years, the family of an Indigenous Australian man who died in a Sydney prison complex after being pinned down by correctional officers has waited for answers. Their wait will continue. On Friday, an inquest Read more…


Talk Is Good, Action Is Better

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter reflecting the experience (and quirks) of our Australia bureau chief, a Yank who’s convinced he has the best job in journalism. Sign up to get it by email and forward it to friends Read more…


Buried Alive Beneath a Road? An Australian Artist Explains

SYDNEY, Australia — On Thursday evening, Australian artist Mike Parr buried himself alive under a busy road in Hobart, the capital of the Australian state of Tasmania. For 72 hours Mr. Parr has been entombed in a 25-square-foot steel box Read more…


Australia Artist Is Buried Alive to Symbolize Historic Cover-Up

HOBART, Australia — The Australian performance artist Mike Parr walked through a cheering crowd on Thursday, climbed down a ladder and disappeared into a hole cut into the street. As he settled into a 25-square-foot steel box, workers sealed it Read more…