Author Archives: Gordon Conochie

Foreigners decide who becomes Australian in citizenship chaos

The chaos of Australian politicians resigning due to dual citizenships highlights the need for nuance and understanding in a messy world. Continue reading

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The Lucky Country making its own luck

Australia may be the self-titled Lucky Country, but the thing about luck is that that you make your own, and Australia seems to be doing pretty well at it.  Continue reading

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Does Australia have more snow than Switzerland?

You could look for miles afar and down to a green, lush land whilst standing atop a mountain of snow. It was a picture of Australia that I never imagined. Continue reading

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Ningaloo: the next Great Barrier Reef?

Coral is dying at the Great Barrier Reef but on Australia’s other coast, another reef thrives. Ningaloo is a wonderland just below the surface and unknown to many. Will it stay that way? Continue reading

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NT: a place of home and racism for Aboriginal people

Despite problems facing Aboriginal people have in the NT, it may be where Aboriginal culture can thrive. Continue reading

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The Northern Territory: Australia’s Last Frontier

Sydney is an opera house and ugly bridge. Melbourne is a cricket ground and expensive coffee. The NT is a place where you go not for what man has made, but what exists in the absence of man.  Continue reading

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New Zealand: Scotland on steroids; Hollywood magic; and rodeo cowboys

The mountains and lakes of New Zealand’s South Island are better than being like Scotland’s on steroids. It’s also got a bit of old-time Hollywood magic dust sprinkled over it to create a sense of community – even amongst cowboys. Continue reading

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