Open country on The Fens
In part 2 we’re almost ready for the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but dissent is making its way through the New Guard while Jack Lang’s success as Premier continues to haunt Eric Campbell.
Around the world, fascists are gaining popularity. How far can Eric Campbell’s charisma take the New Guard?
The Great Depression is in full swing and Sydney descends into brutal violence and political chaos that may take it to the brink or put it on the world map.
It’s 1932 in Sydney: The Harbour Bridge is almost complete after nine years and the whole country continues to struggle with the economic disaster of the previous decade.
But for well-heeled Sydney lawyer and ex-WWI officer Eric Campbell, the biggest peril of the Great Depression was not mass unemployment or starvation: It was NSW premier Jack Lang—aka the ALP’s “Red Wrecker”—and his dangerously socialist platform.
As Sydney enters a long hot summer, Campbell starts to plot how he and the New Guard can take Jack Lang out of the picture for good.
This is a tale of passion and politics in a time of global financial crisis. The rise and fall of Eric Campbell’s New Guard: the fascist army that gatecrashed the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and plotted to overthrow the NSW premier in a military coup.
What is a good death? The past two decades have seen more than sixteen state or federal attempts – and failures – to create a law in Australia that allows voluntary assisted death. Polls show support for such laws. But our elected representatives hesitate to act. The debate has become immovable and seemingly too hard. Andrew Denton understands that it is a difficult moral question, but is passionate that we need to have a humane and civilised option for our own death made available in Australia.
This is the 2015 Di Gribble Argument at The Wheeler Centre.
Sue Lawley’s castaway this week is the photo journalist Nick Danziger. Nick was born in London but grew up in Monaco and Switzerland. He developed a taste for adventure and travel from a young age, and, inspired by the comic-strip Belgian reporter Tintin, took off on his first trip to Paris aged 13. Without passport or air ticket, he managed to enter the country and travel around, selling sketches to make money.
How much hope is there for our threatened oceans facing pollution, overfishing and a rapidly decreasing biodiversity? Two of the world’s most inspiring environmental messengers see good reason for a lot of hope. Equipped with science and knowledge, they say, we can save the marine environment – if we are prepared to start acting now. Simran Sethi and Sylvia Earle, here in conversation from the WOMADelaide Festival.
Choosing Wisely is an global project that aims to let consumers and doctors know about tests and procedures which add little or no value - and it’s an initiative that’s come to Australia.
Their first report is about emergency departments - the gateway to hospitals, and some would say expensive versions of general practice for a significant percentage of their work.
The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine has issued six things people should question in EDs and one of the people involved with gathering the evidence to support them was Associate Professor Sally McCarthy, immediate past president of the College.
Samantha Gash gave up a potentially lucrative career in the law to become an ultra marathon athlete. She has run across South Africa, the Simpson Desert, and 250 kilometres of Antarctica. What motivates someone to want to run thousands of kilometres through the most inhospitable terrain? For Samantha, who is also a social entrepreneur, running is a way to raise funds for the causes she believes in. Her feats of endurance were captured in the documentary film, Desert Runners, which opened last year’s Breath of Fresh Air Tasmanian Film Festival. She is in conversation with Paul Barclay .
There are two theories about dementia. One is that plaques, deposits which accumulate with age, affect the nerves. The other blames little leaks of blood from capillaries in the brain. Professor Jonathan Stone from the University of Sydney talks about the role of the heart in dementia.
Alex and Hamish are brothers, six years apart. Both have severe haemophilia.
As a little boy Alex quickly became scared of hospitals, scared of needles, scared of treatment. His younger brother likes going to hospital and has no fear of the medical procedures he regularly undergoes.
What made the difference?
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