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Australian Dreams 1

A country where ‘it’s ok to be a bigot’.
A country of refugees, refusing asylum.
A country violating human rights, ignoring the pleas of the United Nations.
A country ‘open for business’, with its trees, its coal, its uranium on the counter, its Reef and World Heritage areas on the line.

How are your dreams of Australia going?

Essays on the state of higher education, on ethnic minority, on the politics of fear; brilliant new work from major and emerging Australian writers; a troublesome feast of poetry, fiction, ideas and revelations, not all of them guaranteed to produce a good night’s sleep.




Jim Everett, Savage Nation: First Nations’ Philosophy and Sovereignty
Michelle Borzi, David Malouf, Earth Hour
Joshua Mostafa, Against Progress: Dreams, Nightmares, and the Meaning of Abbott
Hannah Forsyth, Dreaming of Higher Education
Michelle Cahill, The Colour of the Dream: Unmasking Whiteness


Rowena Lennox, Timor dreaming
Frank Moorhouse, I, initiation
Donna Ward, Orphan of our Nation’s History


Roberta Lowing, Democracy
Laurie Duggan, A short history of France; New York Notes
Maria Freij, A Natural Occurrence
Jill Jones, Our Epic Want
Mudrooroo Nyoongah, Wisps of Delightful Desire; Old Fella Poem
Alexis Lateef, The abandoned power station
Kevin Hart, February
Judith Rodriguez, SIEV X: A Survivor
Shevaun Cooley, let down at birth into the dark well and overflowing with it
John Kinsella, Earth’s Graveyard
Peter O’Mara, Gethsemane; `oo
Jal Nicholl, As if you had to go back
Ouyang Yu, Too much other lives
Marcelle Freiman, Aloe
Kevin Gillam, propped
J.H. Crone, Elegy to Giants
Duncan Hose, New England Clam Chowder
Heather Taylor Johnson, My Dog Tom
Marjon Mossammaparast, one fine year
M.G. Michael, Piata Romana, Bucharest 


Cecilia Harris, All That is Left Behind
Moreno Giovannoni, The Fireflies of Autumn
Philomena van Rijswijk, The Boy Who Couldn’t See Colours
John Kinsella, Feeding the Dogs
Sian Ellett, Chopin & Friedric


a.j. carruthers on Kent MacCarter, Sputnik’s Cousin: New poems
Liam Ferney on David Prater, Leaves of Glass
John Jenkins on Javant Biarujia, Resinations
Laura Joseph on Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda
Martin Langford on John Mateer, Unbelievers, or ‘The Moor’


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Louise Crisp, Guthega Adele Dumont, No Man is an Island


Kevin Hart, Father Alexis Lateef, The Horses Greg MacLaren, Windfall Mudrooroo Nyoongah, A Long Embrace Duncan Richardson, Tactical Cash Judith Rodriguez, S.S.Tobruk: Senior Naval Officer Olga Pavlinova Olenich, Disappointment


Terry Barca, Breathe in the Light and Say Goodbye Max Lomas, A Parable of the Talents Teja B. Pribac, Bob, Nando, Pat, Alice and Other Species


Christopher Cyrill, of Aashish Kaul, A Dream of Horses and Other Stories Geoff Page, of Mark Tredinnick, Bluewren Cantos, and Michael Crane, Postcards from the End of the World: A Michael Crane Sampler of Poetry and Prose


Photo credit: Rowena Lennox


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