During the 1990 budget speech.
National Archives of Australia
Michelle Grattan takes a look back at some memorable budget moments.
American advertisement for non-surgical nose correction.
Surgical makeovers might seem a modern phenomenon but they have a long and disturbing history: from 16th century skin grafts done without anaesthesia to reductions of "primitive" large breasts.
The Irish government is presented with a difficult task of how to commemorate the Easter Rising, 100 years on.
Often it has been Ireland’s writers and artists that have called out the hopes and failures of national politics, holding the polity to account in the culture.
Just after the second world war, union membership was almost 65% of the workforce. Now it is just 15%.
A diminishing membership base, changes to labour and industry and heightened political attention has left the once-powerful trade union movement flailing.
Forced smiles? Sadiq v Zac.
British mayors first appeared eight centuries before the current election campaigns.
What would a 19th-century American think of Donald Trump’s hair?
Christian, criminal or cowardly? People once thought your hair could hold the answer.
The Yininmadyemi sculpture in Hyde Park celebrates Indigenous and Torres Strait Island service men and women. On Anzac Day, who are we honouring?
Anzac Day is a big part of our national story. But the politics of memory mean the parts of this story that don't fit neatly into the Anzac narrative are too often forgotten.
Thespians of old playing the Globe Theatre would have walked past the Bankside bear-baiting ring on their way in.
The association of female underclothes with fashion and seduction owes as much to the advertising and film industries as it does to technical innovation.
A century ago, a group of rebels sought to found an Irish republic. This is their story.
Even before the Grand National’s official starting date of 1839, British horse racing saw plenty of drama.
Posters advertise the dramatization of Sinclair Lewis' ‘It Can’t Happen Here.’
Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel 'It Can't Happen Here,' which described the rise of an American dictator, was turned into a play seen by over 500,000 people.
A father and son attend commemorations in Belfast.
As the Republic marks the centenary of this historic event, it is becoming a very contentious matter north of the border.
Koori women Treahna Hamm, Vicki Couzens and Lee Darroch wear ‘Biaganga’, traditional possum coats at the Melbourne Museum’s Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Melbourne.
Museums are cracking open the temperature-controlled, dehumidified display cases and inviting people in. Working with Aboriginal communities is reawakening cultural connections and ancient art forms.
Horse poo clues point the way.
Microbes reveal that the great Carthagian general Hannibal may have taken a surprisingly difficult route to get to Italy.
There’s too much evidence of violence in Australia’s past to hide behind euphemisms.
The Founding of Australia, Algernon Talmadge, 1937.
Detailed historical research on the colonial frontier unequivocally supports the idea that Aboriginal people were subject to attack, assault, conquest and subjugation: all synonyms for the term 'invasion'.
Whose story are you telling? Neil Armfield’s The Secret River is a chronicle of colonialism.
The Sydney Theatre Company/Heidrun Löhr
The stage version of The Secret River gives us a deeper sense of our history. But can understanding the past from different perspectives help us confront the inequalities that linger in our present?
A new exhibition gives us an insight into the daily life – and language – of Australian soldiers in World War One.
Courtesy of University of Melbourne Archives, University of Melbourne.
When Australians went to the Western Front, language failed them. So they invented slanguage: a mix of slang, French words and creative swearing that, among other things, gave us the word "Aussie".
Like any other player, Robinson needed to earn his spot on the Montreal Royals' roster.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation
Much has been written about Robinson’s first major league game. Far less is known about the first integrated spring training game in Florida.
Some have criticised the government’s fresh attempt at media reform as benefiting big media companies such as News Corp.
If the word “reform” implies genuine public benefit, then real reform has been in short supply for all of the 106 years of electronic media regulation in Australia.