This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Mar 21, 2015 as “Justice undone” Geoffrey Eames receives me at a spartan table in his temporary office at the Owen Dixon Chambers in Melbourne’s legal district. The white bookshelves are bare. It’s a far cry from his time as a […]

Today Malcolm Fraser died at the age of eighty-four. I interviewed him only once, on the occasion of the publication of his political memoire co-authored by my colleague at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, Dr Margaret Simons. Here’s a transcript of our conversation from 09/04/2010. *** Malcolm Fraser has had […]

Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged sixty-six , eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He spoke to me on 18/04/11 in Melbourne where he was particularly interested in conveying his feelings and thoughts about his illness and the idea of his impending death. Here is  the audio and below, a transcript of our […]

My interview with Australia’s Chief Scientist, is here . Or see below. Feb 21, 2015 Chief Scientist Ian Chubb’s scientific methods Ramona Koval Australia’s chief scientist, Ian Chubb, holds the future of science and innovation in his hands. If he can make the government listen. SANDY SPIERS Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb speaks at the National […]

News of the death of South African writer André Brink, who died at the age of seventy-nine on a flight from Belgium after being awarded a honorary doctorate. He was still teaching Literature at the University of Capetown. When I last interviewed him, he talked about his book A Fork in the Road. The memoir draws […]

Writer Colleen McCullough, one of Australia’s most successful writers of popular fiction has died  at the age of seventy-seven. The Thorn Birds which was published in 1977 was her most well-known work, but she was known too for her historical series on the Roman Republic and her crime novels too. Here below is my interview from 1995 which […]

I’m currently putting the finishing touches to my new book Bloodhound: searching for my father  (Text) to be published on May 1st, so I haven’t been able to blog much. But here’s a blast from the recent past – In this instalment of Reading on Vocation, I introduce the reading habits and histories of three noted scientists […]

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