The secret support group: ‘Families are too ashamed to speak up about addiction’

So many people believe parents are somehow responsible for their children’s addictions. That’s why we get almost zero support Every Tuesday night we gathered around a table in a stuffy room of a dilapidated community centre in suburban Sydney to tell the stories of our addicted children. Stories that often sounded like clichéd storylines from […]

‘A life force’: the swimming group making waves in western Sydney – a photo essay

For the Swim Sisters, a group of women from Islamic backgrounds who meet regularly for swimming training, their camaraderie has created ripples beyond the water Dima Fasi is part of the Swim Sisters, a women’s swimming group that regularly meets at Auburn’s Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre in western Sydney and also at Clovelly beach in […]

Long arm of Law and Justice: the Sydney professor under attack from Poland’s ruling party

The legal scholar Wojciech Sadurski is defiant in the face of demation suits from Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party and the country’s public broadcaster Wojciech Sadurski does not immediately seem like a danger to a foreign government. By day the internationally renowned legal scholar is Challis chair of jurisprudence at the University of Sydney. […]

From boom to despair: Sydney’s west to suffer Covid symptoms ‘for generations’

Before the pandemic the region was looking up but the weak local jobs market will ensure it faces tough times for decades Before the coronavirus outbreak, there was a sense that western Sydney – despite its challenges – was on the up. With a booming population, it had become the third biggest economy in Australia, […]

‘It sounds like a little thing … but it’s powerful’: the new Sydney boutique where everything is free

While the fashion industry dispatches unsold garments to landfill or the incinerator, there are many people doing it tough who need new clothes The new Thread Together boutique on Sydney’s Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, looks much like any other in these parts. The décor is chic black and white. There’s vase of tropical flowers on the […]

How we met: ‘I actually thought he fancied someone else’

Scott and Kate Wooderson, 44 and 38, met through an overland trip from London to Sydney in 2010. They live in Suffolk with their cat Scott Wooderson met Kate Parkinson in 2010, shortly before they were due to embark on a nine-month overland trip from London to Sydney. “It was an organised tour with 40 […]

How we stay together: ‘We’ve seen so much, and gone through so much’

Anita and Jason Lund have a sense of comfort and ease together. This belies the difficulties they’ve faced, but through it all they’ve made time for each other Names: Anita and Jason LundYears together: 24Occupations: Company director and IT consultant “We’re like a pair of old slippers,” says Anita Lund, with a laugh, “we belong […]

‘It felt like the last show on Earth’: the bittersweet rise of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

The Australian indie-rockers have a new album inspired by life on tour to follow their breakout debut triumph – but coronavirus has put them in limbo ‘It was like the tightening of a vice,” says Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s Fran Keaney, of the encroaching lockdown measures that have put his band’s touring adventures on ice. […]

The big picture: voyage of discovery, Sydney, 2018

An Australian family takes to the sea in search of a modern idyll, in Alex Vaughan’s award-winning photo In 2016, Steve and Beccie Soetekouw sold their farm on Tasmania, bought a 43ft yacht and, with no boating experience, set off to sail around the world with their 10 children. Photographer Alex Vaughan took this picture […]

From V-Max to V8: Sydney’s only drive-in cinema reopens – in pictures

The only remaining drive-in cinema in Sydney, Skyline Drive In Blacktown, officially reopened on Thursday night following the closure of all Australian cinemas due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. Since its reopening, Skyline has introduced social distancing, both between cars and in common areas, online bookings, contactless payment in its diner candy bar, hand […]

‘How is this possible?’ Researchers grapple with Covid-19’s mysterious mechanism

Doctors are still exploring exactly how the coronavirus affects the body, and what its long-term impacts might be Respiratory physician Dr David Darley says something peculiar happens to a small group of Covid-19 patients on day seven of their symptoms. “Up until the end of that first week, they’re stable,” says Darley, a doctor with […]

Bondi beach and Bronte welcome back swimmers as coronavirus lockdown relaxed – in pictures

Waverley council in Sydney’s eastern suburbs has reopened Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches to swimmers and surfers between 7am and 5pm on weekdays. The beaches were closed as Australia’s coronavirus restrictions came into force. They are to remain closed on weekends, and only the water is ‘open’, with sunbathing, walking and jogging on the beach […]

The Ocean Atlantic voyage from Antartica to a world changed by coronavirus – in pictures

Photographer Sam Edmonds was the team leader on the cruise ship that found itself stranded in South America in late March after travelling to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. He documented the journey from idyllic island to isolation in a Sydney hotel room Continue reading…

Coronavirus vacation: Australian family recreate 15-hour holiday flight in living room

Family from Newcastle had planned trip to Europe before Covid-19 hit, so decided to imitate the journey – complete with security checks and airline meals Sign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus email Download the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications An Australian family has staged a full recreation of a […]

George Pell tells Andrew Bolt the man who testified against him may have been ‘used’

Cardinal says ‘I don’t know what this poor fellow was up to’ in his first interview since his release from jail on Sky News Cardinal George Pell has described the complainant who testified against him as a “poor fellow” and claimed he may have been “used” in his first interview since his release from jail […]

Life on ice: what Esperanza Base in Antarctica can teach us about isolation

Despite missing friends and celebrations, a community at the bottom of the world has learned to survive, even thrive See all our coronavirus coverage Read more in the Good Place series Sign up for Coronavirus: Australia at a glance, our daily email newsletter Until a month ago, the word “quarantine” conjured up images of someone […]

My favourite game: Australia v England, fifth Ashes Test, Sydney 2003

The Test was a dead rubber but it was cricket at its most compelling and signified England’s greatness to come The dead-rubber England victory was something of a ritual during Australia’s long Ashes supremacy from 1989-2005, a feelgood finale signifying little. Think Phil Tufnell at the Oval in 1997, or Dean Headley at the MCG […]

My favourite book as a kid – Tintin: The Shooting Star by Hergé

Despite some dodgy politics, this is an ingenious riff on international rivalry and has an inspiring friendship at its core The best arts and entertainment during self-isolation As a kid I read two kinds of books: cheap, paperback science fiction novels with covers festooned with spaceships and robots, and Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin. How I […]

Horrible Histories – Australia Song lyrics

[Verse 1] In Britain’s Georgian times There were so many crimes No time to hang each crook guilty of a felony Cos there’s no room to jail you They’d send you to Australia To live in our new-fangled penal colony Think that sounds like heaven? In 1787, it wasn’t that kind of once in a […]