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March 2016

Australia on the up: why it's time that you took a peek down under. Our national special on top diplomats, pundits, chefs and designers. Plus where to live, work and play in the country that (almost) everyone loves

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G'day, world

This year our nation special puts the spotlight on that sprawling land down under – and in the process we’ve batted away the kangaroos and shooed off the crocs to get to the real red centre of what Australia represents.

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Summery vibes

If you close your eyes for a moment and conjour up a vision of Australia, chances are it will look like Byron Bay. It represents all the laidback loveliness of its nation – but it’s also got the financial and innovative…

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Shipping forecast

Australia’s navy is making waves, having bolstered its military prowess and middle-power status with a new flagship. But it’s not floating everyone’s boat: will it prove to be a buoyant investment or a floundering waste of…

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Far and wide

Be it peacekeeping in the Solomon Islands, exporting TV shows to Germany or getting scientific at the South Pole, Australia’s worldwide reach is greater than you might think. We’ve been on a global tour to discover where…

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Oceania briefing

Why Australia is encouraging Kiwi detainees to return to New Zealand and tough times for same-sex couples in Fiji.

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Bucking the trend

Expats, politics and culture: the eclectic range of subjects covered in our essays illustrates the nature of the country they concern. Read on to find out what makes Australia a harmonious land of contradictions.

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Aussie retail: Gertrude Street

This is a country that knows how to shop and its canny citizens want more than the colourless clicks of an online spree. Fortunately Australia is blessed with eclectic high streets, innovative retailers and plenty of out…

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Aussie retail: Bakery Lane

This is a country that knows how to shop and its canny citizens want more than the colourless clicks of an online spree. Fortunately Australia is blessed with eclectic high streets, innovative retailers and plenty of out…

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Aussie retail: William Street

This is a country that knows how to shop and its canny citizens want more than the colourless clicks of an online spree. Fortunately Australia is blessed with eclectic high streets, innovative retailers and plenty of out…

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Talking shop: Aussie retail

As the three great Australian high streets we’ve profiled attest, the country’s retail market is proving resilient in spite of the strength of e-commerce and the rise of malls. Australians are still keen to spend money in…

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Purchasing power: Aussie retail

Around the world, Australian companies are making the most of their expertise in creating large-scale retail outlets. Westfield is a household name but it’s not the only company with a knack for building malls: QIC and…

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Carpe diem, mate

If you’re an entrepreneur in search of a new venture, fortunes are on the up down under. And the richest seams to be found aren’t anywhere near a mine: fish farming and medical matters are among the numerous opportunities…

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Made in Australia: Baum Cycles

As far as the firms over the next four pages are concerned, if you want a job done properly you do it yourself. Be they making bikes, furniture, microphones, ferries or guitars, these are companies that all revel in the…

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Made in Australia: Jardan

As far as the firms over the next four pages are concerned, if you want a job done properly you do it yourself. Be they making bikes, furniture, microphones, ferries or guitars, these are companies that all revel in the…

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