I went to study at Oxford University in the 1980s on an imperial scholarship instituted by Cecil Rhodes.
I never know what I am writing. The moment you know what you're writing, you're writing nothing worth reading.
Among many other reforms, Australians pioneered the secret ballot and universal suffrage.
I think all novels are contemporary. When people went to see 'Antony-Cleopatra' at the Globe in the 16th century, they were not going to get a history lesson on the Roman Empire. It was about love, sex, and also about dynastic troubles.
A Labor prime minister, Julia Gillard, who does believe in climate change, nevertheless advised her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, to abandon his emissions trading scheme.
My father, unusually for a PoW, talked about his experiences, but he talked about them in a very limited way.