For two weeks in 1987, a German tourist with an arsenal of weapons terrorised the Australian Outback.

The Pentecost River Crossing, Western Australia. A popular tourist and fishing spot is close to the location of three of the Kimberly Killer’s murders — Photo: Wikipedia

The Kimberly and Top End regions of the Australian Outback are ancient and beautiful places. Harsh, lonely and unforgiving, they are also two of the last truly wild places on the continent — areas where it is still easy to get lost in thousands of kilometres of vast emptiness.

Despite their remoteness, the regions are exceptionally popular with tourists, explorers, and those just looking to find themselves in a place about as far away as you can get from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

In June 1987, the peace and tranquillity of this sacred land was shattered…

Before gun control, Australian mass shootings weren’t at all uncommon.

The Wahroonga house (left) where four members of the family were found dead . A note left next to the bodies led police to a block of flats (right) where the bodies of a man woman from the same family were found — Images: Sydney Morning Herald

In April 1984, Rosemary Brandon, 35, was in the middle of planning a 6th birthday party for her youngest daughter. The party, scheduled to take place on the first Sunday in May, was to be a lavish affair, with a large group of family and friends all invited to the Brandon family home in Boundary Road, Wahroonga, on Sydney’s leafy north shore.

Organising the party was a task Rosemary relished. As a housewife and mother of three, she lived for her family. Her husband, John, 42, did what he could to help out but as much of his time was…

The 1981 shooting is one of the reasons why gun control was introduced in Australia.

A house similar to that lived in by the Daoud Family in 1981 — Photo:

Ask any police officer, and they’ll tell you that domestic violence incidents are among the most common and potentially dangerous jobs that they’re called to attend. Often volatile, and almost always emotionally charged, they’re unpredictable and at times involve extreme violence.

In Australia during the early-1980s, domestic violence (also known as family violence) was a mostly hidden issue. A crime that occurred behind closed doors and one seen by many as a private matter and not something that should be of concern to others. …

How the quest for a fair and equal society has lost its way

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Equality of opportunity is not the same as equality of outcomes

At the risk of attracting the wrath of the PC brigade, I feel I have to point out that we have taken certain aspects of our quest for a fair and equal society too far.

Across many sectors of society, we are seeing a growing trend to push for equality of outcomes as an absolute necessity. If you believe the current narrative, everyone, regardless of circumstance, must be treated as equal in every sense of the word with no form of discrimination tolerated. …

Hungary’s healthcare system buckles under the combined weight of Covid-19 cases and mass staff walkouts.

Hungarian medical staff — Image: Hungary Today

A third wave of Covid-19 is putting unprecedented pressure on Hungary’s public healthcare system; right at a time when 4000 healthcare workers are departing the system after refusing to sign controversial new employment contracts.

According to the Hungarian English language newspaper, Hungary Today, increasing numbers of Hungary’s public hospitals are operating at their maximum capacities as a third Coivid-19 wave hits the country.

With the number of people requiring hospitalisation climbing above 8,300, over 900 of whom need a ventilator, the country currently has more Covid-19 patients hospitalised now than at any other time during the pandemic.

According to Dr…

In a year known for disaster, what else could possibly go wrong?

Elf Fudge & Elf Loki are back for 2020 — Image: Facebook

For the third year in a row, two of Santa’s naughtiest scout elves have returned to cause havoc for one Sydney family — and the best part is, we all get to sit back and watch as the mayhem unfolds.

Each Christmas, Elf Fudge and Elf Loki have been making the trek from the North Pole to the Spyridis family home in the beachside Sydney suburb of Cronulla to report on the behaviour of the family’s children for Santa. …

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Here’s a new way to enjoy the world’s largest social media platform and have a laugh at Facebook’s expense

A short while ago I was chatting to an English ex-pat mate on Facebook Messenger. He’s currently living and working in Qatar and as is often the case our text messages soon turned to the booze that we’ve each been drinking of late.

(Yes, we’re both writers — drinking is an occupational hazard. And yes, you can buy alcohol in Qatar, you need a licence to do so, and it can only be bought and consumed by non-Muslims.)

A few minutes later, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and what should pop up? Yep, you guessed it, an advertisement…

Gum trees blowing in the breeze — Image: Liam Saville

I took this shot yesterday afternoon while playing around with slow shutter speeds in my front yard, and the resulting image got me thinking about the current pandemic that is impacting our world.

In a crisis, our society is a little like a giant tree blowing in the wind. Individual people panic and flap about like leaves at the first sign of a slight breeze. Yet they remain held together by the structure of the trunk and branches.

As the wind intensifies, individual leaves panic more and the most exposed smaller branches will fail, snap off and crash to the…

Blackheath, NSW. Australia — Phot: Liam Saville

After the devastating wildfires, the Australian bush is…

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make you stop, smile and be thankful for all the good things that you have in life.

I was reminded of this the other day when I walked outside and saw that the pair of rainbow lorikeets that have been nesting in the hollow of a large gum tree in our yard had returned for another year. I’m not sure where these birds go during the colder months, but the fact that they repeatedly return to the sanctuary of that tree got me thinking.

(Photo: Liam Saville)

When faced with the unrelenting and harsh realities of life…

Liam Saville

A writer of words and a teller of tales — Liam Saville is a novelist, writer and blogger.

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