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

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…


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

In April 1984, Rosemary Brandon, 35, was in the middle of planning a 6th birthday party for her youngest daughter. …


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

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…


Inside the investigation into Sydney’s illegal housing networks

Slumlord: Inside the Investigation into Sydney’s Illegal Housing Networks is my first-hand account of the work undertaken by the City of Sydney Council’s Illegal Accommodation Investigation Team to investigate, disrupt, dismantle, and prosecute some of Sydney’s worst slumlords.

The following is an excerpt from an early draft of the book.

Chapter One


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

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…


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

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…


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

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…


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…


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…


After the devastating wildfires, the Australian bush is…

Liam Saville

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

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