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OUTBACK STORYThe outback is as broad and varied as the vast distances between towns, stations or remote communities. But despite the remoteness, there are many aspects of outback life that impact on people across the nation - in both rural and metropolitan areas. Accordingly, each issue of OUTBACK highlights an important topic or issue that deserves acknowledgement or exposure and, as such, represent a vital 'outback story'.


One big family farm
Issue 37 Oct/Nov 2004
In the past 30 years, Clyde Agriculture has grown from a virtual ‘toe in the water’ for UK-based John Swire & Sons to Australia’s largest diversified pastoral company, one that is among the nation’s major producers of cotton, cattle, wool and dryland crops.

In Kidman’s Footsteps
Issue 36 Aug/Sept 2004
Along the Oodnadatta Track in the heart of South Australia, the legacy of Sir Sidney Kidman lives on in the day-to-day struggles and rewards of those who choose a life on its vast outback stations.

Hunting for survival
Issue 35 June/July 2004
Once deemed a predatory pest, the crocodile is now a valued species in the Northern Territory where “use it before you lose it” conservation measures have ensured its survival. The next step in the species’ protection could be safari-style hunts, if a NT Government crocodile management plan is given Federal Government approval.

Back in the saddle
Issue 34 April/May 2004
For the first time since the equal pay ruling of the 1960s - which virtually wiped out the jobs of Aboriginal stockmen on properties in the north - there are serious moves to bring Aboriginals back into the pastoral industry.

Songs of the Bush
Issue 33 Feb/Mar 2004
Australian bush poetry is currently undergoing a genuine resurgence in popularity, however the roots of this rebirth are sunk deep within our national psyche.

Life on the track
Issue 32 Dec 2003/Jan 2004
The Birdsville Track is one of Australia's most famous roads, its history steeped in the myths of the Kidman droving days, the Afghan cameleers and the unstoppable mailman Tom Kruse. The families and characters that live there today continue the legend.

Rapt in the Ranges
Issue 31 Oct/Nov 2003
Shaped by titanic natural forces - and ancestral creation figures - Wilpena Pound is the scenic heart of Flinders Range National Park.

Outback Education
Issue 30 Aug/Sept 2003
For many people living in Australia, education is not a simple matter of trotting down to the local school.

Those wily Colonial boys
Issue 29 June/July 2003
Around the meal tables, machinery sheds and stock camps of the nation's cattle stations, all the talk is of the imminent sale of AMP's Stanbroke cattle empire. Its 27 stations are on the market, and one of the likely bidders for at least part of the group is the little-known, but fast-expanding, Colonial Agricultural Company.

My kingdom for a horse
Issue 28 April/May 2003
Half the horses, double the impact.

Water under pressure
Issue 27 Feb/Mar 2003
The crippling drought of 2002 has pushed water, and the lack of it, to the forefront of public debate. Some want to divert rivers, build more dams and 'drought-proof' Australia. Others oppose spending on grand schemes, arguing that people should learn to live with Australia's natural environment. In this special feature, we examine some of the schemes and ideas put forward to prevent a re-occurrence of the effects of the 2002-03 drought - as well as the counter view.

Campdrafting: Time to take stock
Issue 26 Dec 2002/Jan 2003
After thoroughbred racing, campdrafting is Australia's second largest major horse sport. But while the boom that began in the early 1990s shows no signs of waning, campdrafting may be a victim of its own success. There is no single controlling body, no major sponsors, top riders compete against amateurs and issues such as insurance liability hang threateningly over breeders, competitors and organisers.


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