Jill Stark is a senior writer for The Sunday Age. She is the author of High Sobriety, a book about Australia's drinking culture and how she survived a year without booze.
Jill Stark It's disorientating when you're constantly moving. The horizon tilts from left to right, creating a giddy seasickness. I can't remember the last time I was still.
Jill Stark In this sunburnt country, they are billed as the highest honours a citizen can achieve. But exactly how and why these prestigious awards are bestowed remains a process shrouded in mystery and...
Jill Stark By his own admission, Pete Lynagh was ''completely shallow''. Picking up women was his thing. Weekends were a blur of parties, clubs and one-night stands.
Jill Stark 'Learn to value what you have.' It was a simple message from a woman who has more than earned the right to deliver it.
Jill Stark Tragedy is often the most powerful catalyst for change. When 15-year-old Tyler Cassidy was shot dead by police in a Melbourne skatepark in 2008, it highlighted how easily a troubled boy can fall...
Jill Stark If you believe the doomsayers, storytelling is dead.
Jill Stark The overseas expansion of headspace, the youth mental health service, has prompted claims Australia's $420 million investment in early intervention is an untested ''hopeful experiment'' corporatising...
Jill Stark Australia's cigarette trade is being propped up by the exploitation of children, new figures reveal.
Jill Stark Australia's cigarette trade is being propped up by the exploitation of children - new figures reveal $16 million worth of tobacco grown in countries using cheap child labour is being imported every...
Jill Stark When the lights go down I have no idea what to expect. But the music starts and it just happens: we dance.
Jill Stark Alarm over growing demand for vaginal ''rejuvenation'' surgery has prompted the launch of Australia's first ''labia library'' in an attempt to provide a counterbalance to pornographic images that can...
Jill Stark Domestic abuse can have a devastating effect on children, but early intervention programs providie hope.
Jill Stark More Australians are dying from drug overdoses than are being killed in road accidents, new figures show.
Jill Stark What if the relentless pursuit of pleasure is in fact making us miserable?
Jill Stark Happy ever after. We want it for ourselves, we want it for our children, and we want it now. But what if everything we know about happiness is a lie? What if the relentless pursuit of pleasure is...
Jill Stark Australia urgently needs a national centre to manage the threat of deadly superbugs, and must start screening all imported meat and seafood to prevent their spread, a Senate inquiry has recommended.
Jill Stark Gene Robinson is used to threats. A fortnight after delivering the prayer invocation at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration, he received a phone call from police.
Jill Stark Whingeing workmates and fed-up friends might be making you sick, reveal researchers who say depression could be a contagious illness transmitted through social networks.
Jill Stark It's a huge sacrifice for a guy dubbed by his friends a ladies' man: a whole year without sex.
Jill Gallagher AO
Jill Stark Jill Gallagher is humbled by her Order of Australia for distinguished service to Victoria's indigenous community.