Nothing but a dream
Why does the right want to Americanise Australia?
Last June, the American theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss appeared on the ABC’s Q&A. During a brief discussion about public broadcasting – which...
Not-so-friendly fire from traditional allies is wreaking havoc on Campbell Newman’s campaign
On a hot summer afternoon in February 2012, just before the Queensland state election that saw erstwhile Labor leader Anna Bligh’s worst nightmares realised,...
The bleak choices facing Manus Island demonstrators
The immediate blockades on Manus Island have been lifted, but sporadic demonstrations and hunger strikes continue.
What the current rise in whistleblower activity says about our democratic process
Karen Wells never thought she would be a whistleblower. She had spent 11 years working in the prison industry and two years at the Woomera and Curtin...
Tony Abbott determined not to repeat Gough Whitlam’s mistakes in Queensland
Tony Abbott did not make it to Campbell Newman’s big launch last Sunday. He was, explained his harassed deputy, Warren Truss, on holiday.
Charlie Hebdo, free speech, multiculturalism and 18C
The liberal position on freedom of expression is equivalent to the liberal position on most things: to the extent that it does not cause harm, people should...
A bitter pill
The government alienates doctors and patients over $20 GP fee
On 9 December last year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott at long last dropped his government’s plan to impose a $7 “co-payment” on patients visiting GPs...
Week one of the Queensland state election
The Queensland election campaign has started in earnest, but perhaps the only thrill so far has been the rumour that the premier went early to avoid a spill....
Archie Roach at the Sydney Festival 2015
Gone with the wind
Tim Hecker and Ben Frost at Sydney Festival 2015
Tim Hecker and Ben Frost