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Hidden harms How outrage at overt racism helps to hide the more pervasive kind André Dao
Tuesday, 21st October 2014
A drunk woman on a train screams abuse at a man of African descent. “It’s my fucking country,” she slurs, gripping onto the hand strap to stop herself from...
 
 
Gough Whitlam, 1916-2014 Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 21st October 2014
Gough Whitlam may have taken great delight in designing his own funeral arrangements – or at least a self-mocking fantasy version of them. But the pleasure...
 
 
The wrong basket Facebook and Google's egg-freezing employee benefit Nicole Krzys
Tuesday, 21st October 2014
Silicon Valley tech companies are renowned for pushing barriers and being ahead of the curve. But the recent announcement by tech giants Facebook and Google...
 
 
A certain kind of conformity The conversation about mental health that Australia has to have Rachel Nolan
Thursday, 16th October 2014
I have to say it. I have had it up to here with the mental health bonanza currently running on the ABC. They promised a week. It’s now in its...
 
 
A letter from Ubud Reflecting on the failures of Australian politics and media Michaela McGuire
Monday, 13th October 2014
As the afternoon light fell away before a red moon rose over Ubud, Bali, last week, local school children conscientiously cleaned their textbooks in...
 
 
Cancerous co-payment How not to fix the health care system Nicole Krzys
Friday, 10th October 2014
General practitioners are not often portrayed as the heroes of our public health system, but they save lives every day. I’m not a GP. I’m training to become...
 
 
The ideological sheltered workshop, a.k.a. "The Australian" Robert Manne
Thursday, 9th October 2014
The ‘Cut and Paste’ section of The Australian on October 8 had the following headline: ...
 
 
Hit me, baby, one more time David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’, reviewed Anwen Crawford
Monday, 6th October 2014
(The following review of Gone Girl (2014) contains a necessary plot spoiler. If you're planning to see the film and have no knowledge of the...
 
 
Little kings On the spot fines and the unchecked power of Melbourne's transport officers Russell Marks
Friday, 3rd October 2014
“Authorised officer; ticket, please.” It’s become an unyielding refrain on Melbourne’s trams and trains since ticket inspectors replaced conductors in 1996. ...
 
 
Editor’s Note October 2014 Nick Feik
Wednesday, 1st October 2014
It’s no simple task to mount a survey of the arts in Australia. By what criteria do we judge success and worth? Increasingly, the critical and popular...
 
 

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