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Are credit ratings any good? The huge mistakes of the big rating agencies have not damaged their business model Satyajit Das
Wednesday, 22nd April 2015
Markets rely heavily on credit ratings from major rating agencies like Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch. The judgements of these agencies determine...
 
 
Boys to men Alex Ross Perry’s ‘Listen Up Philip’ and Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’ Anwen Crawford
Tuesday, 21st April 2015
Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young are films about young male artists who become involved in difficult relationships of...
 
 
China plates Tony Abbott was right that fear and greed shape Australian attitudes to China Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 20th April 2015
The Chinese in Australia have always been stereotyped, but at least the stereotypes vary from time to time and from person to person. ...
 
 
F*ck this sh*t An extract from ‘Between You & Me: Confessions of a comma queen’ Mary Norris
Saturday, 18th April 2015
Has the casual use of profanity in English reached a high tide? That’s a rhetorical question, but I’m going to answer it anyway: Fuck yeah. ...
 
 
Ice ice baby More women are choosing to freeze their eggs for later pregnancy Sofija Stefanovic
Friday, 17th April 2015
I was recently launching my first book when I was approached by a family friend who I hadn’t seen in years. Rather than saying hello, acknowledging that I...
 
 
Not like clockwork The Swiss Franc crisis Satyajit Das
Friday, 17th April 2015
Australian retail investors have lost large sums on currency speculation in “Franc-ogeddon” (a term assigned by creative journalists). It is reminiscent of...
 
 
The Australian media’s POC problem Aicha Marhfour
Thursday, 16th April 2015
“And I’m like, wait a second. There’s no one around here in this space that looks like me. And if they are, they're quiet as fuck,” Kanye West once said...
 
 
A man of action Pierre Morel’s ‘The Gunman’ reviewed Harry Windsor
Thursday, 16th April 2015
Sean Penn has long cultivated a reputation as an outlier in contemporary Hollywood, as well as a throwback. Penn spent the early years of his career...
 
 
Peering through On opinion polls and other props of political theatre Malcolm Farnsworth
Wednesday, 15th April 2015
Take four examples of politics as ritual and performance. ...
 
 
Remembering John Toohey An encounter with the former High Court justice Chips Mackinolty
Wednesday, 15th April 2015
I’m of an age when getting messages about people dying is commonplace. News of former High Court Justice John Toohey’s death came by text message from...
 
 

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