Australian politics, society & culture


Behind the scenes with the young Aussie comedian
By Ronnie Scott
By Michaela McGuire
In October 2013, ABC TV and Screen Australia announced a call out for ‘Fresh Blood’, an initiative that offered twenty aspiring comedy creators grants of $10,000 to nurture talent from a new generation of Australian comics. Last week, the fruits of the project launched on iView, and the Australian
Andrew Bolt and Tony Abbott. © Jason Edwards / Newspix
Why do Andrew Bolt and company love to hate the national broadcaster?
By Don Watson
'As I was Saying: A Collection of Musings' by Robert Dessaix, Vintage Australia, 224pp;$27.95
In conversation with Robert Dessaix
By Gail Bell
Midday at the Gap View Hotel, Alice Springs, 2006. Image courtesy of Anna Pappas Gallery and the artist. © Jesse Marlow
Booze Territory
By Anna Krien
B1 and B2 with Mark Scott at Parliament House, 2009. © Mark Graham. Image courtesy of the ABC.
Mark Scott Embarks on Another Five-Year Term
By Margaret Simons
Michael Ebeid, the new managing director of SBS. Courtesy of SBS.
By Margaret Simons
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Jack Marx
Mrs Austin and son visit the butcher in 1951. Courtesy of the National Archives of Australia
Hugh Lunn’s 'Words Fail Me: A Journey through Australia’s Lost Language'
By Peter Conrad
Arthur Delbridge (seated) with, from left, David Blair, John Bernard and Susan Butler, 1981. © National Library of Australia
Adventures in Lexiconia
By Les Murray
John Safran's 'Race Relations'
By Alice Pung
The Torah says that we do not see things as they are. We see things as we are. In our everyday relationships, we take ourselves as the yardstick of normality – of rationality, leniency and consideration. The Dhammapadda tells us that conquering others is simple, compared with the task of controlling ourselves. But
James Murdoch speaking at Verge. © Esther Dyson/Flickr
James Murdoch
By Malcolm Knox
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Robyn Annear
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
View of Steels Creek from kitchen window, February 2009 © Daniel Cleaveley/Wikimedia Commons
The Victorian bushfires and the royal commission
By Robert Manne
Forty-three Years at the ABC
By Chris Masters
Despite that dismal episode, I still see the ABC as a national treasure. It can be snobbishly self-important and oafishly bureaucratic. There are a lot of cardigans in those corridors. Managers come and go with the barest understanding of broadcasting, the central purpose of the place. A recent board became its