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
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
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Opera Australia’s Troubles
By Gideon Haigh
When Martin retired in January, after a 45-year career, it was with all passion spent. The voice of Wagner's Hans Sachs and Wotan was as rich as ever, but so tinged with bitterness that he declined a formal farewell. He would not be speaking now, save for the public airing of complaints by the mezzo-soprano Fiona
By Craig Sherborne
I am 22 years old. It is 1985. I live in London - hear St Paul's bells practising their scales! They wake me to work on Sundays. I'm a lackey in a backpacker hostel between the cathedral and Blackfriars Station. My room is so small it's called "the box" on the key. My coffees are too weak, wince
Reinvigorating the National Broadcaster
By Robert Manne
This outline of my daily routine should at least make one thing clear: the ABC plays a very important part in my life. As it does for very many Australians. There is almost no institution in Australia that is more generally trusted, valued and loved than the ABC, as survey after survey shows. There is probably no
Melbourne’s International Chamber Music Competition
By Anna Goldsworthy
"Competitions are terrible," says Stefan Heinemeyer, the diminutive, twinkling cellist of the Atos Trio, from Germany. "You go in with certain expectations. It's a lottery. That's why you have to go in a lot.""Competitions are a necessary evil," adds the group's pianist, Thomas Hoppe.Formed in 2003, the Atos Trio has
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By John Button
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Anna Goldsworthy