Australian politics, society & culture

Bob Hawke

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Forty years since ‘It’s Time’
By Michael Gurr
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Fraser, Hawke, Keating and Howard in Retirement
By George Megalogenis
By Paul Barry
Burke struck me, during those two off-the-record conversations, as a rather pathetic figure, a man in denial. He seemed to be living in his own little bubble, no longer able to listen to anybody except his supporters. This stunning court victory reveals, though, just why he has stuck so close to friends and family.It’
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Mark Aarons
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
By Galarrwuy Yunupingu
My land is that of the Gumatj clan nation, which is carefully defined, with boundaries and borders set out in the maps of our minds and, today, on djurra, or paper. We have our own laws, repeated in ceremonial song cycles and known to all members of our clan nation. Sung into our ears as babies, disciplined into our
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Mungo MacCallum
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Mungo MacCallum
By Mungo MacCallum
Banker-turned-politician-turned-commentator Professor John Hewson is very cross with the Australian media. He thinks journalists have become infatuated with Kevin Rudd and will probably continue to back him uncritically "until long after he's relevant"."Enter poor Brendan Nelson," Hewson wrote
On the campaign trail with Maxine McKew
By Judith Brett
Why, aged 54, has McKew decided to stand for parliament? I ask her, "What is it about politics that gives you a buzz?" "Making connections." She gives the example of getting Peter Garrett to talk to the year-11 geography class at Epping Boys' High on World Environment Day, and then of putting
Some Australian examples
By John Hirst
My Australian collection begins early, at Sydney Cove in 1789, the second year of the convict settlement. The nature of this anomalous society is still not well understood. Since the population consisted of convicts and military it is assumed that the military controlled the convicts. This is not so. The military had
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By John Button
Casey Bennetto’s 'Keating!'
By Robert Forster
So, what is this? Casey Bennetto, the author of Keating! and one of the lead actors in it, says that it was first written as a "performance piece". The production at the Belvoir St Theatre is longer, with new songs and characters, and is a "show". Nowhere is it called a musical, though it is a
25 Years of HIV & AIDS
By Dennis Altman
But while Australia's rate of new infections is less than the annual road toll, every day 6000-plus people die from AIDS across the world (roughly the total number of deaths from the epidemic in Australia to date). AIDS has shattered communities across much of Africa; it threatens the very survival of some small
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Mungo MacCallum
Ken Inglis’s 'Whose ABC? The Australian Broadcasting Corporation 1983–2006'
By Gideon Haigh
In their rip-roaring history of the BBC during the Thatcher years, Fuzzy Monsters, Chris Horrie and Steve Clarke report an encounter between the corporation's top brass and the Conservative Party in which the head of drama, Jonathan Powell, was buttonholed by Norman Tebbit. "I know about you," sneered