Australian politics, society & culture


A sugar-cube replica of Rachel Whiteread’s Embankment (2005) © The Art Fund
Have we lost control of what we eat?
By Gail Bell
Yongle Emperor, of the Ming Dynasty, shown in the Dragon Chair. The original hanging scroll is held at the National Palace Museum, Taibei. © Wikimedia Commons
Niall Ferguson’s 'Civilisation: The West and the Rest'
By Malcolm Turnbull
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Guy Pearse
By Anne Manne
The boy’s twin also sits on mother’s lap, but this baby is tiny, its emaciated form one-third the size of the thriving boy. The infant’s face is shrunken, skin stretched over a skull with every facial bone visible. Its limbs are stick thin, ribs prominent over a distended belly. The mother does not embrace this baby,
By Linda Jaivin
Swaddled in princess pink, tottering towards adolescence on their training heels, many young girls today are growing up in the plastic, not so fantastic monoculture of what Natasha Walter calls “living dolls”. This is a world in which, for women, “sexual confidence is the only confidence worth having,” where sexual
Joseph Kosuth and Conceptual Art
By Justin Clemens
At the beginning of the 1960s, the New York art scene was going wild. World War II had created the conditions for the city to become the new capital of the world, and Americans were unapologetically seizing opportunity in every way they could. Not only had ‘Old Europe’ been physically devastated by the war, but its
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Carbon Omissions
By Tim Flannery
Alan Greenspan’s ‘The Age of Turbulence’
By Gideon Haigh
A story is told of Arthur Burns, Eisenhower's chief economic adviser, appearing before a congressional committee on unemployment. Peering through thick glasses from under his thatch of centre-parted hair, Burns dilated on the issue for some time in a sombre monotone, then seemed to stop. "If I infer correctly
Michael Pollan’s ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ & Bill McKibben’s ‘Deep Economy’
By Robyn Davidson
It would be interesting to know how many trees and how much oil (petrol for the delivery of, aviation fuel for the author promotion of, ink for the printing of, machines for shredding the remainders of), have gone into the plethora of books bringing us the bad eco-news in the decades since Silent Spring. It would be
'BA Santamaria: Your Most Obedient Servant'
By David McKnight
Kevin Rudd has put religion back on the political agenda, at least as far as the op-ed pages and serious talk shows are concerned. But there was a time when religion played a more incendiary role in the nation's politics, and Australians, especially Catholic Australians, were for a long time desperate to separate the