Australian politics, society & culture

ENVIRONMENT

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Water Policy
By Mark Aarons
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Rudd’s ETS Backflip
By Tim Flannery
By Malcolm Knox
The one constant is the belief of nuclear proponents – as durable as a radioactive isotope – in their technology. Even though the political momentum for introducing nuclear energy in Australia has been lost, advocates are supremely confident that the ‘nuclear renaissance’, touted for years and firmly underway
By Guy Pearse
Glenn’s castle is not his house, but the public garden and war memorial into which his parents poured so much time and effort. “Mum had enormous empathy for our servicemen. A dressmaker during the war, she spent many mornings sewing military colours onto uniforms. She was pleased to do it for nothing.” There was a
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gay Bilson
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
On Your Bike Tony Abbott
By Robert Manne
By Tim Flannery
Ian McEwan’s latest work can be read as a farce whose principal theme is Hamlet’s musing that “there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Indeed, when introducing the novel’s protagonist – the physicist Michael Beard, who is a “bald, short, fat, clever” man in his fifties – we are told that he
Tamiflu medicine pill by a Swiss company Roche against Influenza A (H1N1) virus causing the 2009 flu pandemic. © Andrew Wales/Flickr
Influenza
By Malcolm Knox
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Debra Adelaide
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
New Labour & The ALP
By Tim Soutphommasane
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
National Curriculum
By Waleed Aly
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
'Community: A Compilation of Hobart Music'
By Robert Forster
When is Tasmania going to produce some great bands? It must be soon, if only through the converging of cultural forces, time and the fact that both Brisbane and Perth have had a fruitful past decade of breakthrough artists and bands and the frontier needs a new place to shift to. Writers such as Robert Dessaix,
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
After Copenhagen
By Robert Manne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Benjamin Law
Frederick Seidel's 'Ooga-Booga and Poems: 1959-2009'
By Kate Jennings
For your consideration: “A naked woman my age is just a total nightmare.” Now there’s a rip-snorting line of poetry if there ever was one. Frederick Seidel, who is not afraid to repeat himself, offers the line not once but three times in Ooga-Booga (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 112pp; $24). In my youth, loaded up with
Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Eating Animals’
By Peter Singer
Jonathan Safran Foer is a talented novelist with a gift for writing amusingly about serious issues. In Everything Is Illuminated (2003), he created a Ukrainian narrator, Alex, who describes in hilarious detail his work assisting an American Jew – named Jonathan Safran Foer – in finding the woman who hid his

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