Australian politics, society & culture

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Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Rudd’s ETS Backflip
By Tim Flannery
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Water Policy
By Mark Aarons
By Amanda Lohrey
The Powerhouse is not atypical; it exists within a broader museum culture in Australia that tends toward the lacklustre and the disjointed. So much exhibition design is pedestrian, or worse, confused and at times chaotic. I am not interested in miscellaneous collections of relics displayed with brief notes on their
Tony Judt’s 'Ill Fares the Land'
By Robert Manne
Tony Judt, the historian of the French intelligentsia and postwar Europe, has been suffering a ferociously debilitating motor neurone disease. During this time he has composed for the New York Review of Books a beautiful memoir-in-fragments and a stoical, un-self-pitying account of his illness. Even more miraculously
The 17th Biennale of Sydney
By Juliana Engberg
The marketing material for the seventeenth Biennale of Sydney displays a lusty engagement with the semiotics of font. Using the agitprop colours of red, black and white, the über-cool British designers Barnbrook deliver a bastard mix of divine and dirty lettering, combining the styles of Deutsche-Gothic and Soviet
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
On Your Bike Tony Abbott
By Robert Manne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gay Bilson
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
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
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
National Curriculum
By Waleed Aly
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
New Labour & The ALP
By Tim Soutphommasane
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Debra Adelaide
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
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
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
After Copenhagen
By Robert Manne
'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,
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz

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