Australian politics, society & culture


Hungry raccoons. © Bettmann / Corbis
Sonya Hartnett on Animal-Watching Abroad
By Sonya Hartnett
Fretilin supporters protest in Dili following the resignation of then Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, 30 June 2006. © Candido Alves / Newspix / News Limited
East Timor’s Lost Generation
By Jill Jolliffe
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
NSW Labor
By Mark Aarons
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Channel 7’s 'My Kitchen Rules'
By Gay Bilson
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Guy Pearse
A rock mural of pecked fish, dolphins and turtles found in the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Images throughout essay from Mike Donaldson's 'Burrup Rock Art', Freemantle Press, 2010. © Mike Donaldson
The Destruction of Burrup Rock Art
By Robyn Davidson
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin aims high in California, 2009. © Tim Mosenfelder / Corbis
The New Castrati
By Paul Kelly
Kate Jennings and Dare in the channels at Hanwood. Image courtesy of the author.
Learning to Swim
By Kate Jennings
Cowboys on Boxing Day, 1958. © George Lipman / Fairfax
By Helen Garner
John Howard and his wife Janette wave to the audience at the launch of the Liberal Party's doomed election campaign, Brisbane, 12 November 2007. © William West / AFP / Getty Images
Robert Manne on John Howard’s 'Lazarus Rising'
By Robert Manne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Benjamin Law
Campaign poster for the NSW Labor Party, circa 1928. Courtesy of the National Library of Australia
By Mark Latham
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The Rise of the Greens
By Robert Manne
By Kathy Marks
Midway through the evening, a short video is projected onto the living-room wall, featuring clips from GetUp!’s election advertisements and plaudits from television personalities such as David Koch (“exactly what we need to keep the so-and-sos honest”). There is a great deal of whooping and cheering, then the
Goolarabooloo law man Joseph Roe on Cable Beach in Broome. © Simon Penn
Kimberley Politics
By Victoria Laurie