Australian politics, society & culture


White-rumped Vultures, once abundant in north-east India, are considered a threatened species. © Corbis
Tim Flannery’s 'Here on Earth'
By Christine Kenneally
'The Kids Are All Right' and 'The Tree'
By Luke Davies
By Guy Pearse
Most of us think of Aussie coalmining as a local issue, and why not? Coal exports have doubled since 1992 and are set to do so again by 2020. The consequent scars across the Hunter Valley and central Queensland are visible from space, as anyone with Google Earth can see. Whether it’s the 23% of our exports that coal
Ginger Snap at a rally demanding legislative protection from discrimination for sex workers in Sydney, June 2010. © AFP/Greg Wood
By Emily Maguire
Film still from Andrei Tarkovsky's 'Stalker'. © Photos 12/Alamy
By Nicolas Rothwell
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Guy Pearse
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Kathy Marks
Parliament House, Canberra. © JJ Harrison
By Mark Aarons
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Rudd's Collapse
By Robert Manne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gail Bell
By Guy Pearse
Having moved so far to the Right, both major parties are perceived by many to have lost touch with their political roots. On one side, the Liberal Party is unrecognisable to those who once led it. Doyens of the party’s right-wing in their day, Malcolm Fraser and John Hewson are now constant critics: of its foreign
Inside the Amazon warehouse, Fernley, Nervada, 2003. © Macduff Everton/Corbis
By Malcolm Knox
A recyclable and re-configurable shop design for Aesop by March Studio, Flinders Lane, Melbourne. © Amanda de Simone
The State of Design Festival
By Alan Saunders
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