Australian politics, society & culture


Police officer Gwen Brown watches over the community in Ali Currung, Northern Territory, 2007. © Chris Crerar / Newspix / News Limited
Life after the Intervention
By Paul Toohey
Raising the flag at Cronulla beach, 2005. © Cameron Spence / Getty Images
Cronulla Five Years On
By Malcolm Knox
Protestors march in Hong Kong in support of Liu Xiaobo, January 2010. © Tyrone Siu / Reuters
Liu Xiaobo
By Linda Jaivin
The Bowraville Murders
By Malcolm Knox
At Thomas Duroux’s house in Bowraville there are children, too. On the thin strip of his front yard, toys lie warping in the sun. Children scatter when they see me coming. Further down the footpath, children push other children in strollers. Thomas isn’t up to laughing; he hasn’t been for a while. * There is a child
By Margaret Simons
By Victoria Laurie
His father, Anthony, has since graduated to one of Perth’s higher security prisons, which is also where Malcolm’s 21-year-old brother, Tyson, is serving his sentence. Malcolm’s 14-year-old cousin, Jayden, is in and out of juvenile detention, and his 23-year-old stepsister, Charlene, is in Western Australia’s only high
The Wild Frontier
By Mandy Sayer
What Happened in the Gulf Country
By Tony Roberts
The King & I
By Harry Nicolaides
Compound One. For weeks I lay on my back, delirious with influenza. When I was able to stand, I shuffled around like a zombie, pushed here and there by the heaving population of sweaty, half-naked inmates, most of them Thai, Burmese or Cambodian. One night I was so overcome with anxiety that I started to
By Galarrwuy Yunupingu
My land is that of the Gumatj clan nation, which is carefully defined, with boundaries and borders set out in the maps of our minds and, today, on djurra, or paper. We have our own laws, repeated in ceremonial song cycles and known to all members of our clan nation. Sung into our ears as babies, disciplined into our
Life Under Fiji’s Interim Government
By Craig Sherborne
Even the funeral parlours here are caged, as if there's profitable trade in pawning corpses. In shop windows, houses are advertised for lease as having a "good compound, fully fenced all over and with full security system." And security guards. Fiji has more security guards than you can poke a nightstick at. In
The Penalty Is Death
By Luke Davies
Anzac Day match, April 2010. © Gavin Anderson/Flickr
A moral equivalent to Anzac Day
By Don Watson
The Road to the Apology
By Robert Manne
Two pieces of evidence I stumbled upon shortly after reading the report had a particularly powerful effect on me. One was a passage from Margaret Tucker's autobiography, If Everyone Cared. As I know now but did not yet understand, Margaret Tucker had been one of the many New South Wales Aboriginal children and
David Hicks's cell in Guantanamo, and the book-free "library". Department of Defense.
The Punishment of David Hicks
By Alfred W McCoy