Australian politics, society & culture


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
Inside Palm Island's Heart of Darkness
By Chloe Hooper
Travelling to Palm Island is like a sequence from a dream: the pale green sea seems so luminous and so fecund, and the plane flies so close to it, you see seals, and what might be dugongs and giant turtles. As the plane turns to land the island unfolds. The mountains meet the palm-lined shore, which meets the coral