Australian politics, society & culture

Morris Iemma

Delegates pause for reflection at the ALP National Conference, 2009. © Andrew Meares/Fairfax Syndication
Troy Bramston’s 'Looking for the Light on the Hill'
By Maxine McKew
David Marr’s ‘The Henson Case’
By Sebastian Smee
David Marr's book on the Bill Henson controversy (Text Publishing, 149pp; $24.95) begins with a reasonable man reasonably wondering if an image of a naked young girl used on an invitation to an exhibition opening is not "a bit off". The man is the Sydney Morning Herald's arts editor, Richard Jinman,
By John Birmingham
Just up from the corner of Vulture and Boundary streets, where the short commercial strip of indie cafés and bars gives way to a remnant cluster of slumping, unrenovated wooden houses and the occasional Whitlam-era unit block, the West End Coffee House looks very much in character with its locale; much more so than
By Bridget Griffen-Foley
Plenty of the latter, but little of the former sentiment has been expressed, publicly at least, in the weeks following Kerry Packer’s death. Australia’s richest man died during the quietest news period of the year. The tsunami on Boxing Day, 2004, had roused journalists from their slumbers. Precisely a year later,