Australian politics, society & culture

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly and Kevin Rudd laughing together at the launch of The March of Patriots in 2009
Contesting Paul Kelly’s ‘Triumph and Demise’
By Robert Manne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Andrew McMillan
By Chips Mackinolty
Hans Poulsen on a natural high, 1971.
The golden age of singer–songwriters
By Robert Forster
By Clive James
The nickname ‘Diamond Jim’ fitted James McClelland the way ‘Big Julie from Chicago’ fitted the gangster in Guys and Dolls who rolled spotless dice, with the difference that Diamond Jim wasn’t acting. He was really like what his nickname said: spruce, sparkling, charming, the Australian politician with the touch of the
Still comfortable but relaxed no more in John Howard's Australia
By John Birmingham
The feeling that it was a good town to leave was only confirmed when I returned a decade later to cover the freak show that the rest of the country knew as Pauline Hanson and One Nation. I can’t recall which magazine sent me up there, but I remember only too well picking up a copy of the local newspaper, The