Australian politics, society & culture


Daniel Crooks, 'Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement)', 2009–10, exhibited as part of 'Marking Time' at the MCA. Courtesy of the artist
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
By Drusilla Modjeska
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Trixie Gardner
By Paola Totaro
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Lice Infestations in Australia
By Christine Kenneally
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Alice Pung
The Methadone Program at 40
By Gail Bell
Two old hands who dose at the pharmacy where I work (a couple, Danny and Carla) have been using since they were 18. They are in their forties now, have raised their kids (the eldest is at university), and keep a neat house in the suburbs. This is their third go at methadone and they think they’ll stick with it this
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gail Bell
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Nick Bryant
By Gail Bell
I came to know Eddie at second hand, through my husband. There was much to love about Eddie, and much to wonder about. I knew he had a liver disease aggravated by decades of drinking and yet persisted with his haphazard lifestyle. He still smoked tobacco, still liked a joint in the mellow afternoon hours and, despite
The legal trade behind the manufacture of methamphetamines
By Gail Bell
In my experience, most people needing sinus tablets take the identification requirement on the chin. It's an ID-dependent world now: you have to prove who you are at the video shop, the bank, the Medicare counter, and even at schools when you're the aunt collecting the child on the mother's behalf.Since drugs
Beyond Left & Right in industrial relations
By Diana Bagnall
Historically, industrial relations has been ideal for the us-versus-them treatment: workers to the Left; bosses to the Right. There's a whole vocabulary attached to IR which is expressed as much in the set of a placard or the curl of a well-shaven top lip as it is in the polarising rhetoric which both sides wheel
Dobbing on Dr Raad
By Nicholas Shakespeare
It was a late April morning in 2001 and my wife had taken our seven-month-old son to the Swansea surgery for a routine jab – the final set of shots for whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus. This was the first week of the new doctor and she was curious to see what he was like, or even if he would be there. It’s hard