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POLITICS

How outrage at overt racism helps to hide the more pervasive kind
By André Dao
By Mungo MacCallum
Facebook and Google's egg-freezing employee benefit
By Nicole Krzys
Reflecting on the failures of Australian politics and media
By Michaela McGuire
On the spot fines and the unchecked power of Melbourne's transport officers
By Russell Marks
Macmillan Australia; $32.99
By Richard Cooke
The Sydney Opera House lit up during the Vivid Sydney festival, May 2014
How the Abbott government is funding a high-culture war
By Steve Dow
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
Asylum seekers and freedom of speech
By André Dao
“You understand that your life is in our hands. Your death is also in our hands because we won’t let you die.” Those words, as recalled by an ex-detainee, were spoken by a Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs official to hunger-striking asylum seekers at Curtin Detention Centre in 2001.
Race, recognition and a more complete Commonwealth
By Noel Pearson
Hardie Grant; $39.95
By John van Tiggelen
Umeewarra Mission
In Port Augusta, an Israeli linguist is helping the Barngarla people reclaim their language
By Anna Goldsworthy
Portrait of Tony Abbott by Neil Moore
The brief life and quiet death of Tony Abbott’s love of liberty
By David Marr
An exegesis on unintended consequences
By Mat Keneally
This month Tony Abbott squibbed the greatest moral challenge of his age and shelved plans to amend the Racial Discrimination Act. That was tough on George Brandis, who had drafted a gem of law prohibiting racial vilification only where the victim felt threatened with physical violence. The proposed law would have
Palmer to the left, Palmer to the right
By J.R. Hennessy
So Clive Palmer has lost the Left. There was a brief, shining moment – amongst his Medicare defences and heroic activism for free education – that Australian progressives reluctantly embraced a billionaire mining plutocrat, revelling in his open hostility toward the Coalition. But then came his appearance on Q&A,
By John Maloney
A recent article in the New Statesman, by an avowedly privileged white guy decrying white male privilege, featured the following stretch of earnest chest-beating: Whoever you are, however intelligent and enlightened you are, you don’t know what life is like for other people. You don’t know how things are for them,
By Stephen Mills
Election night, September 2013: Before a whooping crowd in the ballroom of Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel, the prime minister-elect claimed victory for the Coalition parties. Thanking those who had contributed to the victory, Tony Abbott singled out for special praise the Liberal Party’s federal director, Brian

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