Australian politics, society & culture


Tanya Plibersek, Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese. © Neil Moore
Which hill is Labor’s light on again?
By Rachel Nolan
Our politicians have paltry ideas and express them poorly
By Don Watson
Cincinnatus Abandons the Plow To Dictate Laws in Rome (1806), by Juan Antonio Ribera
How online organisation can give power back to the people
By Tim Flannery and Catriona Wallace
The ‘Charlie Hebdo’ massacre is the latest in a long line of attacks on journalists
By Rafael Epstein
Life outside the detention centres on Manus Island
By Jo Chandler
Will Campbell Newman squander what began as a 71-seat majority?
By Mark Bahnisch
Love Makes a Way are taking a seat against asylum-seeker policy
By Stella Gray
Charlie Hebdo, free speech, multiculturalism and 18C
By Russell Marks
By Mungo MacCallum
What makes people driven by compassion support harsh refugee policies?
By André Dao
The assault on self-determination in the West
By Russell Marks
Is the western view of corruption in Indonesia a distortion of the reality? Join journalist Elizabeth Pisani and author Ahmad Fuadi in conversation with Misha Ketchell of The Conversation at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2014.
The government's assault on citizenship
By Alex Reilly
Share two uniquely informed perspectives on the rise and fall of Labor governments between 2007 and 2013 with Greg Combet (Julia Gillard’s Minister for Climate Change) and Paul Kelly (The Australian) in conversation with Lenore Taylor.
A figment of the Right's imagination
By Russell Marks
Will the Left now finally leave Malcolm Turnbull?
By Mark Bahnisch
The Islamic Council of Victoria is optimistic
By André Dao
The Islamic Council of Victoria sits in a nondescript office building on a side street in West Melbourne, between two busy arterials shuttling traffic in and out of the CBD. When I visit, it’s only been a couple of weeks since the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Abdul Numan Haider in Melbourne’s Endeavour Hills, and I