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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
Talking about the narcissistic national daily only encourages it
By Margaret Simons
How the Liberal Party has exiled its last reasonable man
By Amanda Lohrey
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By Peter Christoff
Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott at the opening of parliament, November 2013. © Gary Ramage / Newspix  
The distance between us and our rulers is getting bigger
By Richard Cooke
A sugar-cube replica of Rachel Whiteread’s Embankment (2005) © The Art Fund
Have we lost control of what we eat?
By Gail Bell
The Palmer United Party are anti-politics wildcards in Parliament
By Amanda Lohrey
Kanye West at the Grammy Awards in 2006. © Kevin Winter / Getty.
Kanye West and ‘Yeezus’
By Anwyn Crawford
An empty billboard on the road to Corinth. © John Tsiavis
The left has forgotten where it came from
By Christos Tsiolkas
Illustration by Neil Moore.
What is the cost of propping up Tony Abbott's favourite minority?
By Rachel Nolan
Detail from St George and the Dragon (circa 1435), Rogier van der Weyden
Tony Abbott's aggressive monarchism
By Mark McKenna
A woman greets her fiance aboard the HMAS Sydney, 1969. Photo by Cliff Bottomley. Image courtesy of the National Archives of Australia.
The time of the modern mariner
By Claire Corbett
Jarrod Bleijie inspecting unsafe toys at a Brisbane childcare centre as part of “Operation Safe Christmas”, December 2013. © Dan Peled / AAP
The rise of Queensland's young attorney-general
By Andrew McMillen
The ALP, the Libs, the Greens, the split
By Amanda Lohrey
Presents, prayers and asylum seekers
By Sunil Badami

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