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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
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
NewSouth; $49.99
By Rhys Muldoon
Black Inc.; $29.99
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

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