Australian politics, society & culture


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
As a journalist-slash-activist, Masha Gessen is renowned for her staunch opposition to the current political climate in Russia, as highlighted in her biography Words Will Break: The Passion of Pussy Riot (2014).
In this lecture, Professor Cheryl Saunders will examine the rise of executive power in Australia and its contribution to the marginalisation of Australian Parliaments. The High Court's school chaplains cases must be understood in this context.
Former Aboriginal Affairs minister Fred Chaney delivered the John Button Oration on Indigenous policy at the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival.
As chair of a UNHRC inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea, Michael Kirby was determined to sharply communicate the severe repression of the secretive regime.
Annabel Crabb’s ‘The Wife Drought’
By Anne Manne
The poor face onerous rules while rich corporations avoid tax with impunity
By Richard Cooke