Australian politics, society & culture


Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at the Family Table Restaurant in Atlantic, Iowa, 1 January 2012. © Brian Snyder/Reuters
Republicans and the US Presidential Race
By Julia Baird
Greatness may be calling: Bob Hawke and Paul Keating in 1990. © Peter Morris/Fairfax Syndication
Lessons in leadership and Paul Keating
By George Megalogenis
Robert Menzies, then prime minister, takes his place in the queue to vote at the 1958 federal election. © The Age/Fairfax Syndication
The mirage of political reform
By Lindsay Tanner
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Malcolm Knox
New South Wales
By John Birmingham
You cannot blame them, because Perry’s restaurant, located in a grand old insurance building, does soar. To stand in the entry foyer is to find yourself unable to resist craning your neck to gaze up into the vast high spaces, artfully lit by two illuminated working sculptures fashioned from thousands of hand-polished
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Benjamin Law
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The Return of Deficit Economics
By Robert Manne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Leigh Sales
Out of Work in a Land of Plenty
By John Birmingham
The small, wiry and intense man who discovered his luck had run out on Black Friday is happy to be known by his internet handle, Havock21. Hundreds of people know him by that name, on Twitter, Xbox Live and the numerous blogs he visits, including mine. On his own blog, too, of course. There he has written about what
By David Hale
The current global recession will be a more defining event than any other business cycle since the 1930s. As Prime Minister Kevin Rudd noted in his February essay, "This crisis has become one of the greatest assaults on global economic stability to have occurred in three-quarters of a century." The downturn will have
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Craig Sherborne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The Economic Myths of Peter Costello
By Andrew Charlton