Australian politics, society & culture

Religion

Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of Melbourne Law School, looks at religious vilification laws and provisions that exempt religions from usual non-discrimination laws, to explore how democracies are both challenged and reinforced by religious diversity.
Barney Zwartz talks to Irish writer Colm Tóibín, Eureka Street editor Morag Fraser, and associate Dean of Communication & Writing at RMIT Peter Horsfield, about the Catholic Church, the new pope, and the likelihood of reform. Melbourne Writers Fest.
Anwar Ibrahim is an internationally recognised champion of democracy. The former Malaysian Vice-President has spent years championing free and fair electoral processes at great personal cost. He speaks to Waleed Aly at Adelaide Festival of Ideas.
By James Boyce
Art and artifice in John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’
By Luke Davies
On science, religion, politics and ideology
By Judith Brett
In the 2009 Freilich Foundation Annual Lecture in Bigotry and Tolerance, Steven Katz describes the features of medieval Christian antisemitism and the very different features of...
Part 1 | Part 2 At its height Buddhism flourished across most of Asia. Leading Buddhism scholar Peter Skilling explains how Buddhist monks and nuns established networks of...
Part 1 | Part 2At its height Buddhism flourished across most of Asia. Leading Buddhism scholar Peter Skilling explains how Buddhist monks and nuns established networks of...
In the 2009 Freilich Foundation Annual Lecture in Bigotry and Tolerance, Steven Katz describes the features of medieval Christian antisemitism and the very different features of...
Part 1 | Part 2 Is death something to be feared or embraced? Broadcaster Phillip Adams chairs this discussion with barrister Julian Burnside, philosopher Tony Coady and novelist...
Diversity - racial, ethnic and religious - has been a significant public policy issue for Australian governments since the colonial period. As fears about national identity and...
Part 1 | Part 2 The recent turmoil in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere underlines that something fundamental is shifting in the Middle East, with profound implications...
Part 1 | Part 2 This inaugural Wallenberg lecture is presented by Professor Omer Bartov, John P Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. one of...
Part 1 | Part 2This inaugural Wallenberg lecture is presented by Professor Omer Bartov, John P Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. one of the...
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Francis Xavier's hand
By Michael Lucy
Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’
By Luke Davies

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