Australian politics, society & culture


Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Water Policy
By Mark Aarons
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Malcolm Knox
By Amanda Lohrey
The Powerhouse is not atypical; it exists within a broader museum culture in Australia that tends toward the lacklustre and the disjointed. So much exhibition design is pedestrian, or worse, confused and at times chaotic. I am not interested in miscellaneous collections of relics displayed with brief notes on their
Eugene O’Neill’s 'Long Day’s Journey into Night'
By Peter Conrad
Eugene O’Neill thought of his Long Day’s Journey into Night as a posthumous work. Completing it in 1941, he decided that it should only be published 25 years after his death; he also stipulated that it should never be performed, effectively killing it before its creation. Writing it made him feel like a dead man – a
Antony Gormley’s 'Firmament IV'
By Robyn Davidson
Like all stereotypes, “stupid as a painter” – intended to cover visual artists of every persuasion – reveals itself as a truth via its exceptions. Antony Gormley is one of those exceptions. He spoke about his work recently, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with rare and affecting eloquence, managing to avoid (
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Mandy Sayer
By Malcolm Knox
The one constant is the belief of nuclear proponents – as durable as a radioactive isotope – in their technology. Even though the political momentum for introducing nuclear energy in Australia has been lost, advocates are supremely confident that the ‘nuclear renaissance’, touted for years and firmly underway
The Methadone Program at 40
By Gail Bell
Two old hands who dose at the pharmacy where I work (a couple, Danny and Carla) have been using since they were 18. They are in their forties now, have raised their kids (the eldest is at university), and keep a neat house in the suburbs. This is their third go at methadone and they think they’ll stick with it this
By Michelle de Kretser
Central to Lyndall Gordon’s biography of Henry James is an extraordinary scene. As daylight fades over Venice, James drops a dead woman’s dresses into the lagoon. But the garments fill with air and won’t drown, pressing up against the novelist’s gondola. The scene is riveting for what it tells us about James, but also
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Anna Funder
Tamiflu medicine pill by a Swiss company Roche against Influenza A (H1N1) virus causing the 2009 flu pandemic. © Andrew Wales/Flickr
By Malcolm Knox
Yann Martel's 'Beatrice and Virgil'
By Inga Clendinnen
Not many people had heard of Yann Martel, the implausibly named Canadian novelist, before he won the 2002 Man Booker Prize for an implausible tale about an Indian boy marooned in a lifeboat with a Royal Bengal tiger travelling under the name of Richard Parker. But the tale rippled and flowed, the prose glittered and
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
After Copenhagen
By Robert Manne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Anna Funder
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Kate Rossmanith
The Wild Frontier
By Mandy Sayer
The Melbourne Model
By Margaret Simons
Davis mentions the book when I ask him why, at a time when the higher education sector is more stressed than ever before, he is trying to introduce radical change. “There are always arguments for doing nothing,” he says. True, higher education is badly underfunded by government. True, academics are already under
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz