Australian politics, society & culture


Join acclaimed moral philosopher Peter Singer at the Progress 2015 conference as he discusses the emerging movement of effective altruism, which is both a philosophical outlook on how to live life and a social movement. Singer introduces us to an array of remarkable people who are restructuring their lives to
This panel discussion at Progress 2015 looks at the future of journalism and media start-ups in Australia. How do you build an audience? How can we tell better stories in the media? What model will make quality journalism sustainable in the long term? Matt Levinson (Get Up!) moderates the session with Erik Jensen (
Join NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (via video link), Greens senator Scott Ludlam and the Australian director of Human Rights Watch Elaine Pearson for a historic discussion on Australia’s national and global surveillance state and how we can and must build a stronger movement to protect our freedoms in the digital
Part 1 | Part 2 Over the past 40 years, women with and without children have moved into the workforce in rising numbers. One of the enduring paradoxes of this dramatic change has been the fact that the proportion of domestic work undertaken by men has not changed substantially in response. No matter how much paid
Part 1 | Part 2 While politicians drown us in platitudes about ‘working families’ and ’family values’ our appetite for anti-child messages is growing. Kids, it is said, destroy your independence, and demolish achievements and, above all, your sex life. Not so much bundles of joy as pint-sized life wreckers. Surveys
Noel Pearson and Tony Abbott
Ten years of struggle and success in indigenous Australia
By Noel Pearson
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A life in accidents
By Tim Winton
Restricted welfare payments may help in many indigenous communities
By Marcia Langton
A one-woman assault on condescension
By Helen Garner
To preserve Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne should learn from Sydney
By Tim Flannery
Women could use a little of the shameless confidence men take for granted
By Annabel Crabb
The mysteries of the microbiome
By Jo Chandler
Robin Prior, author of Gallipoli: The end of the myth, and Carolyn Holbrook, author of Anzac: The unauthorised biography, join La Trobe University emeritus professor Robert Manne at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Clemenger Theatre as part of La Trobe’s Ideas and Society program. In the words of Professor
The private health insurance racket
By Karen Hitchcock
Is it possible that the world’s songbirds all come from Australia? Yes, according to biologist Tim Low in his fascinating ornithological history of Australia, Where Song Began. Low’s wonderfully readable book literally turns the map upside down and makes a compelling case for the origin of birds in the antipodes. Join
With his new book, Born Bad, historian James Boyce has turned his mind to the history of original sin. What Boyce discovers is a legacy of guilt that shadows us in the West even today – and not the guilt of doing wrong, but of being wrong. Join this controversial thinker in conversation with Dee Michell at Adelaide
For the 40th anniversary of one of Australia’s worst natural disasters, Sophie Cunningham has written a fascinating history of the event, Warning: The story of Cyclone Tracy. Drawing from eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the devastation, Cunningham has created an exhilarating and deeply compassionate
With The Third Plate, New York chef Dan Barber asks us to change the way we think about food. An early supporter of the farm-to-table philosophy, Barber now questions the ethos, which he argues cherry-picks ingredients and can be ecologically demanding. He now offers a solution for a more sustainable supply chain. He