Australian politics, society & culture


What makes people driven by compassion support harsh refugee policies?
By André Dao
By Josephine Rowe
At 33 he goes back to the town his mother was raised in. She’d taken him there as a child every summer, for her own birthday, and they’d rowed out in a hired tinnie to eat a picnic above the place she believed her house must have been. Must still be – the doorstep, at least, which had been made of concrete, and maybe
By Craig Sherborne
They said you committed infanticide, but you don’t remember a thing. You were a loving mother before it happened. Postnatal depression, said the experts. It swept into you and one night five years ago you “snapped”. You fractured your son’s skull and the little boy died. You did the same to his twin brother that night
Does the future belong to “sharing economy” companies like Uber and Airbnb?
By Linda Jaivin
Gambler and MONA founder David Walsh has written a book
By Amanda Lohrey
Road freight is expensive, dirty and dangerous. Why are our governments addicted to it?
By Paul Cleary
Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, on Svalbard.
The president of Kiribati goes on a fact-finding mission in the Arctic
By John van Tiggelen
Practising medicine away from the big cities
By Karen Hitchcock
150 years ago, the Cooper-Duff children got lost in the Victorian bush
By Lisa Clausen
The women of outback Queensland kick off their heels in Australia’s smallest town
By Emilie Zoey Baker
Fearless Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho has dedicated her career to exposing corruption, injustice and human rights violations. In her exceptional work of investigative reporting, Slavery Inc., Cacho exposes the shocking reality of human trafficking.
The politics of Clive Palmer
By Guy Rundle
Over the last three years, more than 1500 journalists have taken redundancies. Robert Manne and Lawrie Zion (La Trobe), Helen Westerman (The Conversation), Jonathan Green (ABC RN) and Fiona Martin (Sydney Uni) explore new avenues in the industry.
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
Writer and lawyer Alice Pung unravels the meaning of the then-proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act and what they may have meant for bigotry in Australia. With Maxine Beneba Clarke and Nick Feik.