Australian politics, society & culture


The charismatic former journalist and mayor of London Boris Johnson delivers this opening night address at Melbourne Writers Festival 2013
Young Australian writer Anna Krien and Canadian-born, Welsh-Egyptian Shereen El Feki have both used sex as the exploration point for a discussion about culture, gender and power. They talk to Sophie Cunningham at Melbourne Writers Festival.
At this Melbourne Writers Festival keynote, Anne Summers considers the issue of gender equality in Australian public life, and the entrenched institutionalised resistance to it most spectacularly exhibited in the vilification of Julia Gillard.
Writers Anna Goldsworthy and Monica Dux join women's rights campaigner Samah Hadid to discuss the trajectory of Feminism and its status in the 21st century with media expert Lynne Haultain. Melbourne Writers Festival 2013
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.
On Friday 19 July 2013, the Australian media reported that 150 asylum seekers had rioted and razed the Nauru Regional Processing Centre to the ground. Mark Isaacs, who was working there with the Salvation Army, has taken a stand against secrecy.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz in conversation with shadow treasurer Chris Bowen on the economic perils facing Australia, hosted by the Chifley Research Centre.
Rupert Murdoch owns 70 per cent of the media in Australia and is one of the biggest players in global media. Recently Murdoch has been the subject of increasing scrutiny following the News of the World phone hacking scandal in Britain.
You can learn a lot about a country from its pastimes and the people who have fallen between the cracks of history. This is a look at the history of Australia, but not as you know it.
Anne Manne is the author of "Motherhood" and Quarterly Essay 29, "Love & Money". Her latest book is "The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism", which she discusses with Ramona Koval.
Those of us who live on the island of Australia can’t help but be influenced by its unique landscape. Malcolm Knox, Kathryn Heyman and Ian Hoskins discuss understanding Australia through the nature and history of its land.
Clive Hamilton, author of Earthmasters, asks the question: What would it mean for humans to mould nature as a whole, to make the Earth itself into an artefact designed to suit our needs?
Australia's best science communicators come together to explore the challenges of relaying complex and important scientific information to the wider community
Euthanasia remains one of the most challenging moral and philosophical questions. What is to be gained and lost if assisted suicide is legalised? Does society need a better approach to dying?
Should the Racial Discrimination Act be amended? Watch Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane in conversation with Robert Manne
Alison Bechdel is the author of two books telling of growing up gay in a small town. Rabih Alameddine has written about AIDS, Civil War, exile, death and, in An Unnecessary Woman, about living a meaningful life.