Australian politics, society & culture


The charismatic former journalist and mayor of London Boris Johnson delivers this opening night address at Melbourne Writers Festival 2013
Are drones legitimised killing machines or tools for fighting terrorism and crime? What's left of our privacy when corporations and private citizens can use unmanned aircraft for surveillance? James Bridle, Michael Bar-Zohar and Michael Mori discuss.
Author Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap, Dead Europe, Loaded) speaks to Monthly Book host Ramona Koval about his much-anticipated new novel, Barracuda. Melbourne, October 2013
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.
Carrie Tiffany is the author of the prize-winning Mateship with Birds. Kerryn Goldsworthy is an award-winning literary critic. They discuss sex, gender nature and desire in Australian fiction. La Trobe University, Aug 2013
Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, Dr Richard Denniss and Professor Robert Manne talk about the economic case for social and environmental progress. Presented by La Trobe University Ideas and Society. Melbourne, September 2013
The DSM-5 collapses Asperger syndrome and autism, along with other disorders, into one diagnosis - Autism Spectrum Disorder. Gary Greenberg joins Prof Jon Jureidini to discuss whether a mental health diagnosis makes for an identity. Adelaide, 2013
The issue of climate change has well and truly fallen off the front pages and down the list of voter concerns. Is the concept of climate change, and how much is at stake, literally beyond our imagination? Simran Sethi, Adelaide Festival of Ideas
Prof Brian Schmidt shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for research showing the accelerating expansion of the universe. The research of physicist Paul Davies looks at cosmology, quantum field theory, and astrobiology. Hosted by Phillip Adams
Simran Sethi is an award-winning journalist, strategist and educator who teaches and reports on sustainability, environmentalism and social change. At Adelaide Festival of Ideas, she discusses the loss of biodiversity in our food system.
Surveillance revelations divulged just how governments and corporations are prepared to utilise technology for their own ends. How can we respond? Eminent scientists Brian Schmidt and Paul Davies talk to Bernard Keane at Adelaide Festival of Ideas
At Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Anne Summers and Anna Goldsworthy discuss why we've failed to achieve equality for women and what we need to do to make it happen. Hosted by Gabe Kelly
Peanuts, dust, latex – what’s your poison? According to experts, one in five Australians are currently affected by an allergic disease, but this could rise to one in four (a 70% increase) by 2050 unless prevention strategies are developed.
Can we revive our democratic institutions? Would a technocracy or meritocracy deliver a better outcome for Australia? What is a free market's relationship to democracy? A discussion from the Festival of Ideas, University of Melbourne.
Close to a billion of the world’s population are overweight while 300 million are clinically defined as obese. Experts predict a rapid increase in these figures - particularly in industrialised countries. So, what is to be done?
Over the past decade, social networking has become a powerful communication tool - in fact, it’s hard to imagine our lives without it. But how exactly have these e-technologies changed the way in which we interact with others?
The world must solve three food problems simultaneously: end hunger, double food production by 2050, and do both while drastically reducing agriculture’s damage to the environment. A discussion presented by Festival of Ideas, University of Melbourne
What is and is not a real disease? Our speakers, Prof. Jon Jureidini, Ray Moynihan and Martin Palin, tackle the difference between a "normal" problem and a genuine disease, exploring the dangers of "diagnostic inflation." Host: Natasha Mitchell