Australian politics, society & culture


Dying with dignity means different things to different people
By Karen Hitchcock
On the road with the librarians who deliver
By Ceridwen Dovey
Talking about the narcissistic national daily only encourages it
By Margaret Simons
By Michaela McGuire
On a Thursday morning in July 2012, in a near-empty Supreme Court room in Melbourne, Justice Paul Coghlan said that three Crown Casino bouncers should be tried as soon as possible, “because people are still visiting Crown Casino.” The bouncers had been charged with varying degrees of manslaughter and
A postcard showing the interior of Stateville Correctional Centre, Illinois, modelled on Bentham’s Panopticon. Courtesy of Alex Wellerstein
Privacy is fast becoming a quaint old-fashioned thing
By Linda Jaivin
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Thomas Piketty. © Ed Alcock / MYOP
Is the growth of inequality inevitable?
By Andrew Leigh
Love, death and the Serbian flag
By Lally Katz
A sugar-cube replica of Rachel Whiteread’s Embankment (2005) © The Art Fund
Have we lost control of what we eat?
By Gail Bell
A singular analysis of AFL players’ names
By Peter Cronin
In the 1960s, Sydneysider Chris Meagher was a torero known as “El Australiano”
By Matthew Clayfield
A trip to the site of a proposed nuclear waste dump on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory
By André Dao
The Palmer United Party are anti-politics wildcards in Parliament
By Amanda Lohrey
A new Australian film poses intriguing questions
By Lawrence Weschler
Illustration by Neil Moore.
What is the cost of propping up Tony Abbott's favourite minority?
By Rachel Nolan
A recent play resurrects a 150-year-old case of imposture
By Robyn Annear
The trouble with repealing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
By Alice Pung
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz