Australian politics, society & culture


Quarterly Essay 44, 'Man-Made World: Choosing between Progress and Planet', by Andrew Charlton, Black Inc., 142pp; $19.95
By Andrew Charlton
By Monthly Wire
There’s been remarkably little critical debate on the Left about what Gillard’s carbon price will actually achieve. Environmental groups are uniformly spruiking it, perhaps sensing the package is the last conceivable near-term chance of climate action. According to our writer Guy Pearse, the conservative positions of
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Guy Pearse
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
National Curriculum
By Waleed Aly
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gay Bilson
View of Steels Creek from kitchen window, February 2009 © Daniel Cleaveley/Wikimedia Commons
The Victorian bushfires and the royal commission
By Robert Manne
Ted Kotcheff's 'Wake In Fright'.
Revisiting 'Wake in Fright'
By Kate Jennings
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Carbon Omissions
By Tim Flannery
Damien Wright & His Table
By Gideon Haigh
Wright is speaking in his workshop, in Melbourne's inner north, and proving difficult to interview. Not because he is inarticulate - on the contrary, he speaks with unfaltering adamance. But he is visibly restless. He drops into a rocking chair. He moves to his office. He ascends a ladder. He orbits three giant slabs
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Judith Brett
The Same Dirty Old Energy
By John Birmingham
The Mays own and run Solartec, a boutique renewable-energy company specialising in solar panels. Phil May, a country boy, didn't start out as a "tree-hugging type", according to the company's homey, avuncular website. He more or less blundered into renewable energy as a business after buying a rural property that came
Barack Obama speaks at American University. © Flickr/Will White
What he must do to win
By Noel Pearson
The CSIRO and the Total Wellbeing Diet
By Geoff Russell
In late May 2005, this prestigious scientific organisation launched a diet book, The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. Despite attracting criticism from nutritionists, including Rosemary Stanton, for its high protein content and its research basis, the Total Wellbeing Diet was a dazzling commercial success, for a time even
Policing Australia’s northern waters
By Ruth Balint
Three days after its departure, in the early hours of 28 January 2003, the Yamdena was bailed up by the HMAS Fremantle, a Royal Australian Navy vessel on routine patrol. No doubt the fishing boat had already been spotted by one of the Coastwatch surveillance planes that regularly scan the Timor and Arafura seas, and
Barack Obama poses in front of the Superman Statue in Metropolis, Illinois.
By Judith Brett
The battle of ideas in Australian politics
By Kevin Rudd
Yet the culture war is essentially a cover for the real battle of ideas in Australian politics today: the battle between free-market fundamentalism and the social-democratic belief that individual reward can be balanced with social responsibility. Howard's culture war is in large part an electoral strategy drawn