Australian politics, society & culture

Tony Abbott

By Michaela McGuire
In October 2013, ABC TV and Screen Australia announced a call out for ‘Fresh Blood’, an initiative that offered twenty aspiring comedy creators grants of $10,000 to nurture talent from a new generation of Australian comics. Last week, the fruits of the project launched on iView, and the Australian
Illustration by Neil Moore.
What is the cost of propping up Tony Abbott's favourite minority?
By Rachel Nolan
Detail from St George and the Dragon (circa 1435), Rogier van der Weyden
Tony Abbott's aggressive monarchism
By Mark McKenna
The Liberals' winner-takes-all political payback
By Judith Brett
A bromance for the ages
By Greg Sheridan
The prime minister is sorry about everything
By Don Watson
By Mungo MacCallum
By John van Tiggelen
They say democracy is a serious matter. I wouldn’t know; I’ve never voted.* As a non-citizen for many years, I couldn’t here, and Dutch democracy – with its multi-party governments, supported and criticised by a vigorously diverse press, and consistently high levels of voter turnout despite
By Anna Goldsworthy
It was my birthday, and I was eating cake with my children, when my father arrived. “It’s Pop! How are you?” “Not so good actually.” He loitered at the door, away from the children. “I’ve just certified Christopher’s death. He didn’t turn up for Mass this
© John Woudstra / Fairfax Syndication
This is serious
By Waleed Aly
Australia once had death taxes, as they are generally called by their opponents; supporters call them inheritance, estate or bequest taxes © Simon Schluter / Fairfax Syndication
Taxes, death and superannuation
By Judith Brett
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By John van Tiggelen
Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge in Disney’s A Christmas Carol © (Disney, ImageMovers Digital LLC/Associated Press)
By Mungo MacCallum
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Lest we forget
By Robert Manne

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