Australian politics, society & culture


Reflecting on the failures of Australian politics and media
By Michaela McGuire
The week that was nonsense
By Michaela McGuire
On Tuesday night, 18-year-old Abdul Numan Haider stabbed two counter-terrorism police officers outside the Endeavour Hills police station in Melbourne’s south-east and was shot dead. Yesterday’s editions of The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times dedicated the front page of their print editions to the
Margaret Inamuka
Being a magistrate in the Eastern Highlands is not for the faint of heart
By Alana Rosenbaum
The 'Augmented Australia' app in action. © Alexander Mayes Photography
At the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘Augmented Australia’ fails to impress
By David Neustein
By Robert Manne
The political nation learned this morning, to its considerable surprise, that Chris Mitchell, the editor-in-chief of The Australian, was always a secret opponent of the invasion of Iraq – an invasion that has been responsible for 500,000 deaths, the displacement of several million, the triggering of a
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Art and artifice in John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’
By Luke Davies
Elizabeth Pisani’s ‘Indonesia Etc.’ and Hamish McDonald’s ‘Demokrasi’
By Hugh White
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Follow You (detail), 2013, Wang Qingsong. Courtesy of White Rabbit Gallery.
Judith Neilson's groundbreaking collection of contemporary Chinese art
By Mireille Juchau
HTRK. © Robert Bellamy
The Melbourne band's new album owes as much to tragedy as to the clubs of London and Berlin
By Anwen Crawford
In the 1960s, Sydneysider Chris Meagher was a torero known as “El Australiano”
By Matthew Clayfield
‘Religion Succoured by Spain’ (circa 1572–75), Titian
‘Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court’ at the National Gallery of Victoria
By Luke Stegemann
George Johnston and Charmian Clift in 1948. © Fairfax Syndication
George Johnston’s classic of Australian war literature
By Nadia Wheatley
An empty billboard on the road to Corinth. © John Tsiavis
The left has forgotten where it came from
By Christos Tsiolkas
A plan to stop dengue fever sets off invasion fears in Indonesia
By Ashley Hay
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz