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Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Society

A loss of character

Remembering some of Sydney’s well-known streetfolk

Image of Washington, DC, January 6, 2021

Politics

Red alert

After the chaos of Trump’s loss and the Capitol Hill riot, the Republican Party is at war with itself, and the warning signs for America are loud and clear

Image of Anthony Albanese, August 10, 2020.

Politics

The disappearing man

On Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Politics

A unitary theory of cuts

The Morrison government is using the COVID-19 crisis to devastate the public service, the ABC, the arts and tertiary education

Image of Robyn Davidson

Culture

Something mythic

For Robyn Davidson, her acclaimed memoir ‘Tracks’ was an act of freedom whose reception hemmed her in

Image of Press conference at Parliament House, March 24, 2020.

Politics

The ministry of pandemics

How the spread of the virus revealed our leaders to us

Image of Kevin Rudd at the Australia 2020 Summit

Politics

Descent from the summit

Looking back on Kevin Rudd’s overly ambitious and thinly detailed Australia 2020 Summit

Image of US troops in Syria

Politics

Peace with dishonour

On the West’s Trump-led exit from the wreckage of the Middle East

Politics

The aftermath

What is the lesson of Labor’s cautionary tale?

Politics

Doomsday is nigh

The ALP’s policies are mild – why are they being treated as a mortal threat?

Politics

Carping emissions

Unable to face the wicked problem of climate change, the campaign turns personal

Image from ‘Clive Palmer: Humble Meme Merchant’

Politics

The humble meme merchant

The reasons for Clive Palmer’s resurgence are as inexplicable as its effects

Image of Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison

Politics

The vision thing

So far, the federal election campaign of 2019 is a surprise return to the politics of yesteryear

Murdoch press snippets

Society

News Corp: Democracy’s greatest threat

Denialism, nihilism and the Murdoch propaganda machine

Image of Defence Minister Christopher Pyne

Politics

The Teflon Kingdom

Saudi Arabia is confident it can buy out the West, and Australia is happy to oblige

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