Australian politics, society & culture


Taxing questions The Duncan Storrar pile-on reveals double standards at work in the media Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 23rd May 2016
The gang at News Corp couldn’t believe their luck. ...
Sharing and caring Does anybody still care about the rising of the ‘sharing economy’? Michael Lucy
Friday, 20th May 2016
Things are looking good for Uber. ...
Friends like these Peta Credlin and Abbott loyalists may cause serious trouble for Malcolm Turnbull Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 17th May 2016
Peta Credlin, said Tony Abbott in awe, is the fiercest political warrior he has ever known. And it appears that the vengeful soldier has lost none of her...
Black Friday The latest round of Australia Council funding is the culmination of years of cuts and mismanagement of arts funding Alison Croggon
Monday, 16th May 2016
The Australian arts community could be forgiven for being triskaidekaphobic. Last Friday, 13 May, around 65 arts organisations, including many thought to be...
Express to nowhere The defunding of Express Media and Voiceworks will destroy a good part of our country’s literary future Anwen Crawford
Friday, 13th May 2016
It takes a certain kind of young person to want to volunteer weeknights and half their weekends to the running of a literary magazine. Perhaps, one might...
The wages of war Rising conflicts weigh heavily on the global economy Satyajit Das
Friday, 13th May 2016
It’s often said that the post-1989 world economy reaped the benefits of a “peace dividend”. There was actually no “peace”. Economists contest the empirical...
Spending discipline Using money to shape messaging is being cemented as a permanent feature of conservative budgets Richard Cooke
Wednesday, 11th May 2016
Ultimately, it was $4.90 that did for Al Qaeda. In the thick of the War on Terror in 2002, George W Bush’s officials were still deciding how to deal with...
Solidarity forever? Bill Shorten does himself no favours by playing up his union past Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 10th May 2016
Bill Shorten has announced that, if elected, he will govern like a trade unionist. ...
The other budget Climate change is a serious problem, and we have a deeply unserious government Michael Lucy
Monday, 9th May 2016
Greenland is melting. The Barrier Reef is turning white from the heat. Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing as the climate changes. An area of Canada...
Bleaching whitewash Queensland’s Courier-Mail still has plenty of questions to answer about its coverage of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef Andrew Stafford
Tuesday, 3rd May 2016
Last night, ABC TV’s Media Watch followed up a story I wrote for the Saturday Paper on the Courier-Mail’s coverage of coral bleaching on the Great...