Australian politics, society & culture


Once were conservatives The fallout over 18C puts the Liberal Party at odds with mainstream conservatism Nick Dyrenfurth
Thursday, 23rd March 2017
‘PM’s crusade for free speech’. ‘Change was won the day Bill died’. ‘Mission founded on Liberal values’. Three headlines on Malcolm Turnbull’s legislative...
88 dangerous days A grieving mother describes the perils of Australia’s outback for working backpackers Rosie Ayliffe
Tuesday, 21st March 2017
The snakes and spiders might be a natural danger, but as a destination for a gap year student, Australia could hardly feel more secure. I’m sure most parents...
The great crusades The defenders of free speech are happy to shut it down when it suits them Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 20th March 2017
The elitist couch crusaders of the far right have had a busy but productive week – so many pesky lefties to sneer at, so much political correctness to whinge...
The shorter working week can work It’s time to take the four-day work week seriously Emma Dawson
Friday, 17th March 2017
In just two weeks’ time, on 1 April, we will enter our 104th quarter of economic growth without recession, and officially claim the record for the longest...
Pauline is no friend of the workers One Nation’s leader claims to champion the working class, but her actions tell a different story Nick Dyrenfurth
Tuesday, 7th March 2017
Pauline Hanson is fond of styling herself as a plain-speaking, truth-telling anti-politician. Salt of the earth. Standing up for ordinary, so-called battler...
There’s no appeasing George George Christensen’s resignation as National Party whip changes little Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 6th March 2017
George Christensen has resigned as the Nationals’ whip, but he has not left the party – yet. Instead, he will shoot his mouth off in all directions, and, if...
Editor’s Note March 2017 Nick Feik
Wednesday, 1st March 2017
“A scam artist, an ignoramus, a professional liar, a colossal and malignant narcissist, a vulgarian, a casino operator, a serial bankrupt – a Roy Cohn...
It’s time to rethink asylum-seeker policy An open letter to the supporters and opponents of the Nauru and Manus Island asylum seekers Robert Manne
Tuesday, 28th February 2017
Not a day passes when, like many hundreds of thousands of Australians, maybe even more, I do not think about the unspeakable suffering our country is...
Two states of mind Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia drew attention to a growing consensus in the Labor Party Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 27th February 2017
For most Australians, the ceremonial visit of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was probably something of a non-event. ...
It’s the mandate wot lost it Like its predecessors, the Coalition government is still struggling to find a clear direction Nick Dyrenfurth
Tuesday, 21st February 2017
With mates like Tony Abbott, Cory Bernardi and George Christensen, who needs enemies? 2017 has begun awkwardly for Malcolm Turnbull. The internecine warfare...