Australian politics, society & culture


Streets ahead Remembering New York street photographer Bill Cunningham Anwen Crawford
Tuesday, 28th June 2016
New Yorkers love nothing more than a story about themselves. When Bill Cunningham: New York – a documentary about the much-loved photographer – debuted at...
Parenthood Conservative Christian advocates of ‘traditional families’ ignore the example set in the Bible Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 27th June 2016
Penny Wong’s powerful speech about the dangers of the debate over a plebiscite on same-sex marriage has already drawn a response from the conservatives, who...
The pink vote Should LGBTI people vote for parties that do not fully accept them? Dennis Altman
Tuesday, 21st June 2016
Reactions to the Orlando shootings and ongoing concerns about a proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage have ensured that homosexuality is an issue in the...
Treaty? Nah Malcolm Turnbull’s dismissive response to the idea of a treaty with Indigenous people was unnecessary and unworthy Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 20th June 2016
The idea of a country negotiating a treaty with its indigenous inhabitants is hardly novel. ...
What are we willing to fight for? Many of our intellectual frameworks and assumptions about war no longer hold James Brown
Thursday, 16th June 2016
Before I went to Hiroshima I did not know the word hypocentre. It didn’t exist for me until I found it on a wall in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, past...
Err in Hastie Andrew Hastie seems uncertain about his role as a backbench MP Mungo MacCallum
Wednesday, 15th June 2016
The neophyte Liberal backbencher, Andrew Hastie, clearly needs some tuition in the idea of the separation of powers. ...
Don’t mention the war Is it time for the language of battle to be retired from politics? Mungo MacCallum
Wednesday, 8th June 2016
Politics has been described as war without blood, and, mercifully, Australian politics has always been blood-free. ...
Going the bloody hard way Notes on Micheline Lee’s ‘The Healing Party’ Helen Garner
Tuesday, 7th June 2016
I first met Micheline Lee several years ago when she took part in a two-day course that Michael Gawenda and I were running at Melbourne University. A dozen...
Bad for business Why have the Liberals stopped talking about class war? Michael Lucy
Friday, 3rd June 2016
Well, it looks like there’s a war on. Scott Morrison declared yesterday that Labor was waging war on business (and also on growth, capital, and mums and dads...
Toeing the line Members of the government have form when it comes to political interference with the federal police Mungo MacCallum
Wednesday, 1st June 2016
Malcolm Turnbull is all very holy about the independence of the Federal Police following the raid two weeks ago on ALP offices and homes over embarrassing ...