Australian politics, society & culture


The Turnbull files In business and in politics, the prime minister has a long record of playing hard with the media Andrew Fowler
Wednesday, 7th October 2015
With the possibility of a change in media laws that would tear up former Prime Minister Paul Keating’s division between print and TV ownership, understanding...
Sniper no sniping Tony Abbott won’t be quiet and he won’t go away Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 5th October 2015
I watched (through gritted teeth, naturally) last week’s slobber fest between Tony Abbott and Ray Hadley, and the slightly less cloying effort a couple of...
The illusion of liquidity Central banks are flooding markets with money, but at what cost? Satyajit Das
Thursday, 1st October 2015
Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner captured the paradox of scarcity amidst plenty: “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink”. In a...
Competence is not enough What can we expect from Scott Morrison as treasurer? Jamie Hall
Wednesday, 30th September 2015
Scott Morrison is a formidable politician, a leading contender to replace Tony Abbott, and perhaps the anointed successor to Malcolm Turnbull. But Treasury...
A pain in the arts George Brandis was a bad arts minister, but we’ve had worse Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 29th September 2015
There has been much widespread relief in the demise of Tony Abbott and the ascension of Malcolm Turnbull, but nowhere has the rejoicing been more heartfelt...
Brutal maths The rise of Bill Shorten in Victoria’s faction wars David Marr
Monday, 28th September 2015
They found Greg Wilton dead in his car at 9 a.m. on a remote road in the bush. The Commodore was running. Its lights were on. After a terrible couple of...
Abbott competition winners announced Congratulations to Pip Bricher and Nicholas Johnson Michael Lucy
Friday, 25th September 2015
Readers may remember that, way back in February, we held a competition to predict Tony Abbott’s final day in office. We’d now like to congratulate the...
A man for some seasons The times may not suit Malcolm Turnbull Nick Dyrenfurth
Wednesday, 23rd September 2015
In July 1986, John Howard famously said “the times will suit me”. Facing a wildly popular Labor prime minister in Bob Hawke, and himself leading a divided...
Editor’s Note October 2015 Nick Feik
Tuesday, 22nd September 2015
The end of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership arrived quickly, but it wasn’t exactly a shock. His leadership had seemed stuck in the past tense for a long time...
A sour, bitter episode Tony Abbott’s career will cast a long and oppressive shadow Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 21st September 2015
Sour, bitter character assassination – that was Tony Abbott’s description of the circumstances of his ignominious defeat. But it could just as well have been...