Australian politics, society & culture


Fasten your seatbelts Divergent central bank policies and unstable money markets mean a bumpy ride ahead Satyajit Das
Monday, 6th July 2015
Since 2009, the key driver of financial markets has been low rates and abundant liquidity, which has boosted all asset prices. The total amount of money...
Laudato Si’: A political reading The papal encyclical is the first work that has risen to the full challenge of climate change Robert Manne
Wednesday, 1st July 2015
When I was young the intellectual milieu was shaped by the need to come to terms with the unprecedented crimes and the general moral collapse that had taken...
Scenes from a culture war Zaky Mallah and the Qanda quandary Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
Beyond all the yelling, bluster, hysteria and bullshit, the point about Tony Abbott and Zaky Mallah is that the two are basically in furious agreement. In...
What’s happening in Greece? There’s only one way the Greek crisis will end Satyajit Das
Monday, 29th June 2015
The final outcome of the Greek debt crisis has been obvious from the beginning. The Hellenic nation will need to restructure its debt, writing off a...
Editor’s Note July 2015 Nick Feik
Friday, 26th June 2015
Was anyone seriously suggesting that we didn’t already have sufficient laws to deal with terrorism? No. The citizenship issue is about national identity, and...
Radicalisation and responsibility Are young Muslims meant to be victims or heroes? Aicha Marhfour
Wednesday, 24th June 2015
When it comes to the radicalisation of Australian Muslim youth, everyone’s a critic. Tony Abbott wants us to pick sides. George Brandis vows to use stories...
An ideology of terror The racist massacre in Charleston raises questions America is not ready to answer Jason Wilson
Tuesday, 23rd June 2015
After some initial pessimism on Friday, Barack Obama has geared up over the weekend, pushing to enact some as yet undefined reform of gun laws in the United...
Render unto Caesar The Pope’s encyclical raises questions that Tony Abbott can’t dodge forever Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 22nd June 2015
The Pope’s encyclical on climate change has produced the predictable shruggings-off and dismissals from the conservatives, even among his most devout...
The rise of climate inactivism The factual argument on climate change is over. Now lobbyists are trying to make a moral case for fossil fuels Ketan Joshi
Friday, 19th June 2015
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, released yesterday, emphatically states the need for urgent climate action, and unequivocally admonishes those who deny...
Loser takes all How giving up power could be the new power move Nick Dyrenfurth
Wednesday, 17th June 2015
Politics is the study of power. How it is won or lost and how it is deployed, for better or worse. ...