Australian politics, society & culture


The perfect cup of coffee On an island in Nicaragua, a rocky incline stands between Steve Hely and the Holy Grail of caffeine Steve Hely
Thursday, 25th August 2016
On the island of Ometepe, at Ojo de Agua, I sat half in the sun and half in the shade, my feet splashing in volcanic water. Eye of water? Something like that...
The Long Tan dilemma How should Australians commemorate their battles in other countries? Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 22nd August 2016
It is entirely understandable that Australian veterans were disappointed by the Long Tan commemoration stuff-up; it is clear that the negotiations, such as...
Privilege and its discontents Tony Abbott’s speech to the Samuel Griffith Society reveals the contradictory mess of entitlement and resentment in the Australian right Dominic Kelly
Wednesday, 17th August 2016
“These are vexing times for conservatives,” declared Tony Abbott in his dinner address to the Samuel Griffith Society in Adelaide on Friday night....
Let the Games continue The Olympics are not what they should be, but their ideal is worth remembering Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 15th August 2016
My favourite Olympic Games story comes not from Rio in 2016 but from Thermopylae in 480 BC. ...
A simple take on Nauru If your policy leads to institutionalised child abuse it’s a bad policy Michael Lucy
Friday, 12th August 2016
The latest round of revelations of abuse and other “incidents” from our immigration detention centre on Nauru, published by the Guardian this week, make for...
Statistical error What has gone wrong with the census? Michael Lucy
Tuesday, 9th August 2016
It started quietly enough. In a press release put out on the Friday before last Christmas, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced that it had “decided...
The boys are back in town The re-release of a 1998 film reminds us of how little has changed when it comes to violence against women Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Monday, 8th August 2016
The recent re-release on the Australian film festival circuit of Rowan Woods’ award-winning 1998 movie The Boys – which tells the story of three brothers...
Taking leave of our census Government overreach is to blame for public suspicion of the census Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 8th August 2016
My first encounter with the Australian census was in 1971, and even then there were worries about its privacy. ...
A big concrete hole Any attempt to shine a light on the conditions in our prisons should be applauded Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 1st August 2016
The formation of a Royal Commission into the atrocities of the Don Dale detention centre is unequivocally a good thing. ...
Editor’s Note August 2016 Nick Feik
Monday, 1st August 2016
As Australia emerges from its post-election stupor and parties begin to evaluate what went right and wrong, this month we focus on the Australian Greens....