Australian politics, society & culture


Dark enlightenment Hobart’s Dark Mofo is an illuminating reflection on myth, ritual, sex and death Jenny Valentish
Wednesday, 21st June 2017
A concerned YouTuber made a video about this year’s Dark Mofo – the fifth of MONA’s midwinter gatherings of dark arts and cultivated chaos. The clip...
What is art for anyway? Ian Potter Museum for Art’s ‘Vertigo Sea’ and ‘I was born in Indonesia’ are very different answers to the same question Quentin Sprague
Wednesday, 21st June 2017
The first time I walked into Vertigo Sea at The Ian Potter Museum of Art (until 16 July), a three-channel film by the London-based Ghanaian artist...
All jokes aside The Trump impression is just another eggshell for the PM to walk on Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 19th June 2017
Let’s face it, it was hardly surprising to find Malcolm Turnbull taking the piss out of Donald Trump. For starters, just about everyone does it – indeed, for...
How to derail a campaign train ‘PACmen’ is a good old-fashioned look at the absurdities of US politics Liam Pieper
Friday, 16th June 2017
On election night, Donald Trump became the first president in more than 30 years to not conclude his speech with “God bless America.” In fact, he did not...
Scrambled politics Climate change, ideology and the role of government Anna Krien
Thursday, 15th June 2017
In 2008 petroleum giant Shell released two scenarios – Blueprints and Scramble – that modelled the world until 2050. For decades the company had been...
Three grey days Rachel Seiffert’s ‘A Boy in Winter’ chronicles the physical and psychological brutality of war from multiple perspectives Kevin Rabalais
Thursday, 15th June 2017
Rachel Seiffert, the Booker Prize–shortlisted author of The Dark Room, coaxes mixed emotions from the reader on nearly every page of her latest work. There...
The highs and lows of Shakespeare ‘Macbeth’ at Melbourne Theatre Company attempts to draw on the tension between high and low art Alison Croggon
Wednesday, 14th June 2017
Shakespeare’s plays are meant to be vulgar. So Simon Phillips’ astoundingly vulgar production of Macbeth at the Melbourne Theatre Company (until 15 July), at...
Netflix goes to war The streaming giant is paying big money for big names as it expands into film, but will that be enough? Harry Windsor
Wednesday, 14th June 2017
If the past couple of weeks have proved anything, it’s that Netflix’s ability to attract publicity is second to none – just not for their movies. This year’s...
Mayhem Theresa May and Malcolm Turnbull are both regretting their early elections Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 13th June 2017
Malcolm Turnbull can hardly rejoice about the conservative debacle in the UK last week. ...
UK election diary: Lessons for Australia Three takeaways from London, and an encounter with Boris Johnson Sam Dastyari
Saturday, 10th June 2017
“I met Boris Johnson at a laundromat a day before the election,” I tell my friends. He is now likely to be the next leader of British Conservatives. From...