Australian politics, society & culture

Blogs

Opposition dreams Is Bill Shorten Australian Labor’s Ed Miliband? Malcolm Farnsworth
Wednesday, 20th May 2015
“You actually watched the budget?” a friend asked me on the weekend, his incredulity all the more startling given he’s known me for decades. I had to...
 
 
Labor’s British blues It is not alarmist to think that Australian Labor is sleepwalking to electoral disaster Nick Dyrenfurth
Tuesday, 19th May 2015
On 7 May, the British people delivered a devastating verdict on Ed Miliband’s Labour Party: simply unelectable. Needless to say, Australians should be wary...
 
 
The message Tech giants’ utopian branding drifts ever further from their amoral reality Elmo Keep
Tuesday, 19th May 2015
The image of the new tech corporations such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon is as precisely calibrated as any other brand’s. ‘Branding’ has been a key...
 
 
Vision or mirage? Bill Shorten’s budget reply is pie in the sky Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 18th May 2015
Last week’s budget was a policy hole in the air. There was neither economic coherence nor vision – nothing more than a big-taxing, big-spending extravaganza...
 
 
Breathing the haunted air Richard Di Natale and the ideological roots of pragmatism Richard King
Friday, 15th May 2015
The surprise election of Victorian GP and relative political newcomer Richard Di Natale to the leadership of the Australian Greens caused a certain amount of...
 
 
How do you fight for human rights? Lessons from the recent executions in Indonesia Sunili Govinnage
Friday, 15th May 2015
The fight to prevent the recent executions in Indonesia had various battle cries, not least reminders that the death penalty is a violation of fundamental...
 
 
Escape from Tasmania Richard Di Natale will bring the Greens to the mainland, if not quite the mainstream Mungo MacCallum
Thursday, 14th May 2015
The Sex Party finally succumbed to supporters’ droop last week; it has been deregistered by the electoral commission through sheer lack of interest. It thus...
 
 
Don’t write off Abbott yet The budget was about politics, not policy. What did you expect? Malcolm Farnsworth
Wednesday, 13th May 2015
Joe Hockey looked and sounded more confident last night as he delivered the budget than he has done in many months. He had a clear message. It was saleable...
 
 
Absenteeism at every level Problems with international students are symptoms of a deeper malaise in our universities Christian McCrea
Monday, 11th May 2015
On the eve of a new federal budget, the picture for the higher education sector is murkier than ever. The University of Western Australia’s refusal to host...
 
 
Perfect hindsight Brett Morgen’s ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Anwen Crawford
Friday, 8th May 2015
Nirvana headlined Britain’s Reading Festival on 30 August 1992, at the height of Nevermind mania, and the first footage we see in Kurt Cobain: Montage of...
 
 

Pages