Australian politics, society & culture


The cost of disease The risk of a serious pandemic is rising, and the world is ill-prepared to cope Satyajit Das
Friday, 29th April 2016
Short memories and shorter media cycles mean that the West African Ebola crisis is now “fixed”. Several countries have been now declared free of the disease....
The emptiness of Tony Abbott The ex-PM’s latest failed apology shows he still has no idea where he went wrong Eleanor Robertson
Thursday, 28th April 2016
I’ve often wondered what it would be like to spend an hour or two inside Tony Abbott’s head. What’s going on up there? What does the world look like? What...
Knees and elbows The return of the unlamented Sophie Mirabella Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 26th April 2016
It is fair to say that the revenant candidate for the seat of Indi, Sophie Mirabella, would never win a nation-wide popularity contest. ...
A Bishop sacrificed Bronwyn Bishop’s long career has come to a fitting end Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 18th April 2016
The saddest thing about Bronwyn Bishop losing her preselection was that Bob Ellis did not survive to dance on her political grave. ...
Bullies If the government can’t face Labor in parliament, what chance does it have in an election campaign? Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 11th April 2016
Christopher Pyne says indignantly that the government will decide the schedule for the parliamentary sitting that begins next week – as leader of the house,...
The grey ceiling Older workers are stifling the progress of their younger colleagues Jennifer Rayner
Tuesday, 5th April 2016
I first became aware of the “grey ceiling” when I was working as a researcher at one of Australia’s more self-important universities. At our faculty’s weekly...
The idiot section The wilful denial of Australian history still drags on Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 4th April 2016
Another skirmish in the history wars. A guide – not a directive – to the University of New South Wales Diversity Toolkit has said that Australia was not...
Editor’s Note April 2016 Nick Feik
Friday, 1st April 2016
Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement last week certainly set the political class abuzz. Parliament would be prorogued, paving the way for a double...
Born in Australia Thornton McCamish’s ‘Our Man Elsewhere: In search of Alan Moorehead’ is an antidote to forgetfulness Robert Manne
Friday, 1st April 2016
Thornton McCamish – I'll call him Thornton from now on, even though I know him only through Our Man Elsewhere – has written a truly wonderful...
The people’s welfare Reform in China must go to the heart of the government itself Satyajit Das
Thursday, 31st March 2016
Increasing consumption requires increases in household income, reduced savings or a combination. This requires increasing wage levels and employment levels....