Australian politics, society & culture


Confusion of confusions Central banks won’t admit that low interest rates can’t go on forever Satyajit Das
Thursday, 19th November 2015
Isaac Newton believed that truth is found in simplicity, not in multiplicity and confusion. Based on current interest rate policies, central bankers in...
Tragedy trumps Daesh deserves all our condemnation, and all its victims deserve our grief Aicha Marhfour
Wednesday, 18th November 2015
Since the attack on Paris last weekend, we have become caught up in a game of tragedy trumps on social media. This, more than anything, benefits Daesh’s...
Offshore detention cannot last When it comes to refugees, we should take a leaf out of Malcolm Fraser’s book Sarah Hanson-Young
Wednesday, 18th November 2015
It’s undoubtedly true that the current situation on Manus Island and Nauru is untenable. There are very clear lessons from the past that show indefinite...
Labor’s dilemma How do you solve a problem like Bill Shorten? Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 16th November 2015
A committed and well-informed Labor supporter confided to me last week that he was most disappointed that Bill Shorten had been cleared by the Trades Union...
Journey to the west By adopting identity politics, Mark Latham shows us its weaknesses Jeff Sparrow
Friday, 13th November 2015
“One of my pet gripes about modern society [is] the way in which serious issues and events are converted into bizarre forms of celebrity.” ...
Grinning skulls Guns, girls, gags and a confusing plot – what more could you want from a Bond film? Anwen Crawford
Thursday, 12th November 2015
Spectre begins, as a Bond film will, with an elaborate pre-title action sequence in an “exotic” location – this time, it’s Mexico City. The camera picks out...
Lest we forget We should remember much more about World War One than just Gallipoli Nick Dyrenfurth
Wednesday, 11th November 2015
“Lest we forget.” It is a phrase Australians have solemnly invoked at memorial services commemorating the efforts of our soldiers during times of war, such...
Tropic blunder Bill Shorten’s Pacific jaunt exposed the limits of Labor’s climate ambition Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 9th November 2015
We know that Bill Shorten had a stint in the Pacific islands. We could hardly have avoided the TV footage of him wearing, apparently, a grass tiara while...
A traumatic gulag The offshore detention centres have served their purpose and should be closed Frank Brennan
Friday, 6th November 2015
Robert Manne is on the money. We should close the detention facilities on Nauru and Manus Island and bring the asylum seekers to Australia for processing....
The truth about asylum seekers A compromise plan may work, but an honest asylum-seeker policy would look very different Julian Burnside
Thursday, 5th November 2015
Robert Manne’s argument is (not surprisingly) impeccable in its reasoning. And I agree with most of his facts and assumptions. In particular, I think his...