Australian politics, society & culture


Lessons from Louise: the story of Paul Sheehan and the Sydney Morning Herald Paul Sheehan’s story about the alleged gang rape of “Louise” led, eventually, to him being suspended by Fairfax. But how has a writer so reckless survived for so long at a reputable media company? A special report for the Monthly and Guardian Australia Richard Cooke for The Monthly and Guardian Australia
Wednesday, 9th March 2016
The office of the Sydney Morning Herald has been a busy place since Paul Sheehan wrote his infamous piece on “Louise”. The column’s racially charged rape...
More please Patrick Dodson’s appointment to the senate is a welcome development Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 7th March 2016
A declaration of interest – and one of great pleasure. ...
The heroism of facts Best Picture Oscar-winner ‘Spotlight’ steers clear of triumphalism Anwen Crawford
Tuesday, 1st March 2016
Spotlight won the Oscar for Best Picture at yesterday’s 88th Academy Awards ceremony, on the same day that Cardinal George Pell, giving evidence before the...
Editor’s Note March 2016 Nick Feik
Tuesday, 1st March 2016
In 2014, Malcolm Turnbull said Australia’s tax system was “too tough on people earning income, i.e. the entrepreneurs, the people who are growing and driving...
Unrepresentative still The senate voting reforms should be welcomed by all parties Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 29th February 2016
Democracy, said Winston Churchill, is the worst system of government – except for all the other ones. ...
A tale of two interest rates (part 2) American gradualism may not be gradual enough Satyajit Das
Friday, 26th February 2016
Authorities in Europe and the US have both shifted their interest rate policies recently, but in opposite directions. This series of two articles outlines...
Kesha v Dr Luke The music industry cares more about the material value of women than it does about their safety Anwen Crawford
Thursday, 25th February 2016
Last Friday afternoon, in the New York Supreme Court, the American singer and rapper Kesha Sebert, popularly known as Kesha, was denied a legal motion that...
A tissue of lies: Paul Sheehan and “Louise” The most perfunctory of checks would have shown Paul Sheehan’s allegations were almost certainly untrue. But he couldn’t help himself. Richard Cooke
Thursday, 25th February 2016
“When she gave me verifiable facts, they were verified,” wrote Paul Sheehan, in the article that was teased on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald on...
Purple night Prince at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, 21 February 2016 Anwen Crawford
Monday, 22nd February 2016
And there he was, life-sized, circling the piano in anticipation, as 2000 or so concert-goers screamed and clapped and whistled fit to bring the roof down....
Pell and damnation George Pell’s defenders have no cause to complain of his treatment Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 22nd February 2016
Pity poor, persecuted Cardinal George Pell. ...