Australian politics, society & culture


Going the bloody hard way Notes on Micheline Lee’s ‘The Healing Party’ Helen Garner
Tuesday, 7th June 2016
I first met Micheline Lee several years ago when she took part in a two-day course that Michael Gawenda and I were running at Melbourne University. A dozen...
Bad for business Why have the Liberals stopped talking about class war? Michael Lucy
Friday, 3rd June 2016
Well, it looks like there’s a war on. Scott Morrison declared yesterday that Labor was waging war on business (and also on growth, capital, and mums and dads...
Toeing the line Members of the government have form when it comes to political interference with the federal police Mungo MacCallum
Wednesday, 1st June 2016
Malcolm Turnbull is all very holy about the independence of the Federal Police following the raid two weeks ago on ALP offices and homes over embarrassing ...
Turning away Anohni at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Vivid Sydney, 27 May 2016 Anwen Crawford
Monday, 30th May 2016
Anohni’s presentation of her recent album, Hopelessness – it’s not quite correct to describe it as a concert – began in her absence. For ten minutes or more...
Unredeemed goods Pawno does little more than sell nostalgia for a mythic Australian monoculture Russell Marks
Friday, 27th May 2016
According to nearly everything written about it so far, Pawno is the little film that could. “It’s fitting a film set on the rugged, vibrant streets of the...
Editor’s Note June 2016 Nick Feik
Friday, 27th May 2016
Three weeks into the eight-week election campaign, some things are clear. Bill Shorten’s confidence is up, and he seems to be having fun. His party, while...
Taxing questions The Duncan Storrar pile-on reveals double standards at work in the media Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 23rd May 2016
The gang at News Corp couldn’t believe their luck. ...
Sharing and caring Does anybody still care about the rising of the ‘sharing economy’? Michael Lucy
Friday, 20th May 2016
Things are looking good for Uber. ...
Friends like these Peta Credlin and Abbott loyalists may cause serious trouble for Malcolm Turnbull Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 17th May 2016
Peta Credlin, said Tony Abbott in awe, is the fiercest political warrior he has ever known. And it appears that the vengeful soldier has lost none of her...
Black Friday The latest round of Australia Council funding is the culmination of years of cuts and mismanagement of arts funding Alison Croggon
Monday, 16th May 2016
The Australian arts community could be forgiven for being triskaidekaphobic. Last Friday, 13 May, around 65 arts organisations, including many thought to be...