Australian politics, society & culture


Archives are us The collected wisdom of Patrick Pound and Brook Andrew at NGV Quentin Sprague
Thursday, 20th April 2017
“To collect,” according to Patrick Pound, the New Zealand–born, Melbourne-based artist whose vast archive project The Great Exhibition has recently taken...
Kendrick rising With his new album, ‘Damn’, Kendrick Lamar cements his status as the world’s reigning hip-hop artist Anwen Crawford
Tuesday, 18th April 2017
On Good Friday, rapper Kendrick Lamar released his fourth album, Damn. On the night of Easter Sunday, he was the closing headliner at the massive, three-day...
The Museum of Modern Love An extract from the Stella Prize–winning novel Heather Rose
Tuesday, 18th April 2017
He was not my first musician, Arky Levin. Nor my least successful. Mostly by his age potential is squandered or realised. But this is not a story of...
A pointless passage to India Turnbull’s trip to India produced very little except another PR boost for the Adani mine Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 18th April 2017
It has to be said that Malcolm Turnbull’s passage to India was a bit of a letdown. ...
Howard’s children Too many Liberal ministers have an uncritical nostalgia for the Howard years Nick Dyrenfurth
Thursday, 13th April 2017
Among the commentariat there has been a tendency to regard Australian federal politics as having never escaped the events of mid 2010. According to this...
Seeking a workable solution for asylum seekers Robert Manne responds to Klaus Neumann Robert Manne
Monday, 10th April 2017
I am grateful to Klaus Neumann for his willingness to respond to the arguments that Frank Brennan, Tim Costello, John Menadue and I have mounted over the...
Injustices and the art of realpolitik The asylum-seeker solution proposed by Brennan, Costello, Manne and Menadue is unacceptable Klaus Neumann
Monday, 10th April 2017
Hardly a week goes by without new revelations about the mistreatment of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and in Nauru. According to a group...
Nutt bolts Tony Nutt takes the fall for the Liberal Party’s election campaign but could still be its biggest winner Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 10th April 2017
There is an old and wise maxim that a politician should never institute an inquiry unless they know precisely what the result is going to be. ...
Race, celebrity and power in ‘OJ: Made in America’ The documentary is a powerful examination of the OJ Simpson trial within the context of race relations in the US Anwen Crawford
Monday, 3rd April 2017
OJ Simpson became famous because he could get away. As a child he suffered from rickets and wore braces on his legs; as a young man he set a National...
Sky’s the limit Latham’s sacking reveals the hypocrisy of the free-speech crusaders Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 3rd April 2017
What a craven capitulation to political correctness. What a surrender to the great values of Australian democracy, the most important of which, it needs...