Australian politics, society & culture


UK election diary: A calm descends In the frantic aftermath of the London terror attacks, a tired sense of calm sinks in Sam Dastyari
Thursday, 8th June 2017
“Tonight feels very much like Casablanca,” Richard Angell tells me as we head to a vigil for those killed in the London terror attacks. I have been living...
Investigating ourselves ‘Woman of Substances’ is more than just another example of memoir-as-journalism Elle Hardy
Wednesday, 7th June 2017
When Roland Barthes argued in 1967 for writing to be divorced from the context of its author, perhaps he foresaw the proliferation of memoirs that have come...
A play on words Fraught Outfit’s ‘Book of Exodus: Part I’ explores the written word in a realm beyond language Alison Croggon
Tuesday, 6th June 2017
One of the reasons I enjoy writing about live performance is its unique challenges. I am a profoundly word-centred person: written language has been, for as...
Foregone conclusions The opposition to the Uluru statement is dispiriting and frustrating but predictable Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 5th June 2017
The crusaders of the far right have delivered their sentence: the Uluru statement is to be dead, buried and cremated before it can infect the fairness and...
UK election diary: The London attacks Labor senator Sam Dastyari, in London for the UK general election, was caught up in the attack on the Borough Market Sam Dastyari
Monday, 5th June 2017
It’s the day after the London attacks, and I am sitting in a dingy bar, too tired to be there, but too tired to move. It’s only busy this Sunday afternoon...
Untying the knot John Safran explores the human tangles of belief and identity Oscar Schwartz
Thursday, 1st June 2017
In 2004, John Safran travelled to Orange County, California to try to join the Ku Klux Klan. In a clubhouse, surrounded by Nazi insignia, Safran suggested to...
Young adults ‘The Gulf’ explores the family dynamics of abuse and its effects on children Alison Croggon
Tuesday, 30th May 2017
Anna Spargo-Ryan’s 2016 novel, The Paper House, a first-person narrative about a woman who loses her child in late pregnancy, was a remarkably assured...
The standards that ‘Quadrant’ seeks to uphold Roger Franklin’s comments on bombing the ABC Ultimo studio reflect a much deeper problem Robert Manne
Monday, 29th May 2017
On the morning following the Islamic State–inspired terror bombing in Manchester, and with the recent episode of Q&A fresh in his mind, Roger...
The mythical Menzies The anniversary of Menzies’ forgotten people speech is a plea by the conservatives to get back to their roots Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 29th May 2017
For much of last week the Liberal Party was creaming its well-tailored trousers over a speech made 75 years ago by the party’s founder. ...
Cinema is dead, yet it lives David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ shatters the tedium of prestige television Luke Goodsell
Thursday, 25th May 2017
“Coffee!” ...