Australian politics, society & culture


Editor’s Note October 2015 Nick Feik
Tuesday, 22nd September 2015
The end of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership arrived quickly, but it wasn’t exactly a shock. His leadership had seemed stuck in the past tense for a long time...
A sour, bitter episode Tony Abbott’s career will cast a long and oppressive shadow Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 21st September 2015
Sour, bitter character assassination – that was Tony Abbott’s description of the circumstances of his ignominious defeat. But it could just as well have been...
Future shock How did Australian leadership get so unstable? Richard Cooke
Monday, 21st September 2015
So what the hell happened? The Chosen One has finally fulfilled the prophecy. But Malcolm Turnbull’s ascension to the prime ministership marks a coda on one...
Tony’s trifecta Whatever happens in politics this week, the media will be the winner Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 14th September 2015
Last week the government of Tony Abbott delivered the media trifecta: speculation on the leadership, a ministerial reshuffle and an early election. The press...
Fateful terrains A great arms race is beginning in Asia Michael Wesley
Friday, 11th September 2015
Asia is a vast continent, where the enrichment and empowerment of many states is driving growing rivalries. Perhaps the greatest question of our time is how...
Leading from behind Once again, the public has had to shame its leaders into doing the right thing Jeff Sparrow
Wednesday, 9th September 2015
Not everyone could turn a humanitarian gesture into an opportunity for sectarian bigotry. Somehow, the Abbott government has managed it, marring the...
Force of reckoning While thousands of refugees stream into Europe, Peter ‘Border Force’ Dutton swings into Switzerland Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 7th September 2015
A birthday present for the government of Tony Abbott and his beleaguered colleagues: Peter Dutton has been sent overseas. Not, as you might have hoped and...
Waiting for an apology The Coalition’s record on native title is nothing to be proud of Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 1st September 2015
It was pleasing to hear Tony Abbott speak glowingly on Eddie Mabo when he visited the warrior’s grave on Mer last week. ...
Style matters On the broad-sweep feminism of Laurie Penny Anwen Crawford
Monday, 31st August 2015
Laurie Penny is a 28-year-old English feminist, author of four books, and a contributing editor at The New Statesman, which might be called Britain’s centre...
The severe practicality of love The work of Raimond Gaita requires us to think seriously about what is precious and our common humanity Helen Pringle
Friday, 28th August 2015
At the very end of Plato’s Republic, Socrates tells a story about a warrior called Er, who was killed in battle. After some days, just as Er was about to be...