Australian politics, society & culture


Centrelink and class war Cuts to welfare are just another way of keeping the poor in their place Eleanor Robertson
Friday, 21st October 2016
I haven’t telephoned Centrelink in over three years, but I still have a conditioned reaction of immediate panic whenever I hear the Centrelink hold music....
In search of Turnbull’s mojo It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the prime minister is simply not up to the job Nick Dyrenfurth
Thursday, 20th October 2016
In September 2015 I found myself in unusual solidarity with the conservative pundit Andrew Bolt. As the Canberra press gallery and much of the general public...
Parliamentary pratfalls Many members of government cannot be trusted to tie their own shoelaces Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 17th October 2016
Another week, another stuff-up. Once again Malcolm Turnbull’s year of delivery has delivered a parliamentary pratfall. ...
Doctor? No John Howard should not have been given an honorary doctorate, and neither should anyone else Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Let me join in the chorus deploring the honorary doctorate conferred on John Howard by the University of Sydney. ...
The Lachlan rises Scenes from the flooding of the Lachlan River in central west New South Wales Dean Sewell
Monday, 10th October 2016
[Photos best viewed in full screen mode – Ed.] ...
Lessons from Deakin Alfred Deakin and the art of minority government Judith Brett
Friday, 7th October 2016
Thank you very much. I am extremely honoured to have been invited to deliver this inaugural Deakin oration, to celebrate this 160th anniversary of the...
A good day in The Hague Australia’s tactics in the Timor Sea oil dispute have been shameful Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 4th October 2016
It may sound unpatriotic, but I could not help cheering when the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague brought down its decision last week against...
Too old to work, too young to die Pension changes, age discrimination and workplace automation are driving older Australians into poverty Warwick Smith
Friday, 30th September 2016
The first of October is the International Day of Older Persons. The United Nations want us to put the spotlight on age discrimination, and so we should. A...
Editor’s Note October 2016 Nick Feik
Thursday, 29th September 2016
“In 2016,” writes Alison Croggon in the new issue of the Monthly, “it became clear that Australian arts are facing the worst crisis since before the...
Mirror, mirror The only thing Andrew Bolt wants to recognise is his own reflection Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 26th September 2016
Last week’s television debate Recognition: Yes or No? did not really advance the issue, which was a pity; it could have been more helpful had the...