Australian politics, society & culture


Bill Shorten stands up The opposition leader has displayed several signs of backbone in recent weeks Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 14th November 2016
Malcolm Turnbull and his supporters regularly deride Bill Shorten as standing for nothing – first as a populist weathervane, and more recently as a constant...
It’s time The government’s new legislation is an opportunity for Labor to end 15 years of bipartisan cruelty to asylum seekers Robert Manne
Monday, 7th November 2016
It is likely that the Turnbull government will soon introduce new asylum seeker legislation into parliament. It appears to have two parts. The first part...
Prodigal son With ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, Mel Gibson returns to the mythmaking game Harry Windsor
Friday, 4th November 2016
No major star in the history of modern Hollywood has disappeared from the studio books quite as swiftly as Mel Gibson, whose place in the firmament was...
Adam Williams Lake Eyre from above Aerial photography reveals the stunning complexity, variety and immensity of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre The Light Collective
Thursday, 3rd November 2016
Photographers Adam Williams, Luke Austin, Ignacio Palacios and Paul Hoelen chartered flights over Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) to capture the beauty and...
Brandis recognition The attorney-general’s reputation is in tatters after his solicitor-general stoush Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 1st November 2016
Our bumble-footed attorney-general, George Brandis, has finally got something right. The resignation of the solicitor-general, Justin Gleeson, was the proper...
Editor’s Note November 2016 Nick Feik
Tuesday, 1st November 2016
The election of the most powerful person in the world was always going to be dramatic, but the fascination and disgust generated by Donald Trump has led to...
We need to talk about dying A new initiative teaches doctors how to help patients plan for their deaths before it’s too late Kate Stanton
Friday, 28th October 2016
Death is not always sudden. Most of us will die slowly, not always peacefully, in an uneven series of ups and downs until it’s over. ...
The sky’s the limit How can we make housing more affordable? The answer will make a lot of people unhappy Jamie Hall
Tuesday, 25th October 2016
Recently I met an economist friend after work in the city. We had a few refreshments, and then the conversation turned to the housing affordability problem...
‘Boys in the Swimming Hole, Mornington Island’ by El Hogan Moran Prize finalists Finalists for the 2016 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize The Monthly
Monday, 24th October 2016
The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize invites photographers to interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’ with an emphasis on Australians going about...
Gestalt with a deadly weapon A week of dithering over the Adler A110 brings the government’s incompetence into focus Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 24th October 2016
In the normal world, the question of whether a gun could fire seven rounds or five rounds would be largely academic; if there was a dispute it could be...