Australian politics, society & culture


Editor’s Note December 2016 – January 2017 Nick Feik
Thursday, 1st December 2016
The American people elected a candidate who promised to upend their political system. As with Brexit, it was a political result that seemed to come out of...
Dutton’s crystal ball Only clairvoyance can explain some of the actions of the immigration minister Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 29th November 2016
Malcolm Turnbull has become positively fulsome about his cherished immigration minister. For many of us, the main, indeed the only, saving grace about Peter...
The quiet revolution Australia has not yet noticed the advent of the Indigenous middle class Stan Grant
Friday, 25th November 2016
“Name a revolution that was started without your middle class?” – Warren Mundine ...
Letting Catholic priests into Australia was a mistake Centuries of failed migration policy must not be repeated Richard Cooke
Wednesday, 23rd November 2016
Warning: you are now entering a politically incorrect zone. Australia is in the middle of an honest discussion, fuelled by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton....
Tall poppies We do not yet understand the forces Donald Trump has unleashed Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 21st November 2016
The gloating of right-wing commentators over the victory of The Donald is not only hypocritical and offensive, it is downright deluded. ...
Sanctions and allowances Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ shows the heartless, punitive nature of the modern welfare system Anwen Crawford
Thursday, 17th November 2016
As the title credits of I, Daniel Blake go by – sober white lettering over a black screen – we listen to a conversation between a man and a woman. No, not a...
Trump down under? Australia’s right-wing populists fail to understand the economic underpinning of Donald Trump’s appeal Nick Dyrenfurth
Tuesday, 15th November 2016
“We’ve had Brexit, and that’s happened, and now America — good on you guys. You got it right. I’m so happy that Donald Trump is there.” So cheered One Nation...
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...