Australian politics, society & culture


A tale of two interest rates (part 1) European illusions will soon collide with reality Satyajit Das
Friday, 19th February 2016
Authorities in Europe and the US have both shifted their interest rate policies recently, but in opposite directions. This series of two articles outlines...
John Hirst (1942–2016) Remembering a historian of fierce independence and unusual originality Frank Bongiorno
Thursday, 18th February 2016
There was a persistent theme in the tributes to the eminent historian John Hirst that appeared on social media at the news of his untimely death earlier this...
The language of deception How politicians use econobabble to cloud public debate Richard Denniss
Wednesday, 17th February 2016
Before taking on the role of “managing the Australian economy”, Malcolm Turnbull was a lawyer. Tony Abbott dabbled in journalism and the priesthood, Ben...
Drugs are bad (part 2) Panic about drugs has little to do with safety and a lot to do with moral prejudice Richard Cooke
Tuesday, 16th February 2016
This is the second part of two-part article about the causes of our war on drugs. Read the first part here. ...
Prognosis negative A medical bulletin on the health of Market and Economy Satyajit Das
Thursday, 11th February 2016
The condition of the conjoined twins Market and Economy remains uncertain. ...
Waiting for Donald Winners and whiners at a Trump rally in South Carolina Ben Jenkins
Tuesday, 9th February 2016
The mood in the line is festive. We’re standing outside a barn in Lexington, South Carolina, on a cold winter night, waiting for Donald Trump. Kids duck and...
Nobody’s business but the TURC’s Malcolm Turnbull should stop using trade unions for political theatre Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 8th February 2016
If the government is serious about reconstituting the Australian Building and Construction Commission – the tough cop on the beat to combat the “louts, thugs...
Echolalia (part 1) The war on drugs can’t be ended by logic, statistics or facts, because it’s not about drugs Richard Cooke
Thursday, 4th February 2016
At the beginning of the 20th century, there were only a handful of hallucinogenic psychoactive substances known to humankind. By the end of the millennium...
How has it come to this? Our asylum-seeker system has been taken over by a rigid, irrational mindset Robert Manne
Wednesday, 3rd February 2016
Now that the High Court has decided that the offshore detention of asylum seekers is lawful, reports suggest that the Turnbull Government is considering...
Reasons to celebrate This Australia Day gave hints that we are moving in the right direction Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 2nd February 2016
I have always been equivocal about our national holiday – Australia Day, or, as our Indigenous citizens call it, the Day of Mourning, Invasion Day, or, more...