The search for extraterrestrial minds

Society Religion and ethics

That we understand the nature of the cosmos has profound implications in the search for life

Drama in hell

Culture Theatre

The descent of creative arts at Australia’s universities

War of error

Politics Australian Defence Force

US failures in Afghanistan and the folly of Australia’s unquestioning support

Sister acts

Society Asylum seekers

The life and times of activist Sister Brigid Arthur

Dismembering government

Politics Federal politics

New public management and why the Commonwealth government can’t do anything anymore

The pandemic and the shrinking of Australian politics

Politics Federal politics

Rather than prompting reform, the COVID emergency has hardened the major parties’ neoliberal ideology

The ministry of pandemics

Politics International politics

How the spread of the virus revealed our leaders to us

Adam Bandt, the personable hardliner

Politics Federal politics

Where will the Greens’ unusual new leader take the party?

Hillsong’s strange tides

Politics Federal politics

Brian Houston’s Pentecostal movement in an age of climate change and coronavirus

Super heroes or super villains?

How the secretive trillionaire superannuation funds are using your money to reshape capitalism

Inside the Nationals

Politics Federal politics

As the National Party celebrates its centenary, its future is in the hands of bitter rivals Michael McCormack and Barnaby Joyce

The climate interviews

Society Environment

In the face of the looming catastrophes of climate change, how do we talk when we’re lost for words? The author speaks with everyday Australians to see if we can articulate hope and provoke action