essays

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

Agenda bender

Society Gender

What shifting notions of sex and gender mean for affirmative action in the workplace

A trip to the doctor

Society Health

A personal experience of how psychedelics are transforming mental health therapies

The end game

Society Law and order

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is slowly dying in a UK prison, as the US maintains its fight to have him die in theirs – but there is hope

On the chain

Politics Immigration

A Victorian abattoir dispute shone a light on a system designed to exploit migrant workers’ hopes and ambitions

To be free

Culture Books

The Booker Prize–winning author on the need to write against the dogmas of conformity

Blood lies

Politics Ian Macdonald

An African Australian’s DNA nightmare as faulty science keeps his family separated

The most hated man

Society Law and order

On the sentencing of Richard Pusey for outraging public decency

Australian purgatory

Society Asylum seekers

The permanent damage of temporary protection

Ill-informed consent

Society Family and relationships

How piecemeal relationship and sexuality education is failing our schoolchildren