essays

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 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

From Abbott to Zumbo

Politics Feminism

A short history of the Coalition’s ‘women problem’

How to lose her voice

Society Feminism

On testimonial injustice and the ways women are silenced

Sole of a nation

Society Indigenous Australia

The untold Aboriginal history of the R.M. Williams boot