essays

Blood lies

Politics Ian Macdonald

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

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

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

Sole of a nation

Society Indigenous Australia

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

Red alert

Politics US politics

After the chaos of Trump’s loss and the Capitol Hill riot, the Republican Party is at war with itself, and the warning signs for America are loud and clear

The bin fire of the humanities

Society Education

Casualisation and relentless cost-cutting have destroyed the credibility of Australian universities

Nightclubs, pandemics and our real selves

Society COVID-19

For some in the disabled community, it wasn’t long after COVID hit that the all-in-this-together sentiment started falling apart

The emperor’s new robe

Politics

When four-time mayor Paul Pisasale was jailed for fraud and corruption, ‘Mr Ipswich’ left behind a fractured city ruled for the benefit of developers and mates

The scandals he walks past

Politics Federal politics

In Morrison’s government, a lack of accountability has become systemic

The glass curtain

Culture Music

Classical music’s problem with women