Society

Remembrance or forgetting?. Image of the Stone of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Remembrance or forgetting?

Society / History

The Australian War Memorial and the Great Australian Silence

Property damage. Image of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, Labor MP Emma McBride and shadow housing minister Jason Clare after meeting with young renter Lydia Pulley during a visit to her home in Gosford on May 3, 2022

Property damage

Politics / Issues and policies / Society

What will it take for Australia to fix the affordable housing crisis?

The death of Kumanjayi Walker . Image of red-paint hands on Yuendumu Police Station

The death of Kumanjayi Walker

Society / Indigenous Australia / Law and order

On the shooting in Yuendumu and the trial of Northern Territory policeman Zachary Rolfe

ANAM Set and music in lockdown. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

ANAM Set and music in lockdown

Culture / Music / Society / COVID-19

The project that commissioned 67 Australian composers to write for each of Australian National Academy of Music’s musicians in lockdown


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OnlyFans and the adults in the room. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

➊ OnlyFans and the adults in the room

The emerging OnlyFans community offering training and support to adult-content creators

The death of Kumanjayi Walker . Image of red-paint hands on Yuendumu Police Station

➋ The death of Kumanjayi Walker

On the shooting in Yuendumu and the trial of Northern Territory policeman Zachary Rolfe

The endless reign of Rupert Murdoch. Image of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall

➌ The endless reign of Rupert Murdoch

After decades of influence, the media mogul isn’t so much a person as an epoch

On Her Majesty’s secret disservice. Image of Kim Philby (left) and Phillip Knightley

➍ On Her Majesty’s secret disservice

The reporter who uncovered the truth about Kim Philby, the 20th century’s most infamous spy, and his warnings for democratic society

Environment


No relief. Image of flood waters rising in Lismore, New South Wales, March 29, 2022

No relief

From fires to floods, Australia is failing our disaster survivors

Past the warning stage on climate. Flood scene from Lismore, New South Wales, February 28, 2022

Past the warning stage on climate

The floods and the advent of the climate emergency

Flooding back. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Flooding back

Watching the Brisbane River swell, once more, to a destructive force

The psychic terror wrought by palm-oil production. Photo of Marind community members sharing dreams of being eaten by oil palm

The psychic terror wrought by palm-oil production

How oil-palm plantations have uprooted the lives and dreams of a Papuan community

Rain on the rock. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Rain on the rock

The spectacle of Uluru after a storm, and what it might symbolise

The future of homes is electric. Image of a house with solar panels in Queensland

The future of homes is electric

Adapting our households to lock in climate-friendly behaviour is easier than you might think


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Media


Will Smith’s Oscars slap and the takes it spawned. Image of Will Smith hitting presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting an award at the Oscars, March 27, 2022

Will Smith’s Oscars slap and the takes it spawned

If there was anything more bizarre than Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, it was the plethora of absurd hot takes that followed

Good riddance, Alan Jones. Image of Alan Jones

Good riddance, Alan Jones

The shock jock is finally brought down by lacklustre ratings

The end game. Image of Julian Assange in London, April 11, 2019

The end game

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

Dear Jon

An open letter to Jon Faine: esteemed commentator, vintage car lover and schadenfreude enthusiast

Matters of opinion. Cartoon image of pen and paper, with writing on it

Matters of opinion

What is the cost of persistently reporting one’s observations?

Rushed judgement

When should allegations against senior politicians be published?


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Health


Keeping step. Image of an illustration of a tree, by Jeff Fisher

Keeping step

Alcoholics Anonymous in lockdown and out

The empathy deficit. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The empathy deficit

The Morrison government’s negligence in aged care is having devastating effects

Birth rites. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Birth rites

Why do some insist women should forgo pain relief in childbirth?

The agony and ecstasy. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The agony and ecstasy

Clinical trials in Perth will study the use of MDMA to treat PTSD and addiction

A trip to the doctor. Image of mushrooms

A trip to the doctor

A personal experience of how psychedelics are transforming mental health therapies

Celebrity misinformation . Image of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performing in 2019

Celebrity misinformation

The Foo Fighters’ AIDS denialism should be on the record


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Economics


The great wealth redistribution. Russotwins / Alamy Stock Photo

The great wealth redistribution

The repressive regulation of unions has decimated employee bargaining power, leaving wages going nowhere

The changing climate of risk. Image of bushfire threatening homes

The changing climate of risk

Financial institutions, investment funds and governments are being held to account over the costs of climate change

And now for something completely indifferent. Image of Guy Sebastian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, June, 2020

And now for something completely indifferent

The Morrison government is yet to fully realise that sidelining the arts hurts the economy

Which jobs and what growth?. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Which jobs and what growth?

We need to talk about the economy

The budget that wasn’t. Image of Josh Frydenberg at Parliament House

The budget that wasn’t

What if Frydenberg had actually created a budget for the times?

Fear of spending. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Fear of spending

So what is MMT and why should you care?


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History


Fish out of mortar. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Fish out of mortar

Saving Canowindra’s ancient fish fossils

The death of Yokununna: ‘Return to Uluru’. Ted Strehlow and Charles Mountford, 1935

The death of Yokununna: ‘Return to Uluru’

Mark McKenna explores Australia’s history of violence, dispossession and deception through one tragic incident

Australian idle

Fifty years after ‘A New Britannia’, whatever happened to the revolution?

‘A New Britannia’ turns 50. Humphrey McQueen (Image © Karen Donnelly) and A New Britannia

‘A New Britannia’ turns 50

Humphrey McQueen’s influential book questioned the nation-building myths of the time

Louisa Lawson, our first public feminist. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Louisa Lawson, our first public feminist

The pioneer of publishing and women’s rights has been unjustly overshadowed by regard for her famous son, Henry

State’s head revisited. Image of the Queen and Prince Philip meeting governor-general John Kerr, 1977

State’s head revisited

The Palace Letters confirm the Crown’s neutrality is irrevocably compromised


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Science & Technology


What does Russia’s war in Ukraine mean for collaborative space exploration?. Image showing detail of a 1965 Soviet Union stamp commemorating the first spacewalk

What does Russia’s war in Ukraine mean for collaborative space exploration?

Since the first human forayed beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, politics has never left space

Founding NEMO. An photograph of the spacewarping effect, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and depicting GAL-CLUS-022058s, located in the constellation of Fornax

Founding NEMO

Gravitational waves and the secrets of the universe

Echidna poo has changed our understanding of human evolution. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Echidna poo has changed our understanding of human evolution

Citizen science is not only helping echidna conservation, but changing how we think about evolution

Lunar orbit. Image of Supermoon over Footscray

Lunar orbit

The strange paths taken by the mind when overwhelmed by fear

The shed that contains the future . Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The shed that contains the future

A green hydrogen project in South Australia aims to demonstrate zero-emission energy production

Alien renaissance

A revived interest in alien visitation only underscores how little we know about the universe


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Education


How Australian public life has been diminished. Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and former prime minister Tony Abbott, November 7, 2019

How Australian public life has been diminished

Culture wars, climate wars and the bureaucratisation of writing have eroded the public sphere

Drama in hell. Image of theatre stage with empty chairs

Drama in hell

The descent of creative arts at Australia’s universities

The bin fire of the humanities. Artwork by TV Moore

The bin fire of the humanities

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

When the rivers run dry. Image of the University of Sydney, July 2020

When the rivers run dry

Universities are in trouble, and the government isn’t helping

A minor language

If Footscray Primary’s Vietnamese program ends, what else is lost?

Blind study

When it comes to China’s influence, Australian universities have been burying their heads in the sand for too long


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World


The challenge of China. Image of former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull appearing via video link

The challenge of China

Why have Australia–China relations deteriorated so comprehensively, and what can Australia do to restore them?

Balancing on a tower of chairs . Cartoon image of a man falling off a chair as it breaks

Balancing on a tower of chairs

On Australia’s relations with China

China panic: What can be done about anti-Chinese racism?. Image of the Australian and Chinese flags

China panic: What can be done about anti-Chinese racism?

The work of combatting Sinophobia must be combined with a critique of Australian foreign policies

The era of Xi Jinping. President Xi Jinping

The era of Xi Jinping

On the China Dream and the guiding ideology of Xi Jinping

The worst form of defence. Mohibullah

The worst form of defence

New revelations of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

Surf and turfed. Illustration

Surf and turfed

The Australian surfers battling Chinese developers in Fiji


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Food


Green house effect

Joost Bakker’s vision for sustainable housing is taking root

Guess who’s coming to dinner. Image of MasterChef 2020 judge Melissa Leong

Guess who’s coming to dinner

MasterChef conceals and reveals Australian racism

The milk of human genius. Image of cow in photo studio

The milk of human genius

The end of the cow is near as animal-free milk is likely to decimate the traditional dairy industry within the decade, and plant-based meat is set to upend the beef market

A near-impossible sell. Illustration

A near-impossible sell

Sprout farmer Bruce Adams has created one of Australia’s more unlikely oversized highway attractions

The next big thin

Dissecting dietary fads and habits

Masaaki’s sushi. Illustration

Masaaki’s sushi

Join the queue for Tasmania’s most sought-after Japanese


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Travel


A fisherman’s lament. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A fisherman’s lament

A solo road trip back to harsh realities

The Uighurs of Xinjiang. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The Uighurs of Xinjiang

A visit to Ürümqi’s quieted streets and contested museums

From locked out to locked in. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

From locked out to locked in

When international ports close, what happens to those at sea?

Tour de forced cancellations. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Tour de forced cancellations

How Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree, has been quieted by lockdown

Yellow submarine

A former Russian athlete’s plan for Australia’s first commercial sub

Walking the Wukalina Walk. Illustration

Walking the Wukalina Walk

A new four-day tour in Tasmania is owned and guided by Aboriginal people


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Family & Relationships


Ill-informed consent. Image of artwork by Sarah Goffman

Ill-informed consent

How piecemeal relationship and sexuality education is failing our schoolchildren

Doula by choice. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Doula by choice

Traditionally offering non-medical support to women during pregnancy, doulas are now providing care during abortions

He is risen!

Keeping mum about the Easter Bunny

Silver linings. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Silver linings

Having survived Afghanistan as a counterintelligence officer, a traumatised vet and his family lost their farm in the Adelaide Hills bushfires

Safety net. Illustration

Safety net

The security business partnering with domestic violence services to help women and children escape abuse

The sperm drought

Dwindling stocks of Australian sperm have fertility clinics looking overseas and couples looking online


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Law & Order


Blinding contracts and labour law. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Blinding contracts and labour law

A British backpacker’s win in the High Court has inadvertently left contractors with fewer employment protections

Wholesome prison blues. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Wholesome prison blues

The end of Risdon Prison’s Spartan Debating Club, which offered inmates skills for non-violent conflict

The first victim. Image of woman on train platform

The first victim

Does the legal system put people through unnecessary trauma?

The legal system is failing survivors of sexual violence, so why is it being maintained?. Image showing a statue of Lady Justice © Piotr Adamowicz / Alamy Stock Photo

The legal system is failing survivors of sexual violence, so why is it being maintained?

Faced with the choice between a gruelling court process or nothing, victim-survivors are often coming away more bruised from the experience than they were beforehand

Pride of place. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Pride of place

Why the Bondi Memorial honouring victims of Sydney’s LGBTIQ hate-crime epidemic matters for victims and their families

A bloody shame: Paid period leave should be law. Image of a tampon and a sanitary pad viewed from above

A bloody shame: Paid period leave should be law

Australia’s workplace laws must better accommodate the reproductive body


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Indigenous Australia


Art heist: The landmark conviction of an Aboriginal art centre’s manager . Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, ‘Dibirdibi country’ (2008

Art heist: The landmark conviction of an Aboriginal art centre’s manager

The jailing of Mornington Island Art’s chief executive for dishonest dealing has shone a light on ethics and colonialism in the Indigenous art world

Why hasn’t the government recognised the Aboriginal Tent Embassy?. Image of the first day of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, outside Parliament House, Canberra, on January 27, 1972

Why hasn’t the government recognised the Aboriginal Tent Embassy?

The decades-long protest is a symbol of Aboriginal sovereignty, which has been vigorously resisted by the Australian government

Songlines or pipelines in the Burrup?. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Songlines or pipelines in the Burrup?

The largest new fossil-fuel project in Australia threatens the world’s most significant rock art

The truth about truth-telling. Image of The Sea of Hands, representing support for reconciliation and the rights of Indigenous Australians

The truth about truth-telling

Revisiting trauma is not the road to justice for Aboriginal people

Suspended from the rock. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Suspended from the rock

Rock-climbers at Arapiles/Dyurrite say the parks department has misled traditional owners over climb closures

The Fortescue way. Detail from cover image of ‘Title Fight’ showing Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest and Yindjibarndi leader Michael Woodley

The Fortescue way

Fortescue Metals Group has a history of “unconscionable” settlements with Indigenous custodians


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National Security


Viral injustice. Image of Julian Assange

Viral injustice

Julian Assange’s extradition trial continues as an attack on journalism

Laurie Matheson, our man in Moscow. Image of Laurie Matheson

Laurie Matheson, our man in Moscow

Was ‘Australia’s James Bond’ working for the KGB? Or ASIO? Or both?

Nuclear brinkmanship and the doomsday scenario. Image of Marshall Islands, 1946

Nuclear brinkmanship and the doomsday scenario

The risk posed by the global weapons complex is much worse than you know

Looking for moles. Image of surveillance of David Combe

Looking for moles

The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence

China flexes. Illustration

China flexes

The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours

Spies like Oz. ASIO surveillance photograph of the 1968 May Day March in Wollongong

Spies like Oz

John Blaxland’s ‘The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963–1975’


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Gender


Agenda bender. Image of anonymous office workers

Agenda bender

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

Pushback. Image of Senator Mehreen Faruqi

Pushback

A senator’s fight against Australia’s racism and sexism

‘Here We Are’ at the Art Gallery of NSW. Image of ‘Sachiko’ my Miwa Yanagi

‘Here We Are’ at the Art Gallery of NSW

An opportunity for rethinking the position of women in contemporary art

You’re the voice. Illustration

You’re the voice

Helping trans and non-binary gendered people define their vocal identity

Terri Butler’s rise through the rancour. Illustration

Terri Butler’s rise through the rancour

The Queensland Labor MP on the hustings and the hating

Notes from a strip club. Image of a strip club

Notes from a strip club

Work as a stripper wasn’t quite what this newcomer imagined


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Sport


Cricketing institutions are on a sticky wicket. Image of test cricket captain Tim Paine announcing his resignation

Cricketing institutions are on a sticky wicket

Tim Paine’s sexting scandal reveals more about institutional failures than personal ones

Racing against time . Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Racing against time

The I-Kiribati Olympic sprinter hoping to draw attention to his nation’s climate catastrophe

Football’s coming home . Image of England players lining up during the penalty shoot-out following the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium, London

Football’s coming home

Home truths from the Euro 2020 tournament

Lumberjills. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Lumberjills

Once a male-heavy sport contested by dynastic families, competitive woodchopping is increasingly attracting strong women

One for the fans. Image of a Tottenham fan taking part in a protest over the planned creation of a European Super League

One for the fans

After an extraordinary week in football, fans of all stripes have something to celebrate

A more enlightened deathmatch . Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A more enlightened deathmatch

Deathmatch Downunder is making wrestling progressive, accessible and inclusive


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COVID-19


Australia’s world-leading COVID guidelines. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Australia’s world-leading COVID guidelines

When it came to setting guidelines for clinical treatment during the pandemic, Australia got it right

Marshall law. Image of South Australia Premier Steven Marshall addressing the media during a press conference in Adelaide, August 24, 2021

Marshall law

Premier Steven Marshall claimed South Australia was “COVID-ready” when the state opened borders just as Omicron was emerging, but it now faces the same issues as the eastern states

The needle and the damage done. Image of ‘Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey’ game

The needle and the damage done

The federal government’s handling of the pandemic has been the worst public policy screw-up in Australian history

Lockdown loaves and hampers. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Lockdown loaves and hampers

The pandemic has led to a surge in people needing help putting food on the table

A loss of character . Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A loss of character

Remembering some of Sydney’s well-known streetfolk

We need to think about post-lockdown rights. An anti-lockdown rally in Sydney, July 24, 2021

We need to think about post-lockdown rights

Lacking serious debate on the next stage of the pandemic, Australia is ill-prepared


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