Australian politics, society & culture


Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne
By David Neustein
By Les Murray
  Plucked chook we called Poultry, or Fowl, a meat rare in our kitchens, crepe-skinned for festivity or medicine. As Chooks alive, they were placid donors of eggs and mild music. Perches and dark gave them sleep. Then came the...
By Josephine Rowe
At 33 he goes back to the town his mother was raised in. She’d taken him there as a child every summer, for her own birthday, and they’d rowed out in a hired tinnie to eat a picnic above the place she believed her house must have been. Must still be...
Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’
By Robert Manne
Frank Moorhouse’s ‘Australia Under Surveillance’ and David Horner’s ‘The Spy Catchers: The official history of ASIO, 1949–1963’
By David McKnight
Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
By Anna Goldsworthy
Gambler and MONA founder David Walsh has written a book
By Amanda Lohrey
The politics of Clive Palmer
By Guy Rundle
Marc Hunter
Australia has produced only six true rock stars
By Robert Forster
An excursion into George Brandis’s Brave New World of metadata capture and storage
By Tony Wilson
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Guy Rundle
Vintage Australia; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
Virago Press; $29.99
By Gretchen Shirm
Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Kevin Rabalais
The perverse attraction of autobiographical fiction
By Ceridwen Dovey
The long decline of U2
By Anwen Crawford
How World War One came to Broken Hill
By Nicholas Shakespeare