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Andrew Tate in dark sunglasses flanked by two men, attending his trial in Bucharest, Romania, July 2023


The Tate race

Online misogyny touted by the likes of Andrew Tate (awaiting trial for human trafficking and rape) is radicalising Australian schoolboys

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Machine learning

The AI-writing app ChatGPT poses a challenge not only to our education system but to how we think

Image of Malcolm Turnbull speaking at an event. He is seen from the side, at the right of frame, and appears against a dark background, with two spots of white light appearing on the left of frame.


Malcolm Turnbull vs the right to protest

The former prime minister’s reaction to campus protests underlines how universities – once havens of free expression – have been reduced to sites of sanctioned speech

Image of Wesley College in Melbourne, one of the largest private schools in the country. March 19, 2020. Image © James Ross / AAP Images


Private reservations

Australia’s obsession with private schools is only adding to a deepening democratic deficit

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The slow fade of music education

An elegy for music, learning and impoverished culture

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and former prime minister Tony Abbott, November 7, 2019. Image © Bianca De Marchi / AAP Image

How Australian public life has been diminished

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

Image of theatre stage with empty chairs

Drama in hell

The descent of creative arts at Australia’s universities

Artwork by TV Moore

The bin fire of the humanities

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

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?