Australian politics, society & culture


Why have we failed to address climate change?
By Robert Manne
Julia at Melbourne Zoo in 2011.
The strange life and tragic death of Julia the gorilla
By Anna Krien
Following the indigenous seasonal calendar
By Jenan Taylor
Wild deer are heading for the suburbs
By Paul Connolly
How long can Australia ride in the coal wagon?
By Paul Cleary
Iain McCalman is a social historian and a research professor at the University of Sydney. His latest book, The Reef: A passionate history, tells the story of Australia’s wondrous Great Barrier Reef, and what has happened since human contact with it.   Not distant theoretical history, but passionately
How charities transform the clothes we throw away
By Delia Falconer
The many talents of a much-maligned rodent
By Anne Manne
Too many kangaroos loose in Canberra
By Sam Vincent
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth: it’s not about carbon – it’s about capitalism. It’s time climate change was a campaigning priority outside the environment bubble. This panel from the Progress 2015 conference features Naomi Klein (award-winning journalist and
To preserve Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne should learn from Sydney
By Tim Flannery
Is it possible that the world’s songbirds all come from Australia? Yes, according to biologist Tim Low in his fascinating ornithological history of Australia, Where Song Began. Low’s wonderfully readable book literally turns the map upside down and makes a compelling case for the origin of birds in the antipodes. Join
For the 40th anniversary of one of Australia’s worst natural disasters, Sophie Cunningham has written a fascinating history of the event, Warning: The story of Cyclone Tracy. Drawing from eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the devastation, Cunningham has created an exhilarating and deeply compassionate
Rugby star David Pocock says sport and politics are always mixed
By Sam Vincent
Hugh Mackay is a passionate chronicler of human interactions. At the Perth Writers Festival 2015 he reads from and discusses his new book, The Art of Belonging, which reignites the conversation about how we want to live. Drawing on 50 years’ experience as a social researcher, Mackay creates a fictional suburb,
George Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change. As part of La Trobe University's Ideas and Society program, he joins Professor Robert Manne at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne to discuss the complex psychology behind climate change denial.
Are we generally optimistic or are we tending more and more towards pessimism? Despite the current state of environmental and political affairs, former Greens leader Bob Brown (author of the memoir Optimism) seems firmly entrenched in the positive camp; having just completed a book on the influence of
The BARK program at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre sees prisoners taking care of dogs
By Andrew McMillen