Australian politics, society & culture


In discussions about climate change, indigenous voices are often overlooked – even though their regions are often the ones in the greatest peril when it comes to the effects of global warming. Join 350 Pacific’s Jacynta Fuamatu, Indigenous Australian writer Jared Thomas and Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 as they discuss the right for their communities to have a say in international decision-making. What steps can we take in order for these marginalised communities to have their voices and concerns heard? With Tony Birch. Melbourne, August 2016
Are environmental rights also human rights? At Byron Writers Festival 2016, author, journalist, political adviser and pioneering feminist Anne Summers chairs a panel that includes former Greens leader Bob Brown, human-rights lawyer and executive director of Refugee Legal David Manne and Nobel Prize–winning scientist Peter Doherty. Byron Bay, August 2016
A cat-detection team are doing important work on Dirk Hartog Island
By Nicole Gill
Why are our pets so pampered?
By Anne Manne
The coral bleaching signals a defining environmental shift
By Jo Chandler
Solastalgia and the impact of the recent bushfires
By Nicole Gill
As part of La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society program, Clive Hamilton, Robert Manne and Liz Conor discuss prospects after the 2015 Paris Climate Summit. Clive Hamilton is Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, a member of the Climate Change Authority, and the author of three books on climate change. Robert Manne is emeritus professor of politics and vice-chancellor’s fellow at La Trobe University. His books include Left, Right, Left and Making Trouble. Liz Conor (chair) is a Future Fellow at La Trobe University, author of Skin Deep and the editor of the scholarly journal Aboriginal History. She is the co-founder of ClimActs and attended the Paris Climate Summit. Melbourne, March 2016
We’re at a tipping point when it comes to global warming, and yet political discourse on the subject is often reduced to point scoring. How do we overcome the left–right impasse to achieve a collective will for action? Nobel laureate Peter Doherty, the Australia Institute’s chief economist Richard Denniss and journalist Laura Tingle discuss this subject with Di Darmody at the Perth Writers Festival 2016.   Perth, February 2016
The notorious island has been a site of incarceration, occupation and, now, “extreme gardening”
By Sophie Cunningham
What eels do when we're not watching
By James Bradley
A day at Christmas Island’s Lizard Lodge
By Nicole Gill
How can Australia keep its Paris climate promises?
By Bill McKibben
The big fracking mess of resource politics
By Guy Rundle
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