Australian politics, society & culture


Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Melbourne Zoo at 150
By Christine Kenneally
A guide to the Murray Darling Basin
By Kate Jennings
By Monthly Wire
There’s been remarkably little critical debate on the Left about what Gillard’s carbon price will actually achieve. Environmental groups are uniformly spruiking it, perhaps sensing the package is the last conceivable near-term chance of climate...
Aided by Purves Environmental Fund, sculptor Mark Coreth rides his life-sized ice polar bear in Sydney, 3 June 2011. © Reuters/Daniel Munoz
Australia’s patrons of climate change activism
By Guy Pearse
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The coal industry’s coal-fed algae plan
By Guy Pearse
Caged rats awaiting their fate. © Francesca Yorke/Getty Images
Reflections on the breeding house
By Gail Bell
Shi Zhengrong and his wife, Vivienne, with Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett, atop the Sydney Theatre Company, which is 70% powered by Suntech's Pluto technology, November 2010. © Brendon Thorne/Getty Images
Shi Zhengrong
By Eric Knight
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The secret lives of ants
By Robert Drewe
Katsushika Hokusai, 'Under the Wave off Kanagawa', c. 1830. © Corbis
Reflections on Japan
By Lian Hearn
A Siberian tiger feeds on a live chicken in the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, 2011. © How Hwee Young/EPA/Corbis
Harbin, China
By Linda Jaivin
A rapscallian's resort, Central Park. © Cameron Davidson / Corbis
Central Park, New York
By Janette Turner Hospital
Bluestone Bay, Tasmania. © Paul Sinclair / The Freycinet Experience
Freycinet, Tasmania
By Nicholas Shakespeare
Hungry raccoons. © Bettmann / Corbis
Animal-watching abroad
By Sonya Hartnett
Brisbane, 1974 © Bruce Postle
By Alex Miller
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Guy Pearse
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Cate Kennedy