Australian politics, society & culture


An excursion into George Brandis’s Brave New World of metadata capture and storage
By Tony Wilson
An exegesis on unintended consequences
By Mat Keneally
This month Tony Abbott squibbed the greatest moral challenge of his age and shelved plans to amend the Racial Discrimination Act. That was tough on George Brandis, who had drafted a gem of law prohibiting racial vilification only where the victim felt threatened with physical violence. The proposed law would have
A heartfelt plea from two political comedians
By Toby Halligan and Mat Keneally
To the Honourable George Brandis and Eric Abetz, It’s been a rough week for both of you. Eric, you fell into that classic trap of suggesting abortion and breast cancer are connected. We've all been there. George, you had some trouble dealing with one of those “tech-heads”, David Speers, and now you'
A singular analysis of AFL players’ names
By Peter Cronin