Australian politics, society & culture


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How can the major parties address the rise of populism in Australia?
By Andrew Charlton and Lachlan Harris
A trip to the Philippines reveals the human cost of the war on drugs
By Margaret Simons
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The politics of rage won’t let us listen to one another
By Christos Tsiolkas
The climate-science champion of 2010 has morphed into the fossil-fuel supporter of 2016
By Robert Manne
The electorate has fractured into three economic and cultural zones
By George Megalogenis
China's rise is transforming the world. In this La Trobe University Ideas and Society session, Hugh White, one of the world's most influential scholars of international strategy, argues that the most prudent response for Washington – and its...
Homelessness has reached crisis levels in Melbourne and Sydney
By Paul Connolly
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Billion-dollar burnouts keep emissions rising
By Richard Denniss
What does One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts really believe?
By Sam Vincent
Hillary Clinton needs her new progressive agenda as much as America does
By Don Watson
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How did American democracy come to this?
By Richard Cooke
Do we live in a shrinking democracy? Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, believes that parliament is failing in protecting fundamental human rights and freedoms in Australia. Former foreign minister Bob Carr argues...
How have asylum seeker policies shifted over time? At the Melbourne Writers Festival 2016, Madeline Gleeson (Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru) and Emeritus Professor Robert Manne trace Australia’s history of asylum, assessing the human...
2016 is a big year in politics, with major elections in the US and Australia. At the Melbourne Writers Festival 2016, seasoned commentators Sarah Ferguson and Don Watson trace the evolution of leadership, comparing election processes and voter...
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The arts funding cuts are just a symptom of a broader malaise in Australia
By Alison Croggon
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Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture
By Richard Flanagan
What does the prime minister stand for, and when will we find out about it?
By Don Watson
PJ O’Rourke is an American political satirist and journalist whose books include All the Trouble in the World and Holidays in Hell. In the course of this entertaining and wide-ranging discussion with Kerry O’Brien at the Byron Writers Festival...