Australian politics, society & culture


From the census debacle to the Don Dale scandal, politicians and the public have short memories
By Nick Feik
The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours
By Michael Wesley
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary ‘Weiner’ charts the fall of a congressman who can’t keep out of the spotlight
By Leigh Sales
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Australia’s solar champions face an uncertain future
By Ceridwen Dovey
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What did the party deliver?
By Paddy Manning
Brexit, Trump and the federal election show how the old categories of left and right are crumbling
By Richard Denniss
Consultation and transparency are the keys to successful arts policy
By Wesley Enoch
How does the reinvigorated treaty movement fit with recognition?
By Megan Davis
China since the other Malcolm
By Robert Drewe
The coral bleaching signals a defining environmental shift
By Jo Chandler
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On the road with Bill Shorten
By Chloe Hooper
There’s a new contender in Sophie Mirabella and Cathy McGowan’s battle for Indi
By John van Tiggelen
Australia’s changing place in Britain’s EU deliberations
By Stuart Ward
The electorate is not as volatile as we might imagine
By George Megalogenis
Can Malcolm Turnbull survive on optimism alone?
By Judith Brett
By Nick Feik
“Our prime minister says that we must ‘live within our means’,” writes Don Watson. “The treasurer and the minister for finance both say it. As is the custom, having said it once, they have said it again and again.” It’s not the only thing on repeat at the moment. The Coalition government, in the heat of the pre-
Australia’s car industry has met policy failure head-on
By Richard Denniss
Whatever the politicians say, we can't afford to skimp on education
By Don Watson