Australian politics, society & culture


A welcome to Turnbull and a farewell to slogans
By Don Watson
Deterrents and resettlement may be the only way to break the asylum-seeker gridlock
By Robert Manne
Australia’s long and surprising history of playing racial politics
By George Megalogenis
On the road with the irrepressible Nick Xenophon
By Anne Manne
The Australia Council’s history of challenges and challengers
By Julian Meyrick
Exit Abbott, enter Turnbull
By Nick Feik
Australia has benefited enormously from the economic transformation of China. But it is also deeply concerned about the broader consequences of China's return as a great power. Do fear and greed drive Australia's relations with China? What forces should shape this most important relationship and how is it likely to
A dinner date with Billy Snedden
By Robert Drewe
The US and China’s struggle for power in Asia
By Hugh White
Kevin Rudd gave the ALP its best chance for stable leadership
By Richard Denniss
“Democracy is in serious trouble …” So begins Tariq Ali in his confronting new book, The Extreme Centre, challenging citizens and governments to ensure freedom and equality across the world. Australia, Ali says, “specialises in battery-farming politicians of a provincial cast with impressive regularity …
When social services are cut, hospitals are left to fill the holes
By Karen Hitchcock
Tony Abbott’s surprises keep coming
By Don Watson
Former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on Greece’s economic crisis
By Christos Tsiolkas
The constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians requires meaningful consultation
By Noel Pearson
Why Australia won’t help the Rohingya
By Richard Cooke
Favours and foreign affairs: Joko Widodo’s first year as Indonesian president
By Hamish McDonald
Joe Hockey and the myth of Coalition economic management
By Richard Denniss