Australian politics, society & culture


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
Talk of stripping citizenship is just one example of Tony Abbott’s alarmist rhetoric
By Mark McKenna
Richard Di Natale and a new leadership team hit the mainstream
By Amanda Lohrey
Australian universities need US-style funding, not US-style fees
By Linda Jaivin
A win for David Cameron and the Conservatives in the UK was inevitable
By Guy Rundle