Australian politics, society & culture


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James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
By Amanda Lohrey
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How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
By Russell Marks
Donald Trump’s presidency feels both unprecedented and oddly familiar
By Don Watson
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia drew attention to a growing consensus in the Labor Party
By Mungo MacCallum
Like its predecessors, the Coalition government is still struggling to find a clear direction
By Nick Dyrenfurth
Attacking Bill Shorten won’t give Malcolm Turnbull the policy legitimacy he needs
By Mungo MacCallum
The Turnbull government keeps looking to coal to solve the country’s energy issues
By Mungo MacCallum
Who benefits from Malcolm Turnbull’s deal with Donald Trump?
By Mungo MacCallum
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What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?
By Mark McKenna
Why is the South Australian government so enthused about a nuclear waste dump?
By Richard Denniss
Australia needs to rethink its approach to regional security
By Hugh White
Donald Trump and Russia
By Robert Manne
The Australian’s campaign against Gillian Triggs is another in a long line of crude culture-war offensives
By Robert Manne
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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