Australian politics, society & culture


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
The 2015 budget has come and gone, but where is Joe Hockey's National Conversation?
By Nick Feik
In this La Trobe University Ideas and Society session at the Wheeler Centre, David Kilcullen, author of the Quarterly Essay ‘Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State’, and La Trobe University emeritus professor Robert Manne discuss the rise of ISIS and the threat it poses. David Kilcullen was a senior adviser to
David Manne addresses the Thinking For Yourself Conference (arranged in honour of his uncle, Robert Manne) on the ethics of protecting the rights of those that seek shelter on our shores. Presented by La Trobe University, Melbourne, March 2013
The predictable patterns of Australian politics
By George Megalogenis
Australia has cheerfully grown complacent, self-absorbed and selfish
By Robert Manne
The best way to honour our murdered countrymen is to speak out against the death penalty
By Nick Dyrenfurth
Tony Abbott was right that fear and greed shape Australian attitudes to China
By Mungo MacCallum
Joe Hockey, Mathias Cormann and Kelly O'Dwyer gather around the Intergenerational Report in March. © Mick Tsikas / AAP
How economic modelling is used to circumvent democracy and shut down debate
By Richard Denniss
Journalist and television presenter Geraldine Doogue interviewed women who lead the way in a range of fields for her book The Climb: Conversations with Australian women in power. Journalist and former politician Mary Delahunty was granted exclusive insider access to Prime Minister Julia Gillard during her last six
There is a jarring disconnect between social media–fuelled activism and general disenfranchisement with politics. How are journalists bridging the divide?   Madonna King (journalist and biographer of Joe Hockey), Mary Delahunty (author of Public Life, Private Grief and Gravity: Inside the PM’s office
By Nick Feik
Part 1 | Part 2 In this frank and enlightening conversation, former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser discusses the guiding ideas and key moments of his political career (and subsequent...