Australian politics, society & culture


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
George Megalogenis’ book Australia’s Second Chance begins in 1788 with first contact and makes its way into our future. With newly available information and fresh interviews, Megalogenis weaves our history into a compelling narrative about who we are and what we might yet become. He discusses the book with
Kerry O’Brien’s Keating is as close to a memoir or autobiography of Paul Keating as we will ever get.   Join O’Brien and Laura Tingle at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2016 as they discuss the conversations between one of Australia’s most intriguing public figures and the country’s most influential political
As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Aged 17, she escaped to China. Twelve years later, she was reunited with her family.   She is the author of The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story, and she
Scott Ludlam
The Greens senator with mass appeal
By Sam Vincent
Why indigenous languages should be spoken in our parliaments
By Noel Pearson
Malcolm Turnbull’s greatest obstacle to tax reform is close to home
By Richard Denniss
Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore has spent years studying the history of Russia, from the Romanov dynasty to Stalin. Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen has written extensively on Russian society and politics, including a critical biography of Vladimir Putin. At the Perth Writers Festival 2016, they
By Nick Feik
In 2014, Malcolm Turnbull said Australia’s tax system was “too tough on people earning income, i.e. the entrepreneurs, the people who are growing and driving, younger people in jobs, working hard, making money in their businesses. It is too tough on them. But it is incredibly concessional to older people who have made
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Why is Australia planning so many new casinos?
By David Neustein
The dominance of baby boomers is becoming total
By Richard Cooke
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Indonesia’s mass killings have been overlooked for 50 years
By Robert Manne and Mark Aarons
Just how innovative is the Turnbull government’s innovation package?
By Nick Feik
The prime minister does not seem to be himself at all
By Don Watson
John Blaxland’s ‘The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963–1975’
By David McKnight
How can Australia keep its Paris climate promises?
By Bill McKibben