Australian politics, society & culture


Does leaving your smartphone at home make you feel panicked? Maybe its absence feels like a guilty pleasure. Today, a life without the internet is like a life without reality. We have taught our brains to expect connectedness, instantaneous answers and constant entertainment. We no longer get bored, or know how to.
Even the most intelligent, motivated and good-humoured souls would find it difficult to solve gender inequality within the space of an hour. But they could vent cathartically about everything that’s gone wrong in their lives, and the extent to which the world at large has been unhelpful or surprisingly accommodating
Too many kangaroos loose in Canberra
By Sam Vincent
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The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines
By Margaret Simons
What role does ego play in medicine?
By Karen Hitchcock
The author of ‘This House of Grief’ and ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ on writing about darkness
By Helen Garner
Talk of stripping citizenship is just one example of Tony Abbott’s alarmist rhetoric
By Mark McKenna
How can we tackle inequality in Australia? This opening session of the Progress 2015 conference features a call to arms from John Falzon, the CEO of St Vincent de Paul, and an agenda-setting panel of Australian social movement leaders: Ged Kearney, president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions; Cassandra
A conversation with Julian Assange
By John Keane
When you’re driving a bus full of tourists through the Australian outback, a packet of chewing gum may be your only hope
By Robert Skinner
On pregnancy and birth, tradition and family
By Alice Pung
Obesity is a health issue, not an identity issue
By Karen Hitchcock
The Corporate Fighter course gets white-collar workers in the boxing ring
By Alex McClintock
Australian universities need US-style funding, not US-style fees
By Linda Jaivin
What does real, long-term change on men’s violence against women look like? What policy asks should we be rallying behind? What barriers do we need to overcome to secure them? What can individuals and organisations without specialist expertise do to make meaningful change happen? A panel of experts, including
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
Join acclaimed moral philosopher Peter Singer at the Progress 2015 conference as he discusses the emerging movement of effective altruism, which is both a philosophical outlook on how to live life and a social movement. Singer introduces us to an array of remarkable people who are restructuring their lives to
This panel discussion at Progress 2015 looks at the future of journalism and media start-ups in Australia. How do you build an audience? How can we tell better stories in the media? What model will make quality journalism sustainable in the long term? Matt Levinson (Get Up!) moderates the session with Erik Jensen (