Australian politics, society & culture


IBAC investigates Victoria’s rotten education bureaucracy
By Catherine Ford
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
Emma Kowal’s ‘Trapped in the Gap’ examines the ‘White anti-racist’ in indigenous Australia
By Kim Mahood
A few years ago, a friend of mine worked as a nurse for a men’s health organisation in a remote Aboriginal community. One of his responsibilities was to accompany the men when they travelled to other communities for ceremonial business, and attend to any illness or injury that occurred. At one of these events, a young
The many talents of a much-maligned rodent
By Anne Manne
The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up. Working without scripts, the five speakers have just 15 minutes apiece.   In this excerpt, investigative journalist Kate McClymont, co-author of He Who Must Be Obeid, looks at the art
The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up. Working without scripts, the five speakers have just 15 minutes apiece. In this excerpt, chef Adam Liaw looks at food stories: why they’re both unendurably boring and absolutely necessary. You
In this La Trobe University Ideas and Society session, Professor John Dewar, vice-chancellor of La Trobe and chair of the Federal Ministerial Universities’ Legislation & Financing Working Group, looks at the prospects for the university in Australia. He then joins La Trobe’s chancellor Adrienne Clarke and
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