Australian politics, society & culture


It took two weeks and endless bureaucracy to honour a dying wish
By Claire Konkes
James Lovatt
Lovatts Crosswords gave its profits to employees. What went wrong?
By Richard Cooke
Bertram Wainer inspired a young Tim Flannery to take on the establishment
By Tim Flannery
The late historian leaves behind a stunning body of scholarship
By Tom Griffiths
Welcome to the Collingwood English Language School
By Ingrid Laguna
At the Byron Writers Festival 2016, the Saturday Paper’s editor, Erik Jensen, joins award-winning novelist Charlotte Wood (The Natural Way of Things) to discuss the Northern Territory youth detention controversy, the effect of royal commissions, the rise in homelessness, and how fiction can respond to the news, among other topics. Byron Bay, August 2016
Are environmental rights also human rights? At Byron Writers Festival 2016, author, journalist, political adviser and pioneering feminist Anne Summers chairs a panel that includes former Greens leader Bob Brown, human-rights lawyer and executive director of Refugee Legal David Manne and Nobel Prize–winning scientist Peter Doherty. Byron Bay, August 2016
As part of the Wednesday Lectures 2016 at the University of Melbourne, Raimond Gaita asks: Is the idea of a common humanity a useful one with which to think about the moral, legal and political relations between people and peoples? Raimond Gaita is a professorial fellow in the Faculty of Arts and the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne, and a professor emeritus of moral philosophy at King’s College London. Melbourne, August 2016
At the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference 2016, Helen Fatouros, executive director of criminal law services at Victoria Legal Aid, looks at how the youth justice system works and how it might be improved. Melbourne, July 2016
At the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference 2016, Tory Russell, co-founder and director of HandsUp United, based in Ferguson, Missouri, speaks about the Black Lives Matter movement. Melbourne, July 2016
At the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference 2016, barrister Julian McMahon, who represented Van Tuong Nguyen and Bali Nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, looks at the politics of executions in Asia, with specific reference to the Philippines and Indonesia. Melbourne, July 2016
Cover of The Hate Race
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By Brenda Walker
Cover of East West Street
Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
By Martin Krygier
Image of Roald Dahl in his writing hut
The life and legacy of Roald Dahl
By Anwen Crawford
Image of Sydney University graduate
Where has demand driven our universities?
By Thornton McCamish
Image of Michelle Guthrie
The new managing director’s vision isn’t clear
By Margaret Simons
A cat-detection team are doing important work on Dirk Hartog Island
By Nicole Gill
From the census debacle to the Don Dale scandal, politicians and the public have short memories
By Nick Feik