Australian politics, society & culture


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Mark McKenna’s ‘From the Edge’ tells four fascinating stories of Aboriginal and settler interaction through the history of place
By Frank Bongiorno
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Emily Witt’s ‘Future Sex’ and Sheila Rowbotham’s ‘Rebel Crossings’ approach the concept of free love from different perspectives
By Anwen Crawford
STEM is the future, and women need to be part of it
By Margaret Wertheim
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The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common
By Ann Arnold
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James Packer has been down, but he’s not out
By Richard Cooke
It was championed by women’s groups, but Addyi is not the “female Viagra”
By Karen Hitchcock
The Weekly Service offers a different kind of communion
By Sylvia Rowley
One dedicated bird watcher devoted years to the elusive night parrot
By Anthony Ham
The links between Australia’s poppy industry and opioid addiction crisis
By Hamish McDonald
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The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing
By David Marr
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The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence
By David McKnight
Is Nick Cleary’s ambitious CLARA project the answer to Australia’s fast-rail question?
By Paddy Manning
A trip to the Philippines reveals the human cost of the war on drugs
By Margaret Simons
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The politics of rage won’t let us listen to one another
By Christos Tsiolkas
How should doctors be assessed? And how should they assess themselves?
By Karen Hitchcock
In 1980 a giant gold nugget changed the Hillier family’s fortunes
By Lisa Clausen
The Rhodes Scholarship is slowly embracing diversity
By Zoë Morrison
The climate-science champion of 2010 has morphed into the fossil-fuel supporter of 2016
By Robert Manne