Australian politics, society & culture


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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
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Lynette Wallworth’s ‘Collisions’ brings virtual reality to the Western Desert
By Quentin Sprague
Roof detail of the Australian Islamic Centre
The Australian Islamic Centre is notable for what it isn’t as much as for what it is
By David Neustein
Homelessness has reached crisis levels in Melbourne and Sydney
By Paul Connolly
Simon Oxenham has designed some of the world’s greatest skateparks
By Jenan Taylor
Image of the Condamine River on fire
Billion-dollar burnouts keep emissions rising
By Richard Denniss
Join the queue for Tasmania’s most sought-after Japanese
By Josephine Rowe
How do doctors manage when there are more patients and fewer resources?
By Karen Hitchcock
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