Australian politics, society & culture


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
Obesity is a health issue, not an identity issue
By Karen Hitchcock
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
A conversation with Julian Assange
By John Keane
Australian universities need US-style funding, not US-style fees
By Linda Jaivin
The Corporate Fighter course gets white-collar workers in the boxing ring
By Alex McClintock
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
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 (
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
Join NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (via video link), Greens senator Scott Ludlam and the Australian director of Human Rights Watch Elaine Pearson for a historic discussion on Australia’s national and global surveillance state and how we can and must build a stronger movement to protect our freedoms in the digital
Part 1 | Part 2 Over the past 40 years, women with and without children have moved into the workforce in rising numbers. One of the enduring paradoxes of this dramatic change has been the fact that the proportion of domestic work undertaken by men has not changed substantially in response. No matter how much paid
Part 1 | Part 2 While politicians drown us in platitudes about ‘working families’ and ’family values’ our appetite for anti-child messages is growing. Kids, it is said, destroy your independence, and demolish achievements and, above all, your sex life. Not so much bundles of joy as pint-sized life wreckers. Surveys
A one-woman assault on condescension
By Helen Garner
The mysteries of the microbiome
By Jo Chandler
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A life in accidents
By Tim Winton