Australian politics, society & culture


As ANZAC ceremony numbers attest, stories of service are among Australia’s most important narratives. This session brings together two novelists who have recently published books about the Second World War.
Alison Bechdel is the author of two books telling of growing up gay in a small town. Rabih Alameddine has written about AIDS, Civil War, exile, death and, in An Unnecessary Woman, about living a meaningful life.
David Vann was 13 when his father committed suicide, while Steve Bisley was raised in the shadow of his father’s post-traumatic stress. They speak with Ian Nichols.
Should the Racial Discrimination Act be amended? Watch Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane in conversation with Robert Manne
Euthanasia remains one of the most challenging moral and philosophical questions. What is to be gained and lost if assisted suicide is legalised? Does society need a better approach to dying?
Investigative journalists Bret Christian and Colleen Egan discuss how the suspicion of wrongful sentencing led them on quests to discover the truth behind two mistaken criminal convictions.
Australia's best science communicators come together to explore the challenges of relaying complex and important scientific information to the wider community
George E Marcus is currently Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and founder of its Center for Ethnography.
Issue-driven novels can be supremely powerful. In their books Christos Tsiolkas, Kathryn Heyman and Alexis Wright have deftly tackled the topics of class, migration, climate change and Indigenous affairs.
Clive Hamilton, author of Earthmasters, asks the question: What would it mean for humans to mould nature as a whole, to make the Earth itself into an artefact designed to suit our needs?
Those of us who live on the island of Australia can’t help but be influenced by its unique landscape.
Those of us who live on the island of Australia can’t help but be influenced by its unique landscape. Malcolm Knox, Kathryn Heyman and Ian Hoskins discuss understanding Australia through the nature and history of its land.
You can learn a lot about a country from its pastimes and the people who have fallen between the cracks of history. This is a look at the history of Australia, but not as you know it.
Rupert Murdoch owns 70 per cent of the media in Australia and is one of the biggest players in global media. Recently Murdoch has been the subject of increasing scrutiny following the News of the World phone hacking scandal in Britain.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz in conversation with shadow treasurer Chris Bowen on the economic perils facing Australia, hosted by the Chifley Research Centre. Canberra, July 2014
What does China's Communist Revolution have to teach us about modern North Korea? What light can North Korea shed on China? Can the lessons of one country help the people of the other find freedom and justice?
Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years.