Australian politics, society & culture


In recent times, the Middle East has seen many tensions arising from the struggles for democracy. Professor Ghassan Hage nominates "de-cosmopolitanisation" as one of the most profound changes in global democratic culture.
Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of Melbourne Law School, looks at religious vilification laws and provisions that exempt religions from usual non-discrimination laws, to explore how democracies are both challenged and reinforced by religious diversity.
Cartoon showing man fighting cactus
In central Victoria, locals are taking up arms against the invading wheel cactus
By John van Tiggelen
Does medical screening do more harm than good?
By Karen Hitchcock
Truth, fiction and psychotherapy
By JM Coetzee & Arabella Kurtz
JMC “The stories we tell about ourselves may not be true, but they are all we have.” I am interested in our relations with these stories we tell about ourselves, stories that may or may not be true. Let me select three cases. (a) I have a story about myself which I sincerely believe to be true, in fact which
A young boy holding two dead possums at a trappers camp in the Blackall district, Queensland, 1908
From stick insects to swagmen in Don Watson’s ‘The Bush’
By John Hirst
At home with Rosie Batty
By Helen Garner
Warren Entsch at the Coming of the Light festival on Thursday Island, July 2013. © Aaron Smith
A trip through the Torres Strait to see the Coming of the Light festival
By Thornton McCamish
Asylum seekers and freedom of speech
By André Dao
To mark the 60th anniversary of Overland magazine, former Greens leader Bob Brown speaks with Overland editor Jeff Sparrow about the future of the green movement, the role of protest and demonstration and how Brown maintains faith in the future.
Race, recognition and a more complete Commonwealth
By Noel Pearson
Joan Beaumont, author of "Broken Nation", speaks with Robert Manne about the centenary of the First World War and what the war meant for Australia. Presented as part of La Trobe University's "Ideas & Society" series.
Infamous for his provocative strategies, fake controversies and viral news stories, Holiday is the Director of Marketing at American Apparel and author of best-seller ‘Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator’.
Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria and winner of the Miles Franklin Award for her novel Carpentaria.
‘Felony’ and ‘Locke’ in review
By Anwen Crawford
Another year, another Australian crime drama. From The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906), the first feature-length film ever made, through to contemporary offerings like Animal Kingdom (2010), our cinema is haunted by the penal colony. These films have been, for the most part, films about men. Bad men, good men and
What does it take to get your ideas onto our TV screens? Do TV audiences reward creative risk taking? Is there an appetite for political satire, surreal comedy, and programs with a distinctive character?
Author Brigid Delaney, actor and writer Brendan Cowell, Headmaster of Oxley College Michael Parker, and psychologist and author Steve Biddulph talk about youth and violence. Chaired by Paola Totaro.
Alex Miller and Rai Gaita discuss Miller's award-winning novels set in what he calls the 'Stone Country'. This conversation is part of La Trobe University's "Ideas & Society" program, and was held during the Bendigo Writers' Festival in 2014. Miller and Gaita are both from central Victoria, and are close