Australian politics, society & culture


Australia has benefited enormously from the economic transformation of China. But it is also deeply concerned about the broader consequences of China's return as a great power. Do fear and greed drive Australia's relations with China? What forces should shape this most important relationship and how is it likely to
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The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines
By Margaret Simons
Life outside the detention centres on Manus Island
By Jo Chandler
Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Kevin Rabalais
Virago Press; $29.99
By Gretchen Shirm
How World War One came to Broken Hill
By Nicholas Shakespeare
Gary Quinlan and Julie Bishop have done Australia proud at the UN Security Council
By Nick Bryant
As captain of Team Australia, Tony Abbott has plunged us into war without debate
By Judith Brett
Reflecting on the failures of Australian politics and media
By Michaela McGuire
The week that was nonsense
By Michaela McGuire
On Tuesday night, 18-year-old Abdul Numan Haider stabbed two counter-terrorism police officers outside the Endeavour Hills police station in Melbourne’s south-east and was shot dead. Yesterday’s editions of The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times dedicated the front page of their print editions to the
What drives Edward Snowden, the world’s most wanted whistleblower?
By Robert Manne
An exegesis on unintended consequences
By Mat Keneally
This month Tony Abbott squibbed the greatest moral challenge of his age and shelved plans to amend the Racial Discrimination Act. That was tough on George Brandis, who had drafted a gem of law prohibiting racial vilification only where the victim felt threatened with physical violence. The proposed law would have
Margaret Inamuka
Being a magistrate in the Eastern Highlands is not for the faint of heart
By Alana Rosenbaum
By Robert Manne
The political nation learned this morning, to its considerable surprise, that Chris Mitchell, the editor-in-chief of The Australian, was always a secret opponent of the invasion of Iraq – an invasion that has been responsible for 500,000 deaths, the displacement of several million, the triggering of a
Art and artifice in John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’
By Luke Davies
Elizabeth Pisani’s ‘Indonesia Etc.’ and Hamish McDonald’s ‘Demokrasi’
By Hugh White
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz