environment May 22, 2021

Labor’s election chances

It is two years this week since Labor’s shock federal election loss, and the consequences are increasingly serious. Falling wages for Australian workers are a conscious part of the Morrison government’s 2021 budget strategy – quite a feat given $100...

after the virus November 7, 2020

After the virus: How to design a post-capitalist world

When even the bankers of the ultra-rich, along with the bailiffs working diligently on their behalf, are panicking about excessive inequality, it becomes hard to say our world is morally defensible. UBS recently reported that, between April and July...

environment October 31, 2020

After the virus: A green recovery

Covid-19 is the biggest economic and social crisis we have faced since the Great Depression and World War II. Australia’s failure then to understand and grapple with the direction of the international economy meant our recovery was much slower and...

culture October 24, 2020

After the virus: Radical optimism for the arts

This Christmas, I’ll be asking for a hard hat and high-vis. It’s not that I need them for the work I do, although I have been known to wear high-vis for onsite visits and major set builds. It’s more that this guise may be the only way artists will...

after the virus October 17, 2020

After the virus: A plan for women

If ever we needed a gender lens on government policy, it is now. The impact of Covid-19 is being felt severely by many, but it is affecting women and men differently. This pandemic has highlighted, and exacerbated, existing inequalities in the home...