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News June 16, 2018
Dorothy Hewett, Bob Ellis, art and exploitation
The sexual abuse of Dorothy Hewett’s two teenage daughters in the 1970s reveals a culture subservient to a myth of artistic freedom.
News June 02, 2018
Building on the Uluru statement
A year on from the historic Uluru statement, constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples remains in limbo.
News June 09, 2018
Nauru’s new contempt laws
New contempt laws introduced by the Nauruan government threaten the judiciary, political opponents and freedom of speech – and are unlikely to meet with criticism from Australia.
News May 26, 2018
The signs of Father Bower
Following the storming of his church by far-right activists, Father Rod Bower vows to continue his liberal preachings.
News May 19, 2018
Margaret River and paternal familicide
Though the unusual manner in which Aaron Cockman spoke of the alleged murderer of his children and ex-wife – his former father-in-law – was puzzling to many, psychological studies of similar crimes suggest a way to make sense of its seeming contradictions.
News May 12, 2018
The Victorian right’s capture of the Liberal Party
While the fight for the Liberal Party plays out in its state branches, Michael Kroger’s far right has captured Victoria and is bedding down for Napoleonic preselections.
News May 05, 2018
Sentencing ‘America’s Dad’ Bill Cosby
America elevated him to the status of hero, exemplar and model parent. In truth, Bill Cosby was a deeply flawed man.
News April 28, 2018
Peta Credlin and Sky’s caustic panels
Murdoch’s cable channel Sky News has an undue influence in Canberra, but it is defined by a sour and second-rate discourse.
News April 21, 2018
Comey, Trump and the Hillary emails
Despised by Trump supporters for one reason, and Clinton supporters for another, sacked FBI director James Comey is a critic of America’s ‘moral error’.
News April 14, 2018
The system driving live animal exports
The mass deaths of live exports are no surprise; they show an essential conflict in the priorities of a department shaped by Barnaby Joyce.
News April 07, 2018
Australia props up Nauru’s ‘out of control’ president
As Nauru continues its crackdown on opposition and abolishes higher courts, Australia turns a blind eye in exchange for offshore processing.
News March 31, 2018
The reality of Australian cricket’s boor war
As the public reels from cricket’s ball-tampering scandal, the Australian Test team’s win-at-all-costs attitude has finally seen it caught out.