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politics November 18, 2017


Lack of character in Canberra analysis

One hundred years ago, when I worked in commercial television, I was asked to prepare a slate of program proposals for a mini-mogul, one of the rare types who could write an okay script himself, and also raise money, and who was thus, to network...

environment November 11, 2017


The precedent against Adani

As the Stop Adani campaign grows, and the heat around Adani’s coalmine continues to haunt the Queensland premier, it might seem ironic that at this year’s Queensland Literary Awards the premier’s award for a work of state significance went to a book...

opinion October 28, 2017


Me too, myself and I

It is a thought common to all who work within feminist media, art, music or academia: Am I a bad feminist? It’s more often something uttered in moments of winking satire, the discourse equivalent of the “thinking” emoji. It’s the sentiment that asks...

indigenous affairs November 4, 2017


Bad faith over Indigenous Voice

The First Peoples of this country are unfailingly welcoming people, with important protocols for receiving strangers on country. This custom makes revealing the coarse, ill-mannered nature of the Turnbull government’s decision to shut down open and...

media October 21, 2017


Australia’s welcome mat for right-wing trolls

In so many ways, Milo Yiannopoulos is unremarkable. He is just one of a long line of conservative grifters making hay in Australia. In 1943, a time when the devil had the best poems, if not the best tunes, George Orwell could write: “By and large...

law & crime October 14, 2017


Hollywood’s disgrace of ‘open secrets’

Let’s start at random, with film director Joss Whedon, accused of years of misconduct by his former wife, Kai Cole. Whedon has long been one of Hollywood’s most vocal self-described male feminists, creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer , giving stirring...

economy October 7, 2017


The new nationalisation

“Tony Abbott has suggested that the military be sent in to operate gas production in Victoria and New South Wales …” Say what now? These days the federal government is difficult to keep up with, having apparently split into its “moderate” and “armed...

law & crime September 30, 2017


The pointless exercise of suppression orders

Last month, a 50-year-old man was arrested in Sydney and charged with the sexual assault of a three-year-old girl, who he had allegedly lured into a stairwell at a chalet in Perisher. The case came before the Local Court, where the solicitor for the...

religion September 23, 2017


Correcting the debate on gender identity

Two weeks in, I find myself punch-drunk and utterly perplexed. As a transgender advocate who has spent more than 25 years working to expand the legal and cultural recognition of universal human rights and to demystify gender diversity more generally...

politics September 16, 2017


Women’s entrappings of high office

The popular chant at Donald Trump’s election rallies was, invariably, “Lock her up! Lock her up!” So popular, in fact, it continues at his post-election rallies, now that he is United States president. The woman they want to lock up, of course, is...

politics September 9, 2017


Australia chases America’s decline

Have you noticed how the term “alarmist” only ever gets applied to climate science, and never economics? Make persistent, incorrect claims about fiscal apocalypse, and that’s just prudential. Government debt? The road to Greece. Reforming negative...