A playbook for the culture wars

Mike Seccombe
Malcolm Turnbull is intent on launching the government into a series of Howard-era culture wars. The problem is he’s not very good at it.

Dated politics of January 26

Between the lies

Tony Abbott says, “What happened on January 26, 1788, was, on balance, for everyone, Aboriginal people included, a good thing, because it brought Western civilisation to this country.” This is the greatest lie ever told by a modern prime minister. It is a lie based on 230 years of deceit. It is a...

The Australian Belligerence

It should be called the Australian Belligerence. This belligerence is the refusal to accept our history, the loutish impulse to mock the reality of what happened. There is no strong argument to celebrate Australia on January 26. But the Australian Belligerence holds on for fear that to question...

Damn the barricades

This is the lie of Australia politics. Nothing is considered on its merits. Everything, apparently, is connected: traditionalist marriage and transphobic bullying and Australia Day barbecues. The past is held on to like tinned hams in a survivalist’s bunker.
Reviewer: KN

Changes to citizenship to also reopen debate on Australian identity

Karen Middleton
With the government preparing security-driven changes to citizenship, it is also readying to kickstart a new debate on Australian values.

Error nullius undermines Australia Day

It is a sorry fact that the day on which we celebrate our story, and our national heroes, is one that in part commemorates the exclusion of some of us, including other great heroes, from that story.

Join the Australia Day boycott