tip off

GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Note, Tim Wilson, speech not the only freedom worth protecting

The new appointee to the Human Rights Commission has a lot to say about the curriculum. But Crikey’s writer-at-large says maybe Wilson needs to go back to school himself to swot up on basic theories.

READ MORE
CATHY ALEXANDER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Cory’s hit-list: Bernardi’s colleagues who don’t make the grade

Cory Bernardi reckons “traditional families” are best and should be restored to their “prime position” in society. Crikey reveals the Liberal MPs who don’t fit Bernardi’s “gold standard”.

READ MORE
HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Razer’s class warfare: a diary of dissent

Helen Razer tells you how to protest and dissent in the modern age — without resorting to cheap anti-intellectualism and anti-privilege.

READ MORE
PEOPLE & IDEAS |

From severing heads to sorting used tampons: your worst jobs

What’s Australia’s worst job? We asked the question and Crikey readers gave us plenty of contenders. Henry Belot compiles the worst of them. And a warning: some readers may be offended.

READ MORE
PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Tigers don’t change their stripes, even behind bars

PETA special projects co-ordinator Des Bellamy says that the blame for captive animal attacks lies squarely with those who cage them.

READ MORE
GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Pope Francis’ 122-year-old radical Left proposal

When both parties are to the Right of the Catholic Church, one of the most conservative institutions in the world, you have to start to wonder: where have all the Lefties gone?

READ MORE
HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Razer’s class warfare: a weekly diary of dissent

Social protest has dwindled in recent centuries to become a mild affair of noting each passing Awareness day and perhaps donning a ribbon. Helen Razer yearns for the good old days of radicalism and, well, mass theft.

READ MORE
PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Crikey clarifier: are e-cigarettes such a great idea?

Electronic cigarettes are touted as the miracle solution to the worldwide tobacco problem. In Australia they are unregulated, scientifically unsubstantiated and toe a blurry line of legality. Freelance writer Dylan Barber attempts to blow away the smoke.

READ MORE
PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Crossfit craze: worthy exercise, or cult?

Can an exercise likened to a cult and linked to very serious health risks still be beneficial? Freelance writer Sally Whyte donned the lycra to find out.

READ MORE
PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Love the player, hate the game: even Magnus Carlsen can’t make chess sexy

The world media is waking up to Magnus Carlsen, the chess prodigy and model who has just won the World Championship. But Australian chess grandmaster Ian Rogers says they still can’t figure out what to write about the sport itself.

READ MORE
GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Farewell to the second-hand bookshop

The days of record stores, second-hand bookstores and video rentals are almost behind us. Does this spell the end for diverse culture?

READ MORE
ANDREW CROOK | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

The LA nun who’s teaching Australians to rise up in anger

A 63-year-old Catholic nun is proving an unlikely fillip for Sydney activists. A social progressive for 35 years, Sister Maribeth Larkin is teaching Australians how it’s done.

READ MORE
PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Ugly people to the back: secrets of restaurant seating plans

It has been revealed a French restaurant seats unattractive patrons down the back, to enhance its image. SmartCompany journalist Yolanda Redrup asks: would restaurants here be allowed to do this?

READ MORE
PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Cheat sheet: infidelity and the online marketplace for affairs

More Australians are cheating on their marriages, with one website making an affair just a click away. So is infidelity old hat? Freelance journalist Anastasia Prikhodko talks to women who cheat.

READ MORE
MARGOT SAVILLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Flanagan on war and the ‘poisonous language that seeps into the soul’

One of Australia’s pre-eminent authors spoke movingly at The Lowy Institute about the horrors of war, the power of language and the nature of evil.

READ MORE
Crikey Blogs | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

The whopping cost of sleep deprivation

Nearly a third of Australians have trouble sleeping, which costs the economy $5.1 billion annually. Dr Melissa Stoneham explains why it’s such a personal and financial drain.

READ MORE
PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Indian hero v Nordic model: chess’ new world (Oz is just a pawn)

All chess-interested eyes are on Norwegian Magnus Carlsen as he fights to become world champion. Australian grandmaster Ian Rogers says but for a twist of fate, it could have been been an Australian challenger.

READ MORE
IRFAN YUSUF | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Should freedom of speech extend to God? A blasphemous debate

Freedom to lampoon religion and religious figures is still a criminal offence in most states and territories. Should it be? At a debate in Sydney last night, the strong feeling was no.

READ MORE
GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Real ideas, at least from the Left, in pollie-free Q&A

Q&A is always better when they don’t invite the pollies. This week’s edition — with Dan Savage, Hanna Rosin, Peter Hitchens and Germaine Greer — crackled with interesting ideas.

READ MORE
GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Rupert, Clive and Campbell in the Arkansas of the world

There’s Rupert Murdoch, Clive Palmer and Campbell Newman: mildly sinister, certainly absurd. It’s an Australian political implosion, and there may be no turning back.

READ MORE
GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

The Australian‘s anti-Semitism beat-up that wasn’t

According to The Australian, we’re a nation of vicious anti-semites. But the evidence they’re using to base their claim is dodgy, at best.

READ MORE
HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Don’t buy into ‘self-esteem’ feminism

Railing against the patriarchy while spending your pay cheque on lipstick is not feminism. It’s boring. Please, Annabel Crabb, tell us more about central banking.

READ MORE
CATHY ALEXANDER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Comrades, Tim Winton wants this taboo lifted

Popular author Tim Winton reckons the shackles of social class are becoming heavier in Australia — but that no one’s allowed to talk about it. He broke this taboo in Melbourne on Monday in a speech to “comrades”.

READ MORE
CRIKEY INTERN | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

A day to recognise cats, the net … and psoriasis (Crikey‘s is coming)

How does World Psoriasis Day come about? How about the year of quinoa? Crikey intern Natalie Tencic takes a look at how these days are created. It’s mostly the UN’s fault.

READ MORE
GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

You don’t get Lou Reed

Lou Reed was an outsider, and those who listen to the Velvet Underground on their Bose sound systems on their quarter-acre blocks will never understand.

READ MORE

Womens Agenda

loading...

Smart Company

loading...

StartupSmart

loading...

Property Observer

loading...