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The media legacy of a forgotten comic's extraordinarily racist act

The media legacy of a forgotten comic's extraordinarily racist act

Beers' legacy is more than just another illustration of the contortions journalists will perform to avoid calling something racist.

The Smiths were far more than what Morrissey’s become

The Smiths were far more than what Morrissey’s become

Morrissey's embrace of the far right makes you go back to the old records wondering what you missed. Does the music still sound the same?

Our new national arts policy still offers nothing for the little guys

Our new national arts policy still offers nothing for the little guys

There's a growing resentment in the arts sector, and Australia’s cultural ministers just ensured it will continue growing for at least the next decade.

Why are we so afraid of shark attacks?

Why are we so afraid of shark attacks?

A shark attack might be a one in 11.5 million occurrence, but fearing such a thing doesn’t make us irrational, it makes us human.

Why can't we stop the memeification of white supremacy?

Why can't we stop the memeification of white supremacy?

Despite attempts to scrub him from history, the Christchurch shooter is being immortalised online in memes, manifestos and now video games.

The tabloid giant trying to kill Ronan Farrow's new Me Too book

The tabloid giant trying to kill Ronan Farrow's new Me Too book

Dylan Howard has threatened defamation action, and Amazon are running scared. It's an interesting move from someone who's made a career trashing other people's reputations.

Why are Australian writers going home empty-handed?

Why are Australian writers going home empty-handed?

Another local literary prize has refused to award a winner. This can have a crushing effect on a tough winner-takes-all economy.

The Nobel Prize lands itself with another scandal

The Nobel Prize lands itself with another scandal

Awarding the prize to Peter Handke is a stunningly short-sighted call for a body trying to rebound from last year’s scandal.

Passion and principle: Penny Wong is far from done

Passion and principle: Penny Wong is far from done

Margaret Simons' biography reveals a politician who is determined to beat the bullies, the racists and the homophobes by being the smartest and toughest person in the room.

Among the women of ISIS

Among the women of ISIS

'The guest house was something between a hostel and a reality TV show, the days bleeding into one another in a tedium of sameness.'