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What can we do about another disappointing government sell-out?

What can we do about another disappointing government sell-out?

Governments assume giving public spaces like the Opera House and Federation Square to commercial interests will not harm them. It will.

The fight for heritage is so much more than it seems 

The fight for heritage is so much more than it seems 

Our sites of power and authority — the parliaments, courts and cathedrals — remain, while vast amounts of what made up the best parts of people's lives vanish without trace.

More than Mark Knight: inside Australian media's enduring problem with race

More than Mark Knight: inside Australian media's enduring problem with race

This embarrassing international incident highlights not only Australia’s stubborn refusal to act on the urgency of race, but the media's stubborn refusal to even listen.

How the world is reacting to Mark Knight's Serena Williams comic

How the world is reacting to Mark Knight's Serena Williams comic

We are small nation, but punch well above our weight when it comes to blithe racism.

The classical-music-loving Communist who changed Australia

The classical-music-loving Communist who changed Australia

Laurie Carmichael has died, the trade unionist who was for decades driven by one big idea: that Australian labour could not simply bargain for "more" but had to transform the conditions of life and society to create better jobs, better conditions, better lives.

What's really at stake in the Steve Bannon New Yorker furore (hint: it isn't free speech)

What's really at stake in the Steve Bannon New Yorker furore (hint: it isn't free speech)

The numerous controversies surrounding Steve Bannon's media appearances, including on our own Four Corners, have little to do with free speech.

Attending writers' festivals during the decline of actual books

Attending writers' festivals during the decline of actual books

Publishers are furious that Melbourne Writers Festival isn't about the printed word anymore, but the knowledge class' dirty secret is they would rather sink into Netflix than the printed word anyway.

There are plenty of lessons to learn from the past, but let's get the history right

There are plenty of lessons to learn from the past, but let's get the history right

In the face of increasingly absurd debate about Hitler and socialism, liberals would be wise to read up on the finer details before history repeats itself.

Being ashamed of Australia is a useless luxury

Being ashamed of Australia is a useless luxury

Progressives love to take shame in and disengagement from their own nation as both a necessary and sufficient political act. It isn't.

There's something deeply wrong with Australian discourse

There's something deeply wrong with Australian discourse

We now have a media and political culture in which the pressure is to be ever more extreme — which is why racism is now becoming part of "civilised discourse".